Posts Tagged ‘Devil

11
Oct
17

The One Who Is In You

You have great power living in you! Did you know that? Listen to what John says:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit of God dwells in you from the moment you come to Jesus for salvation. The evil one has no hold on you from that moment on and forever. God’s Spirit will lead you, guide you, teach you, comfort you and seal you for eternity. Our job is to listen as He guides and to surrender to His leadership and teaching. When false teachers and false prophets come along, God’s Spirit will remind you of the truth of Jesus’ words. When the evil one comes calling to tempt you, the Holy Spirit will lead you out of temptation. God’s Spirit lives in you and He is greater than any force of evil, including the enemy.
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21
Sep
17

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.
29
Aug
17

We Are Overcomers

Good Tuesday morning to you! The Apostle John tells his audience why he was writing to them. He says:

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

​ – 1 John 2:12-14 (NIV)​
Twice he says that they had overcome the evil one. We give the evil one more credit than he is due. Through Jesus Christ, we have overcome the evil one. The devil cannot defeat you if you are in Christ Jesus. The devil doesn’t make you do anything. The One living in you is greater than the one in the world. Don’t give the enemy any power over you. Jesus overcame the enemy and He has given you His victory.
26
May
17

Resisting God and Surrendering To Temptation

Friendship with the world makes God your enemy. If God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, then we should be humble before God. Who wants God to be their enemy? James writes:

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 (NIV)

Tragically, we often do the opposite. We resist God and surrender to temptation. When temptation comes calling, we ignore the Holy Spirit of God and His warnings to flee temptation. We welcome the devil and his offerings of temporary gratification. When we come to our senses and realize what we’ve done, guilt and shame set in and fear takes hold. Does God still love me in spite of what I’ve done? Will God welcome and accept me despite my sin? The answer is yes. God will not reject you because you’ve sinned. Jesus died for sinners like us in order to bring us to God. The invitation to surrender and submit to God is still there and we can accept it at any time.
29
Mar
16

God’s Spirit Is Greater

1 John 4:4-6 (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
 
We oftentimes give the enemy too much credit.  The spirit of the antichrist (which John says is in the world in 1 John 4:3) is not greater than the Holy Spirit.  Those who deny Jesus Christ have the spirit of the antichrist.  Those who follow Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit.  God’s Spirit is greater than the evil one.  God’s Spirit is more powerful than the devil.  For the follower of Jesus, the One living in you has already defeated Satan.
Do not give the enemy more credit than he is due.  Yes, the devil is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour.  But that doesn’t mean that he can can devour you.  Surrender to the leading of God’s Spirit and submit to His guidance.  Call upon the power of the Holy Spirit when tempted by evil to deliver you from the temptation.  Don’t blame the devil every time you give in to temptation (“The devil made me do it”).  The enemy is dangerous, but he is also defeated.  God’s Son defeated Satan when He arose from the grave on that glorious Sunday morning!  We have Resurrection power living in us.  Let’s trust in God’s Spirit to empower us to overcome sin, temptation and the evil one.
PRAYER: Father, protect me from the evil one today.  On my own, I am weak.  But in You I find strength to overcome sin and temptation.  Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit today for He is greater than the enemy.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
08
Feb
16

The Father Protects

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

07
Feb
14

The Easy Way Versus The Hard Way

The devil comes to Jesus at a time when Jesus would have been at His weakest as far as His physical body was concerned.  What is interesting is that, according to Luke, the devil comes during Jesus’ fast, not at the end of it.  Matthew records that the temptations occur after Jesus fasts for 40 days and nights.  Also, Mark’s Gospel says that Jesus was tempted during His fast.  So who is correct?  They are both correct.  The devil does not sleep.  The devil does not wait.  The devil is constantly tempting and luring his prey toward sin.  The first phase of Jesus’ temptation takes place during the fast and we are not told what the specific temptations or tests are.  The second phase is more specific.  The devil, knowing that Jesus is God’s Son, the Messiah, tempts Jesus to use His Messianic powers for His own benefit.  Jesus was hungry.  40 days of fasting will do that to you.  Why not use those powers to make some bread out of stones?  Could Jesus have done it?  Absolutely!  But rather than relying on Himself to provide for His needs, He would wait upon the Father to take care of Him.  It was a matter of trust.  Could Jesus have let the devil give Him all of the kingdoms of the earth?  Sure, but why would Jesus settle for less than what He already had?  He was already the King of kings and Lord of lords!  He was the King of Heaven and the Lord of earth.  He didn’t need to take the quick and easy way to fame and fortune.  He wouldn’t trade what He already had for what the devil could give Him.  Finally, the devil quotes Scripture to its Author and tempts Jesus to reveal to the world who He really was.  If someone threw themselves off the Willis Tower (Sears’ Tower, if you’re old school) and angels caught them and lowered them gently to the streets of Chicago, one would assume that they were pretty special.  Jesus could have demonstrated to the people of Jerusalem that He was the Messiah.  But again, that would have been to take the easy way.  That wasn’t the plan.  That wasn’t the will of the Father.  The Father’s will was through the cross.  It was the hard way.  In reality, for salvation to come to the whole earth, it was the only way.  Jesus had to take the punishment that we deserve and that couldn’t be done the easy way.  As you reflect upon the temptation of Jesus, take some time to thank Him for being so strong spiritually and mentally so as to not take the easy way out.  The next time that temptation comes calling for you, remember Jesus’ example and let us not give in to temptation.

Luke 4

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.




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