IS THERE A CLINK IN YOUR ARMOUR OF GOD?

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We see the Scripture that even Jesus himself did not rebuke satan  (Mt.4:1-11)a. It may be fashionable to learn all the ways one can rebuke him through spiritual warfare seminars but the Bible says nothing about this. Jesus answered the devil‘s temptations by quoting Scripture correctly against the devil’s out of context quotations to him.

It is not necessary for us to rebuke satan for a number of reasons. First satan is a specific fallen angel he cannot be in all places at once , not even two places at once.  He is not the one who personally causes every person’s temptations or trouble or sicknesses, many times it is our own flesh. Satan does have a kingdom and many other fallen spirits serve alongside him to deceive and tempt man, they are called demons. They harass believers, yet we are told greater is he who is in us than he who in the world.

We cannot rebuke satan anymore than we can bind satan. If satan is being “bound” by people saying words out loud, their “binding” certainly does not last very long. God has given us His way to withstand the evil from His Word, it is called the Armor of God (Eph.6) .  It is by resisting the devil we do this by having the full armor of God, which is knowing the Scripture (Eph.6) it is all about Christ.  James 4:7 tells us to submit to God, resist in the  Holy Spirit and the devil will flee. Whatever we might be disobedient in, we are to correct ourselves, this is submitting to God, resist any temptations, and the enemy will no longer have a foothold in our lives, no chink in our armor.

 2 Cor.10:3-5 tells us that we do not fight with human weapons, plans or methods: 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Prayer and the Word is our weapon when used correctly to what opposes the truth of Christ and the Word. False ideologies and philosophies take people captive and do the same to us. In other words untruth, false patterns of  thinking, vain imaginations that capture people.

We resist and the Lord promises us that the devil will flee. Why? Because he sees he cannot penetrate our protection, even our greatest weakness cannot be used against us if we submit to God.  The shed blood of Christ Jesus is our covering: pure, perfect sacrifice, sinless, love to the point of  death on a cross.  Amen

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I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

 Psalm 119:93 

 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

ISAIAH 28:13

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

JOHN 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

James 4:7

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

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Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 4:1 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
  2. Matthew 4:4 Deut. 8:3
  3. Matthew 4:6 Psalm 91:11,12
  4. Matthew 4:7 Deut. 6:16
  5. Matthew 4:10 Deut. 6:13
HOLY SPIRIT

HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 17:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

 

 

STAND FIRM AND SEEK GOD’S HOLY COUNSEL

1 Peter 5:8-9

1 Peter 5:8-9

JAMES 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

Do you seek the counsel of others?

My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity.

Proverbs 2:1-7 NLT 

Accepting advice

 

The degree to which people will listen is determined by the degree to which we have wise counsel for them. If you want people to listen to you, you yourself must listen to the right adviser. Like Samuel, listen to the Lord’s counsel — read his Word and hear what he says. There is no wiser counselor than he who knows every moment of every tomorrow and knows how you will fit into those moments. 

If you think you know it all, you probably know less than you think. If, in humility, you recognize how much help and counsel you need, you will likely seek it and get it. No one wants to waste time counseling a fool, because the fool doesn’t want counsel. We all enjoy sharing wisdom with the wise, and when we do, we discover new wisdom for our own needs. Proverbs 14:7 tells us that we should stay away from fools if we are looking for wise counsel. 

From the TouchPoint Bible 
(Tyndale House) pp 241, 558

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House