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"A Life Map"
Darkness is Expelled
“Christ became a curse for us and redeemed us fro the curse of the Law, for it is written, cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” Deuteronomy 21:33
Wouldn’t it be nice to have been instilled with a “life map” to follow as we live out each day upon our life’s journey? Kind of like one of those GPS systems that many vehicles have built within them. Then we would know before hand where all the twists and turns are and we wouldn’t get lost by taking an exit on the wrong “road“. We could avoid all the various pitfalls and wrong turns, thereby experiencing none of the pain and regret of our mistakes along the way. Because there would, of course, be no mistakes to regret or repent of. However nice that might sound, unfortunately, it seems to be true that it is only through pain that we begin to spiritually grow. Pain and heartache appear to be tools that God uses to awaken us out of our individual stupors and to impress upon us the need to make wiser choices. And better decisions next time. Tragedy seems to take us to where we should have been all along. Kneeling at the foot of the cross of our Savior. All actions have consequences, the consequence of our next action apart from God may be the very that leads to our physical our death. Our spirits however never die.
A few days ago I had the most amazing and remarkable memory! When I was still bound by my addictions to crack and other drugs- which I had been trying to fight the cravings for them as best I could once I found out that drugs etc, was indeed my “idol”, which meant I was worshiping a false “god: of which Satan was the root source of through my flesh.
After that realization began to sink in as I read for the first time the definition of exactly what an “idol” is. I recall lying on the sofa at home with my Mom as I found my thoughts working away at me-I very well might have been praying, I am not sure about that part.
What I am sure of is that I kept wondering how-HOW I was ever going to be able to change or conquer this thing that possessed me! How was I ever going to be able to stop using cocaine and other drugs? It seemed impossible! (So it was in and for me myself alone.) While contemplating these things, as clear as a bell I “heard” these words in my heart: “The Victory has already been WON”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I know now where that came from and now I need to attach that, live IN that in every aspect of my life. Remembering to act IN the Victory that Christ already won for me on the cross over 2,000 years ago! Indeed He has won that very same Victory to deliver you and break the chains of bondage to sin that Satan has entangled you in, just as He did me. What? Did I just “hear” you say that you have no sin?
Then I must needs share this with you because if someone actually believes they have no sins against God that they need His Son to save them from. The Word of the Living God says this about such a one.
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:1
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
Each and every time I recall that day it still makes a huge impact on my life in Christ. It continues to do the same today as I, in awe, now realize the significance of what that was all about! I received it. If I had rejected it, who’s to say I would have survived that next drug binge? Who’s to say if I would not have died and went to a place the Bible calls Hell because I had refused to accept all His Spirit was doing to help me SEE that there was a way, excuse me? There was ONLY ONE WAY that I would make it to the other side of that cocaine-covered door that imprisoned me. That Way was Jesus Christ. “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes unto the Father but by Me.” John 14:6
Today as governments and unregenerate men and women seek to remove all remembrance of Almighty God from public view, whether by removing Nativity Scenes at Christmastime, Or the Ten Commandments God had written with His own finger, which showed us how we are to morally and spiritually live before Him, Christianity is being assaulted today because no one wants to KNOW that they are a sinner. They’d much more rather to live under the delusion that somehow they are instead their own “gods” able to say what is good and what is evil. Only God, as the ONLY GOD of all humankind is able to do this. Look at the history of mankind ...No, man cannot do this. Jehovah is God ALONE. People who wish to make their own rules to live by are signing up to live under more misery than the previous generations that have went before us. I have heard some people say Why should we live by those ancient laws?
The answer to that first question is that you and I cannot obey the Ten Commandments. Only Christ obeyed them and lived without sin and perfectly before God. For us.
However I would like to say that without them as the moral compass
For our souls we will have already lost them if we die without accepting the free offer of salvation God provided through Jesus Christ. Ever wonder why God wrote the Commandments in the first place since He already knew we would never be able to obey them? Scripture tells us why:
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not
known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law
had said, Thou shalt not covet.”
I think that the Israelites must have been more hardheaded than I feel that I am. For surely if God had done such things in my behalf right in front of me I would have obeyed Him completely! Or would I?
It must have been an amazing thing to walk through the Sea! Can you imagine it? So much had occurred between the creation and man’s fall in the Garden of Eden due to the deceptive craftiness of God and man’s enemy, Lucifer. Sin had quickly taken root and thereby began all manners of sickness, hatred, warring and death. As we read through the pages of the Old Testament and learn of God by His interaction with His people Israel, we see that God reprimands those who rebel against Him. The sins that we commit are not sins against one another but against God.
In the Old Testament in the book of the Genesis we see Him as Creator. Genesis tells us of the beginning of everything except God. Upon its truths all the future revelation of God to people is built upon. Have you noticed how there seems to be a great deal of debate about this book? Sometimes bordering on animosity as many unsaved souls have nothing but derision and contempt for all things truly “of” God in the days and times in which we live?
Satan appears to have a great deal of hatred for this book and I am betting it is because that within the pages of the first book of the Holy Bible Satan is exposed as the Adversary of God and the deceiver of the entire human race. Satan, being the sneak he is would rather do his dirty work without any light shining upon it.
Then too it also foretells his ultimate destruction and depicts his doom in Genesis 3:14-15
So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“ Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
Revelation 12:10-11 "Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, 'Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.'
Reading these scriptures and more, I sometimes wonder at his continued rebellion. For surely, I think to myself, he has to know his time is limited and his end sure for God has spoken it. Along with being the father of lies and deception, he is also the entire Universes chief of pride, vanity and narcissism.
God gave us a free will and the ability to choose for ourselves what we will and will not believe or do. However without the original temptation and Eve and Adam's being deceived by him there would be no evil prevalent within our world. When Adam agreed to make the choice to give in and take that first bite of the forbidden fruit that Eve offered to him, he also gave up the authority of the rule of this world’s system that God had given to him after he was formed from the dust of the earth.
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them )rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; )male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
This was proven in the New Testament after the baptism of Jesus and He went into the Desert for 40 days to be tempted y Satan
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
But He answered and said, "It is written, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"
Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU' and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'"
Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'"
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, " All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"
Satan is in no wise Omnipotent but is a powerful being, a master of disguise who can dress himself as an angel of “light.” But instead he is the truest form of spiritual darkness, full of evil and a master of perversion, deception and manipulation. He knows everything about what it is that tempts mankind to sin against God. He knows all our weaknesses; after all he is the originator of all the bonds of perversion that have so many of us in bondage. If we somehow think that our weaknesses/ aka sins are new and different we make a great mistake. That kind of mistake will keep us imprisoned longer if we live through it. For we will refuse to take the advice of anyone, rejecting Christ over and over again until our hearts become so calloused and hardened against our particular sin that we are no longer able to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit which warns us to flee sin and accept the Son He provided as the only propitiation for us between God and man-and victory over the power of sin back to Him Who is Holy, Righteous and true.
Satan has had millennia to poke and prod and tempt us. To study us like a lab rat. He knows what causes our flesh to be susceptible to his delusions. He knows that we are carnal creatures born with a bent away from God who possess some of the character traits within ourselves that caused his fall. The things that God hates like pride, lust, envy greed, hatred and vanities. The Seven deadly sins aren’t named thus just to have something to label them. They actually do kill us. He loves perverting God’s Word and replacing it with his own version of God’s Truth. Whispering to men’s flesh that they can do whatever they like with no accountability to God Who is Omniscient and Omnipresent. This means Almighty God is all knowing and present everywhere at the same time, in time. The past, present and future are all the same to Him. For time and distance does not limit God. There is neither one of mankind’s thought‘s, no word nor any deed that escapes His knowledge. God is...well God. He is ALL. To me He is everything that means anything. For without Him nothing matters. He holds all things together with His Will. If you see a shooting star tonight it will be because God chose to display His star in that way. Not one single thing can take place outside of His permissive will.
Satan appeals to the Achilles' heel of created man as well, their ego’s that have become inflated with their own self-importance. Narcissism 101.
However, he knows that the battle was won on a hill called Golgotha over 2,000 years ago. The time he has left to garner more willing souls is growing ever shorter...as the Light of God through Christ grows in a person's heart..the darkness is expelled. It happened for me...and it can happen to you too!
I so pray that it will. ( Until next time.:) )