Wednesday, August 6, 2008

8/06/08 - Appraising the Battlefield…for Open Doors

Appraising the Battlefield…for Open Doors

How many of you know…

that God has commanded us…to move onto the battlefields of our minds…that we…

should reclaim…all the mental powers…that the Devil has stolen from us!

God knows if we are to be successful…we must begin to recognize those battlefield in our minds…

that we may overcome all the power of darkness in our thought life.

God is wanting us to locate the TRUE enemy… focus our spiritual vision on him…

bind him… and claim back what is ours…and what has been promise as ours!

Let’s pray…

As a child of God…we must first understand that our Heavenly Father is GOOD.

That His chief motivation in our life…is to make us the best person…we can possibly be.

Everything He does as He deals with us…in our walk with Him…

is to develop our potential…to the greatest degree possible.

On the other hand…Satan is totally evil.

Jesus describes to us…Satan’s job description… in John 10:10...when He says…

“The thief cometh not…but for to steal…and to kill…and to destroy”.
To better understand who God is…let’s look at his attributes or characteristics…

that has been revealed in the Bible:

God is:

Spirit

Holy - He has never been touched by sin

Eternal - He has always existed

Infinite - without limits except when He has limited Himself by His Word

Omnipresent - everywhere at once

Omniscient - all knowing

Omnipotent - all mighty

Truth - He never…ever lie

Just - 100% fair in His actions with us

Righteous - totally good

Life - He isn’t just alive…He is LIFE
Unchangeable - James 1:17 - “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.

Sovereign - absolute supreme ruler

Love - He is the most loving personality in the universe

Faithful - absolutely trustworthy

Merciful - beyond human comprehension

Provident - watches over and cares for His creation

God’s attributes…never…get out of balance with each other…He never acts out of character!

It is for this reason…that we are able to trust and have confidence’s in God concerning our lives.

He will ALWAYS…do what is best for us!

Now…what about the enemy…let’s look at what the Bible reveals about his character:
The Devil is:

A liar

A murderer

A sower of discord

An adversary

Cunning

Wicked

Malignant - totally evil

Cowardly

A tempter

A thief

Without principles

Proud

Deceitful

Fierce and cruel

Aggressive

Destroyer

Now…some of the works of the devil…that we need to be very aware of…are:

sin, sickness, fear, death, depression, murder, temptation, deception, lust and rebellion.

But I want you know…that God informs us in John 3:8:

“For this purpose…the Son of God…was manifested…that He might DESRTOY THE WORKS of the devil”.

It is through the “Name of Jesus”…that we are able to appraise battlefields…and gain victories.

It is therefore very very important…that each of us…become experts…in recognizing…

Who is doing What…in our lives…To be able to react correctly….according to the Word of God.
Now take a moment…close your eyes…begin to think of things that aren’t right in your life…

I mean really focus in on those things that hurts you…

those things that are robbing you of a true peace of mind…

Family situations that aren’t right…job issues that are under your skin….

Pain and discomfort that comes against your body…

Financial scenarios…that are causing havoc in your planning…

These things are real…it is these things…that we must assess and appraise.

It is these things…that are becoming battlefields in our spirit.

There are doors there…these are doors…that are letting pain…and misery enter our lives.

Come on…come on…they must be identified and located.

We must know where these entrances are…that we might begin to shut the DOOR!

The Apostle Paul…tells us…that WE are the determining factor…

in whether the devil can operate in our life or not.

Eph. 4:27 - “ Neither give place to the devil”.

The Amplified Bible says it this way… “Leave no room or foothold for the devil…give no opportunity to him”.
When we allow opening in our spiritual life…

the devil feels he has the right to take advantage of us in those specific territories.

If we keep the doors closed…he can’t do what he would like to do.

The Bible first introduces us…to the “Open Door” principle…in Genesis when God said to Cain.

Gen. 4:7 - “If thou doest well…shalt thou not be accepted?…and if thou doest not well…sin lieth at the door”.

God told Cain…that Satan was crouched at his doorway…waiting to leap into his life.

Cain had the choice…and because he chose to open the door to jealousy….

The devil led him into the murder of his brother.

Look at your neighbor…and say…sin is progressive!

One things leads to another…until we find ourselves in big trouble.

It is for that reason…we all must learn to close those doors…

and keep them closed before they develop into something harmful.

These open doors …has a heritage…they either come from lineage…crisis…or just plan ignorance’s.

Eph. 6:10-13 - Ҧ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee

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