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Bullies. Have you ever been bullied verbally, physically, or spiritually by someone? I have been. Are you sick and tired of being abused? I was and still am. Would you like to learn how to defend yourself and come out on top instead of on the bottom? Are you teachable and willing to change? Would you like to be a wise person who knows what to do and when to do it?

Story. One day a proud young man approached Socrates and asked him to show him the path to wisdom. Socrates looked at him and paused for a few moments, allowing him to become uncomfortable with the silence. He locked eyes with him and said, Meet me at the river at dawn.” The next morning the young man arrived at the river before dawn. Socrates soon walked down the path and waded out into the water, motioning for the young man to join him. When they both were about chest deep, Socrates looked at him and asked, What do you want?” The young man responded, To find wisdom!”

Socrates grabbed the young man and began drowning him. He held him under water for twenty seconds and then let him up, asking him again, “What do you want?” The young man responded again, To find wisdom!” At that, Socrates promptly submerged the man under water again. Thirty seconds passed, then forty, and the man’s face began to turn blue. Socrates lifted the man up and asked, What do you want?” The man gasped, Air!”

Socrates released the young man, and saidWhen you want wisdom as much as you have just wanted air, then you will begin to find wisdom.”  – Original source of story unknown

Truth. What about the truth? Jesus referred to Himself as being the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It tells us in words what God wants us to know about God, man, sin, salvation, the future and much more. It also tells us about our spiritual enemies.

Enemies. Before we, as Christians, can live victoriously over the three spiritual bullies that confront us, we must learn the truth about them and how they operate. We must read, study, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word and rely on God the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then we need to apply the truth to the situations in which we find ourselves (James 1:22). We don’t use the same tactics for each of our three spiritual enemies. Do you know when to flee, when to stand and fight, and which one to use without abusing it?

Sin. It’s not a four letter word but a three letter word. But it has caused so many problems from the time when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit and even before then when Lucifer, the anointed cherub, rebelled against God and wanted to be like God” by acting independently of Him (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Creation. It is our understanding of the Scriptures that the spirit beings, whom God the Son had created (Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3), saw Him create the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; Job 38:7). Lucifer, the anointed cherub, once had his residence in a mineral garden on this earth that God had created in a place called Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-19). From here he ruled under God over all other spirit beings – cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ezekiel 28:14; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). Note – Later God placed Adam and Eve in a fruit and vegetable garden eastward in Eden (Genesis 2:8).

Rebellion. Not being satisfied with the role and responsibility that God had given to him, he set out to lift his throne above God’s and be like God and unaccountable to Him (Isaiah 14:14). Then he convinced one third of the angels to go along with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4).

Man. It is our understanding that after Lucifer’s rebellion and demotion, God made an inferior creature out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:7). He called him Adam. Then He took a rib from him and formed Eve, his counterpart. They were given the responsibility to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28).

Control. This led Lucifer (the devil) to try to take the control away from them back to himself. We don’t know how long he observed Adam and Eve before he decided to tempt her into disobeying God’s clear command not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). We know that he succeeded and got both her and Adam to disobey God which resulted in immediate spiritual death (i.e. separation from God).  Physical death came much later (Genesis 5:5). It appears that they were stripped of something (Genesis 3:11). Was it a garment of light (See 1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2; 1 Timothy 6:16)?

Unrighteousness. The Scriptures use many words to convey different aspects of unrighteousness. The Biblical definition of sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Sin involves man’s acting as though God has placed no restraints on him. Like the devil, man wants to act independently of God and be the master of his own fate and the captain of his own ship.” He wants to make his own rules and decide what is right in his own eyes (See Judges 21:25). Have you noticed that many people do the same thing today? They want to impose their rules on others but they don’t want anyone else to impose their rules on them. (This sounds a lot like our legislators and politicians, doesn’t it?) Such lawless behavior is rampant today and getting worse (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Sin. It is what God declares it to be. Since He made man, He has the right to make the rules for us. He also conveys to us the consequences of lawlessness (See Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28; John 3:16, 18, 36; Romans 1:18-32; 6:23; Revelation 21:8). Upon careful examination of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), and using the normal rules of interpretation, one discovers that God has different rules for different people in different periods of time. Example: Dietary rules before the flood of Noah’s day – herbs and fruit (Genesis 1:29; 2:9, 16). After the flood people were allowed to eat every moving thing (Genesis 9:3). The Jews under the Mosaic Law had a limited diet (Leviticus 11:2 ff). Today our diet is unlimited (1 Timothy 4:3-5). To see further distinctions, consider our Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” at

Sources. There are three sources from which temptations to sin come: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. Some people believe that Christians lose their sin nature when they get saved. This is not true (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). God has provided everything that a Christian needs for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so he/she can live victoriously over these solicitations to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Colossians 2:8; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:1). Some people believe that the temptation itself is a sin. No!

Temptations. In his book, Maturing In Christ, p. 33, Dr. H. L. Schafer writes, “Part of the well-known hymn correctly states, ‘Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.’ Having the temptation is not sin. Temptations are allowed by God in order for a believer to mature by having victory. The believer is not responsible for having temptation, but he is responsible for his reaction to temptation.”  Note the progression that is involved that leads to sin and death (James 1:12-15).

Blame. Do you blame the devil for all your problems and the sins you commit? Did you know that he must get permission from God before he or his demons can hurl their fiery darts against Christians (See Luke 22:31, 32; Ephesians 6:13; Job 1:12; 2:6)? How many of his 14 temptations can you identify and what is the Biblical way to overcome them (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17)? How do you overcome the strong desires (sinful lusts) that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13)? How does the present world system appeal to maturing believers and how does a Christian overcome it (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-24)?

Salvation. For someone to be saved today from eternal condemnation, he/she must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Are you “believing in vain” by trying to add your good works to faith (1 Corinthians 15:2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Matthew 7:21-23)? Please read the “Bad News & Good News” on our website. Once you’re truly saved and have assurance from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), we’d like to have a part in your spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and show you how you can serve God effectively with your spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) while you’re here on earth. We’d like to show you how you can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

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Spiritual Warfare: Devil

Our Sin Nature:

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You can/should be thankful if you grew up in a loving home with a father and mother and where Christ was honored and your parents modeled His love and the other parts of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). But sadly, many people never experienced this. You may have been verbally, physically, or sexually abused. You in turn may have mistreated your children or others as you were mistreated. Are you doomed to hell? Do you have to repeat this vicious cycle or can a change take place in your life and the lives of others? What does God’s Word tell us we need to do?

Forgiveness. We’ve all sinned [to a greater or lesser degree] and have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:9). But because God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, took our place and died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we can be judicially forgiven the moment we trust in Christ alone to save us (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior (John 16:8-11). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone to save you? If not, why not trust Him now? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

Sin. What is sin? Among other things, it is lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). What should all unsaved sinners do? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? What penalties are associated with sin? Physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23; 13:1-7). What kind of people end up forever in the lake of fire? “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8). “…fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, [and] extortioners.” Do you fit into this group? Many of us did. Is there any way for us to get out of the devil’s family and into God’s family and be judicially forgiven (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 1:7). Yes! We can be when we get washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Has this happened to you?

Action. What should a Christian who has sinned against God and other people do if he/she wants to receive family forgiveness and be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9; John 15:1-10)?

  1. Honest confession must be made to God first (1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:1-5; 51:1-19). Keep in mind that doing this may not keep a person from the penalty of the civil government (Romans 13:1-7). The government doesn’t always do what is right but they are accountable to God (See James 3:1; Romans 14:12; Matthew 23:13-36; Isaiah 1:26; 5:20; 10:1; 2 Timothy 4:8; Daniel 4:17, 25).
  2. Then, if possible, one needs to go to the offended party and seek forgiveness from that person (James 5:16). The offended party may or may not grant forgiveness to the perpetrator. But a Christian should forgive someone who asks for forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:22). If we don’t, we sin by yielding to the temptation from the devil to have an unforgiving and bitter spirit that will damage us (2 Corinthians 2:1-11; Hebrews 12:15; Matthew 18:34, 35).
  3. The perpetrator (i. e. the sinning Christian) should realize that even though God promises to forgive him when he makes honest confession, God doesn’t forget what he’s done because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). But God won’t hold the sins he’s confessed against him (See Ezekiel 18:22; 33:16). Sometime in the future He will allow that person to be tempted in the same area to see how he/she will respond to temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). The question is, Does the Christian love God more than the sinful pleasures of sin (James 1:12; Hebrews 11:25; 1 John 2:15-17)? Yes, there are pleasures to sin. Otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them.
  4. A Christian needs to learn how to overcome the sinful temptations that come from the devil (Ephesians 6:10-17), or from his/her own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; 1 John 1:8), or from the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). There are different tactics that must be used with each enemy. (See

The abused person. A believer who has suffered unjustly because of the sin of another person can/should commit his/her soul (emotions) to God and trust Him to work out a bad situation and bring something good from it (1 Peter 4:19; Romans 8:18, 28). Consider what God did for the patriarch Job after he was viciously mistreated by the devil and his friends (Job 1:1-2:13; 42:10-16). Notice how Joseph responded to his brothers who sold him into slavery (Genesis 50:20). Think about Christ’s suffering at the hands of cruel men that made our salvation possible (Acts 2:23). God holds you and me responsible for His death too (Acts 4:27). Our sins put Him on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; Isaiah 53:6). Perhaps you didn’t know this. If you’ve been wronged, you should go to the perpetrator (if he/she is a believer) and inform that person of the injustice that you believe has been committed against you. If reconciliation doesn’t take place this way, you should take two or three other believers with you and try to resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, the matter should be brought before the local church and appropriate action taken (Matthew 18:15-35; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13). By all means you should leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19). God is just/righteous and will not allow sin to go without consequences that may seem severe to some people (See Hebrews 12:5 ff). We can count on Jesus, who will be the Judge of all men (John 5:22), to do what is right on judgment day (2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). Furthermore, the civil government may also take action against certain crimes. It has authority from God to take another person’s life in some cases (See Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7) Capital punishment is a deterrent to crime.

Unbelievers. These people, who rejected God’s offer of salvation (John 1:11, 12; 3:16, 18, 36), and natural revelation (Psalm 19:1; Romans1:18 ff) will be judged one day according to their works, not to determine their entering into heaven or not, but to determine the degree of suffering they will undergo in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). No human being needs to go there. Christ’s death made provision for all men/women to be saved (1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10). It is God’s desire for sinners to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Sadly, most people will reject His offer of deliverance because they love darkness more than light (John 3:19). Have you received by faith the gift of eternal life from God (Romans 6:23; John 3:16, 18, 36)? If not, why not today?

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When we sin (act lawlessly), what should we do?  It depends on whether you are a true Christian or not.  If you’re not a Christian, contrary to what you may have been told, it isn’t necessary for you to confess every single sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved.  In fact you can’t remember every sin (act of lawlessness) you’ve committed.  Everything you’ve done independently of God and all your self righteous acts are considered by God to be sin (See Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 14:13, 14; 64:6; Romans 14:23; James 4:17).  You may not have known this fact.

Acknowledge.  Instead, you need to realize that you are a sinner like all the rest of us, and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23).  We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts (thoroughly convinces) those whom the Father has given to the Son concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment after they have heard the unadulterated Gospel (John 16:8-11; 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Much of what is being called “The Gospel” isn’t the true Gospel but a “different gospel” and/or another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 ; See Acts 16:17).  (Please read “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea.)

Unforgivable Sin.  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, (not the false christs of the cults – Matthew 24:5).  Without Christ’s quality of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.  But since we all have sinned and are unrighteous, we’re all disqualified from entering heaven to spend eternity with God.  This is why we need Christ’s righteousness put to our account.  God causes this to happen when we believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  He sees us as having acted right when we believe in/on Christ alone and count His death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 4:4, 16).  The Holy Spirit also convicts (convinces) these people of being judged and having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons if they don’t believe in/on Christ alone to be saved (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).  This truth will seem foolish to most unsaved people (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2:14).

Time.  These particular unsaved people (2 Peter 3:9) may not immediately place their faith in Christ but they will believe in/on Him before they die physically (Hebrews 1:14).  This sometimes is called “effectual calling” (John 6:37, 44).  If you’re saved, did you get saved the first time you heard the Good News concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”?  Most of us probably didn’t.

Christians.  If you are a true Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone (not of your good works- Ephesians 2:8, 9), and you sin as a Christian, you don’t have to get saved all over again.  In fact, this is impossible (Hebrews 6:4).  Instead you need to honestly confess your known sins to God the Father (without making excuses or blaming others as Adam and Eve did – Genesis 3:8-13) so you can receive family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  If you say that you have no sin nature that causes you to sin periodically, you are deceiving yourself, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25).

Christians Don’t Have To Sin (1 John 2:1).  God has made every provision for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13).  If you think and say that you can’t sin once you’re saved (and some people say this), you are about to fall into sin (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13).  You don’t lose your sin nature when you get saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  It’s still very much alive and most of the temptations to which we yield originate from our sin nature (disposition).  But if we walk by means of the Holy Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).  Don’t blame the devil for every sin you commit.  His 14 temptations to sin are different from those that come from our sin nature and the present world system.  Do you know how to overcome these three spiritual enemies and live a victorious Christian life?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16)? If so, we may be able to help you.

God Knows Everything.  He knows that we, as His children, will sin periodically (1 John 3:9, 10).  This is why we have an Advocate (Jesus Christ) along side the Father (1 John 2:1).  He ensures that we don’t lose our salvation when we sin (See John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), and also maintains the Father’s integrity when the devil accuses His children of our sinful behavior on earth.  When we, as Christians, confess (name) our sins to God the Father, He grants to us family forgiveness (not judicial forgiveness that took place at the time of our salvation – Ephesians 1:7) and cleanses us from all the unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9; See James 1:12-15).  Temptations are not sin, but yielding to them constitutes sin.  Believers can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming sin (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Sin’s Effects.  It interrupts the Christians’ close relationship with God and causes us to grieve the heart of God (Ephesians 4:30).  When we sin we don’t abide (feel at ease with God) and He doesn’t feel at ease with us.  We don’t bear the spiritual fruit that we should (John 15:1-14).  Do you know that this fruit involves (See Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:17)?  Sin also keeps us from doing the desirous will of God for our lives (Romans 12:1, 2).  Without God’s power, we can do nothing to please God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 8:8).

Confession.  Confessing our sins to God the Father (not to men unless we’ve sinned against them too – James 5:16) doesn’t automatically place us in fellowship with God the Father.  We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we are to enjoy close fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).  Are you abiding in Christ and bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8)?  Are you walking in the light?  If not, what needs to change?  Are you tired of suffering the painful consequences of sin that could lead to your premature physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?  Unconfessed sins in the life of a Christian can lead to severe disciplinary measures so we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

Freedom.  In Christ there is freedom to do as we ought to do rather than being in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2).  We become the slaves of the one to whom we yield (Romans 6:14-23).  Whose servant are you?  Those Christians who make Christ the Master of their lives (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15) could have no better Master.  Have you done this yet?  This is not a condition for salvation as the “Lordship for salvation” people are teaching. (See below.)

Safety.  Being figuratively under “His wings” and under His care is the safest place we could possibly be (Psalm 91:4; 1 Peter 5:7).  Is this where you’d like to be?  Are you sure you’re saved?  Make sure (2 Peter 1:10). If you’re not, why not get saved today and gain assurance of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  If you’re saved, have you wandered away from God and become carnal like the prodigal son (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; See Luke 15:11-32)?  Would you like to come back to the loving arms of your heavenly Father?  He’s waiting (Matthew 11:28). Why not do it right now?

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God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation.

Lordship For Salvation?

Recently, while trying to put a water hose away, I was stung by some bees. They had been feeding on some flowers nearby. I invaded their territory and must have threatened them. Their stings hurt badly. Bees take a dim view of being stepped on and they have an effective way of letting us know about it.

Pain. “[It] can be a wonderful teacher. It’s just a pity that while we quickly learn to avoid bees, we tend to learn more slowly regarding sin. Yet the truths of the Bible, the testimony of the prophets, the teachings of Christ – all point to the same time-proven principle: Sin hurts. Yet how often we repeat even the sins which cause us – or those we love – damage.

Patience. “God’s patience at last ran out toward [some Jewish people in the Old Testament] who simply wouldn’t learn, people who continually hurt themselves and damaged each other by indulging in the same ways.” – Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru the Bible, p. 269

Consequences. Sin often has long term natural consequences even though we’ve confessed our sins to God.  Consider the life of King David.  Let’s learn from his and the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:6). 

Victorious Living.  Would you like to learn how to be victorious over your sin nature, the devil, and the present world system? You can live victoriously if you learn how to walk by means of the Holy Spirit to overcome the lusts (strong desires) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16), put on the whole armor of God when it’s needed to resist and overcome the devil’s temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17), and refuse to love the present world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17).

Chastening. Should you, as a child of God, act defiantly toward your heavenly Father, and resist God the Holy Spirit, and refuse to confess your sins to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16), you could be chastened and scourged by God the Father in a variety of ways (Hebrews 12:5-11). Because the carnal Corinthian Christians were participating in the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy way, they were chastened with weakness, sickness, and some even died prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30).

Potential. We have potential years and actual years. At the time of our salvation, we were made to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3), but we still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25). We also have the potential to engage in the works of the flesh that are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21).

Quote. “Without exception, every one of [the works of the flesh  Galatians 5:19-21] is a perversion of something which is in itself good. Immorality, impurity, licentiousness are perversions of the sexual instinct which is in itself a lovely thing and part of love. Idolatry is a perversion of worship, and was begun as an aid to worship. Sorcery is a perversion of the use of healing drugs in medicine. Envy, jealousy, and strife are perversions of that noble ambition and desire to do well which can be a spur to greatness. Enmity and anger are a perversion of that righteous indignation without which the passion for goodness cannot exist. Dissension and the party spirit are a perversion of the devotion to principle which can produce the martyr.  Drunkenness and carousing are the perversion of the happy joy of social fellowship and of the things which men can happily and legitimately enjoy. Nowhere is there better illustrated the power of evil to take beauty and to twist it into ugliness, to take the finest things and to make them an avenue for sin. The awfulness of the power of sin lies precisely in its ability to take the raw material of potential goodness and turn it into the material of evil” (Flesh and Spirit by William Barclay, page 39).

Value. Among other things, the Old Testament serves as a negative example for us not to engage in the same sins the Jews did lest we be judged as they were (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11). Our discipline, as Christians, is limited to this life because we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (1 Corinthians 11:32; See John 3:18, 36).

Stinger. “’O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57).

Deliverance. If you’re not a Christian, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved [from eternal condemnation]” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:16, 18, 36).

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 1 Peter 5:8, 9

When it comes to the subject of the devil, two mistakes are often made by many people, including Christians. Some folks joke about him while others ignore him. Both of these responses are dangerous positions to take.

Warning. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that in the latter times some people would depart from the faith and give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. They would speak lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron. They would tell people not to marry and abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-5; See Acts 10:14, 28). He told Timothy to preach the word with authority and to be ready in season and out of season because many people would seek to follow teachers with itching ears who would tell the people what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Ignorance. The Apostle Peter, having given in to a temptation from the devil to play the role of a coward (Luke 22:31, 32; Matthew 26:74), was well aware of Satan’s tactics. They seem to be intensifying in our day and we need to know the truth about him so we who are true Christians can resist and overcome him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; 1 John 4:4) after we have put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). Let’s not be ignorant of his tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Satan’s Activities

Independence. He seeks to provoke believers to rely on themselves rather than on God (See John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 4:13). As a result of King David’s yielding to Satan’s solicitation to number and rely on his troops rather than on God Himself, 70,000 Israelite men died (1 Chronicles 21:1). The leaders of the world have made and will make decisions to engage in unjust wars and in the future billions of people will die. Do you know how many people will die during the seven years of the Tribulation when the devil, the anti-Christ, and the false prophet are in charge? It will be over ½ of the world’s population (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God allowed them to have power for more than seven years, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22). By the way, not all wars are unjust and some have been ordered by God Himself (Deuteronomy 20:17-20). God gave the wicked nations in the land of Canaan 400 years to repent but they didn’t (Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:24). God is long suffering and wants people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). But there will come a day when He will judge the unrepentant and unbelievers (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). You and I can cause great harm to others too if we act like the heathen and the Israelites who sacrificed their live babies to the pagan god Molech (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 32:35). Can God forgive the sin of murder and other sins (Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)? Yes! He forgave King David, King Manasseh, and the Apostle Paul (2 Samuel 12:9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; Acts 8:1-3).

Victims. He roams the world to find victims to overwhelm (1 Peter 5:8). He’d like for believers to become bitter and have an unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11) and get them to curse God and die for not protecting them from harm and danger (Job 2:9). The patriarch Job was an upright man and became the object of Satan’s abuse. He was allowed by God to strip Job of his children, his wealth, and his health (Job 1, 2). He became a prime example of our need to trust God even when things are going badly (Proverbs 3:5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Do you do this?

Blindness. The Scriptures talk about three kinds of spiritual blindness: Natural blindness. This keeps all unbelievers from understanding many things in the Scriptures or think of them as simply being foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:14; 3:19). Satanic blindness. He spiritually blinds the minds of unbelievers to prevent them from understanding the power of the Gospel to save Jews and non-Jews (2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 1:16, 17). Judicial blindness. This was imposed on the Jewish people because of their rejection of their promised Messiah (Romans 11:25; Matthew 27:25). Only God Himself can remove these three blinds from people’s spiritual eyes after the Gospel has been presented to them by a human agent (1 John 4:4; Romans 1:16).

Darts. Satan has in his arsenal 14 fiery, mental darts that he directs at a believer’s mind but only if God allows it (Ephesians 6:10-17). Disappointment, discouragement, doubt are very effective tools he uses to bring Christians down and cause them to lose their power from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). Do you know what the other 11 temptations are and how to overcome them? They are not to be confused with the temptations that come from our old sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 john 1:8) or from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:17-24).

Hinder. Whenever he can, he tries to hinder those who are engaged in the work of evangelizing the lost with the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and the edification of believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11) for their work of service (1 Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 4:10). He encourages and promotes greedy, false teachers who do his bidding (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Beware of the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14).

Doubt. He undermines the Word of God by casting doubt on it (Genesis 3:1). He often uses false teachers to twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Many of them use the allegorical rather than the normal, historical, grammatical method of interpreting the Scriptures (Matthew 13:19; Genesis 3:1).

Angel. Believe it or not, he can transform himself into an angel of light so as to try to deceive other good angels (2 Corinthians 11:14). He drew 1/3 of the angels with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). They became demons and are destined for the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). This Biblical teaching stands in sharp contrast to the false teachers who teach and promote the “universal reconciliation” (salvation) of all of God’s creatures in the end.

Satan’s Future

Abyss. After the seven years of the tribulation (Daniel 9:27; See Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff) the devil will be captured by a low ranking angel and will be bound in the Abyss for 1,000 years while the Lord Jesus Christ rules on/over the earth (Revelation 20:1-6; Isaiah 9:6, 7). But when the 1,000 years are over the devil will be released from the Abyss for a brief time. He will gather to himself those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during His 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 20:7-9). Then Christ will cast the devil, his angels (demons) and the unbelievers into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Revelation 20:10). God is a righteous and holy God and must/will sentence the unbelievers to that awful place. There are no second chances to be saved once a person dies (Hebrews 9:27). Don’t be misled by false teachers who teach otherwise. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). His Word is truth (John 17:17).

Conclusion: Therefore, if you still are a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), you need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-6) so you can become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believers need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [Having submitted yourself to God, and having put on the whole armor of God], resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).

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Yes, I hate to admit it, but I did fall off a bicycle the other day as my son, David and I were out having some father-son time. I hurt myself and threw my back out in the fall but thankfully I didn’t break anything as my wife did when she fell some time ago. I got up and we continued riding for a few more miles before returning the bikes. Then I got some ice to put on my back to bring the swelling down.

After falling, I could have said, “That does it. I’m not going to ride a bike anymore.”  But I didn’t do that. I got up and kept going in spite of the pain.

Many Christians get knocked down spiritually quite often and after awhile they give up. They feel like there is no use in trying to live the victorious Christian life any more. Maybe you feel that way.

Currently on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30) we’re talking about our spiritual enemies: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. These three enemies can cause our fellowship and our enjoyment of God and His children to be disrupted when we yield to their distinct temptations. Some folks, living in other states, are joining us by means of a phone connection. (Click on the link below to learn more and let us know if you’d like to join us by phone. Call us at 805-238-3549.)

This Bible Study is designed for those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior by believing that He died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

My problem was a matter of balance. In the spiritual realm, it’s also a matter of balance. Dr. Charles Ryrie wrote a book that I would recommend to you. It’s entitled, “Balancing The Christian Life” by Moody Press. He begins the book by defining true spirituality and then gives an explanation of what man is and what man can become through Christ. He wrote it for Christians who desire a practical application of balanced spirituality in their lives.

Current Wednesday Night Studies: “The Devil – Fallacies & Facts”

Balancing The Christian Life by Dr. Charles Ryrie