Just when you are upholding your spiritual man in the Lord.
Just when you are counting your daily blessings,
patient in your spiritual journey.
Just when you are growing again,
striving to be more for Jesus.
Satan pounces in with his claws sharpened to tear up your composure
to press you to the limit to see if you have a crack in your armor he can pry
open to a gapping hole.
He will find a way to needle you, to tell you your not so much
in the Lord, your not walking in the favor of the Lord,
your walking in the curses of God.
Rather than have you count your blessings,
he will strive to divert your attention to the worldly gains
that you do not possess ... He will compare you to someone that has more
than you do... He will tell you; ' you have been weighed you measured
and you have been found wanting...
[I took that line from a flick called the Knights Tale]
By the time he is finished with you, you will be looking at your
lot and instead of a solid rock your standing on...
He has carved out enough holes to look like swiss chess.
Sad to say that's what he does.
The good news is, that place that new pad he cut is a temporary
moment in an ugly place from which we will rise above again.
Depending on our strength in the Lord it may be but a moment
and then we see the devil for what he is and realize we have
just been satanically attacked.
He can speak to us through anyone... He takes us by surprise often
enough when he creeps in through Christians,
particularly Christians of the Luke Warm Church.
These Christians do not seem to grow in the Lord.
They are described in the Character of Men in the Last Days
2 Tim 3:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women
laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
* 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
SEE NUMBER *SEVEN ... EVER LEARNING
AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRUTH.
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
THIS IS THE LUKE WARM CHURCH THAT MAKES GOD TO VOMIT
At this point I want to admittedly say; I am capable of failure yet... I like to believe IM not as capable of failure in the Lord
as I once was...having Grown advanced from the milk through trial, time, the word and the Holy Spirit
Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,
ye have need that one teach you again
which be the first principles of the oracles of God;
and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Can you and I say; I'm more resistant to Satan and more Christ like and
yet be able to acknowledge potential failure in the Lord?
I can be like Peter the Lord may say to me one moment your a rock
I can build my church upon
and the next moment He is saying to me get thee behind me satan.
See; like Peter verse 18 was a highlight and five verses later a low point.
Mat16:18 And I say also unto thee,
That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter,
Get thee behind me,
Satan: thou art an offence unto me:
for thou savourest not the things that be of God,
but those that be of men.
We will have our highs and lows in our spiritual growth in the Lord.
One thing we do not want to be is the Luke warm Church
We want to be the Church of Philadelphia
Rev 3: 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true,
he that hath the KEY OF DAVID,
he that openeth,
and no man shutteth;
and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works:
behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:
for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
The church in Philadelphia has the ((((Key))) it is Truly SAVED
' No Mental Ascent' to Salvation in the Lord.
This is the true Bride of Christ...
This is the church the Lord comes for;
she has little strength and God knows her heart.
Jesus is the reader of hearts...
He said this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.[Mat 15:8 ]
Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
And in thy name have cast out devils?
And in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you:
depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.
Satan will attack us when we feel we are contrite in the Lord.
These are ongoing tests through-ought our soul salvation
growth to reveal to us our Weak areas in Jesus.
Surely if after Satan has spoken and we are not moved or disturbed by him...
then we are above his particular measure of attack.
Hence we can trust he will leave us and return sometime later with a different
method of attack searching for our weakness.
Each of us are as different as the colors of the world.
Satanic attacks are good for us,
they reveal us.
Its through them we can see what we need take to Jesus
in prayer and surrender. Its through them we can know
what we need pray for strength in.
a. WHEN Satan KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR.
Recognize It is satanic attack
b Ask yourself what test is this.
Strive to determine what spirit it is.
For example a jealous spirit- will be jealous
of what you do have and seek to rob you of your
joy in the Lord over it.
How will it do that?
By taking your focus off what you do have
and showing you what you do not have.
c At this point it would be a good time to recall
worldly possessions do not impress the
King of kings and Lord of lords and
we will not win the heart of God by taking inventory
of the things that thieves can steal, moths can eat and rust destroys.
d. Pray for yourself for strength as well as the person
Satan used as a tool to provoke you.
e. Praise Jesus* He loves you and is rearing you up in Him.
Testing you for temperament, strength and durability.
How do I know this?
I just went through it.
He had me by the collar about 2 hours.
And that is real good compared to taking it bed
and waking up with it in the morning.
Praise Jesus I bounced back quickly.
This is how we can measure our growth in our Christian walk.
Also realize Satan relishes in speaking to us through someone close to us,
some family member or loved one.
This way we can't simply change the channel,
turn down the volume, move easily to turn our back and walk away or blink
and miss his message.
Its clever of him... and Jesus bids us fair warning.
Mat10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves
: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Praise our three in one God
Praise Jesus Christ our Savior
A brief final note here...
You and I know God desires to withhold no good thing from us.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus desire is to bless us in spiritual gifts, he also knows we have needs and desires in
this world but we are to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto us.
We need keep all things in proper prospective order in the Lord,
keep the faith, trust and wait on God.
His timing is perfect, that He be glorified not us...
Jesus* Bless your hearts in Him