Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tools Of The Enemy 9

" Being a Christian makes you part of the church, a living organism that requires active participation - relationships - work - effort and maintenance.

What matters is what you do when the wicked one comes to sift you like wheat. 
There is no question of his existence.
There is no question that he comes to:
oppress you
discourage you
cause doubt
take back territory
cause worry
To be at peace with God is a wonderful thing.  And hopefully you have been there at times.  But to know the enemy and learn how to keep him away or to send him away is important too.

So what do you do when satan does come back?
James 4:7
James tells us.  This verse has won many a battle for me.  It is my experience that satan comes back over and over again and sometimes, just for the fun of it.
James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Resist the devil.  This might sound like you just recognize his presence and simply yell at him or tell him to get away and he just runs with his tale between his legs.  Not really.

This word resist comes from two Greek words - anti (an-tee) which means oppose or against and histemi (his-tay-mee) which means continue to stand as in a covenant.
Together they mean :
continue to oppose, or
covenant against, or
to continue to oppose by covenant
This type of resistance isn’t reactionary.  satan comes, you recognize him and send him away with your authority.  That’s OK if he gets that far and you are savvy enough to recognize the master of disguise.  To resist in the truest sense is to continue to oppose or to continue to be in an offensive position, not defensive.

That is why God wants you to put on the whole armor of God.
So that when the enemy attacks, he gains no ground.  You are ready.

How can you be ready?  Well, to keep true to the message, let’s just look at the five ways that satan comes to destroy.
Lost Territory

Excerpt from Tools Of The Enemy by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2016

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