ESOCS Devotional 23 September 2023 – Then Satan Entered Judas
MEMORY VERSE: “He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them who on crowd was present”. Luke 22:6 NIV
TEXT: LUKE 22:1-3 (KJV)
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
If a vessel is full, it means nothing can enter anymore. But, if a vessel is empty or has unfilled space in it, it gives room for something to enter.
One need of God and of Satan is a vessel (men or women) to work with. The same way and measure at which God is looking for vessels to fill with his oil of grace and mercy, from His supply that is limitless, is the same way Satan is looking for vessels to use to discuss, plot and betray the children of God.
Judas was one of the twelve Apostles Jesus appointed to be with him, but he left himself as a vessel for Satan to enter him and use him. For anyone to act, it is on the influence of the Who, that lives inside of him or her.
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would not have to destroy it” (Ezekiel 22:30). From this text, it is clear that in every generation and every age, God seeks out a man among men, to whom he can enter into and manifest in power to save the children of men; from all that want to get rid of them or kill them. For Judas, he left himself as a vessel for Satan to enter in. This space came as a result of his desire and love for money that grew into covetousness.
“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you” (Luke 11:36). Watch it! Never let your heart or body be empty at any time, always fill it up with light from the word of God, so that Satan will not see the space to enter in.
- When your heart is filled, Satan cannot enter, but if empty, you are calling on Satan. So, fill your heart with the word of God.
- Lord, help my body and heart to be filled with your light and constant thought to do good things.
FURTHER READING: Job 42:1-end; Proverbs 27:6-22; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
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ESOCS Devotional 23 September 2023