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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Proper 17

What is the work of Satan? To create havoc in the world? To spread horrible outward acts of violence? To be a visible embodiment of evil? Many of these things can come from the hand of Satan. But it is not his greatest work.

We learn a lot about Satan’s work when Peter and Jesus have an interchange in Matthew 16. Jesus is telling his disciples that He must suffer and died and be raised from the dead. That this is His primary work of salvation.

Peter vehemently disagreed with Jesus and told him it would never happen. Jesus’ response? Thanks for looking out for me. NO! “Get behind me Satan.”

The primary work of Satan is to prevent Jesus from forgiving your sins. To stop the benefits of Jesus’ cross from being delivered into your life.

These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, NE. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn.

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