Satan

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
TEMPTER
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.
LIAR
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.
ACCUSER
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…)

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Enemies of the soul: The flesh, world, devil Pt 1

Scripture: 1 Peter 2: 11; Romans 7: 18-25

Bishop is beginning a series on the Enemy of the Soul, starting with the flesh. The flesh will keep you out of heaven and is your enemy.

The flesh is your human, carnal and endemic nature and is your enemy. It’s a permanent scar that you will never great rid of. God has a way to bring the flesh under control. If you have the Spirit of God in you then you have what you need to overcome the flesh. Satan tries to get us to think we can’t overcome. He has never been excited about you receiving the Holy Ghost. Ever since you received the Holy Ghost you’ve been attacked by Satan and he does everything he can to turn you against God.

God has identified your enemy, the flesh, in His word and has given us the necessary weapon to conquer it. The flesh tries everyday to get you to turn your back on God. He is waiting to destroy and attack you, especially in your mind. The flesh is constantly fighting us. (more…)

Abortion Epidemic, Part 1: ‘Each one reach one’

Read about the church's role

Abortion is an issue that has become very relevant in every community. Since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1976, abortion has become pivotal to political campaigns. With each new presidential candidate and transition of power, the laws concerning abortion change as well. Recently, more taxpayers’ dollars have gone to funding abortion. Also, the time frame in which you can have an abortion has changed. It is clear that this issue isn’t going away anytime soon, and so it is with great hope that this series will help to break down how the body of Christ can be proactive in the race against abortion, how those who may have had an abortion or are considering having one can be educated and healed, and how we, as believers, can understand the role we play in discipleship and ministry in the life before and after abortion.

The church’s role
God states that we where created in His image and that His love for humankind surpasses any condition. God laid down His life so that man could prosper and have a long fulfilling life even after death. There is no doubt that His passion for humankind is irreplaceable. Nothing can change that. He wants man to excel in his (work) both spiritually and naturally.  (more…)

Should Christians participate in Halloween?

Courtesy of d-train.net

Is Halloween harmless fun or a practice of the occult? Ultimately, you’ll have to decide for yourself. However, if you’re unsure about your convictions, it’s best to directly pray and seek the Lord on this subject, or consult your pastor. In the meantime, here’s some info on the day itself.

History
Halloween can be traced back to the ancient festival of Samhain, where pagan priests would offer up human and animal sacrifices. They would travel house to house to collect money and offerings for the sacrifices. A lit pumpkin was used as a signal to mark the homes that supported these practices. Halloween is still celebrated in this way by those who practice witchcraft and the Satanic.

What does the Bible teach?
The Bible is clear the Christians should not practice, encourage or advance sorcery, witchcraft, or the occult. Here are some scriptures that can attest to that:

Ephesians 5: 7-12
Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  (more…)