The Evil One has a strategy, purpose and goal with all people!
Satan loves mediocrity, so it is so important for believers to live in the spirit of burning. Serve the Lord with joy, and renounce sin in all its forms and forms.
Get Up the Church of God · John-Inge Rolfsnes hears the fine song, it is truly biblical. That is what must and must happen, that we believers rise, cling to Christ in this time.
Joh. 10. 10 The thief comes only to steal and murder and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have abundance.
2 Cor. 10 But whoever you forgive anything forgives him and I; for what I have forgiven — if I have had anything to forgive — I have done it for you, for Christ's sake, lest we be fooled by Satan; 11 For we are not ignorant of his thoughts.
Satan - the old serpent has a purpose with us humans
It is to get all of us into the lake of fire with Himself, the Antichrist, the false prophet, all the fallen angels and demons.
Where these will be annihilated, so is his goal with us humans!
In many ways, one can say that Satan treats us people in "categories", where he has, as I said, a main goal and a sub-goal.
The main goal is always to keep people away from the salvation of Christ Jesus.
Second, his intermediate goal is to keep God's people away from the glory of Christ Jesus.
We read in from the apostle John the gospel 14. 5 Thomas says to him, Lord! we don't know where you're going; how then should we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father without me.
It is Jesus who is the way to God, no one else
Therefore, to keep people away from salvation in Christ Jesus, it is Satan - the evil one's greatest and most important matter.
He has an important intermediate goal, which is why the Apostle Paul says that we are unaware of Satan's thoughts.
The basic text states freely the following: We are not ignorant or neglectful of his schemes.
In other words, it is a scheme in the Satanic world as it is in the world of God.
Where Satan's goal # 1 is to keep people away from Christ Jesus.
And for those who have been part of salvation, Satan's goal is to have us as "dwarf Christians" where we do not take up our position and fullness in Christ Jesus.
In many ways it is the return of Jesus, the 1000 year kingdom and all that we Christians do. Related to the fulfillment of these things and the word of God, so it is so about doing for the Evil that we as believers do not go God's way and spread the gospel.
The scriptures say:
Room. 11. 25 For I would not, brethren, be ignorant of this secret, lest ye be wise in your own eyes, that glorification is partly upon Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles is come in;
The great task of the congregation is to evangelize and spread the message throughout the world. Therefore Jesus said the following:
Mark 16. 15 And he said unto them, Go out into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Before Jesus comes again, we as believers should carry out our mission.
This is what the Evil One will prevent us from doing. Therefore the Lord delays, the scripture also says the following:
Mark 13. 10 And first the gospel must be preached to all peoples.
The basic text is freely translated as follows:
First, the gospel must be proclaimed to all peoples and nations.
I wrote this in my own Bible comments:
Mark 13. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all peoples.
Notice the wording, here Mark mentions the gospel. In Matthew 24. 14 And the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached throughout the world for a witness unto all peoples, and the end shall come. The Jews, especially the 144,000 of which the Book of Revelation speaks, will in the end preach the gospel of the kingdom - the 1000 year kingdom. But we, as believing Gentiles, but also Jesus-believing Jews have the gospel and cross-preaching at the center. 1.Kor.1. 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.
11 But when they carry you away and surrender to the authorities, you should not be worried about what to say. Say what is being given to you at the same time! For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
We should not walk around worrying about anything or anyone, but watch and pray. All the challenges and difficulties that come our way, God has given us a resource for dispensation. His own Spirit, the Holy Spirit who will give us the right words at the right time in every occasion.
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Conclusion or final comment:
The Apostle Paul says so clearly that we are not unknown or alien to Satan's thoughts and schemes.
He clearly wants people to live and walk away from God and into sin.
But the very solution, which is Jesus.
That is what the Evil One above all will keep people away from.
There is only one path that leads, and in a name for which there is salvation.
It is in the name of Jesus!
Acts 4. 12 And there is no salvation in any other (Jesus' name); for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we shall become
At the same time, I would say that the people of God and the church of God have unfortunately fallen far, far behind. This is of course in Satan - our enemy's interest.
The apostle Paul says in the Hebrews:
From My Bible Commentaries Hebrews 5. 11 We have much to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, since you have become so slow to hear.
All the time, there is a struggle for spiritual development to continue. All the time, there are obstacles that are always within yourself.
Hosea 4. 6 My people perish because they lack knowledge (1930 transl.).
12 After such a long time you ought to be teachers yourself; but you need someone who can again teach you the first and basic things in the word of God. You must have milk and not solid food.
This is what one is being taught was really well-known material that one should be able to learn and put into one another. In essence, we do not need teachers and other preachers in a congregation if every believer develops according to the potential that one has. But it turns out time after time that it does not happen that one as believers develops such an opportunity and one should. The world, sin, error and unbiblical teaching are some of the reasons. But laziness and lethargy are usually the real cause.
13 For those who receive milk lack insight in the message of righteousness; he is immature.
The simple and important truths that should be a stepping stone to greater and deeper truths dwell than ever. It is wonderful that Jesus died for us, but that truth is only an entrance to live in the Kingdom of God! Stagnation leads to apostasy and spiritual immaturity.
14 But solid food is for the ripe, for those who, by using their senses, have exercised them to distinguish between good and evil.
Spiritual development should never stop either in this or the future life.
It is also through trial, error, humiliation and taking new chances that spiritual development is ongoing. It is combative and wonderful to go on with God and grow up to be the head - Christ - in every part that is God's goal for us.
The same he says almost to the Corinthians, we read:
1 Cor. 3. 1. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, and not meat; for you did not tolerate it yet. Yes, you are not tolerating it yet, 3 You are still carnal. For when there is envy and weariness among you, are you not carnal and walk in the human way?
Gets to include another word, which speaks about the same thing. This is the wise King Solomon who writes.
Ecclesiastes 10. 5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun - a misconception that comes from the ruler: 6 Foolishness sits in high positions, while noble people must sit low. 7 I have seen servants riding horses and princes walking on foot as servants.
Do not want to be negative, but here is an article on Satan, where the title of the article is;
"The Evil has a strategy, purpose and goal with all people!"
I believe that God's people are very, very slow to support what is from God.
Those who preach the word of God in truth.
But if one strikes a little here and there, then the people of God gather.
The spiritual abilities, the spiritual tastes, and the understanding of what is from God and what is not from God. There are far too many believers at the bottom.
That's exactly what the apostle Peter says:
2 Pet. 1. 8 For when these things are in you, and are allowed to grow, they show that ye are not idle or fruitless in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; 9 For whosoever hath not these things, he is blind, myopic, having forgotten the cleansing from the sins of his past. 10 Wherefore, brethren, give even more effort to make your calling and selection! for when you do these things you will never stumble; 11 For in this way shall ye be abundantly given entrance into our Lord and Savior the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ. 12 Therefore I will always remind you of this, even though you know it and are rooted in the truth that is with you; 13 Yet I consider it proper, as long as I am in this hut, to awaken you by reminder,
It's not supposed to be very negative. But when spiritual development stops, yes also goes back.
Then it is Satan who has achieved his goals and purposes, there is something to be aware of.
The apostle Peter speaks of one being "blind, myopia."
In many ways, it is a tragedy that, as believers for 2000 years, we have not been able to evangelize the entire world and have not lived a holy life.
This is, of course, that we have had and have a very tough opponents and enemies.
It is Satan and his spirit army.
They have so much ability, and we as believers have given so much.
It is time for the church of God to rise again.
Here too in Norway!
Concludes with a song from Youtube.
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