Monday, February 25, 2013

Lucifers Deception

When we embrace God, as John 1:12 says, But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,, We find that we can have faith to believe and trust Him. We also find that we can yield our will to His and prosper in all that we can be in His grace and power.
When we seek to doubt God and be in charge of our lives we make the mistake that Eve made in thinking some how God has kept good things from us, we enter into Lucifer's deception of thinking we too can rise up and be equal or greater than God and that our way is better than he who created us.

Isaiah 12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. 16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the one who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble,

Earthly accolades, power and prestige cannot measure up to the eternal life we  begin to gain once we begin to follow God by believing in Jesus and yielding all aspects of our life to him.

We have a free will... the choice is ours.
The Life Application Bible states.
3:1 Disguised as a shrewd serpent, Satan came to tempt Eve. At one time, Satan had been a glorious angel. But in pride, he rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. As a created being, Satan has definite limitations. Although he is trying to tempt everyone away from God, he will not be the final victor. In 3:14, 15, God promises that Satan will be crushed by one of the woman’s offspring, the Messiah.

3:1-6 Why does Satan tempt us? Temptation is Satan’s invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life. Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin. Ever since then, he’s been busy getting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). But Jesus did not sin!
How could Eve have resisted temptation? By following the same guidelines we can follow. First, we must realize that being tempted is not a sin. We have not sinned until we give in to the temptation. Then, to resist temptation, we must (1) pray for strength to resist, (2) run, sometimes literally, and (3) say no when confronted with what we know is wrong. James 1:12 tells of the blessings and rewards for those who don’t give in when tempted.

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