us to be as unlike God as he can get us to be. He wants us to not be compassionate
toward one another, unloving, unconcerned and selfishly living life without
restraint and feeding ourselves upon our own desires; in effect, to be
a worthless person of no
value to anyone but himself and one's selfish desires.
by the shield of faith,
Christ in you and your knowing all this means,
as mentioned in this scripture and having compassion on others, not worrying
if you may have to suffer some to accomplish compassion, is being out of
the snare of the devil -2Timothy 2:26.
Paul is saying selfishness is not
godliness and that selfish ways are ways the devil can gain a foothold.
Instead -Ephesians 2:10.
The original Greek for devil is
'diabolos', meaning a 'slanderer'. To slander, one must want.(has
wrong in some area. Terrorists in
'holy' causes are this way. He is called also "the accuser of the brethren"
devil waits. He can't touch your
life to lead you astray and to keep you astray unless you open
a door to him. And we do, most often unknowingly.(ignorantly).
One way is we
allow ourselves to get worn out.
The more you run around doing this and that in life, the less time you
have to care for your heart.
we allow many negative things to affect us. The devil has many deep ways,
and much experience (John 8:44; 1John
negatively influencing humans since their beginning; many tricks awaiting
an opening, as you'll see as you read through; one of them being the hope
of 'new light'. What
may appear at first to be new and wonderful, often comes with a horrible
17:7 the word 'devil' is the translation of the Hebrew word 'sair',
meaning a 'goat' or 'satyr'.(Isaiah
alluding to the word 'daemons', the objects of idolatrous worship
among the heathen. Some sharp thinking people designing the http standard
for the Web, decided to incorporate the word daemon, which is a UNIX term
for a program that sits in
the background and waits for requests. In the implementation HTTPD
the 'D' stands for daemon.(variant
The Bible talks of warfare.(wrestling
against principalities and powers – a war
in and about the mind against those whose purpose is to get at you any
way possible; to get at you in such a way that you are eventually overcome;
overcome with grief, discouragement, addictions; anything to eventually
get you against yourself, to tear your heart inside
out; to turn your guts upside down and inside out; to hate yourself, to
wipe out your fire, your enthusiasm, hope, etc.).with
the devil, our real enemy -Ephesians
6:12; 2Timothy 2:1).is
ourselves that we are what God says that we are when all our life's
and every event that comes our way screams to the contrary.
are born into an ongoing battle,
a battle in which
angels behind the scenes are involved in.
Being a Christian means you're in
15:3), a struggle, but with a sure outcome, the exercise
of the battle being necessary to mold us, to shape us, to make us the best
we can be, according to how He see us as He
works with us; and He knows us better
than we know ourselves.
When God says that we are righteous,
holy and perfect, do we now believe that we are that way? No, we don't.
We know we've been forgiven, but know that we aren't yet fully transformed.
Some fail to realize that they are fully on the transformation highway
-2Corinthians 5:17. When in
Christ, the physical things don't matter spiritually -Galatians
6:15. They are all now
His blood. John
8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
God says He loves you and that you
are holy and perfect and righteous. Believe it!
If one doesn't believe that he is
holy and thus equal with God.(Philippians
2:5,6), the power of God isn't functional
for him. Its help has been deprived.
Like hello! What good is having a million dollars, remaining it unused?
It might as well not even be there.
Overcome strong negative thoughts with
6:45), by directing the power of the Spirit in you: "Jesus
love is in me; I have decided to be loving in all I do." -1John
spoiled all that keeps me from God." -Colossians
The devil works in.(1John
3:10).our earthly enemies
and can give them power.(Luke
4:6; John 13:2; 2Timothy
2:26).over us -Psalms
The devil is busy keeping the world
away from the way of peace -Romans
3:11-14; Revelation 12:9;
2:10. That's his job.
were no hurts out there, what need would there be for compassion
to help others? We would lack that opportunity as everyone would be doing
just great with no problems.
becomes Christian, through study of the word of God and the indwelling
and guidance of the Holy Spirit, he or she
can now effectively
eradicate all thought patterns that may still be resident that allow
evil influences upon him -2Timothy
2:26 "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the
devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."....continues