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Who is the “who” that wants us dead, drugged out, & disconnected…. to kill, steal, and destroy.  Gen. 3                        “Who” wants the goodness of God He’s already put in you to be blown away. Sin lieth at the door, and unto thee shall be his desire(Genesis 4:7)   Sin wants our hearts and “who” was rejected, not you and me(Eph.1).  Sin is evil: sickness is evil: confess your faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed. James 5:14? Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).  For that which I do- I allow not- but what I hate, that I do. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me (Romans 7:15, 17)   As the bird wandering, as the swallow flying, so the curse causeless shall not come( Proverbs 26:2).   For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, angels, principalities(demonic), powers, nor things present or to come, nor height, depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord(Romans 8:38-39).   But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: when it is finished, bringeth forth separation.   Fight because passions are at war within. You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. James 4:1-2  Be diligent, Satan’s roaming and looking for whom he may devour.( IPeter5)

“Who’s” Character is closely related to his titles. His character is revealed throughout the Bible as being crafty (Gen.3:1; 2Cor. 11:3), slanderous (Josh. 22:16; Job 1:6), deceitful (Jer. 41:6; John 8:44; Rev. 12:9), Vicious (Luke 8:29), Murderous (John 8:44; 1 Pet. 5:8), Devious (2Cor. 11:14), mighty (Eph. 2:2), conceited (1 Tim. 3:6), cowardly (Jas. 4:7), malevolent (1Jn. 2:13). His titles include serpent (Gen. 3; Rev. 12), father of lies (Prov. 10:18; John 8:44), Beelzebub-prince of demons (Matt. 12:24), evil one (Matt. 13:19), Satan-adversary (Luke 10:18), Ruler of the world (John 14:30), God of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), Beliar/Belial-wicked one (2 Cor. 6:15), Abaddon-angel of the pit (Rev. 9:11), Apollyon-destroyer (Rev. 9:11), Accuser (Rev. 12:10).

Denial is not a river in Africa. And denying the existence of something certainly does not make is go away. Power will not overcome fear in any form.  In fact, the only way to get past something we fear is through love. There is a distinguished difference between the powers of Satan and influence over God’s people.  In Luke 22:3, he possessed them.  He commands them in John 8:44 and he blinds them in 2 Cor. 4:4 and misleads them in Rev. 20:7.                                                                                                                                                                    

A different context is used concerning his influence over God’s people. He tempts them in 1 Chron. 21:1, distressed them (Job 2:7; luke 13:16, indicts them (Zech. 3:1), harasses them in Luke 22:31, and deceives them in 2 Cor. 11:3. This is good news when remembering God’s promised that He has already overcome the darkness and Satan loses.

In the meantime, the battle is limited for Satan and his domain as the ruler in the kingdom of darkness. God sets boundaries on him (Job 1:9-12). Even better news is that Christians overcome him (Matt. 16:18; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 Jn. 2:13). This is assuredly takes some work as we watch for him (2 Cor. 2:11), resist him (Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:9), and fight him (Eph. 6:11). We are told to put on our armor. Papa God has provided for all of us a breastplate of righteousness, sword of the word, buckle of truth, and a shield of faith.  Nowhere are we told to take it off. In fact, we’re told to guard our hearts above all things. How would that be possible if we are taking off our armor?

The kingdom of darkness is doomed to destruction (Jer. 52:2-3; Lam. 1:22, Ezek. 38:16; Dan. 4:3; Zech. 11:17; Matt. 12:28; 25:41; Mark 3:23-27; Luke 11:17-22; John 12:36; 16:11; Rom. 16:20; 1 Jn. 4:4; Rev. 11:15) with Satan as its prince (Eph. 2:2) and in oppostition to the Kingdom of Light (Eph. 1:21, Rev. 12-13). Sadly, unbelievers are citizens of it (Col. 1:13; Rev. 16:10) and even believers can aid in it (Isa. 48:1). It fits right in with the ways of the world and there is false worship (Deut. 32:17; Ps. 106:36; 1 Cor. 10:20). I wonder if that false worship could be of money, status or power?

Staying in the battle requires knowing the goals of the opposition. These are made clear in scripture. Satan’s goals are to tempt men to curse God’s name (Job 2:4; Jer. 34), keep men from faith in God (Matt. 13:19; Mark 4:15; Rev. 12:3), betray Christ (John 13:2, 27), and to receive worship (2 Thes. 2:3). This is done in many ways. Disguising himself (Isa. 44:20; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14), the father of lies (Gen. 3:1; Judg. 1:28) misuses scripture (Matt. 4:6) and even turns pain into suffering (Luke 13:16). 

Satan was the first of many fallen angels working in opposition to God (Gen. 3:12, Ezek. 28:12; Luke 4:3; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Jn. 3:8) and uses these servant (Matt. 12:24-30) demons with evil nature like him (Luke 10:17) for the kingdom of darkness. These demons have power, albeit limited, they are still able to cause loss (Job2), destruction (Matt. 8:32) and trouble for believers and unbelievers (Matt. 5:16-18; 8:16, 28, 33; 12:22-28). They sow false doctrine (Deut. 13:3; Ezek. 11:2; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Pet. 2:13-14) and bring emotional suffering (1 Sam. 16:14)

ACCUSATION: Satan is the father of lies and the great accuser. He leaves you feeling the opposite of joy and peace because he separates us from love (God, self and others). We feel bad….. it’s him. Evil Spirit (Lucifer) is a disembodied being looking for a house to occupy…Legion- went into the swine and they ran down hill and died insanely, trying to swim.  Jesus vs. Devil in a child (Matt.17, Mark9)   Jesus,come or my child will die(John 4). Occultism/Sorcery/Divination/Witchcraft are all looking for answers and sources of power without turning to God: Zach/Ezek/Simon in Acts/Absalom waiting for David’s kingdom/.                                                                                              How to know WHO is speaking and what to say? GOD is CONVICTING; speaking to your spirit when still, praying, singing, reading your Bible, listening to other believers.  He’ll let you know if you’re doing something wrong in a gentle and leading way, not in a driving, pushy, anxious producing way.

How Addiction works: “Who” has lied to me so much that habit has formed and my body automatically falls back into guilt, fear, self-pity, anger, my body becomes out of balance I feel at dis-ease… I feel shame, guilt, and separation from love (God)-I don’t feel loved-I believe lies-my body feels bad-a temptation comes from the enemy-I eat a bag of cookies-I sinned because I didn’t look to God and His truth and love-I feel shame, guilt and separation from God-I don’t feel loved-We must receive God’s Love in place of an addiction. His love is the only thing that can break the habits and allow us to live with love. Everything else will leave us wanting more. We have a God size hole that only He can fill……and unless we use God to fill it, only God knows what we’ll use. Carl Clawson, Recovering Addict and Pastor of Changepoint Church-Most productive Church in North America, 2008, Anchorage, AK.

The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. Proverbs 19:3 Beliefs can kill you like Acts 5 where Aninias and Saphira came fresh out of the law with its required punishment. They made a mistake, missed the mark, sinned, and their beliefs about what they had done in conjunction with what they believe should happen to them caused them to “give up the ghost” and they died.

Read the Bible in the first person for you. God is talking to you, make it personal and present tense. “I, __________, can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  When God is doing things in the Bible, whatever is helpful to me, I think on these things. Because God is no respecter of persons, He has done it for me too. I don’t have to try and get healed. I have been healed and I am all that He says. I acknowledge the truth of what Jesus has already done on the cross and I have the reality in my heart. Froward, unrighteous, crooked has left me and I have attained the straight way for my heart that God has created in me.

Christian science denies the realilty of Christian sickness. God declared things to be when they weren’t, not the other way. He acknowledged good to bring it into fruition. He did not deny bad to bring in healing.

The words borne2and carried2refer to the scapegoat on the Day of Atonement bearing away the sins of the Israelites. According to Leviticus 16, on the Day of Atonement, the priest would offer two goats as a sin sacrifice. One goat was slain, and its blood was placed on the mercy seat30 on top of the Ark of the Covenant to atone for or cover the sins of the Israelites from God's view, as His presence hovered over the ark in the Holy of Holies.

The scapegoat was the second goat which was not killed, but was led into the wilderness. There the high priest laid his hands on the goat and symbolically confessed and transferred onto the goat all of the sins of the Israelites for that year. Then the goat was released into the wilderness to bear and carry the Israelites' sins to an uninhabited place, typically removing the sins to a place where they were never to be found again!31 So, just as Jesus bore our sins, He likewise bore or carried our sicknesses for us so that we could be free from them.

Matthew 8:16-17 is a divine commentary on Isaiah 53:4. "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.'" I think that God must have known that religious people would seek to spiritualize Isaiah 53:4 and say that it refers only to our sins. But it's obvious to any thinking person, in the light of the Hebrew words in Isaiah 53:4, and of the reference to healing the sick in Matthew 8:16-17, that God was showing us clearly that Jesus bore our sicknesses at the same time that he bore our sins! That same sacrifice takes care of both the sin and sickness problem!

Once you've established in your own heart that it's God's will to heal you, the next step is to put yourself in position to receive healing. In this lesson, I want to show you how to receive healing by exercising faith in God's Word.32

Since faith begins where the will of God is known, once you know it's God will to heal you, it's then necessary to get yourself in position to receive the healing that's been provided. Since faith comes by hearing God's Word,33 the first step in receiving by faith is to get God's Word about healing firmly planted within you! In fact, the order in Jesus' ministry in the four gospels was teaching, preaching, and then healing.34 Please notice that in the four gospels, Jesus usually didn't minister healing until the seed of God's Word was planted through teaching.

The best way to plant the seed of the Word in you for healing is to find scriptures concerning God's will to heal you and meditate35 on them. Meditation in the Word builds the capacity for faith. The Word will build a knowing, a conviction within you, that God will heal.

 

Once that conviction is strong, it's time to act on the Word!

The best way I've found to act on the Word is to go to Mark 11:23-24,36 and use these verses as a basis to initially exercise your faith. The important thing is to believe you receive. Once the command of faith has been spoken to the mountain of sickness, you must begin at that moment to believe you receive your healing. That is, you believe that you have already received the healing before there is any change whatsoever in the symptoms.

Faith must have corresponding actions to work as it should.37 If you believe that you receive, then do all you can to act as though you believe you receive. Talk like you believe you receive. If someone sees your symptoms and asks you how you're doing, tell them you're fine, and that you believe you receive your healing.

Remember, if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.39 Meditate in the Word, then release your faith by believing God has answered while the symptoms still rage, and then act your faith in practical ways. God honors His Word. He watches over it to perform it.40 It will not return void to Him.41 He longs to heal you, because healing is provided in your redemption in Christ!

 
Jesus said to the government of hell, "I am the conquerer of death, hell and the grave".

In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence and if we ask anything, according to His will, He will grant it and direct your paths.

Do you believ in God? His ability? Jesus said it was finished! What He came to provide us is all done. He wants your abundant life now! He wants you to believe/agree with Him about what He has provided just like He wants everyone saved for eternity?

I would hate for anyone to get to heaven with a life lived full of lack and pain and tell Jesus they never studied His Word enough to understand He paid for many things they never used.

 
Good News and The Truth About Job

It is great news to us that God came as a man, acted as a man, and everything he did he did as a man to be our example of what we could do as men through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the kingdom inside us that superceeds the natural laws on Earth.

When we confess Gods truths and persuade our hearts to believe His finished work, our lives mirror Christ in us. The old things pass away and all things become new...like Christ!!

Our old man has been resurrected through Jesus and we are in Him and He is in us.

We are now able to go boldly to the throne of grace and have anything Jesus provided. He finished the work, all we do is agree (believe) to have what He has paid for. This includes hope for all healing in our pain from relationships, emotions, or the physical consequences of this fallen world.

God set it up for us to be right with Him, have access to His grace, and the payment for our iniquity, sin, and all transgressions has already been covered.

Once we get how loved we are, our identiy becomes so firmly planted as His child that we no longer escape His grace (ability) to see the work He has begun in us, that pertains to us, to come to perfection.

 

The Truth about Job

God is not schizophrenic or an Indian giver.  He did not give and take away. He allows Satan (prince of the air, ruler of this world) to wreak havoc on Earth for a finite period of time. Satan has to get in by someone following his law..fear. Eve fell for his telling her God hadnt told them everything, He was holding back. She fell when Adam went with her instead of going to and with God.

We choose blessings of God or curses fron Satan. We choose who is our Father...by our actions. We get the chastening when we have natural consequences for following ways that are not Gods ways. Our ways or His, do a Bible study with a Strongs concordance for understanding the Words and see there has always been a choice.

God has always expected us to identify enemies of our hearts and relationship with God and rid them completely.

The first and last of Job is a truthful conversation between our only good God and the only lying, killing, stealing Satan. God did all t blessing, Satan did all the stealing, killing, destroying. Job from the beginning opened the door giving Satan the right. He continually feared for his children.

The rest of Job are mistaken viewpoints and words from those without understanding. God said to Job toward the end, will you darken my countenance to make yourself seem righteous? And Job repented and said, "before I knew you only in part, and now I know you."  " And God blessed the latter days of Job even more than the beginning."

God uses the bad for His good, it's a promise. You can look at that as God doing the bad, and in a way, it can be seen, although He says do not say when you are tempted that it is from God.

 
Jesus said to us all, and for all of us to say to eachother, "I have confidence in you" 2 Cor. 7:16

 

Meditations are most effective last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It is one thing to hear information and agree in your mind. It is another to believe it in your heart and to know the truths of God inside.

 

True Love Letter from God:

My Beloved, You worry so. Fear not, for I am always with you. I will not abandon, leave, or forsake you. I have known you always. I have watched you, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

You don't have to hide your mistakes, pain or be ashamed. I also know your strengths and weaknesses and you are my beloved. I am always here with you, even when you put me far away. I extend to you all the forgiveness you are willing to recive. I see the perfection in you through Christ that you probably do not see fully in yourself. People and circumstances have told you you're far from perfection and have broken your heart. I am here to help comfort you and heal any brokenness in your heart. I will come with you and stand with you even in times of trouble. There is no darkness to me and I always see you in the Life you have received through Christ. In my eles you are perfect, loved and cherished by me. I have sacrificed all that is most precious to me for your sake and suffered untold suffering for your peace with me. I offer you life drawn out of my own, with all this do you still say that I am not worthy of your trust? My beloved, if only you would believe I only intend good for you. I would protect you from all that is evil in all your goings. I would have it that you would be under my protection.

I confess that I am jealous of your affection toward others that have anything less than my best for you because I lvoe you.

I long to be your love above loves. In this reality, you are able to receive the abundance I have provided for you. It truly is exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could think or ask.

I ask you to relinquish all your struggles to me, that I may give you rest. I only ask you to labor diligently into this rest I have for you. You will realize you are free because I have and will take all your burdens.

Then our relationship is most fulfilling. You are the apple of my eye and you would rejoice because your burdens would seem easy and light.

I ask you to continually cast all your cares on me, for I truly care for you. Life will always have difficulties, but together we can get through them in perfect peace, love, and joy.

 

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Scriptural Meditations

James 1

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted. But the rich, in that he is made low: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

 

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight-way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth is own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undeviled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree bear olive berries or a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Y ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hand and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another. He that speaketh evil and judge, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which are of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabbath. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wonton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

 

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure.

 

Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that he Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. But above all things, swear not, either by heaven, her y the earth, either other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay be nay, lest ye fall into condemnation. Is any among afflicted let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.

Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Elias was a man subject to like passions s e are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a should from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

 
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