Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beware of the Enemy

I Peter 5:8

When we were born again we entered into a battle till the end. I want to thank God this evening that I am not part of the devil's family anymore. I thank God that I will never be seperated from my Lord and Savior. Praise God for that. With that being said I do know that we face a true enemy and he is not of this world. It is not a family, friend, or foe that is our enemy. The devil seeks according to John 10:10 to steal, kill and destroy. I want to asked a serious question tonight are you devourable? He is looking to devour God's children tonight. There have been many that have been devour before us who thought they were strong enough to defeat the devil. There are several characteristics of the devourable I hope we do not fall in any of these but if we do thank God that we can repent and get it right before it is too late.
I. Full of Pride
YOu and I know many people that name the name of Christ who are full of pride. They think that they are God's gift to this world. There are preachers like this, and church members like this. The Bible clearly states in Prov 6 that a proud look God hates. One of the greatest lessons I learned that was hard was that God don't need me. He has been on the throne well before I came in existence and he will be on the throne well after I leave this world. I know in my heart that I really am nothing and all that I am is because of the Jesus. Praise God for the day I learned that.
II. Flesh Driven.
Another devourable charateristic is those that are driven by the flesh. I know we all have flesh still that has to be crucified but I am talking about those that do nothing as a child of God but maybe go to church. When one is controlled by the flesh then he is devourable. God wants control through the Holy Spirit of our lives. If we allow the flesh to lead and direct our paths we need to be watching because the devil is coming.
III. Unforgiving Spirit
Christ told us to be kind and forgive one another in Eph 4:32 why because he forgave us. I am a testimony to almost being devoured because I let unforgiveness turn into bitterness and the devil almost had me. We are to forgive everyone no matter what they have done because it is the RIGHT thing to do. A Christian that as an unforgiving spirit in them better watch out because the devil is coming.
To close how to we protect against the enemy I believe we find our answer in Eph 6 and that is the armour of God. If we daily put on the armour the devil is no match to God, but if we leave the armour off then we are succeptible to being devoured. Please take the thoughts and if it didn't touch you then pray for those that you may know that may be close to being devoured.


Jerry Bouey said...

Great reminders, Bro. Tim. We always need to make sure we are living right and our hearts are right before the Lord. We open ourselves up to a world of trouble when we don't take care of these areas that you mentioned. God bless.

Julie's Jewels said...

This is a very good post and very true!!! I've been to the point where I was devourable several times in my last almost 13 years of being saved. Thank God for His grace and His mercy to keep me from being devoured. I know some who have been devoured and it breaks my heart. I pray I never get to that point!!