40 Million Twitter Followers
– Pope Francis –
He’s [the Devil] more intelligent than us, and he’ll turn you upside down, he’ll make your head spin. – Pope Francis
Pope Francis frequently refers to the Devil in his homilies, sermons and on Twitter, where he is followed by 40 million people in nine languages. He uses various terms to refer to the Prince of Darkness, including Satan, the Evil One, the Seducer, Beelzebub and the Great Dragon.
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The Pope is correct the Devil is smarter than you. More importantly God warned from the time Adam and Eve were formed to not debate with the Devil for many a good reason.
- The Devil was before you were.
- The Devil was at the time of the creation of the world.
- The Devil was the guardian of God’s throne – he knows God’s ways and can anticipate many of His moves.
You would be a fool to debate with the Devil.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He [devil in serpent] said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
Eve had lost the Devil’s debate before she said a word. (Just by listening to the Devil rather than God’s calling in your life, you lose.)
Adam had lost his wife and the Tree of Life before Eve stated what God had declared they should both obey.
Eve, while Adam just stood there, fell for the temptation to debate the Devil and now all goodness would be lost for their lives. And their children’s lives.
The micro-second Eve began talking with the serpent the Devil had overtaken Adam and Eve. The Devil doesn’t care what you debate just so long as you debate.
The Devil doesn’t care how much money it takes for you to sell your soul, he only cares that you are willing to sell. For in the willingness to sell is the soul damned.
Alas, there are still plenty of individuals, in and out of Christian churches, among the Cultural Christianity group, that think the Devil has a point or two.
Overcome The Devil
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
There is no safety from the Devil, from your sinning except by a daily denying self, giving up all and carrying your cross as you follow Jesus in those matters at all times. It is the how God has provided to overcome your sins with the added bonus of defeating the Devil.
Yes, indeed, for those few disciples, that “small flock” as Jesus stated, they overcome the evil one. To win the Devil debate you have to shut your mouth and become part of the Kingdom of God that is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14)
Most individuals, again, in and out of the Christian Church will do anything, say anything, and accept anything to avoid the offensive cross of Jesus be applied to their lives. In which case, they have already lost the debate with the Devil because they have sought out the nice preachers rather than the pastor declaring the offensive Truth of life.
If you desire righteousness than you must surrender to the death of Jesus coming into your life so that God may give you a joyful, resurrected life that overcomes.
I know that having both concepts in a persons life is confusing but it is the way to being forgiven and overcoming sin. Any gospel message that does not preach both is not the gospel of Jesus. It is, in fact, Cultural Christianity that leads one away from a pure and sincere faith in Jesus.
No Debate – Done Deal
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:10)
We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)
It kinda should be obvious, but the whole world is “under the control of the evil one” so act accordingly.
If you are thinking about repenting ,just do it, without debating those who are under the evil one’s control. Again, don’t debate the Devil, just obey the loving God.
This is why Jesus said to bury the treasure, go sell everything and then come back and openly buy the field. For anyone in the world who discovers a gold mine is not going to shout about it unless they are a bonafide fool. Instead by the time others hear about the gold strike the miner is a very rich man. Ok, ok, or, rich woman. – gesh
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)
In short, by the time anyone hears of your repentance, your obedience to following Jesus, too late, too bad and too sad as the good deed by faith is a done deal. No debate just a done deal.
Oh, the joyfulness of weeping over sins. Thank-you Jesus!
Be guaranteed, if you are thinking about surrendering all and becoming a disciple of Jesus, if you go and tell every sinner you know you are thinking about it, to get their opinion, the odds are the debate will destroy your faith.
For you have debated with the Devil and as predicted lost the argument of finding faith in God.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017