For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12.
No man is safe for a day or an hour without prayer. Especially should we entreat the Lord for wisdom to understand His Word. Here are revealed the wiles of the tempter, and the means by which he may be successfully resisted. Satan is an expert in quoting Scripture, placing his own interpretation upon passages, by which he hopes to cause us to stumble. We should study the Bible with humility of heart, never losing sight of our dependence upon God. While we must constantly guard against the devices of Satan, we should pray in faith continually, “Lead us not into temptation.”
When Balaam, allured by the promise of rich rewards, practiced enchantments against Israel, and by sacrifices to the Lord sought to invoke a curse upon His people, the Spirit of God forbade the evil which he longed to pronounce, and Balaam was forced to exclaim: “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed?” Numbers 23:8….
The people of Israel were at this time loyal to God; and so long as they continued in obedience to His law, no power in earth or hell could prevail against them. But the curse which Balaam had not been permitted to pronounce against God’s people, he finally succeeded in bringing upon them by seducing them into sin. When they transgressed God’s commandments, then they separated themselves from Him, and they were left to feel the power of the destroyer.
Satan is well aware that the weakest soul who abides in Christ is more than a match for the hosts of darkness…. Only in humble reliance upon God, and obedience to all His commandments, can we be secure.
Let none deceive themselves with the belief that God will pardon and bless them while they are trampling upon one of His requirements. The willful commission of a known sin silences the witnessing voice of the Spirit, and separates the soul from God.
The Faith I Live By p. 331
Prayer Requests
—–Praise—Ronnie Jay and Wanangwa got here safely and will be here for a week. Rose
Note: There will be an abbreviated devotional during the week they are here.
—–Please pray for Donna and family as her mother passed Friday. Pray for Brian as he preaches the funeral and Esther as she sings. Rose
—–Prayer for a classmate’s daughter who has been deaf from early infancy and after her parents divorced she ran away and has become a street living person. Please pray for her, her mother & all her family. This request came from her aunt who also asked for prayers for her own son who is an atheist, she is asking for the Holy Spirit to touch the lives of her niece and her son. RL

Safety Only in Obedience