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I believe that those who have the most trouble with backsliding, are those who fail to realize that we live in a raging battle between Lucifer and his followers, and God and the host of heaven.

Right now, the Earth and all mankind belong to the devil. Those of us who become Christians become enemies of the devil. Jesus Christ gave his spiritual authority to Christians, and the devil knows this.

Genesis 3:15 (God speaking to the devil / Lucifer / Satan) says:

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

This verse is primarily fulfilled through Jesus Christ, but in a sense, the enmity (and the spiritual battle) continues to this day. For this reason (and because man is created in the image of God), the devil hates mankind and seeks to defile and destroy us.

I am going to quote some of what a friend wrote in a blog post, and add a view into the spiritual dimension, so you can REALLY see what is happening, and what we struggle against.  (MY COMMENTS WILL BE IN CAPS)

“For example, let’s say that someone is an alcoholic. One day this alcoholic realized that his or her life is a mess, and they cried out to God to deliver them. Through a series of events, God set them free from alcohol. And for a while, that person never even thought about drinking. (BUT, THAT VERY DAY THEY CALLED OUT TO GOD, THAT PERSON OBTAINED A NEW AND PERSISTENT ENEMY: THE DEVIL)

But one day, all kinds of things happened that made life hard to deal with. (JUST HAPPENED? OR PERHAPS–ORCHESTRATED!) It could be any number of things, but never the less, the result is the same. (DEMONS THAT ARE ASSIGNED TO THEM SPRING INTO ACTION. LITTLE THOUGHT ‘DARTS’ PENETRATE THEIR MIND. ‘BOY, I NEED A DRINK’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS. ) That person looks to alcohol as a refuge.

(‘JUST A LITTLE BUZZ WOULD BE NICE’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS. ‘JUST A BEER OR TWO’ . . . ) They want to escape into “happiness” just for a little while. Just enough to numb things out a little bit so they can relax and think things through. So after some conflict in their head and heart, they cave in to the pressure, and they pick up a six-pack.

There was that one last bit of hesitation right before the bottle touched their lips, but that was quickly overcome by the thought (THOUGHT ‘DART’ SENT BY THE DEVIL) of “it’s too late now, you’ve already bought the beer and opened it up.” So down goes the first bottle. They think “this time I will only drink in moderation”, but that didn’t work last time, and it won’t work this time either. (‘MAYBE JUST ONE MORE’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS . . . AGAIN, AND AGAIN . . . )

(AS SOON AS THEY WAKE THE NEXT DAY, THE DEVIL BEGINS SENDING THOUGHT DARTS OF CONDEMNATION . . . AND TEMPTATION . . . AND HOPELESSNESS. ‘I REALLY SCREWED UP’, HE WHISPERS. ‘I ALWAYS SCREW UP–I’M WORTHLESS.’ ‘WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER?

AND THE DEVIL’S FAVORITE . . . THE ONE HE SENDS AGAIN AND AGAIN: ‘IT’S HOPELESS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I DO, I CAN’T FIGHT THIS. I CAN’T GET SET FREE. I CAN’T OVERCOME THIS. THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO. WHY EVEN TRY TO FIGHT IT? IT’S HOPELESS”

THEN: ‘BUT GOD SAYS IT’S WRONG’ . . . ‘BUT I’VE TRIED. I CAN’T STOP. I’LL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH. GOD MUST REALLY HATE ME NOW.’ THEN, AGAIN: ‘IT’S HOPELESS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I DO, I CAN’T FIGHT THIS. I CAN’T GET SET FREE. I CAN’T OVERCOME THIS. THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO. WHY EVEN TRY TO FIGHT IT? IT’S HOPELESS”)

Before they know it, they are stopping by the store every night on the way home from work. (WHEN THEY DRINK IS THE ONLY TIME THE VOICES SHUT UP AND GIVE THEM ANY PEACE!) They will meet other people who drink (YOU DON’T THINK THAT’S BY COINCIDENCE DO YOU?), and late nights at the bar are a normal way of life…again. Then comes the DWI, then comes the totaled car, then comes the broken marriage. Why did this happen?’

It happens because we either don’t know, or don’t believe that there is a huge demonic presence on this Earth, that is constantly at work (especially at opposing the people of God). These demons are eternal beings that never sleep! They will work on you 24/7 for the rest of your life . . . if you let them!!

But here is the key–you DON’T let them!! The Bible tells us that the devil goes about, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. But it also tells us ‘resist the devil and he will flee from you’.

Now, Satan’s #1 lie is that he doesn’t exist. Obviously it is to his advantage that we believe that, because if we do, we won’t resist him! But, the Bible wouldn’t tell us to resist him if he didn’t exist!!

One way to resist him (besides to ignore what he is saying or telling us to do), is to ‘rebuke’ him. You can say: ‘Satan (or ‘demons’)–LEAVE ME ALONE!! IN JESUS’ NAME!

(If you aren’t a Christian, your authority is pretty limited, so you’d better get that resolved first.)

The other thing to do is to ‘plead the blood of Jesus’ over yourself for protection. That’s as simple as saying: ‘I plead the blood of Jesus over myself’.

So, lets review. The first, and most important steps you take are to:

  1. Do your best to live right
  2. ‘Plead the blood of Jesus’ over yourself daily
  3. Always remember that you are involved in a spiritual battle, and that the spirit world is very real
  4. Resist the devil
  5. Rebuke the devil/demons when they mess with you

If you will do these things, you will see a tremendous improvement! Beyond that, there are other things you’ll need to learn more about and do, for complete deliverance.

  • Clean up your life and your home, work station, etc. Learn about the kind of things that can be ‘doorways’ for demons, or that demons can ‘attach to’ and get rid of them.
  • Get deliverance from (have cast out) any demons that are living inside you.

(Satan’s #2 lie is that Christians can’t have demons inside them.)

 

You can find more info about deliverance at these sites:

http://www.shatterthedarkness.net/
(the best info, but the site is horribly disorganized)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/omegamanradio

http://patholliday.com/

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I was saddened recently.  Someone I have come to respect, for his willingness to seek and share truth, is seemingly being ensnared.  As I listened to him extol Donald Trump, his reverence for him was obvious.  It centered on the fact that Trump is a billionaire–and his apparent assumption that to be a billionaire implies that a person has attributes that we should admire.  (I’ll break it down for you–that fact that a person is a billionaire means that he has a lot of money–nothing more, nothing less.)

Yes, I will pray for this man.  As I’ve said before, we all have our ‘blind spot’ and our ‘Achilles heel’.  My intention here is not to criticize him, but to illuminate a way in which the thinking of many Christians does not line up with the perspective that God wishes us to have.  Instead, I would venture to say that most Christians have the same attitude toward money that ‘the world’ has.

Jesus made it clear that while we are on Earth we are stewards of what is God’s.   God decides how much to entrust to each of us.   If we prove faithful in little things, He will entrust us with more.  However, that does not mean that everyone who has a lot has proven himself faithful.

God chooses how much to entrust each of us with.  Not only does He entrust those who have proven faithful with more, sometimes He chooses to entrust a lot (at the beginning) to those who will merely squander it–or to entrust little to one who is worthy of more.

While God promises to bless those who are faithful, one cannot assume that all who are blessed are faithful–or that all who seem not to have  His blessing are not.  (And God’s blessings do not all involve money!!)

This reminds me of Jesus speaking about someone who was crippled from birth, and saying that some wondered who had sinned–the man, or his parents.  At that time, it was understood that those who sinned would see consequences, so this thinking was perfectly logical.  The problem was, that not everyone who had the ‘consequences’ had sinned–sometimes people are just ‘born that way’.   Although b may follow a, a does not always precede b . . .

At the risk of overstating it, here’s one more example: all apples are fruit–but not every fruit is an apple.

Many wealthy men have nearly (or literally) ‘sold their souls’ to acquire that wealth.  Many have trampled, oppressed, and exploited others along the way; cast aside their wife; and neglected or alienated their children.

We cannot assume that a man is good, merely because he has wealth.  Yes, you can ‘know them by their fruit’, but take care that it is the fruit you are examining!  Jesus was not referring to wealth as being fruit.  He was referring to how we treat God and other people!

My fear for this man, however, is that this wrong perspective towards wealth is only one aspect of the problem.  It seems to me that those in ministry have a tendency toward a particular temptation–and I believe it has been the root of destruction for many men of God.

After God gives them a ministry and blesses them with some measure of success, they begin to grow restless and think of how many  more people they could reach–if they just had more money.  Slowly, imperceptibly, their focus changes from seeing God as their source, to contriving ways in which they can obtain more money.

As they scheme for ways to raise more money, they begin to relate differently to people.  Suddenly, it seems prudent to them to make friends with those who are wealthy.  (The early church was admonished for showing favoritism to the wealthy.)  In wooing the wealthy, they seem to have a sort of tunnel vision, focusing on the best qualities in the other while being blind to things that aren’t convenient to see.

Of course, that is what we all tend to do when we make friends–but the danger of a Christian leader doing it is that they are giving spiritual credibility to the wealthy man, and leading their flock to do the same.  Often, because of wrong assumptions regarding wealth (as I first explained), and eagerness for a benefactor, they do not take the necessary time to get to know the wealthy man and prove his character.

Make no mistake, many who are wealthy are clever and have an agenda of their own.  Often they are willing to part with some of their money in turn for more credibility.  If they are strategic as to who and what they donate to, they can manipulate the assumptions that people make about them.

While it may be true that the average Joe donates to causes that are close to his heart, the same assumption should not be made about the wealthy.   Donations are a form of advertising, a means to marketing themself–a business expense, if you will.

Just because a wealthy man donates to a ministry, doesn’t mean he supports what they say or believe in.  He may be trying to purchase spiritual credibility in the eyes of men.  (Or, he may be trying to buy God’s favor.)

Whatever the case, a pastor who provides credibility for a man, without really knowing his character, may be allowing a wolf in sheep’s clothing into the midst of his flock.

As the old saying goes ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’.  Who Pastor, is really more valuable–the Christian man in the pew, whom God has entrusted to your care, or the man you might reach in the street?

I’m sorry, but you can’t be a follower of Jesus and have sex outside of marriage.

Sex outside of marriage is called fornication–adultery if one or both of the people involved are married.

A lot of people won’t tell you this, because they are afraid they’ll offend you and you won’t go to their church.  But–this is what the Bible says, over and over again.

God has a very special and specific plan for marriage, between one man and one woman, and sex plays a beautiful and important part in that relationship.  This is the ONLY context in which sex is permitted, for the people of God.

A lot of people want to push it to the limit, debate over what is considered ‘sex’, and talk about ‘gray areas’ in regards to God’s rules for us.  If that’s you, consider this:  when we step outside of God’s perfect will, into His permissive will, we are one step closer to sin.

People talk about degrees of sin, or big sins and little sins–the way I see it, sin is a progression . . . you step out of God’s perfect will into His permissive will, a couple more steps and you are into sin.  Each further step draws you deeper into more and more vile sin.  BE ASSURED, you will continue walking, or being pulled, in one direction or the other!

Righteousness and sin each have a pull–like gravity, if you will.  If you cannot resist the pull towards sin when you are close to God, how do you think you will resist the pull deeper into sin once you’ve taken a few steps further away from God?

Sin will pull you towards it, but God expects you to WALK towards Him.  He will not pull you.  You demonstrate your will by your action.  But He WILL meet you half-way!  You can’t fight sin on your own!

My advice, and where I think is the best place to draw the line?  Anything that is going to arouse a feeling of desire is going too far. Whether that’s fantasies, touches, kisses, what you look at, what you listen to, where you go . . . whatever!  It is much ‘easier’ (not that resisting this is ever easy) to stop before you ever start!!

If you have already gone too far and want to stop–STOP!!  And be prepared for the fight of your life.  This is a temptation you will have to battle every day, from now on, unless God supernaturally sets you free from your biological programming.  Just because we are ‘made that way’ doesn’t mean it’s ok to live that way!

God calls upon His followers to set themselves apart . . . to demonstrate to the world that we live by a higher standard (not as animals do) and that Christians are imbued with spiritual power (from Him) that gives us extraordinary abilities and makes us overcomers!

Don’t play with sin, don’t give in to temptation!  Turn away from temptation and run to God!  You don’t know what you’re messing with!

There are no ‘little sins’ and ‘big sins’.  Sin is just an outward expression of   ‘where your heart is at’, of your will.   Are you walking towards God, or away from Him?  That is the real issue.  All sins lead to the same destination–because God doesn’t judge our sins, He judges our hearts.

You cannot sample sin and not be drawn in!  Tempting is the bait that draws you into the web of sin, but its sticky, invisible threads will bind you tightly. Then the forces of evil will come and feast upon you, injecting poisonous deception, anger, and rebellion and sucking out of you every last drop of your innocence, goodness, love and sanity.

If you don’t believe me–talk to someone else who has been there.  Once you sin, you will never be the same again.  God can heal you, but you will always bear the scars, and suffer the consequences, of the choices you make.

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