THOUGHT: You are not fighting for your family by yourself.
BIBLE: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
TRANSCRIPT: Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Morning Thrive. Boy! We've talked all week about a pretty heavy topic. How does Satan attack your family? We said he creates doubt. “Did God really say . . .? Is God's word really true? Is this really authentic and real?” And then he moves a step further and he says, "Hey, really, goodness and happiness are outside of God's plan, not within God's plan. You should run from God's plan." Then ultimately, he just drops in a temptation that is so available and so attractive, and when you bite, that's when sin grabs hold in your life. This is what Satan wants to do to every person, and especially in your family. You may think, "Well, gosh, how do you fight against that? I mean, that's so everywhere, right? That's every commercial! That's every message! How do I fight against this?"
Well, listen, we find that there's someone fighting for you in Genesis 3:15. When Eve had gone through all this and even “bit;” even allowed sin to come into her life and into the world, we read this prophesy about a Savior. God says, "I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel." This is the first prophecy of a Messiah, of the Savior to come. It's the first prophecy of Jesus. That, yeah, you're fighting this battle. There's going to be enmity between the wife, humanity, and the spirit, the spirit of evil. There's going to be this hostility between the two, but there's One that is coming, and Satan's going to try to strike his heel, going to try to take Him out, but this Messiah will crush, and will ultimately devastate, Satan's head.
What a powerful statement! This is what happened on the cross. When Jesus was on the cross, the Son of God incarnate here, redeeming the world with His own blood. Satan thought he had won. “We have stricken the Son of God. We have caused him to die.” All of hell rejoiced until three days later when Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, showing Himself to be alive and crushing Satan's head! Listen, Satan no longer has authority over you, he has no power over you. In Jesus Christ, you can be free from the past, and free from the bondage. You can be a new person and fulfill the purpose for which you were given life. You can find mercy, you can find forgiveness, and you can find newness.
I love what the Anglican pastor, Richard Sibbes, once said. He said, "Thank God there is more mercy in Christ than there is sin in us." Listen to me, there's more mercy in Christ than there is sin in you! No matter what you've done, no matter where you've been, no matter how you failed, no matter how many times you've listened to Satan's lies, you can start over because of what Christ has done. You can turn to Him; you can ask Him to forgive you. You can follow Jesus and He will change your life.
Hey, it's the weekend. Why not come and join us here at First Colleyville, either on campus or online? If you can't make that, go to a Bible-teaching church near you and let's worship Jesus together.
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