Jesus warned us that there is an enemy who wants to destroy us. That enemy existed long before humans were even created. This enemy hates God and, therefore, he hates all those who love God and choose to follow Him. He also hates those who don’t love God. You see, your enemy knows that God longs for everyone to be saved, so he will do all he can to deceive you and keep you from the truth. Your enemy’s name is Satan or Lucifer or the devil, and whether you believe he exists or not doesn’t change the fact that he, indeed, does exist.
Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The enemy will tempt you to disobey God and, after you have done so, he will tell you that you are worthless and will never amount to anything. He will label you and condemn you. He will tell you that you’ve gone too far and God will never forgive you or accept you. Basically, he will try to intimidate you and ultimately defeat you.
Don’t listen to his lies. John 8:44 says the devil is a liar. “…He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Our pastor, Kevin Berry, said this morning in a powerful message he shared with our church that “When you are no longer intimidated, it’s a sign to the enemy that he’s going to be defeated.”
Never forget that Jesus is for you, not against you. He pursues you. Romans 8:31 says, “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
If you are having difficulty living a victorious and find yourself returning again and again to your sinful ways, draw nearer to God. Spend time — lots of time — reading and listening to His Word (the Bible) and pray. Just talk to Jesus all day long. Make Him a part of your entire day. The more time you spend in His presence, the more your heart will long for Him, and the less the things of this world can draw you in. His purity and holiness will fill your heart until the things of this world become abhorrent to you. When you see or hear sinful things, you will feel compelled to turn away from it. Your desires will become like His. You will see people through His eyes and want to reach out to them with kindness — just like He longs to do. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.
James 4:8 says “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
God is for you. He is pursuing you. Every time you think of Him and long to spend time with Him, that is His Spirit drawing you. Every time you are disgusted with your attitude or your actions, that is His Spirit drawing you. Every time you are convicted about something you are doing that you know is wrong, it is the Spirit of God pursuing you. Don’t ignore it. Obey and see the victory God has in store for you. Remember, Jesus has come that you may have life, and have it to the full. The only way to experience that kind of life is by turning to God fully, completely, and in full surrender.