Revelation 12:17 There Is A War Going On

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring–those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. Revelation 12:17

People all over the world are desiring peace and an end to wars. Yet, wars are occurring on a regular basis around the world.

Nations are fighting against nations for control and power. Inside every nation people are fighting against other people for many different reasons. The fighting is occurring from a national level all the way down to inside of homes and families.

John describes a woman, (believed to be the church), being protected from a dragon, (Satan). Since Satan could not get the woman, he goes after her offspring who are all the believers that keep God’s word and their testimony about Jesus.

As the world is focused on various physical wars occurring all over the world, there is a greater war going on that is not always physical. It is a war against believers in Jesus.

Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy everyone and everything he can. He hates anyone who has life, joy and peace and will do anything he can to destroy that person, thus warring against every believer.

This war begins in the mind and will of each person. His ammunition is not physical bullets and bombs, but temptations to sin and doubt. Every sin is a direct disobedience to God’s will. Doubt is a result in not believing the word of God and the work of Jesus in one’s own life.

Knowing that Satan is on a warpath against every believer, it should cause the believer to be aware of it and ready to hold on to what God has said as truth. The believer must also stay focused on obeying every command of God, despite the war waged against him.

You are in a war for your soul from the moment you chose to believe in and follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Neither Satan nor the world likes what you are doing and will do whatever it takes to try and stop you and defeat you.

Do not be surprised when trials and temptations come your way, Satan wants you to lose. Do not give up or give in on your obedience to God and holding onto the promises of God through Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will make you will be aware of the attacks of the enemy; that you will obey the commands of God; that you will hold on to your testimony about Jesus; and that God will give you victory over the enemy.

Romans 16:20 Victory Is Coming Soon

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:15

The world is always looking for victory. People want to win and be on the winning side of any battle. However, many do not get to see victory.

For many people, the battles in life are so overwhelming, that they feel they will never be able to win. All their peace is lost, because all they can see is defeat coming with no real hope of victory. Some will give into the battle and quit fighting and moving forward.

As Paul brings his letter to the Romans to a close, he tells them that soon God will crush Satan under their feet. He then prays that God’s grace will be with them.

While the world is often in physical battles, the believer is constantly in a spiritual battle. Satan and the system of this world desire that the believer be destroyed. This battle can be in the physical, but is often in the heart and mind. The world wants to pull the believer away from Christ Jesus and remove all hope.

Although the world appears to be winning the battle, with sin being accepted and promoted more and more, there is coming a day when they will lose. Every day is one day closer to when Jesus will return and wipe away all sin for all eternity. At the moment He does that, He will also wipe away all tears, pain and suffering for every believer for eternity.

Satan and sin will be crushed under the feet of believers in the final battle of victory over sin.

Until that day, God’s grace will be with the believer who is focused on Him, keeping him in His will and peace. The believer will have peace, knowing that some day the battle will be won and finished.

Every day Satan is out to break you down and destroy you. This is a battle for your soul, that will last for eternity.

Focus your life upon God and His word. Know that there will be a day when Jesus will return to take you home with Him for eternity. Understand the peace that God gives you with His presence by your side.

It may be today, tomorrow or in a number of years, but some day you will step across the victory line with Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace you can have in God; that you will have the hope of the return of Jesus; that you will continue to fight the Lord’s battle in this world; and that God’s grace will be with you to guide and strengthen you in the fight.

Matthew 16:23 Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

Looking for the easiest, least troublesome way to accomplish something is the goal of most people. If there is extreme pain or danger in walking a certain path, most people will find another way to go. They will also encourage others to take the safer path.

At times doing things this way can become a stumbling block to success of a larger goal.

Jesus had just told the disciples how He must suffer and Peter rebuked Him. Jesus calling Peter, Satan, said that he is a stumbling block and isn’t concerned about what God is concerned about.

In order to accomplish great goals, there are often some sacrifices that have to be made. Some of those sacrifices can be very painful or dangerous either mentally or physically.

Father’s who have to be gone on road for their jobs know the pain of having to leave family to earn their income. They feel the emotional pain of leaving. Yet, they continue to do it for the greater goal.

God’s greatest goal is that no one should die in his sins, but come to salvation through Jesus Christ. He is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

This process can sometimes include pain and severe suffering to make it happen. Jesus took on the greatest suffering by willingly going to the cross to pay for the sins of every person.

Believers will sometimes try to avoid the pain and suffering to take an easier route. When this is done, they become a stumbling block to God’s goals. They are more concerned about self, than God and others.

God may ask you to walk a path that may be painful or dangerous. Do not fear that path, but trust God knows what He is doing. Do not allow yourself to become a stumbling block to the goal of God in your life or in the lives of other people.

Following and trusting in God can lead you to accomplish some of the greatest goals ever possible. Take your eyes off of yourself and this earth and focus them upon God and eternity. As you do this, you will no longer become a stumbling block to God’s goal.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God’s plan for your life; that you will not reject God’s plans for your life; that you will not be a stumbling block to God’s plan; and that you will be more concerned about God’s plan than your own life and plans.

Matthew 16:23 Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

In every business or organization there are leaders at the top that see the bigger, long-term picture of the organization. They are able to see what steps are needed in order to accomplish their task or goal.

With every goal there are some steps that will be difficult and may even appear to be ridiculous to have to take. Yet, though steps are required to reach the goal. In the organization there will be some who will try to keep from having to take those difficult steps.

Jesus had just told the disciples that He would have to be killed. Peter rebuked Him. Jesus rebukes Peter because he was being a stumbling block, not do what God wants, but what self wants.

Walking with God will require that one gets all of his instructions from God as to what to do and where to walk. In the process of moving forward with God, there will be times when God has a person walk through an extremely difficult situation. It may be one that could risk one’s life or even take it.

It is easy for people to want to back down and not follow God through it, but that is keeping the world’s ways of living, not God’s. To walk with God will require that one lay’s down his own life to be concerned with what God is concerned about. It is sacrificing self’s desires for those of God.

In this life, a believer may lose his life following God, but in the end he will have eternal life, just as Jesus did.

There may be times when God will call you to do a extremely difficult task. Instead of being like Peter and trying to do it a different way, becoming a stumbling block, be willing to do what God says.

The desires of self and the things of this world are all temporary and will pass away. What God does is always with eternity in mind, lasting forever.

Be careful that you do not allow yourself to become a stumbling block to others or to God, but following God’s ways of living. Do the work and walk the path God calls you to do and walk. Don’t be a stumbling block and have God rebuke you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God calls you to do; that you will walk the path God calls you to walk; and that you will be concerned about what God is concerned about.

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 False Worker Of Light

 

Masquerade masks

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerades as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Paul talked about some people being in the church acting like they were apostles of Christ, yet they were only acting like that. They were teaching false teachings and deceiving the people, all while claiming that they were doing it for Jesus.

Since that time, there are still people who claim to be a believer, yet, are just false apostles and workers. They appear to be good believers because they do know a bunch of scriptures from the bible. They can quote the bible and tell a person why they are a Christian.

Yet, while they claim all of this, they are teaching false teachings. There are many people in the world who rightfully claim that God loves them, which is true. Then they teach because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether it is a sin or not.

There are ministers of the gospel message, who lead churches, that will state it is acceptable to live as a homosexual or lesbian and still be a believer in Jesus. Others will state that is acceptable to gossip, as long as you pray for the person afterwards. Many will state it is acceptable to break a law of the land that has nothing against God’s word. All of these, and many more, are openly saying that it is acceptable to sin against God with no remorse.

This comes as no surprise, because Satan, himself, acts like he is a messenger of God. These are false prophets and preachers, who deceive people into living the way of the world and not like Jesus.

As a believer, you must work to ensure that your life lines up with the life of Jesus and the word of God. Along with that you do not want to allow yourself to be deceived into following false teachings.

The best way to ensure these things is to stay in the center of God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be led down the wrong path. The world is seeking to lead you away from God, even while inside some church.

Know the truth and live by the truth.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will not be deceived by false teachings; and that you will be a true messenger of God’s light–Jesus.