January 31st, 2016 – Sunday Inspiration: A Part-time Christian Can’t Defeat A Full time Demon
Devil, the originator of temptation is going to and fro, looking for whom he may devour. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1st Peter 5:8 NIV). This is a 24/7 job.
Unfortunately, the potential prey that the devil seeks, only seems to remember God on Sundays. As a matter of fact, many so-called Christians today only go to church on Sundays to respect the Sunday; not to respect the God of the Sunday. These are part-time Christians.
There is no way such people can overcome temptation that comes from a full time smooth operator called Devil. The devil uses human beings to operate his temptations. But why should I be this instrument of operation? A prostitute (corporate, raw or classy) is looking for someone with whom fornication can be committed.
Why should that person be me? The devil wants to scatter a family with unnecessary quarrels, resulting from ego contest and pride. Why should my family be a victim? Someone wants to seduce a married person to commit adultery. Why should I fall victim to such effort? An innocent, ignorant, teenage virgin exposes her nakedness to a guy unconsciously and the devil begins to manipulate the guy, selling the idea of deflowering the girl.
Why should this guy serve as the devil’s agent? Your housemaid or wife’s sister is deliberately making efforts to seduce you into adultery. Why should you stand up to work for the devil instead of disorganizing his plans? A person of the opposite sex is in trouble and needs your help. The devil says:
“Take advantage of the person and have a carnal knowledge of the person.” Why should you yield to such destiny-destroying advice? Don’t ever deliberately make yourself a source of temptation to someone. When you post a nude photo of your naked body or that of someone on the internet, you are a terrible enemy of God. “Jesus said to his disciples:
Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come” (Luke 17:1 NIV). “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck” (Mark 9:42 NIV) “I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them” (Romans 16:17 NIV). To overcome temptation therefore, “Pray without ceasing” (2nd Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer may however, not yield any results if it comes from someone who enjoys sin.
This is because the prayer of the sinner is an abomination unto God (Proverbs 28:9). You must “give no place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). Put God and holiness above every decision under pressure. If your fiancée says you cannot get married until you guys commit fornication, tell the person that holiness unto God is more important to you than the marriage. Avoid avoidable danger zones. Do not mingle with prostitutes, drunks and hemp smokers and tell me you are being tempted. You are actually jumping into temptation intentionally to obtain a free visa to hell fire.
Avoid immoral utterances and conversations. Avoid immoral videos and telephone communications. “Evil communication corrupts good manners” (1st Corinthians 15:33). Don’t make jokes about sex with obviously ungodly people. Don’t even take them as best of friends. They will pollute your heart and push you into the river of sin through temptation. Above all, you must allow Jesus Christ to take over your heart and possess it.
It is his grace that can help you to overcome temptations. Jesus said: “…without me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5) “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord but out of a pure heart” (2nd Timothy 2:22 NIV).
Are you going through spiritual temptation? Maybe you attend church or mosque regularly. Yet, your dream life is in crisis. In fact, you hardly sleep because of spiritual attacks. You even suspect your spouse because of the role your spouse played in the as someone that is after your life and peace.
Or maybe you constantly find yourself eating in the dream or holding meetings with some people; same people. Has your child or spouse suddenly begun to exhibit some totally strange behaviour such as canvassing or communicating with invisible people?
These are forms of spiritual attack, and deliverance is possible. Does your family suddenly record a bad news shortly after a positive miracle like wedding, safe child delivery, exam success, etc? Have you suddenly developed hatred for a member of your family for no just cause and even have the urge to harm the person?
Do you sometimes have the urge to spiritually manipulate and kill someone or even yourself? This is the spirit of death. It has been sent by the devil to destroy you. The first step towards deliverance from these and many other spiritual temptations is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and personal saviour. Then, you can enjoy authority over Satan, who Jesus has already conquered on the cross of Calvary.
You can enjoy the benefits of the authority Jesus gave in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Until you yield totally to Jesus, this scripture will remain mere text to you. Do you think you have a spirit husband or wife? See possible solutions in the book, MAKING YOUR MARRIAGE WORK by Albinus Chiedu. Your marriage shall be a miracle and a testimony in Jesus name! Amen!.
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