Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Devotion: Resist The Devil By Faith

Who is this wicked one we call Satan?  The scriptures do not reveal much detail about this entity even though there is a lot of speculation pertaining to him and his existence.  There is no time period that explains exactly when he came into existence.  According the scripture, there are no indications as to when, if any, a revolt happened or when the fall occurred.  The Bible is somewhat vague about how he became known as Satan and his origins.  The lack of verifiable facts has not stopped the speculation about his existence or lack thereof.

Lucifer was originally created as one of God’s highest angels.  Satan, the Adversary, who possesses all angelic attributes, led some of the angels in a rebellion.  Described as the originator and chef practitioner of sin (I John 3:8), he is that wicked one (I John 5:18), a thief and a destroyer (John 10:10), a deceiver (Revelation 12:9), murderer and liar (John 8:44), and the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10).  Satan’s craftiness and deceitful nature is first depicted during the fall of mankind in Genesis 3:1-13, and in fact he masquerades as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14), and him that deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:19).  He continues to be on opposition of all God is by counterfeiting the works of God and destroying all that is good.  The phrase “deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9) is a definitive statement, that is a statement of summary, which summarizes the actions of the devil in the earth realm.  During every free moment in the earth realm, Satan’s only purpose has been to deceive the world.

To “deceive” is to tell a “lie.”  He is the father of lies and the father of deceit.  If he can plant a lie, get you to accept it, then get you to act upon it, he can gain control of your mind in the battle for your soul.  He wants you to think on things that are not true, keeping you confused, so that you will not know God’s will for your life.  An unmaintained, undisciplined thought-life occurs from the deceptions brought on by the Devil.  Satan’s main goal is to cause you not to maintain your thought-life.  The devil is out to deceive you.  That he might gain access to your soul through your mind.  Satan is not a creator and has used the same tactics as he did during his first encounter with mankind.  He uses the same methods today that he used in that encounter with Eve in the garden.  Why would he change his methods of operation since they worked so well for him in the past against them that were pure in heart and mind?  They had no thoughts that were not pure to confuse their minds and no bad genes passed down for past generations to deal with like you do, but Satan used trickery to defeat them.  What he used to defeat them then, is what he will use to defeat you today.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).

Be sober (meaning clear minded) and be vigilant (meaning watchful) because your great enemy, Satan, walks around like a hungry, roaring lion looking for some victim to devour.  Walks around like a hungry, roaring lion meaning he walks around roaring like a hungry lion but he is not a lion.  Because he is the father of lies, he wants you to believe that he is a lion waiting to devour you.  He continuously travels through the earth realm, going back and forth in the earth, and walking up and down in it (Job 1:7), seeking souls to devour.  To seek whom he may devour means he has to seek those who are willing to play into his hands.  He does not have the right to devour anyone unless his or her action allows him to do that.  He must have your permission to devour you.  If you are looking for something or someone, it means that you do not have it or have not found them yet; therefore, Satan has no control over you unless you let him find you.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

He has had many years to study human nature, but this does not mean we should be ignorant to his ways either (II Corinthians 2:11).  You have been given the authority over the power of the enemy but you should never underestimate him.

We forever pray that this inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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