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THE DEVIL CAN BE DEFEATED! CHECK OUT THIS 2 WAYS James 4:7, Rev 12:11, 2 Corinthians 10:6 I know two time-tested ways to defeat the devil. The Bible says James 4:7 …
THE DEVIL CAN BE DEFEATED! CHECK OUT THIS 2 WAYS
James 4:7, Rev 12:11, 2 Corinthians 10:6
I know two time-tested ways to defeat the devil. The Bible says James 4:7
Christian should know the devil is a defeated foe. He lost the battle in heaven with God. Our victory over him is also sealed in Christ Jesus. Yet as we know him when he retreats he plans to come back better and fiercer. Though our assurance of victory is recorded in the scripture but to attain that feat we have two strategies:
7 So place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. James 4:7-8 GWT
SUBMIT– Most Christian like to claim a fraction of the scripture and think it will work for them. You’ll never get your car on if only one cable is connected to the battery terminal. Just as it will take the positive and negative cable to get your electric bulb on. God’s promises are conditional. You know as much as I do that God will always keep his own part of the deal. Submit yourself, resist the devil. Satan can only be checkmated after we’ve submitted. Don’t forget he will not submit willingly to you without any serious resistance. You cannot put the devil to flight but only in God’s strength in our yielded mortal body.
You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your [own] blood. Heb 12:4 AMP. Our submission first comes from holy and sanctified life as our master Jesus. The price of this John 14:30;
Daniel 6:4-5.Daniel overcame the antics of his adversary because no guilt was found in him. Another move of our submission is not holding anything back from Him including our life. It is easier for instance for most people to give their life to Christ than releasing their wallet. Those who do only repose confidence in God when things are going fine but backed out when they cannot understand why God looked the other way when the tide rose against them. Read the response of the three Hebrew boys as they answered the king in an unequivocal manner. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Dan 3:16-18. NIV
Note they had no previous example of anyone who escaped a fiery fire. There was no pastor to encourage them, they do not have a Bible to consult, most of their fellow Jews fell for the offer of the king Daniel 1:6-20. Yet, their statement revealed they are not serving God for only the benefit they stand to gain. Our submission is put to test during a period of God-seemly silence to our prayers and when the outcome of our plan does fall through. Jesus our perfect example submitted everything even to the death on the cross. Philippians 2:8-11
RESIST– Resist may be translated as faith, oppose, withstand and repel. Those words connote a deliberate effort on our past. However, it is not in our physical strength but using the whole armor of God at our disposal In Ephesians 6:12. It should be noted from the list of weapons that we do not have anyone to cover the back. It does imply that we’re to face the devil headlong no turning back. A story was told of a military head who took his soldiers to fight another army in their terrain, after offload both the armor and personnel he gave a command that the boat should be set ablaze. Aware the battle will be fierce he told his soldiers to watch the boat is burning so no way of retreating as no one could get away from the coast alive of course they won the battle. A deliberate and conscious effort must be made if we ever hope to overcome the devil in our life. As an unbeliever, I watch quite a number of pornographic films. When I became a Christian one of the ways I use to resist this temptation is to discard those films and any related materials. I was even selective about the film I watch if I ever need to watch one. When moving on the street I take my face off provocative billboard, women on the street and so on. It became one major prayer on my prayer list.
After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood. Heb 12:4 TLB
A better understanding of resisting is likened to follow a prescription or a particular habit to prevent a terminal disease. Knowing the weak points of your opponent in a fight is a sure way of defeating him. Applying these two sure ways of defeating the devil guaranteed a victorious Christian life.
Resist the devil in prayer is both an offensive and defensive weapon. The type I am talking about here is different from the one observed during daily devotion. It is a schedule, rigorous and clinical type of prayers having a particular target towards devil’s foothold on your life. This is the type Jesus prayed in the garden. Luke 22:44.
Whether you are defeated by the devil or not is your personal decision. If you believe you can, then you can.
ONE KEY TO LOCK OUT IMMORALITY IN 6 WAYS Proverb6:32; Matthew 5:28;2samuel13:1-29 One sin that devastates people’s physically, emotionally, and spiritually quickly is the sin of immorality. I know it is a …
ONE KEY TO LOCK OUT IMMORALITY IN 6 WAYS
Proverb6:32; Matthew 5:28;2samuel13:1-29
One sin that devastates people’s physically, emotionally, and spiritually quickly is the sin of immorality. I know it is a spiritual battle that has overtime in history and contemporary life defeated the best of men. One major skill at firefighting is to be able to focus and aim at the base of the fire and remove or disable the source. So, one major key to lock out immorality is “watchfulness”
1- Watch what you watch– If I ask you to describe your elementary school compound to me now, you are surely not going to have a problem with that because the diagram sticks to your brain. You may not be able to prevent the citing of a provocative billboard in public places but you could choose how to watch them. Your TV, cables. Magazines are the channel of immorality. May I say here that the problem is the seeing but the looking. Each day you turn on your TV, go to work or church would have met several people if I ask you how many people you saw today on your way? You will not be able to count them but some striking events like a burning house, an accident and a criminal caught will readily come to your mind because you took time to watch,
So, watching pornographic items in any form or guise will surely lead you to this sin of sexual depravity. Such medium includes TV, cables magazine, and billboard. Also some personal items like clothes, bedspread, wallpaper screensavers for our phones etc.
2- Watch what you hear– Whether through discussions or musical lyrics. The evil report brought by the other spies that went to spy the land spell doom for that generation. Once Peter said”I go fishing” everyone fell for it. Words have a way of influencing our thought and decision. So keep away from sexually induced musicals and discussion.
3– Watch your company– Bird of feather flock together they say. Remember you cannot sleep on the lap of Delilah and hope to wake up on the bosom of Abraham. Immediately I gave my life to Christ I changed most of my friends also was cautious about my female friends. I resigned from the social clubs I belonged to as the general secretary.
Amon had a glorious destiny but bad company truncated that. The effect of that one counsel from Jonadab affected Tamar’s marital life and destiny. It also kills Amon and made both Absalom and his mercenary a murderer. Keeping your distance from people who talks, encourage, practice or induce you with sexual perversion. Evil communication corrupt good manner they say. Rehoboam would have kept David’s dynasty intact if not for the ungodly counsel of his companion.
4- Watch your thought– Every action is preceded by, thought. The combination of your sight and what you is what you process in your mind. The mind is so secretive that you can have an unholy thought right before the altar during church service. So, if your thinking is uncontrollably perverted you’ll soon be cut in the web of immorality.
5- Watch what you keep– If your room is filled with sinful materials it is only a matter of time before you find yourself in the Devil’s pit. Quickly remove sexually decorated bedspread, pillowcase, towel, pictures, magazines, and CDs items and replace them with spiritually inspired items that are available in various shape sizes, and color. And you can be sure they will equally inspire you.
6- Watch where you go– A story was told of a Christian lady who followed her unbelieving friend to a club. After she had rejected various boys who had invited her to dance with them. One of them then ask her for her rejection she replied “ I am a Christian” then the young man replied, “if you are a Christian what then are you are doing here”.
This implies that as a Christian there are certain places you must not be found. Being in the wrong place and at the wrong time landed David in a serious trouble of adultery and murder.
Ensure you are selective in the party you attend. Avoid attending cinemas and shows that are ungodly.
Like any therapy, watchfulness is still the best prevention to falling into the sin of immorality. However, it takes deliberate determined and consistent action to remain on top of the situation.
WHY GOD PERMITTED PROBLEM One age long question that has consistently defiled universally agreed the answer is why a good God allow evil happening, Philosopher query if God is actually and …
WHY GOD PERMITTED PROBLEM
One age long question that has consistently defiled universally agreed the answer is why a good God allow evil happening, Philosopher query if God is actually and powerful as claimed how do we then have evil, disaster, and calamity prevailing. Christians are not immune from asking the same question “where is God when I hurt”.
I may not be presenting the most convincing answers but, I believe the following suggestion will bring succor to someone currently hurting as it has done for me. Almost all Christians at a point in our walk with God would have had a dose of a period when God seems far or completely absent. Why then does God permit trials, problems, and problem?
1- The effect of the fall– Man is the architect of his own fortune. So, one of the resultant effects of Adam and Eve’s disobedience and eventual fall as read in God’s pronouncement of them is what we see today as a calamity, trial, failure, sickness, death, etc. Gen 3:16-19.
2- Trails develop our spiritual muscle– You hardly hear an athlete tell you maintaining his shape was without pains. Rom 5:3-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV
Watch the word develop and mature in this bible passage, it is a replica of you grows to adulthood with several bruises to show for it.
One of my spiritual mentors bought a car and notice whenever the speed of the car gets to a certain level, the car will be vibrating as to break into pieces. So, for several years he will not reach that particular speed. One day, he took the car to a new mechanic for repair, so they took the car out together for testing. He cautioned the mechanic as they approach the speed. When it reaches the speed violent vibration began and the Pastor told the mechanic to slow down, but in defiance, he accelerated the more. As soon as they exceeded that particular speed, the vehicle normalizes to the amazement of this Pastor. So I have been limiting the speed of this car and slow down my mileage the Pastor wondered.
Taking us from our comfort zone through a difficult situation is one way God uses to mature us.
3- To prove our faith- The acid test of true friendship and loyalty is when the going gets tough. It is always easy to please and praise God when everything is rosy. In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV
One of the ways to prove our faith in God is for Him to withhold at times the answers to our prayers. The best from a tea bag will not come out unless you allow it to pass through a hot cup of water. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, He did not ask him to do it at the back of his house, so He took him three days to get to the appointed mountain. The reason for this is that Abraham will have the opportunity to reconsider his decision whether it is reasonable or not. God has never confirmed him the father of faith until he drew the knife to the neck of Isaac.
A friend in need is a friend indeed they say. Our loyalty to God is proved in a time of seeming absence during our trial and distress. God permitted untold hardship in the life of Job to prove to Satan job’s loyalty to Him.
Father Abraham and Job’s faith and sincerity were tested before they become a center of reference today. Nobody gets a medal without been proved in any contest of life.
4-Meant to correct and discipline us. Some lessons in life that left a lasting impression on us are those we learned the hard way through personal experience. The prodigal son never appreciated the security and affluence he enjoyed in his father’s house until he learned the hard way. At times like the father of the prodigal son, God will allow us to have our way to experience the bitter side of life as a means of correcting us. When my friend had his first child, his wife will always shield the boy from touching the lantern. One day when I visited them, I strike a match stick and point to him. As usual, he ran to grab it when he got burnt, he screams and ran to the mother. That was the last time he would approach any kind of flame. Heb 12:5-11.
It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees. Psalm 119:71 NIV.
Negative experiences of life correct and discipline us from our error.
5-To humble us and for the benefit of others- Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
2 Cor 12:7-10 NLT. At another time God allowed this burden and pains to remind us the world is not at our feet without God. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges the sovereignty of God in a hard way. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2cor 1:3-4 NIV. The good, bad, and ugly recorded in the Bible were meant for our example. People will willingly listen to you if you have a practical testimony of what you are telling them. Our bad moments are to teach us and others to learn from. Where and when we overcome those challenges, it proves to people passing through a similar situation that what they read in the bible are not a myth, but the same testimony is happening in our generation right before our very eyes.
6- It is one of our marks of discipleship-
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-14 NIV.
The Lord himself told the disciple while here on earth that people will treat them and by implication us unfairly just because we are Christian. So, if you still want to stand your ground as a disciple then part of the total package of both salvation and discipleship includes disappointment, unanswered prayer, denial, etc. If you live, study, and work among the unbeliever and never at any time face any opposition then you are not different from them. Once I work on a committee to execute a project but because I was not ready to compromise I was eventually blacklisted from that committee
7- To preserve us. Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? 20 Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now – life for many people? Gen 50:19-20 MESSAGE. Years ago I approached a landlord for her shop that was strategically located, cheap and not far from my residence. After praying so much with my friends I believed I would get the place. When I got to the woman as promised, she told me the place has been given to another person. Guess who got the place; it was my friend who lives far away. As expected I was devastated because my prayers were not answered. Later, my friend approached me so we could share the shop into two, however, I do not have enough money to pay though the amount he demanded was exactly the amount he owed me. Ideally, I should have asked him to use that to cover the payment, but I never exploit that option thinking he will pay me when he is financially convenient. Eventually, I lost out. A Few months after that incident, my friend called to inform me that his wife had not sold a single item since she got to the shop. However, the shocking aspect of the story is that the Alfa (Muslim cleric) next shop told him the landlady has charmed the shop and usually people will pack out of the shop on their own barely over six months they moved in once they could not make any sales. Beloved, it was then I realized why God did not answer my prayers to get the shop. Imagine if God had not taken Joseph out of his family and Potiphar’s house he could have been killed or his destiny mortgaged under Potiphar’s wife’ seduction pressure. When we suffer delay or denial to our prayers, God must have gotten better plans for us.
8- For the benefit of others. He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. 2 Cor 1:4 (GW)
In his wisdom, God wired all events together for his own glory, though we may not understand why. At times God allowed us to pass through certain experience so our life could be a testimony, encouragement or a challenge to anyone. For instance, if you’ve passed through a tough time that ended with glory. Someone is encouraged that his case is not beyond redemption. Another may be challenged to hold on to Christ in spite of the current challenges he is passing through. Jesus went through a series of pains and problem as the son of man so He can offer succor to us as we daily pass through tough times. Heb 4:15
When God permits trouble in the life of any of His children he must have got a good reason. We may not like it or understand why, but if we trust him enough, we can be sure something better will come out of it. Whether for us or someone else, now or later the experience will definitely not going to be a waste.
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REAL ANSWERS TO LIFE’S QUESTION
This generation is the most advanced in history yet most complicated, confused and disoriented. We have so much available yet in lack. There are so many questions about life than answers.
With myriad of questions bombarding young people today, is there any answer in view? Because religion, politics, science and money has failed in providing satisfactory answer. Such question includes:
Where do I come from?
Why am I?
How do I enjoy and fulfilled my purpose while my stay last?
Is there any all-knowing and powerful God anywhere with all these turmoil around us?
Where do I go from here?
On this blog, time-tested answers to these and many other bothering you shall be provided from the Bible.
How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it].
Articles on relationship, Christian living, personality development and education will feature here for young people, young adult and those who seek for lasting, time-tested solution to life’s question.
God has not left us in the dark to walk through life aimlessly without solution in his word
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Jer 6 : 16 NIV
Go stand at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for directions to the old road,
The tried and true road. Then take it.
Discover the right route for your souls.
Jer 6:16 THE MESSAGE
We shall explore together how real men and women in our contemporary world has harness Bible proffered solution to unlock the riddle of life to their advantage thereby living their life to the fullest by identifying and fulfilling their God’s given purpose.
You are welcome onboard!