I have always wondered about one thing after many years of walk with our Lord Jesus Christ, no matter how hard I try to reason myself intellectually away from God's word I fail, If the word of God says something and I reason with my 1350 grams of brain and do things in my own way, I fail 10 out of 10 times. Have you realized any time that how great God would be if he can create an universe with billions of people, he is very powerful beyond our imagination and I truly believe we cannot comprehend an infinite God with our finite life unless he choose to reveal himself to us. So The Bible words of the living God matters most for you and me to follow his ways of righteousness and live a life of abundant blessing in this world.
We can't ignore our Enemy if we want to win the Battle?
Many people today believe in God, but not in the Devil, Bible is one book which talks about the origin of this Devil. The Bible calls him with many names as Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the prince of this world, the god of this age, the ruler of the kingdom of the air, Ancient Serpent, your enemy (At least 100 times Bible talks about this Devil). Is it right to ignore the Devil completely when the Bible says he is your enemy? No my beloved we cannot because Jesus talked about this devil many times when he walked in this world. In fact the Bible says in 1 John 3:8 says "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." as Jesus Mission statement in the earth.
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." I Peter 5:8
Like many think or portrayed in media and films he is neither funny nor does he come to you with horns or in wild dresses people wear during the Halloween, but as the Bible describes in 2 Corinthians 11:14 "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." Yes he always deceives people hiding himself with lies and his best tool today is making you and I believe that, there is no devil in the world or there is no evil in the world. And he convinces intellectual people that truth and lie or relative and there is nothing called absolute truth. Today he works 24*7 convincing people that there is nothing called Sin in this world all are mistakes done in circumstances. My friends he is a deceiver and you can't beat him with your brain, so we need God's word which gives us the clear understanding of who he is and how God has defeated him, so we as his children need not fear him or deceived by him.
John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
But interestingly the devil has not changed his deception or his ways, but we humans still fall for his lies and cunningness the same way Adam and Eve where fooled. Today let us see quickly see some designs of the devil he used to deceive people:
1. Questioning the Word of God:
The Bible clearly says that the fall of Mankind was triggered with this simple question the devil asked "Did God Really Say?" (Genesis 3:1). Turn around you and see, like never before the authority of God's word (The Bible) is being questioned, because the devil knows if he can convince you to doubt God's word, be careful he can easily separate you from God.
2. Making Man believe that Food is everything he needs to live:
Satan came to Jesus and tempted when he walked in this world and asked "The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."(Matthew 4:3). Eradicate poverty from this world is the slogan everywhere, it is a good thing but one of the deception devil works is making us forget that God created us as spiritual beings. So Jesus answered Satan "'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God". Never forget following God is the only way we can live life of abundance and reach back to him in heaven.
3. Tempting him to worship him:
Satan tempted Jesus too with these words "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." (Matthew 4:9). God created this world for us and never intended to create religions in this world to fight among us but he desired a relationship with his creation (you and me). He still longs to have a fellowship with you. Jesus answered the devil "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only".
4. Tempting you to stop doing the will of God
Once Jesus foretold to his disciples of how is going to die on the cross and will come back to Life, Suddenly one of his dear disciple Peter said, Lord you should not go to the cross, Jesus did not answered Peter but Satan who is behind those word like this "Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."(Matthew 16:23). Satan always wants to stop you from doing God's will in your life.
Like this I can keep on going by explaining the design of the devil to separate us from our creator. He does that to permanently remove us from his presence. Be encouraged Jesus said all authority is given to me and he has given his authority to us, so we need not fear the devil.
Finally this is what Jesus said about the Devil
"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." - John 8:44
Lord help us daily not fall for the temptation of the devil; Help me to walk by your words pleasing you day by day. In Jesus name I pray.
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