Beware of the Adversary

Ezra 1:1-3
Do you know who your real adversary is? Sometimes we look at each other, thinking our adversary is standing in front of us. But people are not the adversaries. The adversary is the devil, who walks around seeking whom he may devour.
We must even be careful of the devil’s attempts to deceive us. He may appear to be your “friend” but he is not. He wants only to destroy you.
God, however is for you and wants to dwell in you. We are His temples. And we must be careful of how we build upon the foundation, which is Jesus Christ. Don’t let the devil derail you from your desire to work and to live for God.
(see Matthew 24:24)
Everyone that smiles in your face is not on your side. Remember God is with you and for you.
We also must remember that we are not our own. Jesus purchased us with a price. When we clean up our lives, God can dwell in us and can show His glory through us.
We must stay focused on God, otherwise the enemy will come in unaware. We must guard our temples, for they are meant for God’s glory. Especially in relationships, love is something that must be shown, not merely spoken. Women, don’t take a mere promise for love. Don’t let anyone make you destroy your temple. Love protects and shields you, it won’t cause you to defile your temple. (see I Corinthians 6: 15-20) Don’t get infatuation and lust mixed up with love. (see I Corinthians 7:1) Love will cause someone to respect you and to do nothing to hinder your walk with God. Instead, they will walk in God with you. Love God enough to make sure you see Him. It is time for thee church of God to stand up and build the temple of God the way He said to build it. Have strength enough to say NO to the devil and to go with God.
Even with ministers and pastor, make sure what they say lines up with the word of God. Allow the word of God dwell in you richly.
Don’t let anything the devil throws at you hinder your walk with God! (see Jude 1:24)


Enemies of the soul Pt 6: His name is Satan

Scripture: James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:8

Notes: The devil is as a roaring lion. He is looking for whom he may devour, because misery loves company. The devil is cunning and tricky, and looking to kill, steal and destroy, but he will flee from you if you submit yourself to the Lord and resist him.

Know your enemy
The Bible describes Satan in a multitude of ways, from a tempter to an accuser of the brethren to a roaring lion (Matthew 4:3). We have to beware the works of the enemy. The devil tried to tempt Jesus with things that Jesus created.
He is also known as a liar. (John 4:4). That is why it pays to be truthful. You don’t want to be associated with the devil who has no truth in him. He is the father of lies. Be careful whom you attach yourself to so that you don’t take on deceptiveness.
In the book of Job, Satan accuses Job before the Lord (Job 1:6) and Job was attacked on all sides. But Job stayed faithful. Like Job, we have to hold onto our integrity, despite the naysayers like Job’s wife. Job never cursed God, even though Satan would not give up. However, we can be assured that the devil can do only what God lets him. Be careful if you become an accuser.  It is a spirit. (more…)