I just want to make this clear. Sin is dangerous. It hurts. It wounds. It kills. Even the Bibles says that the wages of sin is death. The devil is the father of lies. In Greek, Σατανας, means 'hostile opponent'. Lucifer, his other name, means 'accuser'. Beelzebub, his other name, matches a Philistine god which is similer to a Baal like figure. The devil is out to get us. He knows that he lost the battle so he wants to bring us down. Now, here is something about the devil that many do not know. If the devil was a dragon or a human like figure who wields a trident stick that brings fire, no one would listen to him. Therefore, he uses the best form of deception. He deceives us by coming as an angel of light. I am going to ask you a rhetorical question. Wouldn't you run away from a fire breathing dragon or something that looks threatening to you? Yes. You would. As I have spoken in another article, the devil is a thief of your joy. He was the one that caused mischief in heaven because he wanted to be over heaven instead of God. He had an army of angels fighting with him. They lost the battle. God tossed Satan and those angels from heaven. I am going to tell you three things. Evil does not last long. Evil does not prosper. And if you can't beat them, join them (I'm talking about the kingdom of God). Anyway, Satan has become God of this world. In this world, you will find all kinds of evil in it. Now, look at what is supposed to be Satanism. Satan is not the leader of Satanism. Anton LeVay is. I am very sure that Satan does not care about the people in that religion. If you have examined it, it teaches people to behave like animals and has rituals and many other things that you do not want to know about. Jesus cries when he sees this because these people are God's creation. Satan doesn't care. All that matters to him is that they are going to hell eventually. Satan is selfish and he hates everybody. Now, there is the world. Satan is god of this world. If you want to know what he and the world practice, look at Galatians 5:19-21. That is how the unsaved live. They also live under a written code. But still, we know that those who live under a written code will become very stressed out and will be unable to follow it perfectly. It doesn't matter to Satan because those people who are still trying to follow the written code and do so without Jesus, still are not going to heaven. Also, Satan uses the Bible as a weapon against us. You will see that at the beginning of Matthew, the devil tried to use the Bible to seduce Jesus to follow and worship him. The devil will try and trick us. He did say that we need to be as shrewd as snakes but innocent as infants. The devil does not care who he hurts. The truth is, God has a plan for your life and the devil, also has a plan for your life. They are both cheering you on.
You must choose a Christ life or a self life. Christ will give you what you need. The devil will try to stop you from acheiving your best. I will tell you how you fight back.
James 4:7 NKJV Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Genesis 4:7 NKJV If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
You have all the power to tell resist sin by turning from that direction. If other people entice you, just tell them that you can't do what they want you to do. You will fall, but don't do it deliberately. If you feel that you are stuck in a certain situation, then pray about it. Do it mentally if you have to.
The devil may and will try, but you do not have to put up with it. The devil knows that he lost the battle already. You do not have to join him. You have been give freedom. You have been given freedom in Christ. You have been freed from the law. Now,it isn't a freedom to do whatever you want to, it is a freedom to do what you ought. The world and Christ are enemies. The deeds of the flesh are the deeds of this world. The deeds of Christ are the deeds of the life that leads to eternal life. The world lives by a written code. That means that you must choose: Christ's life or the world's life. The world is run by Satan. The deeds of Christ is love and there is no law against love. If you look at the book of Acts, Satan tried to prevent Paul from spreading the gospel, then and only then, we do not choose the government over Christ but Christ first but we are still required to love the government. The devil will try to bring us down. Satan hates us. It is foolish to be his follower. If you try to be his follower, he does not care because the only ticket you'll get in the end of life is a ticket to hell and do you know how much time a person spends in hell? Forever. It's not worth it. Do you know how long a Christian stays in heaven and extremely happy? Forever. I laid out a contrast between the places that you could go. Make a good choice. And you, Christian, you should not be like the world, but in, but not of. Another thing, as Christians, we need to live in Christ for the rest of our earthly life, because if someone who sees that your life is in contrast with your behavior in a church, cell church, or even an ekklesia, you can seriously hurt that person, because he or she may not choose the Christian life ever again. And do you know what you just committed? Murder! This is why the different forms of churches are laughingstocks to the world because the world does not see it happening, outside and sometimes in! Some people don't believe and it's our fault! And do you know who's happy? The devil! Sad, but true! Yes, they go to the world, because they do not see it! So, I believe that, whatever church that we may be, is that we need to start bearing fruit and living a life of Christ and love. Stop passing tracts because I don't see it working and start loving others not just on Sunday but every day of the week. And that means that we must practice hospitality to strangers, get rid of the religiousity, get rid of rituals, and become a family who is united together in the Lord. Thank You.