The Enemy Within.
Luke 10:18, "I saw satan fall like lightening from heaven" tells us that he, the anti-christ, is here with us on earth. 1 Peter 5:8, says "satan is roaming around on earth looking for whom he can devour". Our enemy is real. Let me say again, our enemy is real, and active. Satan is the enemy of the state; Heaven, Earth, and our Salvation. As a Christian you are automatically drawn into a war, knowing that the reward is to sit in heavenly places with Christ, 2 Tim. 2:3-4. "endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ and do not get entangled with the affairs of life".
Our Victory is only a dream, if we do not recognize the enemy and deal accordingly to restrain, defend, defeat, and for some, attack him and spoil his territory. We know that he comes to steal, kill, and destroy; especially the believers of Christ. We all have personal experiences of his wiles and tricks. Isaiah 14:16, says "when we see satan's true self, we will be perplexed as to how he could have caused so much trouble for us". He will have no charisma, strength, or character; maybe looking like grandpa from "The Simpsons". If any credit is to be given to him, it should be that he is the great deceiver.
The first thing about his way is, he uses deception. Not by an outright lie, but by taking the truth, twisting it, exaggerating it so it sounds like the truth, causing us to not question its validity; like imitation crab meat. Eve fell for this, as many do today because we don't take the time to question the accuracy, and source of statements before we act on it. This type of deception has exponentially grown with media in all its various forms today; traditional newspapers, YouTube, and social media platforms. It has been said that if you tell a lie long enough, to as many people as you can, it eventually becomes recognized as the truth. Today, that is possible, as we are bombarded 24/7 with media from smartphones, RSS feeds, twitter, instagram, and many more too endless to list as the list is in constant growth.
Just like a magician using sleight of hand to fool us, and distract our attention. Being this deceiver, satan uses various techniques to defeat us, and cause's sorrow, pain, and
destruction in our lives. He did this by starting a rebellion against God, resulting in two thirds of the angels losing their place in the Heavens, and ever since he has continued his destructive ways. Of course, he often does not come at you head on, and usually will use your self-imposed weaknesses against you. His strategy is to make it look like it comes from within us. He won't try to take credit, and he will throw the blame in the directions we least expect. In order to defeat him we must come to learn and know his devious ways and weapons.
The second weapon, legalities. In the case with Eve, he (satan) added his own words, and rephrased what God had said. If you ever watch any fiction law show, most of the arguments are over the accuracy of interpretation; of what was said, seen, or done. It's not the intention that matters, but the result of that intention. For instance, you can say "I am going to kill you" but until that person is murdered, your words have no legal binding; it's only circumstantial evidence. By acting on his deceptions, we make it legal. Satan is the accuser, and uses this to convict you to God, and God being Righteous, has to honor His Word, Commandments, and Ways. Back to the Garden of Eden, God said, "eat of the tree and you will die"; satan rephrased "surely you will be like gods when you eat of the tree" hinting that God was holding back on them for what was their birthright, thus prompting a response from Eve to chance the unknown. It was a taunt, a dare, an innuendo, that ended in sorrow. The tree being the subject, doesn't matter, it very well could have been a stone. The legalism was not eating the fruit of the tree, but disobeying God's commandment not to eat of it; violating His Trust. Have you noticed that the law is under pressure for interpretation to the letter, and not for the spirit of why it was established in the first place. That is legalism at its worst.
A third way satan moves against us is our natural fleshly desires. The biggest one is ego; wanting recognition in some form or another. Self ego is not bad, but the twisted and extreme application of it is. That is satan twisting what is good, whether it is love, enjoyment, or simple humanity. His intention is to have us at a lower creation (animalistic) disposition and carnality, so we interact on compulsive feelings and instincts, expressing ourselves through physical means, rather than spiritual acumen of good decisions. We can see men taking on a woman's traditional expression through enhancements and expressive colors, and accessories. Just like in the animal world where some male species are more brightly colored, having appendages to attract and compete for females. It is the twisting of the roles. This is why, the world (satan) is pushing for trends; laws that break any boundaries that restrain vulgarity, self expression, and inappropriate matter. Soon, decency will be frowned on, and declarations of "I am who I AM" will be the mantra. This, for me, is the original sin, and not the story of the Garden of Eden. It is when Lucifer wanted to be as God, and declare he is the I AM, Isaiah 14:13-14, "I will ascend, exalting my throne above God and be like Him".
Fourthly, satan's goal is to remove the knowledge of God, and replace it with his own. This is to give his identity as the reference point for people to imitate and aspire to be. It's the most effective psychological tool when you want to control and enslave. It's been said, a lion was placed in a cage and after several months, the cage was removed and the lion never exceeded his boundaries. The lion no longer recognized the fact that roaming was a key part of his nature. He no longer recognized himself. Our identity in Christ is critical to our Salvation, Victories, and representation while we are here. We already see slight changes in recently published bibles, altering the meaning and interpretations. And just like any oppressive army, satan is systematically removing God from any place of gathering. Books may soon become illegal, where information is only digital, thereby giving those with controlling interest, the ability to manipulate, censor, and even delete such information; being able to dictate what we know and identify with. But to be clear, like any oppressed society, this knowledge can live on, through those who keep memories, and hidden references. Many Jews are returning to Israel for that very reason, to keep, and practice their identity. Today, along with the Jews, Christians are singled out as the two foremost Faiths that threaten the push for pluralism in religion and society.
Fear is satan's overall greatest weapon. It can paralyze, confuse, and disorient us from making the right decisions for ourselves, loved ones, and future destinies. In any war, this weapon is the most effective and long-reaching to subdue its victims. This is seen when used with charging horse cavalries; when Germany used blitzkrieg tank attacks; and recently the shock and awe of precision, overwhelming bombs and missiles. This fear tactic, from satan, is not physical, but psychological. The intent is to slowly render our God given abilities, especially Faith, useless, unproductive, and ineffective. It also has the ability to affect generations of innocent people. God clearly states, many times, "Do not have fear", so it's no wonder satan's favorite weapon is this. He may use it directly with a suggestion, or indirectly through media, and even family and friends. The story of Jairus (Matt. 5:22) makes this clear, as Jesus was delayed to see Jairus' daughter, resulting in her death. On arriving, Jesus said to them, "she is only asleep" and proceeded to remove those insisting she was dead. He did this, to remove fear from Jairus; bringing hope and faith into play to resurrect the daughter. To hear rumors of fear is more of a challenge than to actually know of the thing to be feared, because it makes us unsure, bring doubt, while knowing the fear, gives us something to face and take action. This fear tactic is to get us to stop trusting in God.
We, the Body of Christ, must recognize that our enemy and his agents are on full active duty. There is no reservist in this war. All have been consigned, either for good or for evil; and having excuses, whether physical and/or mental, will not prevent anyone from being placed on the battlefield. It's the ultimate Good vs. evil battle. Where being lukewarm is an automatic death sentence. We have been given the weapons of warfare; the Covenant, the Blood, the Angels, the Word, and Faith (Christians Believe Anointed Words Faithfully).
It is a spiritual war (Eph. 6:12), and failure to fight will not prevent spiritual losses, physical casualties, and/or death.
The mere fact is that as we are steadfast, the Victory is won, and satan loses ground in our personal lives; every time we overcome him. Anything that does not build up, does not solidify, does not bring joy, hope and faith, is probably one of satan's attempts to steal, kill, and destroy. Lets not forget who and whom's we are in Christ Jesus, and that "Our God fights for us" (Deut. 20:4, Ps. 18:39, Luke 10:19).
Flush it out!
Quoting Bible verses is like shining one's armor, applying the word is fighting for Victory!
January 14, 2016
What Now - Victory Won !
Ever wondered what is the ultimate purpose of being a Christian, a child of God, an heir to His Kingdom. Why did He create man; have an earth and set up all these rules and commandments. The answers seem simple enough, yet most Christians struggle to sustain themselves on this journey, and still we struggle with the same fight, the same war and the same enemy. This is why we have to recognize the environment; we are living (passing through) in, so as to experience God's power, salvation and reasons for it all.
Throughout the Bible, whenever God's people took land, wealth and riches, God directed them to rid themselves of anything that was anti-God, especially to His ways. Num. 33:52, so as to prevent any confusion as to being His people for future generations. We see this starting with Abraham, continuing from the old to new testament. God's plan has always been for the ultimate intent, the final passover; from darkness to light and in the outcome of the final victory it will be no less. To set apart for Himself one people to share all His Being with them. Eph. 2:15-16, " one new man from two".
Now, to be clear, the Bible does not tell us in detail, what our lives will be after God has reestablished His Kingdom, but to understand, appreciate His plan and have an inclination we must have the "Mind of Christ". To do this, think of all we (scientist) know starting from the infinite, work backwards to the finite. Let's look at the big three.
1) The universe is expanding and scientist are unable to place all its wonders in a neatly set of rules and occurrences. They also recognize 'dimensions' seen and unseen and 'universe' time is not the same as 'earth' time. Ps.19: 1,"The heavens (universe) declare the glory of God; and the firmament (expansion) sheweth his handywork."
2) The earth is the only natural, organic and resource that is tailor made for human beings. Without any technology, it produces and is harmonious with the universe, sustaining and growing life. Ever throw a seed (don't dig a hole) on good soil in perfect climatic conditions, it finds a way to grow. Gen.1:11, "earth bring forth...seed"
3) Only man has the ability to dominate, manage, and protect every other life. He also can save one or destroy hundreds of lives. He has the ability to constantly improve his body, mind and spirit. Gen.1:26, "make man in our image, likeness"; 2Cor.3:18, "changed into the same image,..even as by the Spirit"
God made a family, starting with Adam and Eve instilling His precepts, providing all they needed to grow into His image, His way of doing things, His way of thinking and giving them a garden, to practice, to be competent before releasing them into the rest of the earth. God was nurturing them to be good stewards of His Kingdom(s). Fast forward to Revelation 21, the Bible tells us of a new Heaven, new Earth and the new Jerusalem where all will be in harmony. We all will be in His image and unified as His Trinity knowing as He, what is righteous and inherit all things, Rev.21:7. Now, to be clear, I am not a proponent that God will destroy old to continue His original intend on establishing a society that will be righteous to His Glory; for He is the Alpha, Omega and the in between. He does not try a 'widget' to perfect a 'widget'; but with all things, has a divine process and purpose, He only knows; Is. 55:9, "My ways higher than your ways".
Our DNA (make up), is the tell tale sign of who God is and His ways. Consider, that babies are born trusting, automatically yearn for comfort and without influence respond to good and do good. And as we grow to full adults, we naturally want to do and give the best for our kids, even as non-believers. Luke 11:11-13, "who would give a snake instead of a fish to his son". When we do not lack, have no need, we want to share with others. We have a natural need to expand our wealth; to enjoy personally, as well as revel in others who enjoy what we give. We cherish old and enjoy new things. God wants us happy, full of Joy recognizing He is the provider, builder and Spiritual leader to His Glory and Praise. No different, when others do not recognize our input into anything, creatively or through participation. Our organic, natural self is a hologram, a glimpse of who God is. As such we get a idea as to His perfect plan.
There is one thing clearly demonstrated through the Bible and that is God looks to multiply His people, His Works and His Glory. So from this we can reasonably expect His Glory to be fully global on every land, valley, peak and water; in and on the seas and oceans; in the atmosphere and throughout the universe. Where time and space is 'bent', 'curved' (as a string); interacting and intersecting with different positions (places) continuously. And where we, His expressed image are His stewarts, heirs, sons and daughters of His everlasting Kingdom. The traditional thinking of travel, communication and experiences, societies will be replaced with a Heavenly one as Jacob saw Gen 28:12, "a ladder from Heaven to earth; and John taken to Heaven, Rev. 4:1, "Heaven door open an told to come up" and Philip translated, Acts 8:39, "Spirit caught away Philip". His Kingdom is marvelous, wonderous and glorious.
Can't wait to get to the end of the book and start new adventures with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and His people.
Flush it Out
God is Eternal and we will be also with His Presence fulfilling not only His Will but also our desires as a Family would. Psalms 37:4.
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