Christianity in our day and age... Like so many other things in our self-focused world...Has developed tunnel vision in our focus and understanding...Of Salvation... Of God's Plan... Of our very place in this Creation!
Even Christian focus… Is on our lives...On how God is... Or is not... Blessing US in our lives...And on all of the evil in this world that disrupts our lives...And on WHY God would allow such evil in our lives…If He loves us so much!
Here is the Truth of where we are at in this world... And WHY! God Created us... In His Image... With His Ability to Love, create, build and enjoy fellowship!
And He created an unbelievable… And PERFECT place…For us to thrive and have dominion over...With no troubles, worries, disease, sin or death...A place to walk with Him in that intimate fellowship!
Satan... One of the most beautiful and powerful of God's Creation...A Cherub of Heaven...Let his splendor and status take over his heart…And became dissatisfied as "second fiddle"…To God in his Splendor...And felt HE deserved more...
Ezekiel 28:14-15, 17 (NKJV)
14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you... 17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor...
In his self-deluded state of rebellion...He was removed from his place in God's Kingdom...(Not thrown from Heaven just yet…)And with his charisma… He drew 1/3 of the angels of Heaven into his army...
Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV)
12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
Revelation 12:1-6 (NKJV)
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
This fallen Cherib... And his amassed army...Which is composed of a countless number of angels…Fallen from Grace...Each one of which has unimaginable strength and wisdom individually...Are literally hell-bent on waging war against God...And all of His Creation! WE... YOU and I... Are caught in the very midst of this WAR!
GET THIS FACT… It is NOT a fairytale… NOT a religious view…YOU are literally living in the middle of…The most intense… And important WAR in history! THIS… Is the DIRECT CAUSE…Of our pain, suffering, hatred, violence, disease, war & death…In this world now...NOT Our Precious God...
But in OUR narrow-minded view of this world...We rarely recognize that we are even in a war...We rarely recognize that SATAN is the true enemy...Much LESS... See and understand his VERY REAL tactics and goals...Being used against us continually!
You tell me... What do you think happens to a kingdom...When an enemy that is powerful, wisdom filled...And passionate in their objectives...Is seldom even recognized or resisted…As they plot and move against their enemy?THAT KINGDOM IS DEVASTATED! QUICKLY OVERRUN! RUINED!
WELL… Take a look around you today...War, hatred, division, disrespect, complete loss of love...Fear, depression, suicide, homicide, loss of identity and purpose, hopelessness...We have been completely DEVASTATED…Overrun... Ruined… Defeated!EVEN and ESPECIALLY Christians...By an enemy we often do not even acknowledge!
Satan... In his long history of experience with mankind...Purposefully watches... Studies...Identifies the weaknesses...Of every person in this room personally...And tactfully… Purposefully… Skillfully…Works to bring about our misery and failure...In the well known, Ancient military treatise of China... "The Art of War"...Sun Tzu, a general and military advisor of 6BC states:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” - Sun Tzu, The Art of War
We would be wise to "Wake up" to our adversary...And begin to educate ourselves…On his goals and weapons! So today... And at least for one other meeting together...This will become our "War Room!" Where we study the plots and movements of our enemy...And make definite plans and decisions to RESIST! So that we may be able to stand against him! For our families... For our Land... For Our Precious King!
Ephesians 6:10-13 (NKJV)
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 (YOUR evil day), and having done all, to stand.
Plot Through The Ages...Satan has had a very distinct and hard fought strategy...Since the day he fell from Grace In Heaven...Let's learn about our enemy's schemes today...By FIRST... Learning how he has worked in the past! Knowing that he has NO POSSIBLE CHANCE…To defeat God face-to-face now...Satan's primary attack against God...Was to hit Him where he knew it would hurt the most...To steal the Fellowship of God's Precious Creation from Him!
To make His Beloved Bride DOUBT…His very Love and Character! Steal her heart from Him! To take away her Trust in His Goodness and Love...RUINING THEIR INTIMACY FOREVER...FORCING GOD TO ULTIMATELY DESTROY HER…RIGHT ALONG WITH SATAN...BECAUSE SHE HAD BECOME PART OF THE SIN AND REBELLION… WHICH GOD HAD TO REMOVE!
Genesis 3:1-5 (NKJV)
1 ...And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
And at that moment... By giving ourselves over to Satan and his lies...Our Incredible, Wonderful Kingdom…Was GIVEN OVER to Satan as well...And HE became the RIGHTFUL ruler over a world…That had CHOSEN HIM!
John 12:31-32 (NKJV)
...the ruler of this world...
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NKJV)
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
THIS... Is why we have all of the hate, suffering & destruction in the world!NOT because of Our Loving God! Now... Satan thought He had put God in a horrible quandary...His Beloved had been seduced into becoming a part of the selfish evil...Which would ultimately destroy His Kingdom...Of Pure Love and Fellowship!
God STILL Loved us with an Unshakable Love...But because He was Just and Holy...He could not NOW accept the sin within us...BECAUSE… That SIN had taken…OUR CAPACITY for true selfless love in return!
In order to have true freedom and REAL LOVE...WE HAD to make our OWN choice to be with Him! So God did the Unexpected... The Unthinkable...He made Plans to offer His Own Life... In Punishment and Death...In our stead!!!
So the Penalty might be Paid...And His Beloved might come back to Him...By once again CHOOSING HIS LOVE...And turning our backs on the sin that separated us! So Satan quickly chose his next objective...To destroy the very people and lineage...Of those Chosen to bring the SON of God... The Savior...
Into the world! (To physically STOP the Messiah from Coming) When this failed... He tried to destroy the Messiah Himself...As soon as He entered into this world...
Matthew 2:16 (NKJV)
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
Revelation 12:4-5 (NKJV)
4 ...And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
When this failed... Satan attempted to TURN…The Very Son of God away from His Mission of Salvation...By offering Him the chance to rule the world He had Created...The people He had Created...Without… Any of the suffering or torture…He was about to endure for their sakes! (How bad was it?!) By simply bowing in allegiance to him...Satan would give what was rightfully HIS to give...
Matthew 4:8-10 (NKJV)
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' "
This showed WE meant NOTHING to Satan...He simply wants to STEAL US AWAY...From the ONE Who DOES care for us most! Using and destroying US... To hurt God! AND THIS SHOWED…WE MEANT EVERYTHING TO CHRIST!
Who wanted NO Fame, Authority or Kingdom...IF… He didn't have OUR Salvation and Love along with it!
NOW SATAN'S LAST ATTEMPT...To take away Jesus' Sacrifice of Salvation…
Had failed miserably...And he knows the FATE that he...And the ferocious horde that follows him...Unstoppably... Now soon have coming! For all of the hate, pain, destruction and havoc…They have caused God and His Creation...
Isaiah 14:15-17 (NKJV)
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. 16 "Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, 17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?'
Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
SO... He has now grown desperate and even more vengeful…In his last hours on this earth...
Revelation 12:12 (NKJV)
12 ...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
And his single, solitary, desperate mission…At THIS point in time...IS TOO HURT GOD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE...IN SPITE AND FURY… ON HIS WAY OUT! BASICALLY… IN THREE MAJOR WAYS!
ONE: By turning as many from God's Salvation as possible...STEALING GOD'S LOVE AND INTIMACY FROM THEIR HEARTS...MAKING THEM WORSHIP ANYTHING BUT HIM! So they will have to join him in condemnation...
THAT is why Satan is perfectly FINE with us being "religious!" FINE with our legalism of acting righteous... FINE with us using God's Name to get what we want...
As long as our hearts and our affection…Stay far from God...He has done his job! Condemning us... Stealing our fellowship with God...And making us feel comfy and secure on our way to damnation!
TWO: By making those who HAVE chosen CHRIST...AS MISERABLE... INEFFECTIVE... AND BROKEN...AS CONCEIVABLY POSSIBLE!
John 10:10 (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
THREE: By turning society... And the world... As hatefully and violently as possible...Against anything to do with Jesus Christ... And His True Followers!
Shutting down their influence...And ultimately... Removing them from society!
John 15:18-21 (NKJV)
18 "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Revelation 12:13, 17 (NKJV)
13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child... 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 13:7-8 (NKJV)
7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Before we even get into the specific tactical plans of Satan...To hurt, mislead, and paralyze us as Christians today...We MUST FIRST come to the realization that...WE ARE AT WAR!
It is REAL... It is ancient... It is Primary over everything else in life! There is a very deliberate and malicious plan...Coming against every disciple…Who is serious about Jesus as their King! And we MUST ABSOLUTELY
UNDERSTAND...The SPIRITUAL REALITY…BEHIND everything in our lives...Satan WILL use:Relationships, finances, health, sex, success, failure, injustice, abuse, insecurity... ANYTHING and EVERYTHING...WITH THESE GOALS IN YOUR LIFE...To control your mind:Making you doubt His Existence...
Or control your heart:Making you doubt His Goodness and Love...Or break your spirit and joy:Through fear, blame, unforgiveness and persecution!
What more could He give us than His Creation and His Proven Word to show He is Real? What more could He have possibly done...Than give His Kingdom, His Power, His Very Life and Soul...In torture and death to show His Love?
How can we not be ready to endure anything thrown at us… By Satan & the world in troubles and persecution... For the One Who has done so much for us?When He has so much more in store for us in His Kingdom to Come? Know and recognize the TRUE ENEMY in our lives...And STAND FIRM...
Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
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.
JOIN HIM… AT ANY COST… HIS… IS THE WINNING SIDE! HE… Wants your Love and Salvation… NOT destruction!
You are not truly living… If all you do is mourn over losses… And lust after more…
Volodymyr Zelensky chose to stay and perhaps die with his people!
JESUS DID FAR, FAR MORE…
WITH FAR MORE TO LOSE!
Does HE DESERVE OR LOYALTY AND LOVE?!
Set yourself free to live for HIM!
HOLD THE LINE for Christ!
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