Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hooked on a Feeling? – The Devil’s Mark

Michael writes this week that when we were born again, God gave us a new spiritual nature. Therefore we have the spirit of God in Christ in us whether or not we feel like it. God has called us to a spiritual battle even if we don't feel like we're soldiers in the front lines of spiritual warfare. The war of the spirit is a reality, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and dominions; against the rulers of spiritual darkness in high places.

We are ambassadors for Christ. Therefore we pray you in Christ's stead be ye reconciled to GodFor God made Jesus Christ to be sin for us who knew no sin that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.  According to 2 Corinthians 10, for though we walk in the flesh, we walk not according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual to the pulling down of spiritual strongholds.  Therefore, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

For everything in life there is a cause. There is always a spiritual cause behind the effects that we feel and see in the physical realm. The adversary (the devil) will say that reality is limited to the things that we feel with our senses and see with our physical eyes. However, the adversary hides in the realm of spiritual darkness where those who do not have the spirit of God cannot perceive. We must have our spiritual senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The wisdom of this earth is earthly, sensual and devilish. However, the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. We must forsake our own pride and our own worldly wisdom in order to come to God with a meek and humble heart. He will open our eyes to see reality from a heavenly perspective with a spiritual awareness and perception. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened that you may know the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance of the saints.

Let’s continue Michael’s message on our next post tomorrow.

In Christ, Brian

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