Can we establish up front that every human being was created by God for God? Every human being will seek to fill the void in their soul with something or someone.
We were created by God to have relationship with Him, to worship Him and receive our life needs from Him.
When we come to faith in God, through Jesus the sent one, the greatest challenge we face is discerning who is speaking to us.
We desire to relate to God, to know that we are loved and accepted by Him. We want to know what life is all about and why we are here.
Rules versus relationship is key to understanding how to walk through this mine infested world. Identifying the source of what is coming at you will help you. The sources are these: God, the world, your flesh and the devil, which means accuser.
It is fairly easy to keep the rules when you make up your mind to do so. People can be religious rule keepers and be quite satisfied that they are fine and in tune with God expects of them.
Organized church rules that you should only go to that church and no other. If you are a rule follower, you will feel guilty if you set foot in the door of another church, even if it were only for the funeral of a relative.
You are also taught to avoid getting too close to anyone of another religion; you certainly shall not marry anyone who is not of your religion.
Some religions go so far as to say that if you are not of their religion you will, by force, be made to follow their religion, or you must pay them to follow your religion or you will be murdered if you don’t follow their religion.
Religion controls your life while Relationship with God sets you free to be the best person you can possibly be, and not on your own, but with the help of His Holy Spirit.
So, let’s look at John 10:10 KJV…Jesus said: “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy..”
Who is the thief? He is the one called the devil and satan; translated these words mean “accuser” and “adversary.
But, he was not always this. There was a time when he was called “Lucifer”, meaning light bearer. He was basically the worship leader of Heaven. He was one of the most beautiful of all of God’s creations.
The Word teaches us that He began to look at himself and he became deceived by his own beauty. Pride entered his heart and he began to covet the worship that was God’s.
He began to say to other created beings that he would exalt his throne above the stars, that he would ascend above the heights of the clouds, that he would be like the Most High.
One third of the angels listened to him, agreed with him and became his followers. God gave him enough rope and he hung himself. When his iniquity was full, God kicked him out of Heaven.
There is more to his story, how he became the god of this world system, but I want to focus upon his method of operation in the earth now.
Here are some words that describe his M.O.: deceiver, thief, liar, murderer, destroyer, accuser, adversary, enemy…there is more, but you get the idea. He is the source of all that is evil in this world.
It is he who deceives the masses of people in the world to follow and worship anything but God.
He hates God, but he cannot touch him. He has legal authority to do as he pleases with anyone who does not belong to God’s family.
He lies to them that God does not want them because of what they have done. He tells them that they are different than anyone else and they were meant to be something other than what they are.
He steals their good name, he steals their health, he steals their children, he steals their marriage, he steals their quality of life, all the while telling them that it is God who is doing it.
In the relationship of man and woman he leads them to to exercise their feelings and emotions as needs that must be filled by another person and when that person does not meet the need it is time to move on to someone else. This he calls freedom and all the while it is bondage to the flesh.
Children are especially targeted when they enter their teen-age years. He accuses the ignorant, innocent teen of their faults and their flaws; no one and nothing about them is right or good enough
Some teens are pressured to blame their parents, the authorities, or anyone for all that is wrong in the world, In their 20’s they become cause oriented protesters against society.
Rebelliousness and hopelessness causes some children to shut down, cutting off relationship with their parents, or anyone that could help. Then the enemy moves in for the kill. Teen suicide is the result.
Every evil, diabolical work in the world bears his footprint. He is not redeemable. His fate is sealed. Hell was created for him and his followers.
There is a high road to Hell and there is a low road to Hell. It is paved with good intentions. Those traveling these roads intend to do what is good and right, but without God they are not able. You cannot “see straight” without God.
The adversary is a counterfeiter. Government programs that are put in place to “help” people enslave them to the system, become entitlements, moving them from working to provide for themselves and their family as God intended, thus making them dependent upon government not God.
Please understand I am not against helping those in need, we should, it is the responsibility of God’s people to do so.
People walking the high road to Hell have what the world and satan can offer; money, position, possessions, power, fame, authority to name a few. Those who walk the low road to Hell are strung out on drugs, alcoholics, users and abusers of themselves and others. These two camps scorn each other as the demon spirits who empower them fight among themselves. The people are pawns in this chess game of the enemy.
Let me give you some examples of the adversaries operation against people
A husband is cheating on his wife with a neighbor. He comes home and accusers her of having a man in the house while he was gone. The very thing he is doing, he accuses her of doing.
You and your spouse are having a conversation. You hear him say something and you get angry that he would say that to you. You accuse him and he says, “I didn’t say that.” You say, “I know what I heard.”
You have just been the victims of the prince of the power of the air. This spirit takes the words from one person’s mouth twists them and when another person hears it, it is not what was said but what that spirit knows will cause strife and division in the relationship.
Anger is a favorite spirit of the enemy. It will cause the one who is the victim untold heartache as it hurts and wounds the people in his life and drives them from him, but it will torment the one who is influenced by this spirit and would him even greater.
Pornography is a tool that the enemy employs successfully. Many men, even devout religious men, are caught in the snare of pornography. It destroys the person sexually as it increases its hold upon them. Thus a man who is married cannot relate to his wife as he should and a single man will not find a woman who will accept the perversity he wants.
One of the favorite tools that the enemy uses to enslave people is fear. The scope of this is broad. Fear raises its head in many areas of our lives, perhaps all areas of our lives. I dare say that there is not one person alive that has never been afflicted by a spirit of fear.
Fear is a spirit that uses other spirits to blind and bind people so they will not fulfill their God-given destiny. A few examples are:
Fear of failure…you will not attempt anything because you are afraid you will fail.
Fear of water…you won’t get into a boat or go swimming because you are afraid you will drown.
Fear that no one can love you because you don’t look the way you think you should.
Perhaps the biggest fear of all is being alone. We fill our hours and days with T.V., pets, people and activities so we won’t be alone. I am not saying these things are wrong in and of themselves, but if you have the Lord you will never truly be alone. There is a place of rest and peace in Him. We need to have our priorities in place.
More and more lies of the enemy, piled high and deep, keep us bound up, all the while Jesus came that we might be free. It is our choice. We must make a decision and then receive the freedom.
“I am come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV
When you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, your spirit man becomes new, the old you is gone, washed away in Jesus blood, you were born of water in natural birth and now you are born of the Spirit. Your sins are forgiven, blotted out, and now you will live forever with God your father.
You have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into God’s kingdom which is light. You have a new father, a father who loves you, who will take care of you, who will always be with you, who will never leave you.
You have a soul as well as a spirit, your soul is the heart of you, the center of who you are. Your will, your emotions, you affections, your mind [intellect] are part of your soul.
Your soul and spirit are entwined and since you have received Jesus, the Holy Spirit has been given to you to help you, to teach you, to comfort you and to counsel you.
You live in a human body on this earth. This is temporary. Your body will die, it is made of dirt. This body is afflicted by earthly things. It is subject to the things of the world and the accuser, and beside that your own flesh will give you trouble.
One last thought: When you are born of the Spirit of God your spirit is instantly transformed, but the Word teaches us that the soul begins a process, religion calls it sanctification, it simply means that you are set apart and now you will be taught and trained by the Holy Spirit. He begins to work into you what is pleasing to your Father in Heaven. He is making you ready for Heaven, for the day when you will see your Father face to face.
If a thing is of God it will bring peace, rest and joy; it will “feel” right in your spirit. If it is accusing, condemning or hurtful it is of the enemy of God and you do not have to accept it.
Michelle…My thoughts and prayers are with you this morning. Our conversation yesterday brought great joy to my heart as I heard you say that you are born-again, that you found Jesus. I thought of these word of Jesus: “He who is forgiven much loves much.”
May the path that you have begun to walk with the Lord be filled with moments of joy and wonder as you learn who your are, how valuable you are to your Father and how worthy He is to receive your worship.
I Love you,