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February 1, 2015

 

 

i am convinced

The realization of Christ’s victory in our experience is implemented in progressive stages.

 

Phase one of salvation is when we become believer, at which time we are justified (declared righteous, Gal. 2:20), we are given new spiritual life (regeneration, Titus 3:5), and we become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). All of which—plus much, much more—God does for us at the moment when we trust Christ alone for our salvation.

 

During phase two, we live the Christian life; we still possess a sin nature and are still able to commit any sin that any unbeliever can commit, but we are also able not to sin.

 

It will not be until phase three, however, when we receive our new, resurrection body which is free from a sin nature, that we will be totally and absolutely free from all aspects of sin.

 

The kingdom of God has not yet come, there is no kingdom power, not the way these spiritual contortionist’s believe, you can’t live at stage 3 because it is not here yet.

 

Christ’s handling of Satan’s temptations is the exact pattern of dealing with such temptation that is prescribed in the Epistles for believers. Since Satan and his demons are still tempting God’s people during the church age by spewing out false ways of looking at life’s issues in terms of cosmic thinking and doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1; James 3:15), Christ’s handling of the temptation serves as the model of how believers can stand firm and counter the attacks of Satan and the demonic powers. This is the pattern laid out in the Epistles as well.

 

The first argument was an attempt to flatter Christ because He is God’s Son (Matt. 4:3). Here Satan used a fallacious theology based on Jesus’ deity. If Jesus had succumbed, He would have been operating independently of the Father’s plan and thus would have compromised His mission. Jesus countered by correctly quoting and applying Deuteronomy 8:3, which emphasizes the priority of obedience to God over all else.

 

In the second argument, Satan became more sophisticated and quoted Scripture (just like Joel Osteen Benny Hinn) (Ps. 91:11–12). Indeed, it was both a misinterpretation and misapplication of the passage. Satan tempted Christ to put on a show of His miraculous power by leaping off the pinnacle of the temple (Matt. 4:5–6) and having the angels rescue Him, thereby gaining fame and notoriety. In other words, Satan attempted to get Christ to act by Satan’s methods. Christ parried this argument by accurately interpreting and applying Scripture: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matt. 4:7, quoting from Deut. 6:16).

In the third argument, Satan offered Christ the whole world if He would worship him (Matt. 4:8–9). Jesus did not dispute Satan’s ability to make the offer; the Tempter was truly the “god of this world.” But Christ’s terse and pointed response in verse 10 was an accurate use of Deuteronomy 6:13: “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

 

These are the three most commonly used tricks of the enemy and these are the only three modes of spiritual warfare given to believers. Any book, video, preacher, teacher that says they can teach you kingdom authority, spiritual warfare different than the way Jesus did is a false teacher.  Plain and simple.

 

We don’t need “delivered” because by faith we are already free. There’s no gluttony demon, or chocolate demon, or money demon, there’s no demon named wicked, or dickie, or razmataz, we don’t name them, talk to them or barter. It is the word of God, alive and active in our lives that makes us free, no $9.99 to the Reverend (fill in the blank) for his miracle prayer cloth or special holy water.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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