We know what successful resistance looks like because we have the perfect example in the temptation of Jesus Christ ( Matthew 4:1-11 ). Satan told Jesus, you’re hungry. A body has to eat. Go ahead and make yourself some bread. you deserve to win the attention of the people. Go ahead and jump.” you can have these kingdoms right now. Just bow down to me. I can guarantee you that nothing you and I will ever face will compare with the temptations Jesus faced. And he answered every one of them with the word of God: It is written. After Jesus used the word on Satan, the Bible says Satan left Him ( Matthew 4:11 ). When you resist the devil with the word of God, you pull out the lion’s teeth. So when Satan comes and tells you, you’ll never really change, you can tell him, I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. I have been raised with Christ. I am setting my mind on things above, not on things below” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1 ). The next time Satan lies to you and says, you’ll never be free of your problem,” tell him, you’re a liar, because God said anyone whom Jesus has set free is free indeed” ( see John 8:36 ). Remind the devil God’s is truth ( John 17:17 ), and that the truth sets people free ( John 8:32 ). Satan will leave you alone, because he can’t stand up to the word.
Satan even has his own fake form of Christianity. He has phony doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1 ) as well as being able to produce phony miracles. The devil even has a counterfeit communion table. That’s why Paul said, you cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons” ( 1 Corinthians 10:21 ). Satan also offers a counterfeit spirituality ( Galatians 3:2-3 ) based upon a counterfeit gospel ( Galatians 1:11-12 ). And to propagate his program, the devil has his own false teachers. Paul warned the church at Corinth of men who were “false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ” ( 2 Corinthians 11:13 ). Since Satan can make himself look like one of the good guys ( v.14 ). he can do the same for his servants.
The scripture says in( 2 Chronicles 7: 14-15 verses ), God is saying, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. If there was ever a time when the world need healing now is the time. The world, even the professing church, you would think would have the answer, but don’t. The answer is not going to the building, singing a couple of songs from the hymnal, listening to a good sounding sermon. That might inspire you, and give you inspiration about the answer, but it is not the answer. It is not in human wisdom, mans philosophy, psychology or even in theology. The answer is in God Himself. If Gods people,( I put emphasis God’s people ), would humble themselves enough and walk up right before Him, and turn from the wicked things that they are doing, God would put a stop to this Devil, and heal the land. until that happens expect the worse to come. God wants his people to come to him direct not indirect, like going around the mulberry bush, having eye’s but don’t see, ear’s but don’t hear. God is the answer for the world today.
In the book of the gospel according to ST. John (15:5 ), Jesus describes himself as the Vine, and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and he abide in us, we would bring forth much fruit, He said for without him we can do nothing. You can take this on a personal level. In Him we live and have our being. Living without Jesus is like living among the dead. There is a show that comes on television that is called the walking dead, That is exactly how it would be without Jesus in your life. The devil is tricking and fooling many people into believing that they are living, with his delusions and psychological mind games. Because He lives (Jesus), I can face tomorrow, and all of the tomorrows going forward. There is nothing in this world system, material or anything that the system can give you that guarantees life. When you compare the system to Jesus, without a doubt you are guaranteed the opposite of life. A delusion makes you thing something is there or real, when in actuality it is fake and phony. The words the devil uses on many people is ( I GOT YOU ). If you want real life among the living and not the dead try (Jesus).
All through out the bible God made promises of what He will do, based on certain conditions. We look at the promises and disregard the conditions, that God set to bring His promises to pass. God has the responsibility to make good on his promises, only if you except your responsibility by meeting His conditions. Preachers are teaching believe and you will receive. That is true, but there is more to just believing and receiving. There are conditions that have to be met, which brings me to your responsibility. Faith is an action word, meaning what you believe, you put it in action by meeting Gods conditions to fulfill his promises. There are people who don’t believe in God, who could care less about God, Would believing and receiving apply to them? No. You must first acknowledge that he is God, and a rewarder to them that diligently seek him. Then you must put what you believe in action. That means get up and do something. Stop waiting for God to throw things out of the sky, it is not going to happen. There are a lot of people who are taught very wrong, which keeps them back from getting Gods blessings. It takes two to make it work, God and you, not just God alone, you have a part to play also. So lets except our responsibility, along with Gods responsibility, which makes it work.
In the book of psalms ( 41: 1-2 ) It says bless is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. God is delighted, when his children love one another, and lend a helping hand. We came in this world with nothing, and you can count on leaving with nothing. We don’t take ownership of what we have, for it all belongs to God. Some are bless to have more then others, and some have less then others. Whatever the circumstances learn to be content ( Philippians 4:11 ). Because you are bless with more, it is not for you to lord over your brother. The same God gives to the poor as well as to the the rich. You can go to bed a poor man and wake up a rich man, its all vanity. look to help somebody every chance you get, and when you leave this world, you will not be forgotten, and your living would not have been in vain.
In the book of PSALM ( 100:1-5 vs ) King David the author of the psalms was giving Exhortation to praise the Lord and give him thanks for his love. How many of us gives God the thanks that he deserves? God is a loving, caring and concern parent. Just like a mother and father craves for the love coming from their children, God is the same way. As He gives the love, He looks for the love in return. We who profess to be christians, and I say that carefully, because everyone that professes to be a child of God are not. In my travels through out this land, my experience with christians today as I view them, They think God is Santa Claus, a give me, give me type of God. They are not thankful or grateful for what God has already done. How many of us, when we get up in the morning raise our hands to the Lord giving him thanks for waking us up? We need to be more thankful, more loving and grateful, and less give me all of the time. What are you doing for God, or What have you done for him? God deserves all of the love and praise we can give him, and more. He created us for this purpose, we were created for his pleasure, so let’s give him what he deserve.
In the book of ( 2 Timothy 3: 6-9 verses ), the Apostle Paul speaks about his journey and the course he was assigned to. Apostle Paul is a perfect example of the journey that everyone in this life must travel. Everyone born in this world has been assigned to a journey and a course that must be taken. Whether you want to, or want it, its your journey. Life’s journey is like a man mapping out his destination. He finds out that there are many ways to arrive at his destination. the short way, and the long way, and many ways in between, only to discover all of the ways that were mention aren’t the best way. In his discovery, he finds out that all of the ways he took, thinking that they were the best way, turned out to be a total disaster, keeping him from making it to his goal. God maps out everyones journey, and the course they must take. The problem is some of us think that we can travel a different route, not assigned to us, causing us to go the long way, and the wrong way. A lot of the problems, circumstances and troubles that confronted us in this life, is because we tend to go off course. Don’t get me wrong. you are going to have ups and downs, a little rain will fall, but that is only to give God the glory for bringing you out. So stay the course, anything outside your course don’t belong to you, but you will receive it for leaving the course.
In the book of St. John ( 10:10 ) It says the thief comes to rob, and steal, and kill, and to destroy, Jesus said I come that they, meaning you might have life, and have it more abundantly. Most people feel that they are living because of their material possessions. They base living on the car that they drive, the house that they live in, or how much money they have in the bank, and their level of success. These things they associate with living. Well” according to the scriptures, Jesus said that he came to give you life, and to give it to you more abundantly. What type of life is there outside of Jesus? the only life there is except what Jesus brings, is called imitation of life. an imitation is a copy of the real thing, the only difference is it isn’t the real thing. The devil can duplicate everything that God has, he can make you think you are living, and are on top of the world, Only to snatch the rug out from under your feet. life is not in material things, that can rot, burn up, and be destroyed. Its in Jesus Christ the hope of glory. what He gives you, is himself, his Spirit. That you can not buy, nor is it in the form of material. Real living is in Jesus Christ, try him you might like it.
Stand up for what you believe, do not let anyone change you, or rearrange. You are a unique creation, created in God’s image and in His likeness. no ones DNA is the same. Which means no two persons are alike. What I am saying that everybody has a purpose and a part in the molding and shaping of this world. Your views your values, what you think, how you think are important in the scheme of things. If God created everybody the same, this world would be a boring place to live in, and God wouldn’t get the pleasure he desires. By being different, in our views and values, and in our creative ideas gives this world more options to advance going forward. Times have changed, technology has advanced, we are more knowledgeable and informed today then ever before. So stand up for your convictions, even if you have to stand alone, stand anyway. If you are right, God will stand with you. The Scriptures says if I (God) am for you, I am more then the world against you. You can make a difference in this world, just stand.