In the beginning, the enemy hashed out a diabolical plan to destroy what God had created and proclaimed was good. The enemy, who is satan, always had an agenda right from the giddy-up, and that hasn’t changed. His hellish m.o. has been made known to us throughout the Holy Scriptures. The enemy has no other intent than to steal, kill and destroy. He slithered his way up to Eve and seduced her with lies. It’s easy for many to now call Eve names and say it was all her fault, but how many people today if they were able to switch places with Eve would have done differently? If anything, most people now walking according to their flesh and their carnal minds probably would have tried to contend with God, saying things like, “Why can’t we eat from that tree God? What’s the big idea? Why can’t we just have a little taste? What’s up with that God? Okay, if I did eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, you being God, if I got messed up shouldn’t you be able to make a way to set me right again?” How many people these days hasten towards what God warns us to stay away from?
The devil asked Eve if it was true that God said they shouldn’t eat of every tree of the Garden. This was the setup for the first lie ever, and the biggest one at that. Eve replied, “God said we may eat the fruit of the trees in the Garden, but we’re prohibited from eating of the fruit or even touch the tree in the midst of the garden, or we shall surely die”. He told Eve, “That’s not true, if you eat of the tree in the midst of the Garden you will not surely die, you will be just like God.” Satan pretty much called God a liar, and made it seem like God just didn’t want them to be like Him, knowing all things, as if to say God had some kind of superiority complex or something. From this point you can see how crafty and wicked satan is.
The enemy’s actions are sordid, and the way he plays the game is not so much for him to win but certainly for you to lose. You might think, “Well, that doesn’t make any sense, how can there be a loser but no winner?” Here is how. The devil cannot usurp God’s power or sovereignty as the ruler over the heavens and the earth, so even if one was to lose somehow, more than likely as a result of disobedience, the enemy doesn’t necessarily win anything at all, because his end has already been established, there is no reward in heaven for him. It is for many to meet the very same ending purposed solely for him and his angels that he tries to play us all.
Eve did not know how crafty satan was. Even though he told her something contrary to what she had already known God said they weren’t to do, there was no suspicion in her mind that what he said was evil, because she still had no clue of what evil even was. It wasn’t until after Eve’s eyes were opened that she even realized she was being deceived. Adam and Eve once being ignorant of good and evil in the garden, even though they were initially good, albeit completely unaware, they didn’t do any wrong they just obeyed God without question.
Because of their ignorance, both Adam and Eve could do no wrong. Up to that point evil was non-existent in their minds and hearts. Eyes now open, upon eating the forbidden fruit, they were made aware of many things, things they would have been better off not knowing. They always had free will in the Garden, that didn’t just spring up after they left. Of course, because of Adam and Eve’s pureness, their innocence, their lack of knowledge of anything evil, they just used their freewill to obey God. That is really how we are supposed to be now, although we have free will, we are to take that and obey God. It may sound strange or even contradictory to some who believe they have a clear grasp on how freewill ought to work, but it all makes perfect sense.
Many say, “If given something freely shouldn’t we be aloud to do whatever we want and not be forced to do otherwise?” But I ask this, isn’t that what God has aloud, for each to do as freely as they please? Because He has laws, has that obstructed you from doing whatever you very well pleased? Most, if honest, would rightly say no, because mankind follows the dictates of their own heart, as suppose to following the laws of God. Someone might also say, “Then why would God give free will and then create rules for us to follow and if we don’t then we are punished, wouldn’t that be unfair and really a contradiction?” On the contrary, the rules were given so order can be maintained; it was established for our benefit. Imagine a society without rules; would you want to live there? And you, who questions God’s fairness, do you suppose in a lawless place justice would be present? There can be no justice without law.
Also, the fact that God had laws put in place to be followed and still gave free will, was not to confuse us, it was not to play games with us, it was so we would freely choose to love Him. I imagine nobody truly wants someone to love them by force, but from a sincere heart. It’s not possible to force anything sincere out of anyone, the idea of that is even absurd. Sincerity can only be brought about if a person is given freewill. Knowing a person could have chosen anyone else yet they still choose you, is a wonderful feeling and it’s indicative to sincere love, God only wants the same. He does not need us to love Him, but He is worthy of sincere love and praise. Is that too much for our Creator, Protector, Provider and Savior to have in return? Does He not deserve it? Does He deserve to be called unfair because of that? He could have had us like robots if He wanted, He certainly has the unlimited power to make us that way, and who would tell Him not to? He is God, but He didn’t have it that way, even more of an example of how merciful and loving and fair He is.
Though many will say He is not, it is quite evident that He is a fair and just God that loves us. What you consider unfair punishment is simply the consequences brought about as a result of the choices you made with that same freewill you got. Had you chosen differently, you would have had different results. For you to lament, “Oh, if I do whatever I please and God punishes me for it, that’s unfair”, is the same as touching a piece of hot coal, and upon getting burnt you get upset at the hot coal because it burnt you, when you’re the one who picked it up not the other way around.
I have heard this question more times than I can remember, shucks, I’ve even thought about it myself once ago before I had come to know God. “Why didn’t God just make Adam and Eve obey Him?” This goes back to what I just was talking about when I said God doesn’t force us to do anything. I would have to ask a person who asked that question this. Why didn’t He just make the sky orange and maroon? Why not make the cows say meow and the cats say moo? Why? Why? Why? What concern is it of ours why He has aloud any of what it is He has aloud, and how He decides to do things? Would knowledge of that make you believe in Him? Would it make you repentant if you knew each and every one of the reasons God does any of the things He does? Ask yourself that.
There is a story in the book of Luke Chapter 16 verses 19-31. There was a rich man, a very snazzy dresser and he fared sumptuously everyday. There was also a beggar named Lazarus who was filled with unsightly sores that laid at the rich guy’s gate everyday. Lazarus was so hungry that he wanted if only, to be able to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich guy’s table. Dogs even came and licked Lazarus’ sores. One day, the beggar died and was taken by angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. Being tormented in Hades, the rich man lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham with Lazarus in his bosom.
A man who was once of a very affluent reputation in his life but now was being tormented in Hades, cried out to Abraham for Lazarus to dip his finger in water, to cool his tongue. But Abraham reminded the rich man of how in his life he received many good things, but Lazarus’ life was filled torment. Besides all of that, there was no way Lazarus would be able get to him now because of the great distance fixed between them. Seeing how horrible conditions were, the rich man begged Abraham to have Lazarus go back into the world, to his father’s house, and testify to his five brothers so they would not meet the same end he did. Abraham said, “They have people like Moses and the prophets there, let your brothers listen to them.” The rich guy was like, “No, if you send someone from the dead to warn them, they’ll repent”. Abraham told him, “If they don’t even listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded by somebody who came from the dead”.
The story about Lazarus and the rich man is a cautionary tale, and even after many have heard this story they still do not take inventory of their lives and repent. Even after many have been given the sign of Jonah, of preaching and teaching, they reject admonishment, they reject the Good News, they find no place in their hearts for the Gospel of peace and truth. So, really ask yourself if all these questions you have about how God operates, if they were answered, would it make you repent?
You have heard of the love God has for you, but does it make you genuinely sorrowful and repentant, or do you carry on living your life according to your will, which has rewards that are not favorable in the grand scheme of things? God does not only provide a way to have us reconciled to Him, but He supplies each of us with help, in the form of His Holy Spirit. Isn’t that loving? Ask yourself, why after leaving the club or the bar completely wasted, you made it home safely? Certainly it wasn’t because you got the skills of a Formula One race car driver. Many, when they make it home safely after a night of carousing and drunkenness, they boast about how they got home safely because they’re a great driver, never acknowledging God’s grace and mercy.
Why don’t people ask the right questions? God is merciful and loving and filled with grace. God’s mercy endures forever. God is longsuffering with us. It is not His will that any should perish, but how many are even concerned with His will, His good, acceptable, and perfect will? God doesn’t force anyone to bend against their free will. There are rewards for whatever you decide to do with your free will. If you decide to pursue righteousness and to obey God, you receive good non-perishable rewards. If you take your free will and do evil, what do you think awaits you? I can tell you this; it won’t be a hundred virgin brides, or a shopping spree at some trendy clothing retail outlet.
Do you think you should receive the reward of the righteous whilst living unrighteous? Wouldn’t that make God unjust? But He is not unjust, He is fair, and He has fairly given all free will and you can choose whatever to do with that, but it would be in your best interest to obey the laws God has put in place, because those have more favorable rewards than evil deeds. “For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:8 NKJV. Why not take what you have been given freely by a loving God and use it to please Him who loves you so much.
You know what’s so amazing, even though God had seen all of what happened in the Garden He still went looking for Adam, God’s love did not end the minute Adam and Eve disobeyed Him, He still went looking for them. God’s love is truly unconditional. The moment Eve and Adam took that bite mankind died, Genesis 2:17. Adam’s death was not a physical death like some assume it was, and would have you blindly believe, but his death was a spiritual death which is far worse. Until the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our sins, the death Adam experienced and passed down to us was irrevocable.
How interesting is it that the enemy was so pressed to have Adam know knowledge then, but now he is using every deceitful bit of trickery he can to keep mankind from obtaining knowledge of the truth; the truth of life, the truth of reconciliation to God brought about through Jesus Christ. The enemy is pulling out all the stops, using all of his resources to keep all in the dark. What is he trying to keep us away from? Why is it so critical that he work around the clock sending out his wicked ones to lead us astray? Why does he make evil look so appealing? Why is it that he makes us think we can’t stop being sinful? You must want to know the answers. The truth is, most people aren’t asking these questions, the devil would have it that way.
The devil wants us to think nothing is wrong in our lives, that all we do, although it goes against God’s commands, is all perfectly fine, it’s the norm and whoever isn’t following what the masses are doing are losers. “They think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5 NKJV. The pains satan is taking in keeping the proverbial wool pulled over the eyes of mankind, and how so many are just letting him do it. The devil already knows the truth; he’s just trying to keep it away from us. If you are unaware of the enemy’s devices and not so hidden agenda, here’s a newsflash, he doesn’t care about you or me or anyone. The devil tempts us, and then after we have succumbed to temptation he accuses us before God, now if that isn’t rotten I don’t know what is.
The devil is cunning and isn’t looking out for our best interest in anyway, his repertoire is filled with crafty ways to draw us out and drag us down. Satan drew the blueprint on deception; his arsenal is packed to capacity with weapons constructed solely to destroy our minds and lives simultaneously, he knows the flesh is weak, that is why he rules in it. He will make us believe he has our best interest in mind, that he really wants us to experience joy and happiness by supplying us with material things, by having us believe wealth is where one will find true happiness. The enemy is fully aware that the things of this world cannot supply a person with true everlasting joy, only temporary satisfaction.
The enemy is fully aware that true lasting pure joy comes from the Lord, but he would have you believe the other way around, that true joy comes from the things you acquire in this life and if you don’t obtain these things you’re a loser living a sad existence and must find someway to keep up with the Jones’, so to speak. The enemy wants each of us to sail into eternal damnation right along with him, loaded down with sin. This is why satan makes it all so appealing to do what God opposes. The truly sad part is that, even though God has supplied us with a way to be reconciled to Him, many are still walking down that broadway to destruction.
Earlier, when I mentioned if anybody had the opportunity to switch places with Eve and was able to face God, and perhaps was to get a little cheeky with Him and say, “Okay, if I did eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, you being God, if I got messed up shouldn’t you be able to make a way to set me right again?” Guess what? God did just that. He created a way to set everything straight after the fall that day in the Garden. Of course, God being omniscient foreknew all of what was going to go down and already had His own plan, a resolution which was already prepared for such a time like the fall of man. As the devil came up with his plan to destroy the world, God had another plan much greater than the enemies. Gods plan was a plan to restore life, peace and unity between Him and man.
How did He plan on doing this? By using His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savoir. God had always prepared a way out for His people in spite of all the snares the enemy placed in mankind’s path. As the enemy lies in wait, as many blindly go through life, God made a way for us to be redeemed, by sending the Great Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who showed us the biggest display of love that the world has ever seen, He sacrificed His life for us. God has supplied us with the opportunity to obtain the life we lost in the Garden of Eden via Adam. As it is written, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act, the free gifts came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5: 18-19.
“…Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1 Peter 18:20. The enemy’s number one plan is to keep us from coming to the knowledge of truth and the liberation that comes along with it. Where can you find this truth? Through Jesus Christ, “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”! John 14:6. The way to what? The way to eternal life, joy, peace and happiness.
Jesus is the only mediator between us and God; He was the propitiation for our sins. Through Him we have a direct line to God by prayer. Sadly, for many the desire to please oneself supersedes the desire to please God, and they get pierced with many sorrows. We should pray for the many that are still blinded, so their eyes may be opened so that they can see the err of their ways and repent. So that many can be given new hearts and renewed minds in Jesus who is the Christ. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12.
We ought to be well versed on the enemy’s methods of trying to cause us to rebel against God. “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11. But what are some of Satan’s devices? Satan is still setting the same snares, using the same lies that he had from back in the Garden of Eden. He’s still got the same old tricks up his sleeves. This dude even tried to tempt the Lord God, so you know he’s out for the kill, he doesn’t care who you are. That’s why the time to wise up is now. “Gird up the loins of your mind!” 1 Peter 1:13. Be sober! “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44. What sticks out to me in that verse is where it says, “He speaks from his own resources”, this clearly shows that God has nothing to do with lies.
The enemy on his own creates lies and then teaches them, creating his own wicked philosophies and myriads of false doctrines. Different denominations are another example of how satan works and have tried to divide the church of God. God does not like sectarianism, it produces conflict, division, confusion and ultimately hate. It’s really no surprise that the tactics the enemy now uses to lure us in are as old as the hills. For many believers, when the enemy attacks, he will try to make you doubt everything you have come to learn; things like the verity of the Bible, the faithfulness of God, among many other things.
Satan will have you raise questions about genealogies and different laws, even lead you into disputes over it. He will make you become zealots for religions that are deeply rooted in violence, hate and paganism; making you full on radicals for iniquity. Many become so drunk on his lies that they produce very violent behavior all in the name of their new found religion. “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Romans 6:13.
The enemy wants you to become desirous to search other doctrines, which you really shouldn’t be meddling with at all. Satan will have you justify why you’re searching these things by having you think, “Oh, I’m only seeking the truth.” or “I just want to know a little about other religions to be able to know how to reply when faced with their followers.” As believers we do not need to explore other doctrines in order to be equipped to contend for the faith, we just need to be fully knowledgeable about the Gospel presented to us by Jesus and the apostles.
Be very careful, satan only wants you to stray further and further away from what is already established as the living truth found in the Holy Bible influenced by the Holy Spirit of God. Being fully aware of how weak the human flesh is, satan knows that once he has cast even the slightest bit of doubt into your mind you may stumble. We must remember not to give place to the devil, Ephesians 4:26, or he will run wild. The enemy will lead you into any direction as long as it doesn’t lead to God. Once you become so confused to the point where you, “exchange the truth of God for a lie” Romans 1:25, satan is glad. He will cause you to become doubtful about whether you are truly free from the bondage of sin. He will attempt to make you believe the old man has not passed away, but has simply been lying dormant until the right moment comes for you to be consumed with him again, and you are heavy burdened with that albatross of past sins once more.
It is written, “Who the Son sets free is truly free indeed.” John 8:36. You are free. Jesus said it is finished. Because you are tempted about a certain thing it doesn’t mean you’re still that old person. You are not your temptation. You are in trouble only when you succumb to the wiles of the enemy; but the Lord is faithful and will be present to catch you when you’re faced with temptation. It is written that He provides a way out of temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 niv.
God can and will deliver you out of temptation. Do not cast away your faith and confidence on account of some familiar, unnerving, unwanted, intrusive feeling. Because you start feeling urges to practice certain things you have left behind, do not fret and begin to doubt thinking you were not changed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, just know it is the devil at work. The devil will no doubt have you under the notion that all those desires are natural, and it’s all you and you should stop suppressing those feelings and live your truth. One thing I have come to learn over time is that, the enemy has no interest in truths of any kind; his sole interest is to destroy you.
One of the tricky things he loves to do, and it has happened to me, is bring people from your past that meant you no good back into your life, and they start having an even stronger desire than before to be a part of your life. Sometimes it happens gradually and sometimes you start bumping into them everywhere. All of a sudden they start emailing you or calling you; strange thing is they never really have anything to say, they just want to be a part of your life and eventually after letting them in you realize or remember why it is you didn’t have them there in the firs place.
The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, must be within us always to help steer us away from evil. Loneliness doesn’t come from God; it’s another tool the enemy uses to lure us into a trap. The enemy will urge you to pick that phone up and call an ex or somebody you shouldn’t be involved with, and if you don’t call them, the devil will make you think you won’t be happy because you need them, somebody, anybody, or you won’t be able to live. Some might be familiar with the saying, “The best way to get over someone is to get under someone”, but I tell you now, that devil is a liar. The best way to get over anything is to get under the blood of the Lord. In an unhealthy relationship you may find yourself building your entire world around someone that is no good for you, to the point where you can’t imagine your life without them. When reality hits after the relationship has ended and you realize that you will have to live your life without them, you start slipping into depression, and start having suicidal thoughts. Maybe it isn’t even a person, maybe it’s something else, drugs or something. The enemy will have you think you can’t go on without whatever it is that’s destroying you. There is only one thing a person cannot live without and that is God. We make the mistake in our lives of making gods out of people; some even turn their job into a god. We got to be very careful and constantly in a state of self examination, seeing if we have secretly gathered any idols into our hearts.
I know there were times I thought about ending my life, I haven’t spoken about it very often, but those were very dark moments for me. I would slip in and out of depression and just wanted the feeling of sadness to end, and the only thing that came to mind that I felt would put an end to my misery was taking my own life. Perhaps, I also wanted a bit of attention; never even realizing if I killed myself and it happens I did get attention, I would already be dead and wouldn’t know either way so what’s the point. Whatever satisfaction I thought I would have gotten, I would have to actually be alive to experience it. Fortunately, those feelings of killing myself subsided. I know now that it was the Lord that delivered me from that.
When people get to that place of giving up, its help they really want and a bit of attention, but have a feeling that nobody truly cares to give it. To know that a person felt so broken they saw the need to take their own life is really sad. For a person to not believe anything, not even God, could pull them out of whatever state they’re in, is really an indication that the enemy is at work; he’s the one that tries to steal our joy and replace it with misery and hopelessness.
I find myself being able to commiserate with persons who are suicidal because I’ve been to that place; but in spite of that, I truly think suicide is very selfish. Suicidal people are only thinking of themselves, of their pain, never the pain that others will feel in their absence. Of course, to the person committing suicide this never enters their mind; firstly, it’s because they are so distraught, and secondly, the whole reason they even decided to take their life is because they’re under the impression that nobody really cares. It’s usually not until after they’ve either failed an attempt at killing themself and saw how many people were worried; or until later on in life when you put all the pieces together and come to a realization that your presence here on earth has indeed had a great purpose. The enemy doesn’t want that though, he wants you to continue believing there is no hope; but God urges us to not cast away our confidence and also to rejoice in hope and be patient in tribulation; not throw in the towel and end our lives. Even when you’re fully convinced nobody on earth cares; just remember that the God who created you is very caring, He cares deeply for each of us and He created you for a reason, though there may be times when it seems unclear, trust in the Lord He will help you to see your purpose.
When I think of what suicide is ultimately, i.e., choosing death over life, it would be fair to call not following Jesus, who is life, very suicidal. If you look at it that way, the amount of people out their that are suicidal are too many to be numbered. No matter what you want to believe are the reasons, it’s ultimately the enemy who leads a person to end their life. The desire to end your life will never come from the Lord, always from the enemy, the Lord wants you to endure to the end so you may receive your just reward, and the enemy wants you dead.
Another tactic of the evil one is getting people to twist scripture to justify the wrong things they do, so they become so convinced that what they are doing is right they never repent of anything. He will have you believe purity and obedience to God is some antiquated idea. He mostly wants us to think that God’s commandments are burdensome, but God has said that His commandments are not burdensome, that His yoke is not heavy, 1 John 5:3. The devil wants you to think that the world and all that it has to offer right now is what’s real, and there will be nothing after; no reward as promised by the Lord, so why suffer when you could be partying.
The Lord cannot lie. The enemy wants us to count God’s promises as slack, but it’s not, 2 Peter 3:9. He’s making many believe that it is impossible for one to live righteously; but God has said what is impossible for man is possible for Him. Many will be led down the path of destruction because they trusted in satan and not Jesus. A constant theme that has been going on from century to century in movies, plays, books, games, etc, is good versus evil, one thing we can all attest to is that good prevails more often. In this spiritual battle that is going on right now, one thing is certain, in the fullness of time when all is revealed, God will prevail.
“And I say unto you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 KJV. The other day as I was reading the book of Jeremiah, there was a verse that really had me thinking about God’s grace and mercy and how He truly only wants us to seek Him with all our hearts. “‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ say’s the Lord, ‘I will not cause my anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord, ‘I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice,’ say’s the Lord.” Jeremiah 3:11-13.
God wants us to confess of our wrong doing and to return to Him, to trust in Him. He is waiting with opened arms, with mercy and not wrath for those who flee from iniquity. The devil, however, wants us to do our own thing and he wants us to believe that his way is the correct way and not the Lord’s. Satan wants us to be fearful, but he does not teach the fear of the Lord which produces great things like wisdom and knowledge; no, satan wants us to be fearful of everything else. He wants to lead us through fearing him and thing’s of this world, to a life of eternal damnation.
Satan will try to corrupt anything he can get his hands on, he wants to mislead us not help us. He will have you believe that since the majority of the world is doing something it must be alright with God. But in reality, a clear indication that something may not be right with the Lord is if the majority are doing it. Satan teaches that God won’t punish everyone who participates in acts He has already declared are works of iniquity; but there is evidence in the Bible that shows how God has destroyed entire nations for those things, yet people still want to deny God’s righteousness and His justice. Many call God unfair simply because they want to do as they wish and receive the reward of the righteous, when the righteous has suffered being oppressed by the wicked and are deserving of the promise. Who is truly the unfair one there? The trouble is, many lean on their own understanding instead of obeying God.
One evening when I was in a young adults meeting, we were discussing fornication and everyone in the room was asked how they felt about it, one young man said, “Well, everyone is doing it.” That seems to be the answer to a lot of things these days and the biggest thing with young folks, following the crowd. Perhaps, it’s because nobody wants to be considered an outsider or a loser, so it’s best to just go with whatever the majority is doing. Bandwagon jumpers are easy to get caught in snares, they’re predictable, they will follow what ever is hip and happening regardless of whether danger lies ahead. There is a reason, the Lord said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. We shouldn’t hasten to follow the masses, especially when they’re supporting something that the Lord is against, that path leads to destruction.
The devil is the accuser; he accuses us day and night before the Lord, even though he is the one that tempts us. Satan is against us not for us. He’s a vicious evil murderer and cares nothing for any one of us. We must not be ignorant of any of his devices. We must remember to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV. Will you be a victim or a victor? My friend, victory is ours; victory is for each and every one who chooses to place their trust in the Lord God almighty.