Your Defensive Armor

Remember that Satan (the devil) is a like a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8-9a says this: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around lie a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”

 

God has allowed Satan to prowl the earth, looking for people to spiritually destroy. In our finite minds, we don’t understand it. But know this, God has given us what is necessary to resist Satan.

We have many pieces of defensive equipment to resist him!

Ephesians 6:13-18 says, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Believers- have defensive armor on!

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The Devil Made Me Do It

 

Remember Satan’s ability to mess with your heart. Don’t let him!

In my last blog, I discussed our true enemies:

1-Our hearts- yes, believe it. Your imagination can be Satan’s playground. Combat it with Philippians 4:8-9!

2-The world we live in

3-Satan, or the Devil,  has some major control in the world. He is our focus now.

The One who is in you (God) is greater than the world (Satan)  What  encouraging verses for the believer. 1 John 4:4-6 says, You are from God and have overcome the false teachers, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

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Satan is a Prime Enemy


Every minute of the day, the Christian has three adversaries to deal with:

  1. Our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is desperately wicked, who can understand it but God”. Aren’t you shocked sometimes at what your heart thinks? Pretty scary. Much of your heart is Satan’s playground- your imagination and thought life to name two key areas. Only God can change your heart. Remember that!
  2. The world. James 4:4 says “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world becomes an enemy toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” 1 John 2:15-16 says “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of the what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.” Are you tempted to go along with the world and not be hated because you are a Christian?
  3. Satan. That’s who this next couple of blogs are about. Satan is trying to screw your life up, make you sin, weaken your faith, doubt your faith, and love the world’s values. He wants to drag you down to hell with him, trust me.

The Greek word Satan means hater, adversary, and accuser. Sometimes the New Testament employs the words daimon, demon, or diabolos (Greek = “devil,” accuser).  Biblically, Satan was known as Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), the anointed cherub (like a super angel) and was a created being rather than a non-created being like God (Ezekiel 28:14-15). His prideful downfall was because of his desire to be like God, “For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:13-14.

Remember how Satan applied the same insidious thought to Eve in the Garden of Eden, “And you will be like God”- Genesis 3:5. No one knows for sure when Satan was created.  1 John 3:8 Satan was originally a highly exulted angel of the Lord, but became evil when he rebelled, and has been sinning from the beginning. One third of the angels left heaven with Satan, which tells us something of his power. –Revelation 12:4. Paul calls Satan the “god of this age” in 2 Corinthians 4:4.

60% of Americans deny the existence of Satan. (according to a Barna survey). Can you believe this? 45% of born-again believers deny the existence of Satan.  Halloween is the #2 holiday in the USA behind Christmas, in terms of spending.  55% of Americans decorate…..witches, ghosts, the dead, blood, etc. Crazy scary.

Don’t take Satan lightly– 2 Peter 2:10-12 Don’t take Satan and his supernatural powers of evil lightly, and don’t become arrogant about how defeated he will be. Although Satan will be destroyed completely in the end, he is at work now trying to render Christians complacent and ineffective.  He doesn’t care whether you are poor or rich, healthy or sick–he wants to shake your faith. He can take life. See Job 1:9-12 , ruin health- Job 2:7-8, Luke 13:16, put a “thorn in your flesh,”- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9,  torment with demons- Luke 11:18, provoke evil deeds- Luke 22:3, and cause natural disasters- Job 1:19.

The world is under the control of Satan  1 John 5:18-19 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin: the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.  We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.  Job 1:7 says that Satan roams the earth (and he is looking how he might cause havoc in people’s lives).

Turn to the Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit to fight your adversaries. Your defense is the Truth, Righteousness, the Gospel, Faith, Hope, the Word of God, and Prayer.  We must be alert and sober at all times!

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Eight Facts about Evil in the World: Part 4

In Part #3 of the last blog on EVIL, we discussed the Spiritual Battle against Evil. Today’s Blog is packed with some KEY specific Bible verses regarding this Huge Topic of Evil.

Please take your time in reading and studying  them!

1.God can make good out of evil–   Genesis 50:20 Joseph says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Only God can do this. The entire story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 puts forth this theme!

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Evil Part 3; We live in a Spiritual Battleground

Christ WILL defeat Satan; read Genesis 3

Why is there evil in the world?  Read Genesis 3– Evil has been around a long time- since the beginning of mankind; four actions in the drama of this historical event. The choice humans made- v. 1-6, The cover-up- v. 7-13, The curse- v. 14-24, The cure- v. 15, 21. Adam and Eve willfully chose to be disobedient, just like we do. Disobedience against God’s law IS sin, and this clearly leads to evil choices that are immoral

Conclusion: Mankind clearly has a bend towards evil, even though they don’t  know it. Wrong decisions are made regularly. The cure is Jesus. Continue reading

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Evil in the World Part 2: We are bent towards evil

 

We are bent towards evil and breaking the commandments

As people, we are bent toward evil We are magnetized towards it, and it’s been like that in the beginning.  Genesis 6:5 Before the total world flood, the direction and trend of men’s lives were only towards evil, and there was a significant extent of human wickedness. In  Genesis 8:21b God says, “Man is bent towards evil from his earliest youth.”  Despite this, God promised to never destroy the earth again after the flood.  In Ecclesiastes 9:3 Solomon says, “The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live.” Jeremiah confirmed this in Jeremiah 17:9- “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it?” In Colossians 1:21, the apostle Paul nails it when he says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight…..” In James 1:21, Jesus’s half-brother James tells us, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent.” And that was 2000 years ago! What about now in 2017? Continue reading

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The problem of evil in our world- Part 1

Let’s define EVIL:

Big picturesomething not morally good; wicked. Arising out of bad character or behavior, individually or corporately. It usually originates in the heart.

As  Christians, we must try and grasp its hold on us and our culture/society.

This blog on the topic of EVIL is a four part series. We are in part 1. Let’s get going……………..

There are evil deeds John 3:19-20 Jesus taught, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world (Jesus himself), but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” Continue reading

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