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my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

— Ephesians 6:10

I read a story of a little boy was trying to remove a large stone from his sand box.  He said, " Dad it’s too heavy!"  His Father insisted, "Son, You can do it." The boy strained and tried some more, but then said, "Dad it’s too heavy!"  The father said, "son you’re not using all the strength and resources God has made available for you!."  The boy replied, "yes i am, Why do you keep saying, I am not using all the strength and resources God has given me? Dad said, I know you’re not son... because you haven’t asked me once to help you."

How often we try to carry all the burdens of life on our own shoulders and forget that God is nearby, ready and anxious to help.  The Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7..."cast all your cares on Him, because he cares for you." These are all good reminders for us to not try and walk thru life as though we are orphans. Our father, the Creator of all things, lives in the heart of every believer and has promised if we call upon Him... he will help us. ( Jeremiah 33:3 )

So this week, lets make it our aim to do what Paul exhorts us to do...."to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!"

 

 

 

lest Satan should take advantage of us; we are not to be ignorant of his devices.

— 2 Corinthians 2:11

There was a man in the church at Corinth who was living in an immoral relationship with his mother-in-law. Paul told the church to turn him over to Satan... in order that his soul might be saved.

The church heeded Paul's advice and banned the man from fellowship. But months later, when the man repented of his sin, the church wouldnt let him back into fellowship. Paul knew they took his advice too far...so he wrote them again, in his second letter to the Corinthians and ask them to extend grace, forgiveness and allow the repentant man back into fellowship.

Proverbs 27:6 says, The wounds of a friend are better than kisses from an enemy. Sometimes our firends make choices that we know are wrong. if we ignore their behavior and let them continue in it, we wont be showing love to them. But when we dont make any move to help them, we show that we are more concerned with being liked...than we are about caring for our friends future and well being.

Confrontation is a scary thing, and many people avoid it. But we demonstrate true love for one another by honestly sharing our concerns in order to help our friends be their very best for God. And we should also be open and willing to listen when they do the same for us.

Paul did not enjoy reprimanding his friends and fellow believers, but he cared enough to confront them with their wrongdoing because he loved them... and wanted Gods best for them.

Whatever side you fall on, be careful to let love motivate and guide your decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

— Revelation 12:9

The bible tells us that God is Omnipotent. Which means he is all powerful. There is nothing that God can’t do. But Satans power, because he is an angel created by God is limited.

God is also Omniscient... meaning He is all knowing. There is nothing he doesn’t know.  But Satan is limited in his knowledge and understanding.

God is also Omni present. Meaning, He is able to be everywhere at the same time. Satan is not,  he can only be one place at a time.  It is very unlikely that any of us have ever battled Satan, I believe he probably spends his time trying to tempt or influence the most important or powerful people in the world.  But there are many other demons, who followed Satan in his rebellion and these are the ones we must battle.  It is always good to remember these facts when we feel we are doing battle against the enemy.

There is a great verse that has always helped me in my walk with God... 1 John 4:4…Greater is He that is in you , than he that is in the world.  It is always good to know when you are being tempted or fighting spiritual warfare, that God lives in every believers heart. Which means, you are never alone. God is always with you and ready to help in times of trouble.

Satan is a defeated foe and he knows his time is short. Our victory comes from our Savior Jesus Christ, it is thru His blood that our sins are forgiven and our hope of heaven secured.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

— Ephesians 6:11

The 2 methods commonly used by the enemy are Lies, distortions, half-truths to get us going down the wrong road, believing the wrong thing about life, about one another. Another wile is… Accusations.  The bible says, he is the accuser of the brethren.

We often fail in Spiritual warfare because we are ignorant of the enemies strategies or because we under estimate his strengths and abilities. We fail to recognize his strategies and how to overcome Him.

Martin Lloyd Jones said, I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is forgotten. All is attributed to Us. We have become Psychological in our attitude and teaching. We are ignorant of this great objective fact, the existence of the devil, our adversary, the accuser and his fiery darts.

The enemy is a dangerous WOLF often disguising himself as an innocent lamb. Sometimes he roars like a lion, but more often he comes like a cunning serpent or even as an angel of light.

Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Even though we, or even an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

— Galatians 1:8

Paul knew that the enemy will often come as a friend and not a foe, impersonating a believer. Deceiving, sowing his seeds of discord, spreading his lies, undermining the work of God in the believers life.  So, we must be alert and watchful.

Another tactic of the devil…

Revelation 12;10 tells us…The Accuser of the Brethren, who accuses them before God day and night.

The enemy comes to us and says, you can do this, get away with that… no one will ever no. And when we give into the temptation he then turns and accuses us, saying, you call yourself a Christian, you will never get away with this. Do you think God loves you now??

There’s a Big Difference between the Holy Spirits conviction and the Satan’s accusations.

When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, he uses the Word of God in love and seeks to bring us back into fellowship with God.

But when Satan accuses you, He uses your sin and failure in a hateful way to drive you away from God, to make you feel shame and worthless.

What Christ did on Calvary is an essential key to winning the war against Satan. It is thru his shed blood that our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous in Gods eye. To fail to understand the gospel will spell sure defeat for the believer.

It is important we recognize, we are not fighting for Victory, but from Victory.

Understanding the gospel and basic doctrinal truths will make us strong in the lord, in the power of his might.

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