December 8, 2011

LET US BE VIGILANT; discern the real adversary

      Whenever we are going through a struggle, it is easy to look at the person we are in conflict with as the source of our pain.   They are the one’s we see.  We can spend so much time and energy struggling with them, we overlook the true source.  To wage effective spiritual warfare we must, as followers of Christ, recognize the true enemy, Satan.   In Job 1:7 we read of a conversation in heaven between GOD and Satan;

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD,  and said,From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

This conversation was repeated in Job 2:2 after Satan through the Sabeans killed Job’s servants, took away his oxen and asses.   He burned Job’s sheep with fire from “heaven”,  the Chaldeans killed more servants and carried away his camels  Then he sent a  great wind that killed Job’s children.  When we allow Holy Spirit to remind us, GOD has through His Word spoken to us and said;

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12, AV)

Jesus told us;

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, AV)

If we filter our thoughts through the WORD OF GOD, esteem His words above our words, His thoughts above our thoughts, then we realize, Jesus told us how to discern an attack.  If anything is stolen, any attempt to kill, any attempt to destroy it is from Satan.  Even when the person in front of us appears to cause us pain we must again remember the Word of GOD;

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, …”

But when we fail, we have an advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God, and just as Peter did, when he took his eyes off Jesus,and began to notice the wind and the waves,  as he began to sink he cried out “Lord save me.”   We too can cry out Lord save me and be blessed to feel the hand of the Lord catch us, and hear him ask us“… O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?… .” (Matthew 14:31–32, AV)Lord Save Me

Be Blessed my sisters and brothers

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