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2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness. To judge and correct sin is necessary, but as all
things should be done in love out of a pure motive. We are not
called to look for faults in our brothers, but to be a means of
restoring them to right standing with God.
Do Not Give the Enemy Ground to Attack
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you
formerly walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now
working in the sons of disobedience. You look in the
mirror and that is the outside you that you see. The next layer of
you is the mind, will and emotions, and finally the spirit man. We
know people by their fruit, that is to what level or degree they are
mature in the Lord or even if they know the Lord. We need to be
allowing the Holy Spirit of God in all situations to help us possess
our souls, and therefore our actions outwardly, love, joy, peace,…
Sometimes this is not easy to do in certain situations. Choose the
150 high road. CHOOSE to do things God’s WAY! This is not about
you but representing Jesus before others. This is the true suffering
for Christ, the true growth in God. Realize this, if it is banging on
your door, take the test! Is it God looking for a Godly response in
you?, Are you being refined?, Is your flesh the problem?, Is your
mind, will, or emotions being worked on by the Lord? Is He
showing you something about yourself? Is the flesh of another
coming at you? Will you love them in spite of themselves as Jesus
does us? Or have you given the enemy grounds to come into your
life by a wrong attitude toward another or even yourself or God?
Wrong feelings? Wrong thoughts? You know it is wrong? Some
where the enemy has sown a bad seed! The TIME is now to deal
with it! Repent and be determined to do good, go the extra mile so
they will see, listen, and learn! Forgive and love! (Matthew 5:48)
For example: The devil wants God’s creation, mankind, in hell.
The Devil hates what God has made done you your life, so he uses
spirits of racism to divide, cause disunity, strife, and contention!
Why? Because the devil knows he is in major trouble if we come
together in unity! (See Unity Prayer) (Hint: Never blame God!)
The Spiritual Realm is Real The spiritual realm is a real unseen existence, alive and active. There is a war going on of satan and his demonic spirits (evil) against God, His angels, and praying saints. This war is for the possession of your soul (mind, will, and emotions) and to dominate the unredeemed spirit of all unsaved on earth. There are many lies out there. Let me give you insight as to how these lies work to seduce and draw you away from God and the relationship He desires to have with you and His loving thought out plan for your life in Him.
Some of those lies:
Lie #1 All people will be forgiven and be in Heaven. God will surely forgive me without Jesus in my life.
Lie #2 There is no God or Devil.
Lie #3 There is no Heaven or Hell.
Lie #4 The Bible was just a book written by men.
Lie #5 Religion was thought up by a man or men to control the masses.
Lie #6 Man evolved.
Lie #7 I believe some of the Bible is true and I don’t take it so Literally, I am okay.
Lie #8 I can get to Heaven on my own good behavior or merit.
Lie #9 I am good and I will be good and help others. (This is called “works”.)
Lie #10 I believe in God but I don’t think I need to ask Jesus into my heart, because there are many ways to Him.
Lie #11 I believe there is a God. I believe in God. This “cross” or “Jesus” thing is not for me.
Lie #12 I believe in God, and His Son and what Jesus did. I am good, and that is good enough!
Lie #13 I believe Jesus was just a Prophet sent by God.
Lie #14 How can Jesus’ Blood save anyone? …
that’s a bloody Religion. Do you expect me to teach my children that?
Lie #15 I will never be good enough. I’m working on it.
Lie #16 God is dead
Lie #17 I am not important enough to God
… it’s God’s fault, what kind of God would…, and the excuses & lies go on!
The devil gives people excuses and reasons to believe God does not exist or that He is far off. The devil is also trying to persuade people into thinking they don’t need God or that He is a weak God. The devil does not want you to know that God is loving, kind, merciful, & forgiving, He has a good plan for your life; a relationship with Him moment by moment, our One True, and LIVING God, our Heavenly Father!
The devil, originally named Lucifer, is a created being, a fallen Cherub (angel), who became twisted on the inside. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground, which weakened (by deception) the nations”? (Isaiah 14:12) The only power the devil has is the power you give him over yourself by believing his lies. These lies are like a trap, or a snare that take people captive. The devil, the enemy of God, and his evil followers on this planet are always trying to deceive and draw us away from our Heavenly Father, from a relationship with God the True Heavenly Father and His plan for our lives. People don’t even realize when they are deceived or ensnared, that is how slick (devious) the devil is. The most dangerous thing I see in people that allows this deception to occur is pride. Pride is blindness to God, His Way, and the reality that we need Him! Pride tells us that we can do things without God’s help or intervention. That is dangerous (deadly). Through pride we become blinded, set in our minds and hearts to go another way (stiff necked), with a bad attitude (hard-hearted) and rebellious (against or opposing God). When blinded like that we can believe a lie or think we are okay even when we are not. God is the turning point, the turning around place is in Him! We need God’s help! We need God!