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YOUR AUTHORITY AS A CHILD OF GOD - Part I
Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  1 peter 5:8

I have traveled to many places preaching the word of God.  I?ve been in many leading denominational churches, corporate fellowships etc.  These open doors that God gave me also provided me the opportunity to meet various kinds of people. 


I?ve been surprised time and again because some church going Christian would walk up to me and ask, ?do you believe that devils really exist?? One particular girl who attends church regularly even asked me saying, ?I?ve heard that the bible has records of Jesus chasing away demons, is it true? Are demons real? I feel devils are imaginary characters painted by the elders just to scare their children away from evil.?

There is a lot of ignorance concerning these supernatural personalities called devils in the Christendom. Some do not believe in the existence of such spirit beings called devils or satan. Some do not refute the existence of satan and his cohorts but are totally ignorant of their position in Christ over satan and his army.  While on the other hand there is a rising interest in knowing about the devils, talking with the dead, witchcraft etc. in the hearts of those who do not know Christ personally this is extremely dangerous.   

Being ignorant of the existence of satan and his forces; about their schemes and devices makes you vulnerable to satan and the ranks under him. You need to gird yourself with the knowledge from God?s word about the satanic kingdom and their operations and your position in this regard to be a victorious Christian.

The bible says in 1peter 5:8 your enemy, the devil. Yes! My friend, the devil is your enemy; he is our enemy, he is the enemy of mankind. He never desires our well-being! He is always on the prowl to destroy the gullible.

Who is satan? Many have wrongly presumed satan, the enemy of mankind to be a creation of God! This is precisely the reason why they are haunted with questions like, ?why did God create satan? Does God love us if he had created satan?? Consequently these people are filled with hatred and anger towards God without any reason.

We need to know some truths about creation before we understand the origin of satan.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ? Genesis 1:1

Out of absolute nothingness the heavens and the earth emerged purely by God?s creative power. Some believe the world has evolved out of some matter that already existed. But the bible differs and presents us with the truth that he created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. He brought matter into existence. God created the world while no matter existed.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters                      - Genesis 1: 2   

Let us assume that you sit down to get a portrait of yourself sketched by two artists, a master artist and a beginner. I?m very sure anyone who looks at the sketches after they are finished will be able to say which was done by the master artist and which was done by the novice. Any well-versed artist can produce something better looking than the original!

But a greenhorn will end up making even the most beautiful looking person ordinary or even ugly! Their works are a reflection of the quality of talent that is in them. I urge you to look at this verse very carefully. The bible says that the world that God created was without form, and void!


So is this the best that God could produce?  Is God empty, barren, void or lifeless within?

 

Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha?s tomb. When the body touched Elisha?s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet                                     -2 kings 13: 21

If the bones of a dead prophet can impart life into a corpse how much more life giving is the Lord our God who is the source of all life. God is overflowing with life and anything that comes in contact with him lives because he is a life-giver. Therefore the heavens and the earth that God created could never have been lifeless; never could have been barren or void! They should have been absolutely breathtaking, stunning, beautiful, stupendous and awesome. But yet the bible says it was barren, lifeless and void! Why does the bible say so? There is a reason for this! The reason is a great secret hidden between the first two verses of the bible. What is it?

Will be Continued in Part 2....           

Message by : Bro. John Mohana Prakash B.E.,

The threshing floors shall be full of wheat and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. Joel 2: 24

God moves in seasons! Every time God's people rebelled and turned their backs on God His presence moved away and their enemies overpowered them destro....


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