Bible Studies Devotional By Lynne Conley / last month Share Tweet Pin Share Protective Covering We all have said things that we shouldn’t have. Our words are like a dart into someone else’s heart. None of us can control the smallest member of our bodies. We can bless someone or curse someone with our words. Our words will never die; what we say will always come to pass. We all have been around people that are so unkind. They don’t care whose life they may damage. It’s not up to me or you to be their judge. We have only one judge, and one day the book will be opened, and everything we have said or done will be in that book. Judas Iscariot was in charge of the money box, and he bribed the Roman authorities. He made a deal with them to sell Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. At the night of the Last Supper Jesus shared his last meal with his friends, the disciples, before the time of his death. Simon Peter asked Jesus a very important question. He asked Jesus if he had the words of eternal life. He told Jesus that he believed that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus began to talk with his friends; he told them that one of the twelve chosen disciples was a devil. Jesus told Peter that he will deny Him three times before the cock would crow. Later, Peter was warming himself by the fire because it was cold when Jesus told him that He was going to deny him. The Roman soldiers came to arrest Jesus. The first reaction that Simon Peter took was to fight with a sword. He was ready for whoever was going to hurt his friend. The high priest’s servant Malchus was trying to help arrest Jesus. Simon Peter was so angry he turned to the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear with his sword. Jesus scolded Peter for this violent behavior. He told him to put his sword in the sheath. Jesus reached his hand over to Malchus and He healed his ear. This all happened when Jesus was being led out to be crucified. Jesus didn’t show any kind of violence because He was surrendering to the Lord’s will. The presence of Satan is trying to destroy lives, even if he has to use other people to do it. ’’ Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’’ (Ephesians 6:11-13). People are letting the enemy use them – sounds strange but it’s the truth. If we give in to the enemy one time, he will begin to drive us to do wicked things. All we have to do is turn the television on or read the newspaper, and we will see that the enemy has taken over people. The enemy is there to destroy us all. It only takes one small match to start a forest fire. Most fires are when the drought is so bad in the summer and in the fall months when the strong winds begin to blow. It is very important nowadays that we wear the protective covering which is the Word of God that we may be able to conquer the works and plans of the Devil. Many people have lost every possession they have ever owned in a fire, and some have lost their lives in a house fire or fighting the fire. There are also benefits of fire. Charcoal enriches the dirt, and new plants can flourish after the fire. Without the intense heat a lot of seeds wouldn’t produce. Judas Iscariot was called to be a disciple, but he couldn’t let go of the carnality of this world. It costed him his very own soul.