You know nowadays many people want to sit on other people chairs, get rid the real people, and sit themselves there. That is called self-appointed. They are after the title but they don’t want really want GOD Who appoints HIS people.
The LORD JESUS said in the book of Mark Chapter 10 verse 40 that “But I do not have the right to choose who will sit at My right and My left. It is GOD WHO will give these places to those for whom HE has prepared them.”
GOD does prepare HIS People. And HE doesn’t only care the people HIS people whom marry, HE cares also about every other areas of our lives such as our careers. In fact the book of Psalm chapter 37 verse 23 says “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” The best thing we can ask GOD is to give us our own customized blessings that nobody will be able to claim theirs to avoid misunderstandings and confusions.
I have also learned that it’s best for GOD to put you somewhere than force it on your own, because if HE is the One Who put you there, HE will fight for you. As for me, I choose the LORD JESUS. I choose my FATHER GOD. I choose the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, nor matter the outcomes will be.
The LORD JESUS mentioned the right order in obtaining things in GOD’s Kingdom in Matthew 6:33 is “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) HIS Kingdom and HIS righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of GOD], and all these things will be given to you also.
In other words seek GOD, His Kingdom and Righteousness, and HIS ways of doing things first, basically make HIM first priority in everything and everyone, then HE will add those things to us that we look for. Some Bible translations say, then all these things will follow you. So when you do that you don’t need to chase them, they will chase you.
There is no need to manipulate things, we just need to pray and cast all our cares to the LORD and make HIM our first priority and get our hearts centered on HIM. And in the Book of Romans chapter 8 verse 28, it says “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
GOD is true and just and faithful. GOD knows our sacrifices and sufferings, and HE knows that HIS Children are watching and waiting for HIS faithfulness.
Last week I ran into this book talking about water down Gospel. And I was like what do they mean water down Gospel? So I did get some of the descriptions and little bit of what they mean of water down Gospel. Basically many of us want blessings, but without obedience. We want comfort, but without sacrifice. We want happiness, but without repentance. As a result, we have watered down, decaffeinated, and diluted the message of the Gospel until it really has no effect on our lives or the lives of others. The LORD JESUS didn’t come to make our normal, selfish, sinful lives a little better. He came to radically transform our lives. The way of Grace inspired obedience, the narrow way is the only way to find the real JESUS, real meaning, real hope, and real godly life.
My prayer today is for none of us to be water down Christians. Water down Gospel living makes us unfruitful Christians. May GOD help us to really live the real Gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. We shall be fruitful Christians. No water down Gospel for us by GOD’s help, in THE MIGHTY NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Today we are going to learn from the Bible and get understanding about three deadly enemies of our Christian faith. The Bible has mentioned three enemies’ categories that absolutely harm Christian Faith, and they are grouped in three categories. It is part of our series, The Kingdom Of GOD In, because we need to know what we are dealing with in our lives especially when it comes to rebuking evil foundations.
The first category the Bible mentions as the enemy of GOD and our Christian faith is the system of the world. The manipulating and corrupting systems of the world. In other words, the world corrupted ways or the kingdom of darkness ways of doing and operating things.
Believe me; the system of the world is full of manipulating things and manipulators. Out of today’s topic, but I just have to share it how people can manipulate things in your life. Beloved people of GOD, some people in this world, I tell you. When manipulators enter people lives, why do they think we don’t see it? They can even do stupid things like inserting things on your phone, wallpapers and themes, they can even manipulate videos covers, like in the camp of this man of GOD ministry on my youtube subscription tab. When I saw that, it saddened me. He is doing wonderful works for the LORD and Kingdom of GOD, but he has hired someone on his online ministry video to manipulate the covers to get to me. You know I’m not intimidating by this hater or haters’ intimidation, in fact they are only making me look better in GOD’s eyes than them because of what they are doing, the only thing it hurts me is that they are using a true godly man of GOD to manipulate their dirty work. But I also got to know their true hearts whoever they are, thank you for revealing it to me. You are trying to manipulate everything, but GOD sees everything. I wouldn’t be surprised you are the ones who went and post online concerning Mclee on certain dates and certain amounts.
You know the LORD JESUS when they were crucifying HIM on the Cross that day, HE said FATHER, forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing. In the book of Luke chapter 23 verses 33 to 35, the Bible says “When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified HIM there, along with the criminals, one on HIS right and the other on HIS left. Then JESUS said, “FATHER, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up HIS garments by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers sneered at HIM, saying, “HE saved others; let HIM save Himself if HE is the CHRIST OF GOD, the Chosen One.”
So I have asked myself, what if some of the people in our lives, they know exactly what they are doing…hahaha, seriously. Anyway, GOD is always going to be GOD. The 70 times 7 principles is still GOD’s Principle. GOD will know what to do with our enemies. Yes, there is 70×7 principle. In the book of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21 to 22, it says “Then came Peter to HIM, and said, LORD, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? JESUS saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
Now let’s continue with our discussion concerning the first category that the Bible mention we need to be aware as the enemy of faith and basically our lives in general. The Bible has a lot to say about the things of this world, the corrupted things.
In the book of 1 John chapter 2 verses 15 to 17, Apostle John said “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the FATHER in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the FATHER, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases GOD will live forever.”
Another translation of this same Bible passage says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the FATHER is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the FATHER but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the Will of GOD abides forever.”
And then if you read the Book of James chapter 4 verses 1 to 8, Apostle James said “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask GOD for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of GOD? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of GOD. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that GOD is passionate that the spirit HE has placed within us should be faithful to HIM. And HE gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “GOD opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before GOD. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to GOD, and GOD will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between GOD and the world.”
There is nothing for the believer and the children of GOD in the world corrupted systems or ways of doing things. Why? Because they only draw the heart of the believer away from the LORD. Because they go against godly Principles of GOD and GOD’s ways of doing things. They don’t honor GOD and their Creator. The world is filled of the ways and many things that GOD abhors and grouped as wickedness to the Sight Of GOD. The world ways of doing things entertain sinful lifestyles.
In the book of John chapter 15 verses 18 to 23, the LORD JESUS said “If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of Me, for they have rejected the One Who sent Me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates Me also hates My FATHER.”
The LORD JESUS said even though we are still living in the world, as believers and born-again Christians we are no longer of the world. That doesn’t mean we should not love the people in the world, or we shouldn’t love others, our friends and family members, our neighbors, and everyone basically. In fact we should love everyone enough to be concerned about their need of Salvation. The LORD JESUS basically tells us that because of our faith in HIM, the world will hate us. Because of us choosing to live godly and live according GOD’s ways of doing things, the world will hate us. We were like them, but now we have accepted to follow GOD in our lives. We have decided to resist the devil and his temptations. We have decided that we don’t want to tolerate sin anymore. We know that if our hearts are caught up with the things of the world, we cannot glorify GOD to the world.
The Book of Colossians chapter 1 verse 12 to 13 records that “Always thanking the FATHER. HE has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to HIS people, who live in the light. For HE has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of HIS dear SON, Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” When we became born-again Christians we changed kingdoms, we moved to the Kingdom of GOD citizenship.
The second category the Bible mentions as the enemy to our Christian faith is the flesh or sinful nature. In Scriptures, the flesh is most often referred to as that natural sinful part of man that loves to please itself. So we are not talking here the flesh as the physical body or the manifestation of something into a tangible thing. We are talking about this rebellious and stubborn part of our inner being that all of us many times we really don’t like that we notice it all the time in our own lives. It is that part of us that does not want to be told what to do, that refuses correction, and does not want to have a thing to do with GOD. The flesh usually hates to be under authority or to have to yield to anything other than its own wishes and desires. The flesh usually desires something simply because it is forbidden.
So let’s look at this flesh that is an enemy to GOD and our Christian faith. Some of the Bible translations call it the sinful nature.
In the book of Galatians 5 verses 16 to 26, it says that “So I say, let the HOLY SPIRIT guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of GOD. But the HOLY SPIRIT produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to CHRIST JESUS have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to HIS cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
So we see here that there is only one way to overcome the sinful desires of the flesh which is to walk in the Spirit. Meaning that we are to follow the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT as HE leads us along in the truths of the Scriptures, GOD’s WORD, or GOD’s Wisdom and Instructions and Precepts. When we yield to the leading and guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, because of HIS empowerment over us, we are able to overcome our sinful fleshly desires.
Believe or not the lusts of the flesh are real and are in constant threat to us living lives that will honor and please the LORD even as born-again Christians and godly believers. And you will know that you are living by your flesh when you see the works of its fruits in your life. Apostle Paul said when you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.
Even Apostle Paul shared of his struggling with sin in the book of Romans chapter 7 verses 14 to 25. And he said “So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love GOD’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank GOD! The answer is in JESUS CHRIST our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”
Apostle Paul also went on saying in Romans chapter 8 verses 1 to 17 that “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to CHRIST JESUS. And because you belong to HIM, the power of the life-giving SPIRIT has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So GOD did what the law could not do. HE sent HIS own SON in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body GOD declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving HIS SON as a sacrifice for our sins. HE did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the HOLY SPIRIT think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to GOD. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please GOD. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the SPIRIT Of GOD living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the SPIRIT of CHRIST living in them do not belong to HIM at all.) And CHRIST lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with GOD. The SPIRIT Of GOD, who raised JESUS from the dead, lives in you. And just as GOD raised CHRIST JESUS from the dead, HE will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the SPIRIT of GOD are children of GOD. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received GOD’s SPIRIT when HE adopted you as HIS own children. Now we call HIM, “ABBA, FATHER.” For HIS SPIRIT joins with our spirit to affirm that we are GOD’s children. And since we are HIS children, we are HIS heirs. In fact, together with CHRIST we are heirs of GOD’s glory. But if we are to share HIS glory, we must also share HIS suffering.”
There are no other ways to overcome the flesh or sinful nature but through the LORD JESUS our SAVIOR. The fleshy in fact stands against all the LORD is or it stands for all the LORD is against. That’s why it is the enemy of GOD and is our enemy to our Christian walk as children of GOD.
The third category the Bible mentions as the enemy to our Christian faith is the devil. If you ask me the devil is the enemy even to his followers and advocates. Anybody who is not in GOD’s team is really playing and not smart in his or her decisions.
In the Book of 2 Thesallonians chapter 2 verses 1 to 12, Apostle Paul revealed something about the devil in the future events prior to the LORD’s second coming. And Scripture says “Now in regard to the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and our gathering together to meet HIM, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly unsettled or alarmed either by a [so-called prophetic revelation of a] spirit or a message or a letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the LORD has [already] come. Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of GOD, publicly proclaiming that he himself is GOD. Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time. For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed and the LORD JESUS will slay him with the breath of HIS mouth and bring him to an end by the appearance of HIS coming. The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies], and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them]. Because of this GOD will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Basically Apostle Paul referred to the devil or satan as the one who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.”
There are some people who believe that the devil doesn’t exist. If the devil doesn’t exist why then did the LORD JESUS mention about him more than once in the Bible?
There was an interesting conversation between the LORD JESUS and some of the Jews that were Abraham descendants in those days. And the LORD JESUS was explaining to them that if GOD is their FATHER, then they would behave like children of GOD. In the book of John chapter 8 verses 37 to 47 the Bible records this conversation, and it says “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you plan to kill Me, because My Word has no place [to grow] in you [and it makes no change in your heart]. I tell the things that I have seen at My FATHER’s side [in His very presence]; so you also do the things that you heard from your father.” They answered, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are [truly] Abraham’s children, then do the works of Abraham and follow his example. But as it is, you want to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth, which I heard from GOD. This is not the way Abraham acted. You are doing the works of your [own] father.” They said to Him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one [spiritual] FATHER: GOD.” Jesus said to them, “If GOD were your FATHER [but He is not], you would love and recognize Me, for I came from GOD [out of His very presence] and have arrived here. For I have not even come on My own initiative [as self-appointed], but He [is the One who] sent Me. Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My Word. You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [and continue in your unbelief]. Which one of you [has proof and] convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? Whoever is of GOD and belongs to Him hears [the truth of] GOD’s words; for this reason you do not hear them: because you are not of GOD and you are not in fellowship with Him.”
The LORD JESUS also said in the Book of John chapter 10 verses 7 to 15 that HE is a Good Shepherd. Scripture says “ So Jesus said again, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I am the Door for the sheep [leading to life]. All who came before Me [as false messiahs and self-appointed leaders] are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not hear them. I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His [own] life for the sheep. But the hired man [who merely serves for wages], who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away; and the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. The man runs because he is a hired hand [who serves only for wages] and is not concerned about the[safety of the] sheep. I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]— even as the FATHER knows Me and I know the FATHER—and I lay down My [very own] life [sacrificing it] for the benefit of the sheep.”
If there is a Good Shepherd then there is a bad shepherd. And the LORD JESUS showed us the difference, the Good Shepherd is the owner of the sheep, lays down His life for the benefit of His Own sheep, is concerned about the safety of the sheep, and knows His sheep, and His sheep hears His voice. And then HE also said “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. HE came that we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
The LORD JESUS called the devil the ruler of this world. In the Book of John chapter 12 verses 27 to 33, HE said “Now My soul is troubled and deeply distressed; what shall I say? ‘FATHER, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]’? But it is for this [very] purpose that I have come to this hour [this time and place]. [Rather, I will say,] ‘FATHER, glorify (honor, extol) YOUR NAME!’” Then a voice came from heaven saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd of people who stood nearby and heard the voice said that it had thundered; others said, “An angel has spoken to Him!” JESUS answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for Mine. Now judgment is upon this world [the sentence is being passed]. Now the ruler of this world (Satan) will be cast out. And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw all people to Myself [Gentiles, as well as Jews].” He said this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.”
I mean, the Bible has a lot to say about the devil or satan. Those are about a couple of Scriptures that mentions the LORD JESUS Himself said the devil exists. In fact in the very beginning in the book of Genesis, the Bible mentions that the devil in the form of a serpent tested Eve at the Garden of Aden. It is the same devil who tested the LORD JESUS when HE was fasting for forty days in the wilderness. The devil may not be seen in the natural but he does exist. He is the ruler of the world also known as the kingdom of darkness. When I mean darkness I mean wickedness, evil, unrighteousness. You will know that your father is the devil (spiritually speaking) or you are living and operating under the devil influence when it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of the devil.
I will share a few more scriptures that the Bible mentions concerning the devil or satan in the next continuation post of our series. Some of us we need to know who the real enemies are. If you have been following our series from beginning you will realize that we fight and wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Even though sometimes they can come as people, but you have to know those people are influenced by something for instance to come and attack you, or reject you, to mistreat you the way they have been mistreating you. There is always a source behind what on the surface.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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