Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt.4 (how the enemy entices the vulnerable and tries to silence the strong)

The enemy will preoccupy himself  with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power and intelligence. He has a form of godliness which identifies with a haughtiness. The vulnerable will look to him as being strong because he seems to carry himself with confidence. This confidence he portrays is deceiving because it is not a confidence in God which is true humility, but a self-confidence conjured up in arrogance or a false humility. Those who do not know who they are in Christ because they are not in tune with His Holy Spirit, will put men like this upon pedestals and follow them, which plays right into the hand of the enemy, for it is this kind of people that the enemy encircles himself with. The ignorance of babes, those who are not clothed in Jesus (the armor of God), the insecure, and co-dependents he will use to his advantage for they are his enablers and his followers. Keeping the vulnerable under his control is a twisted mind game he plays as he continually misrepresents facts, even subtly twisting God's Word, or frequently shifting positions as the opportunities arise. Those who do not study God's Word and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding will continually be deceived by the enemy. Not looking to Jesus but man is their bondage, thus they begin to wonder and go astray. Living under the stronghold of obligation and in constant service to please man and not God is their bondage! Operating in the spirit of fear, because of not knowing the perfect love of Christ for them is their bondage. All of this to which the enemy uses to his advantage with his twisted teachings, which ultimately serves him and his purposes. To deny flesh/self and walk in the Spirit is not the mindset of the enemy, but catering to the flesh and making one feel good in the flesh (which ultimately keeps the vulnerable in a weak state) is his goal. For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! It's a twisted lie and a controlling strategy that the enemy plays. Being a master manipulator is his mission!

How does the enemy deal with those who know who they are in Christ? If he does not disregard them as an individual as well as their viewpoints, he will make it a point to belittle them and or jest about them and their viewpoints, or he will disregard them as if they never existed for his relation with them was only based upon their support of his authority and grandiosity, beyond that they are nameless, faceless and worthless. If the enemy is challenged by one who is strong in the Lord, and his control seems threatened, insanity will be unveiled, he will respond like a crazy person who thinks his survival is at stake, evil is seen! The enemy can be so twisted and manipulating that he can express himself as potentially violent or show forth socially unacceptable impulses in a modified socially acceptable manner which deceives the weak in faith but displays to those who are strong in the Lord a wolf in sheep clothing. We who know who we are in Christ are not going to be deceived and fall into such a snare of the enemy. Those who know who they are in Christ will not be silenced by such a one, for they have no fear of man and what man can do to them, and they care not of being bullied or made fun of. They need not recognition from man. They do not need to be acknowledged by man or rewarded by man for they know that their reward will be much greater when they finally meet their Jesus! They care not for the accolades of this world. They are secure in their relationship with Jesus. They have a peace that passes understanding and a joy that makes them strong in the Lord! They only reverence God! They don't need titles, nor do they want them. They are perfectly content with resting in Jesus and adoring Him in all that they do for His Glory alone!

As we continue in Pt. 5 "Know who you are in Christ Jesus" we will talk about "Jesus in us our hope of glory"

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