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  • The Bible, God, and Satan

    Just some of my more recent notes. It’s not a completed writing but it’s a start. The breakdown is a bit more complicated than this because there is a lot of ground work I have based this off of but I’ve narrowed it down to something this short and can hopefully fill in the gaps later on with second and third parts.

    In the Bible it talks about God and it talks about Satan. Two beings in a battle for the souls of man. As people the Bible talks about the importance of being aware of the enemy and his tactics.
    A few verses that come to mind are the following:
    In Genesis 3:1 it says “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

    In 1 Peter 5:8 it says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

    And in Luke 22:31 it says “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”

    Here are a few things I have learned about Satan from Scripture.
    The first thing I learned is that Satan is crafty but also stupid. Why do I say that? Here is why: Satan was smart enough to deceive man to fall but dumb enough to get kicked out of heaven. Satan knows more than man, he is smarter, more cunning, and more crafty than man. So man can easily fall prey to him. However Satan does not know more than God, he is not smarter than God.

    The second thing is that Satan can not defeat God. Why is that? We have an enemy who knows God but that does not know what God knows. Satan is not all knowing and he is not all powerful therefore matched against God he will always lose. Satan lives in eternal judgement under the law (referenced in the Old Testament) and eternal separation from God therefore there is no redemption for him.

    There is however redemption and salvation for man through Jesus Christ. If we are in Christ there is protection from our enemy there. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and nothing ever goes wrong but it does mean that even when we go through the bad times God will bring us through the other side. Where does man receive wisdom in this battle for souls? Through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit. Understanding who God is and then understanding who the enemy is changes everything for the follower of Jesus Christ.

    The Bible is referred to as a sword on numerous occasions in Scripture.
    In Hebrews 4:12 it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

    and in Ephesians 6 we see the armor of God referenced.

    “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

    The armor of God represents what we need in the battle for our soul against a ruthless enemy. You see the fruit on the tree in the garden looked good. In Genesis it describes it as “pleasing to the eye.” What looks good for us can be deceiving. In the end what looked good and what tasted good brought death for all of mankind. Adam and Eve deterred from the truth that they were given by God: “If you eat the fruit of this tree you will surely die.” Because they did not stick to God’s Word they made a huge mess. We must not kid ourselves, we are no different from Adam and Eve. We can and will fall into messes when we walk away from the Words God has given us. Our biggest defense against Satan is the Word of God. There is no truth apart from it, only death, only pain, only suffering. Adam and Eve didn’t die right away. It was a long and slow decline but they did as God told them would happen died. We do not walk away from God’s Words because that is where we lose every time. It’s time we stop compromising the living Word of God to appease people. The Bible is as God wrote it to be to transform lives and save Souls and protect them from a wicked enemy. When we change it we use the tactic Satan used in the garden. We must speak Truth if we are to bring people to Jesus Christ and save them from death. If we truly love people we will want for them to truly know and love God and be set free. Speak the living Word of God.

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  • The Promises Of God, The Word Of God, And The Holy Spirit

    1 Kings 8:56
    “Praise be to the Lord, Who has given rest to His people, Israel just as He has promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.”
    The Bible is full of promises God has given to His children. Promises that we often forget about for many reasons. One reason being we are consumed by everyday things that we don’t focus on God, another is fear and doubt which sneak in and again redirect our attention to our circumstances instead of God, sometimes we just haven’t read some of the promises yet, or we didn’t take the time to study and pray about them, and there are so many other reasons we forget.
    Regardless of whether we witness them or not God’s promises are fulfilled. God fulfills His promises for us on a daily basis. It’s just whether or not we notice them or not. I often wonder how many times God protected me from potential disaster or harmful situations. I remember one time when I was 10 years old a friend of mine’s parent was driving me home from their house and we had started driving but I hadn’t put on my seatbelt yet. While I was looking out the window I heard the Holy Spirit say to me “put your seatbelt on.” So I immediately did and less than a minute later a deer darted out in front of my friend’s car and he hit it. I jerked forward but thank God He warned me because instead of smashing my face against the chair in front of me or worse I only experienced some minor whiplash. In short God promises to protect us from the enemy and that was a day God fulfilled His promise to me. I went home that night instead of to a hospital.
    Whenever I’m offered extra hours at work I stop and thank God for providing for me. It’s the big as well as the small things that God does for us that we should give thanks for. We see what we allow our eyes to be open to and closed to what we want them to be closed to. God’s Word is ever moving around us. God’s Word is living and through God’s Holy Spirit it breathes life into our very being. It’s something that can only be seen through the Holy Spirit but if we close our hearts and minds to Him then we will only see with the carnal eyes and our carnal sight is truly blindness.
    I’ll put it this way, the Bible is like a 3D movie and the Holy Spirit like the glasses. Without the 3D glasses a 3D movie appears blurry and what is going on in the movie is often misunderstood because of the skewed vision of the viewer. But a 3D movie combined with the 3D glasses has life and dimension. The viewer can see every detail of the movie. The storyline comes to life and all of the behind the scenes complexity that went into the design of the movie all comes together and makes sense to the sight of the viewer.
    What I’m saying is the Bible without the Holy Spirit cannot be understood by the human mind and heart. The corruption in a man’s heart and mind skews his vision and understanding of God’s Word. Therefore man cannot see nor comprehend all of the life that is offered to man in the Bible. The Bible says that the Word of God is foolishness to those who do not have the Holy Spirit. Which is why people like Miley Cyrus can say that it’s “fake”, they can’t see it and therefore they mock it.
    I can’t even begin to explain the issues brought into a man’s heart by the fall, but I can explain this. All the answers you are looking for are in the Bible. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again on the third day taking our punishment. The Bible says the penalty of sin is death (physically and Spiritually) a fact that we see every day. Our earthly bodies will die but Jesus died so that our spirit could live forever with Him. When we surrender our lives to Jesus we are covered by His sacrifice and we are made new. Every day He helps us to be better than we were the day before. God sees Jesus and forgives our sins. When we get saved we receive the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit guides us through God’s Word.

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