Anne Wilson – Devil 

I love this song!!  It’s a simple song with a big punch.

It reminds me of the power of Christ that Peter writes about.  In 2 Peter 1:3-4, he says, His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

Anne Wilson reminds us of the power the Lord sustain us, carry us, and change us as she says,

You came rising right out of that grave
My sin went running and my soul got saved
Son of God’s always been a bit of a rebel
You brought life to me and death to the devil
Holy Ghost has got a hold on me
 was blind but now I can see
Freedom gone got me on another level
You brought life to me and death to the devil

Christ brought us life and brought death to the devil!! 

  • Where are you looking for power in your life?  -your husband’s job/rank/retirement?  -the best schools for you and your kids?  -the economy?  -circumstances?
  • How would you answer the question: If I could only                                 , everything would be great!

The Lord is our ultimate source of power.  But, Peter doesn’t stop with our initial salvation.  He reminds us we live in the power from Christ and to keep working.  In verses 5-7, Peter says, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”    Because the Lord never does anything without a purpose, Peter reminds us to “be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities, you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (vs. 10-11)

That can feel like a tall order in hardship.  But as you struggle through each day, remember Peter’s encouragement, that we have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. We have the Lord God Himself, His Son Jesus who intercedes for us, the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, and His Word that teaches us, and the Body of believers to walk with and to be built up.  Maybe Anne Wilson’s Words will help you remember Peter’s encouragement!!

Lauren Dillard
Fort Gordon PWOC