Yesterday, we considered the fall of man in Gen 3. Fundamentally, it became clear to us that the enemy (devil) has nothing new to offer.
Read it again Gen 3: 5 'For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'
The devil operates through a mixture of lies, half truth and deception. Now we are very clear about something that 'All things were created by Christ (God). John 1:3 reads 'All things (ALL MEANS ALL) were made through Him (CHRIST) and without Him nothing was made that was made (Selah). It means therefore that the Devil has nothing, absolutely no power to create anything.
If you want PEACE that will last, hold on to Jesus.
You want BLESSINGS that won't turn to sorrow, go to the original manufacturer. Prov 10: 22.
Beloved, whatever Christ CAN'T give you, no other power on earth can give. Phil 4: 13 - I CAN DO all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.
Beware of anyone who always seems to have many alternatives to offer. Man fell because Eve believed the lies and manipulation of the devil. Sadly, man is still falling. Very painful indeed. Adam and Eve were already like God. They were made in the image of God. The serpent didn't give them something new. It was already given. Yet the bait pushed Eve to eat of the tree without consultation.
Joshua 9: 14 - 15 gives us a clue to overcoming deception. 'Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not seek or ask counsel of the Lord... Beloved, to overcome that temptation or lie, the solution is to seek counsel from the Lord. I call it 'checking with the Spirit of truth'. When we don't check and believed a lie, it becomes a snare. Joshua was hopelessly unable to break his covenant with the Gibeonites because he had sworn by His God to them.
When the devil came to deceive Jesus in Matt 4, it was the same thing. A mixture of lies, half truth and deception.
John 8: 44 reveals in reference to the Jews who came to challenge the words of Jesus 'You are of your father the devil, and desires of your father you want to do (if you find yourself always going against the truth, you probably need to examine yourself). He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because THERE is NO TRUTH in him (the devil). When he speaks, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.'
Beloved, Res ipsa loquitur - the facts speak for itself. You don't need anyone to deceive you or admonish you
Watch Out and don't be afraid of saying No.
Take Care and let the Lord be your ALL in ALL this year.
Shalom and Blessings!!!
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Pastor in the House