Dealing with the adversary

In Ephesians chapter 4, by THE SPIRIT Paul wrote:

27  and do not give the devil an opportunity.

We must be vigilant and not allow ourselves to become subject to the devil who is opposed to FATHER’S Perfect plan, Will, and purpose.  The adversary would want us to hold on to anger concerning a situation and let it turn to bitterness in our hearts.  If that happens, our ability to hear and respond is reduced by some degree.  Then we ourselves become adversaries to HIS Will.  We must not let our preconceived notions hold us back from fulfilling HIS perfect plan.  We should be willing to change as HE further reveals HIS plan to us.

If the devil did not exist, neither Jesus nor His disciples would warn us against this entity.  This adversary would attempt to have us compromise our purpose just as he did when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.  As we overcome any and all temptations set before us we are empowered in a greater degree than before the tempting.  Let us be consistent in standing against the wiles of the devil.

Paul further wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 6:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

If the devil was a non-issue would we be warned and directed in such a manner?  Of course not.  We must not fear this created being who was unable to affect the ministry of our elder Brother Jesus Christ.  Instead we must simply maintain our awareness of the subtle attempts to move us from that narrow path of which Jesus spoke.  We must not enter into debates about doctrine that have little or no impact on eternity.  We should focus on positively impacting mankind from our individual vantage points and become HIS expression of unconditional Love on earth.

Don’t be surprised if you are challenged as you take a stand to Love all of mankind.  If enemies arise, Love them and their power will be scattered and have none effect.  The Blood of Christ is sufficient to overcome any spiritual obstacle that presents itself in our midst. When you walk in faith which works by Love the enemy cannot stop you and FATHER will be your “rear guard”, HE will have your back.  Dealing with the adversary serves as an indicator of your maturity and progress.  Your faith is exercised as well and at some point you will realize you have “great faith”.  What a blessing!


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