THE DEVIL, CHRIST AND US
BY: LINDA KEITH
When we were spirit beings in the Garden, before the foundation of the world, all we knew was the right hand of God. All we knew was the goodness of His Nature. So, Father planned a way for us to COMPLETELY COME TO KNOW HIM AND TO BE IN HIS PERFECT IMAGE. It was called, “the fall.” Which I won’t go into right now.
But, Father created a tool, to bring about this complete knowing of Him. It’s a ministry, if you will. Without this tool, we would never learn evil and how to overcome it, we’d never really know that Father is in ALL in ALL things. This tool is called Satan!! (IS 45:7, IS 54:16, Eph 3:9-11, Rom 11:36, Rev 4:11).
Father wants us to understand that what is brought against us is for our learning, and for us to obtain growth in Him. (Phil 1:6-13) We must come to understand that all that comes our way, is for the bringing forth of Christ’s manifesting in and through our lives. For Christ to appear through us!! (Rom 11:34-36, 2 Cor 4:15-18, Heb 2:10, ROM 8:28-29, 1Cor 2:16, Gal 1:16). NOTHING CAN COME AGAINST US, WITHOUT FATHER ALLOWING IT! HE IS ALL IN ALL.
Also, understanding these things is how we come to know and be able to praise Father, for the things that do come against us. And to know WHY, we should praise Him, while going through them. The darkness comes to us, for Father to do a work in us. And each time we pass through those times, praising Father, that much more of Christ is appearing through us! Hallelujah!
We need to have a clear understanding of why we should give the glory to Father and not the devil, for the darkness. For, you see, to Father, Light and darkness are the same. (PS 139:12. MT 5:45)
Today, in churches, you hear as much about the devil as you do about Jesus!! And that’s sad!! The most important thing to know is, NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE, WILL YOU FIND IT SAYING THAT SATAN HAS POWER OVER US!!! In fact, it’s just the opposite that is true.
There are 3 things that we need to ask ourselves:
1, Are we in Christ? (Acts 17:28, Gal 3:28)
2. Do we believe the Word of God, as it is, not as man says it is? (Rom 3:4)
3. Do we dare go against the grain of what the churches are teaching, because of what people might say about us? (Acts 18:9)
ARE WE IN CHRIST? (Mt 1:16, 16:16, 27:17, Mark 8:29, 14:61, Luke 2:26, *3:15, *9:20, 22:67, John 1;25,*41, 4:42, 6:69, 7:26, 7:41, 11:27, *Acts 18:28, PS 2:2)
There are many more I could list here, but I think this is enough. All these scriptures show one thing in common: the word, “christ” is not a noun; it’s an adjective. It describes what a person is. It’s not a family name; it’s a title, if you will. Christ, is not Jesus’ name. It’s a title of who He is. Meditate on this; Christ=christos, in the Greek, means, “God’s anointed one”. Jesus was God’s anointed one. So, He was called Jesus the Christ… Jesus, the anointed one of God.
Now, as you know, our old man was crucified with Jesus, up there on the Cross. (Rom 6:6) But, the NEW CREATION that rose with Him, resurrected with Him, also being the first-fruits from the dead, was also Christ. The NEW CREATION, which we are, was/is also the anointed ones of God!! (Gal 2:20)
1John 2:20 “BUT YE HAVE AN UNCTION FROM THE HOLY ONE, AND YE KNOW ALL THINGS!”!
UNCTION in the Greek is #5545 meaning, anointing, an endowment, a smearing!!!!
2Cor 5:17 “THEREFORE IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION (CREATURE), OLD THINGS ARE PAST AWAY, BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW!
Romans 6:4, says, “BUT, IF THE SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD, DWELL IN YOU, HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM TH DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES, BY THE SPIRIT THAT DWELLS IN YOU.”
Notice, “he that raised up CHRIST, from the dead” It doesn’t say “Jesus”, it says “Christ”. This “Christ” that was raised from the dead (the death of our old man), is a NEW CREATION, or CREATURE. (2 Cor 5:17)
This new creation is us!! People don’t want to accept this, because they think that they’re taking something away from Jesus!! When the truth is, that’s what Jesus died for!!! Rom 8:29!!
He died so that there might come a people who would believe enough to come into the image of the Son!! That’s God’s Word, not mine.
2.DO WE BELIEVE GOD’S WORD?
2Tim 3:16 “all scripture in the inspiration of God.”
2Peter 1:20, Mrk 14:49 “Scripture is to be fulfilled.”
(including Rom 8:29, Phil 1:20, Phil 2:5-6, Col 1:27, Col 3:4, Acts 17:28029, Gal3:19) !
So this brings us to Satan, the devil or (as the church has taught, Lucifer). Where did Satan come from? (IS 45:7, Gen 3:1, Rom 11:36, IS 54:16) God created him!! And EVERYTHING that God created IS FOR A PURPOSE!!
Now, if we be IN CHRIST and HE IN US that makes us ONE!! And what pertains to Jesus, pertains to US! Which brings us to Heb 2:14-15
“FORASMUCH THEN AS THE CHILDREN ARE PARTAKERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD, HE (JESUS) ALSO HIMSELF LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME; THAT TROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAS (NOT DOES HAVE) THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS THE DEVIL”!
The word “destroy” in the Greek is #2673, means ; to render; to be entirely idle (useless), to abolish, cease, do away with, become of no effect, bring to naught, put away, vanish away, make void!
I love this!! It could not be any clearer!! Jesus DESTROYED the devil, the one that had power over death!! Some people get hung up on this word “might”. This word doesn’t mean that “maybe He did”. The word “might” is referring to the fact that Jesus HAD TO DIE TO DO THIS!! What it is saying is this: “that he might, through death, destroy….”. JESUS NEVER HAD A PART OF “might, maybe”, all things were accomplished, that He set out to do. So, now, that puts the responsibility square ON OUR SHOULDERS!! Think about it, where is the AUTHORITY OF GOD going to be in the Kingdom? On the Son’s shoulders!!
Look at MT 25:41 (be sure to read vs. 37-41) This is about those who feed the hungry, cloth the naked and what you do to the least of them, you do to Jesus. But vs 41 says:
“DEPART FROM ME (JESUS SPEAKING) YOU CURSED, INTO EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS”.
I don’t have space to go into all of this, but Satan works/did work on us by entering our thoughts. He places/did place thoughts into us. Remember Judas? Satan entered Judas. Satan is/was a spirit. He entered our thoughts to make us believe or think to do or say something. He worked in our minds. But the Word says, “Our God is a consuming FIRE”. God is the one, who BURNS the devil right out of us and tells us “Ye have the mind of Christ!!” So the ONLY power that Satan has, is what we “THINK” he has. By our beliefs, the devil is resurrected and allowed power to touch our lives; or by our belief in God’s Word, HE IS DESTROYED! It’s a matter of knowing Satan cannot touch us. We are in Christ; we are the anointed of God!! Satan is dead, destroyed to those who know it!! He can play havoc on those who don’t know that JESUS destroyed Satan. We now know, that anything, any darkness that comes against us, is from Father, and the darkness turns out to be LIGHT, because it causes us to overcome and see ONLY Father in whatever is going on in our life. He’s trying to teach us something. Instead of crying Satan, we need to cry out in the darkness, the Secret Place of God, and ask “Father, what is it you want me to learn, through this?”
Eph 6:12, 1Peter 5:8 are for those who don’t know that Satan has been destroyed. They resurrect him every time they give him the glory, of the work that Father is doing, not Satan. (Life and death are in the power of the tongue!!) Folks to put it bluntly, we are sons of God!! We are in the earth, and Christ is what we are, so we are Christ in the earth. You’ve seen it for yourself. It’s God’s Word that told us this. Do we believe God’s Word? It’s a manifesting of Father, for His glory, to be seen in all the earth, through us. I pray, Father gives revelation to this truth. We don’t have to fight Satan anymore. We just have to ask Father, what am I to learn from what I’m going through? I leave these words with you:
Mt 13:16-17 “BUT, BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES, FOR THEY SEE; AND YOUR EARS, FOR THEY HEAR. FOR VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT THE PROPHETS AND RIGHTEOUS MEN HAVE DESIRED TO SEE THOSE THINGS WHICH YOU SEE, AND HAVE NOT SEEN THEM; AND TO HEAR THOSE THINGS WHICH YOU HEAR, AND HAVE NOT HEARD THEM.” This is Father’s present day truth that He’s revealing to those who will believe. All won’t, but those that do, meditate on Rom 8:29, with a hopeful heart.
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