Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Victim of the lies of the devil

Let me introduce you to the devil. As much as he knows you inside out, you also ought to know him so as to have a better defence against him. Knowing your enemy is winning half of the battle already.

I really wish I could share more... Here's a summary of what I learn over the past few months.

The following insight were inspired by:
1.screwtape letters "C.S Lewis"
2.Addicted to Love "Stephen Arterburn"
3.If a Brother Sins Against You… Lessons from Matthew 18:15-22
4.Life Application Bible Commentary
5.Ted Bundy Final Interview 5 of 5
6.Ted Bundy's Last Interview

I think this is how the devil influence our life. Remember he is the prince of lies. And out there accusing us undeserving of God's forgiviness.

let's recap..

During Genesis time in the garden of eden, the way he deceive Adam and Eve into sinning against God.

Genesis 3:4
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

During Job's Time Satan wanted to prove that Job worshiped God, not out of love, but because God had given him so much.

Job 1:9
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

He even tried to accuse Jesus:

Zechariah 3

Cleansing for the High Priest
1 Then the angel showed me Jeshua[a] the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The Accuser, Satan,[b] was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”

He is still the same today, never giving up tempting you so that he can accuse you before God:

Ai ya give up your righteous act lah. You aren't as good as you seem. Come on I know you. You want it don't you. Another look won't die?

And so very often many give up fighting. Succumbing to the plot of the devil.

Ya you're right...

Matthew 12:43-45 (New International Version)
43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

No sooner has one addiction been tackled than another rears its head.However many addictions an individual may have, he or she must recover from all of them in order to experience life to the full.

Each addiction stimulate and reinforce the others, and they all progress simultaneously until treatment is sought

Do not feed the addiction. You are who you feed.Don't give up fighting

We continue fighting because we believe there is a God. We refuse to succumb to hopelessness because we believe there is hope in God.

1 Corinthians 15:14-20
New Living Translation (NLT)

14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

Do not condemn people who falls into the scheme of Satan.

Proverbs 24:17-18
New Living Translation (NLT)

17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
18 For the Lord will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.

What you can do:

In private you need to confront him about the offense if you are totally innocent in the matter. If you incited the brother then you were the first one to sin and you need to confess and repent before him and restore the relationship. You need to show him his fault (elegcho: rebuke, convict, reprove him). The rebuke needs to be gently done, not in anger, for man's anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God (Jam_1:20). In 1Ti_5:1-2, Paul teaches Timothy how to treat the brethren if they need to be rebuked: an elder should be rebuked as you would your father, in the same way Naaman's servant rebuked him for not obeying the Prophet Elisha (2Ki_5:12-14). Treat older men as fathers and older women as mothers and younger men as brothers. In other words, when you go show your brother's fault you are to do it in a manner glorifying to God, as a loving family. 1Co_13:4-8 shows us the manner in which we are to rebuke: patiently, kindly, not easily angered, etc. We can understand what it is to love rightly because it is someone we can and have experienced through the love of God. We are not talking about the characteristics of God that are beyond our reach like omnipotence and omnipresence, but about love which is a requirement of Christian life.

If you didn't win your brother over, then at least you know you did what pleases the Lord and as far as it was up to you, you were at peace (Rom_12:18). If the brother listens you won him over and did the work of God in love. There is no need to bring the matter up again, especially to others. They need not to know what happened. If your brother didn't listen and you are innocent in the matter, then it is time for the next level of discipline to be applied.

James 5:19-20
New International Version (NIV)
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Give people hope by persuading them back to God by Loving them. Do not underestimate the power of hope. You have in yourself the position to give hope to other as Christ's ambassador.

2 Corinthians 5:11
New International Version (NIV)

The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.

Mother teresa quote:
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Why does Satan tempt us? Temptation is Satan’s invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life. Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin. Ever since then, he’s been busy getting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). But Jesus did not sin!
How could Eve have resisted temptation? By following the same guidelines we can follow. First, we must realize that being tempted is not a sin. We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation. Then, to resist temptation, we must (1) pray for strength to resist, (2) run, sometimes literally, and (3) say no when confronted with what we know is wrong. James 1:12 tells of the blessings and rewards for those who don’t give in when tempted.

Give someone a second chances

Zechariah 3:3-7
New Living Translation (NLT)

3 Jeshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel. 4 So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

5 Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by.

6 Then the angel of the Lord spoke very solemnly to Jeshua and said, 7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: If you follow my ways and carefully serve me, then you will be given authority over my Temple and its courtyards. I will let you walk among these others standing here.

The following is an interview of a man who fall victim into Satan's scheme.He could have been save should he found true intimacy in his life. In the absence of intimacy, addicts look for substitutes. They may look to drinking,spending,working,gambling,romance,relationship,food,sex,drugs,or other things to fill the void.Every thing they do becames an attempt to find relief;all other consideration becomes secondary.If no single substitute suffices-and none possibly can-addicts will look to additional ones. This explains why additions so often seems to occur in cluster.Each new complusion represents an attempt to cover some basic need or problem that the original addition could not solve...

Ted Bundy Final Interview 5 of 5

Ted Bundy's Last Interview

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