Do We Christians Have Absolute Authority Over The Devil?

Absolutely not. If we did, we could simply say a prayer, bind the Devil and he would never come back. Better still we could call on Jesus to do away with the Devil altogether. But we know that won’t happen. What we do have is absolute authority over sin in the sense that we can overcome it and enter heaven. But we cannot do away with sin. We do not have absolute power over anything in fact – only God has that power. Besides, the Bible makes it absolutely clear that Satan, having decided not to serve God, now has another purpose to serve; to chasten the disobedient, to punish and blind the wicked and to purify the obedient. But He will not do away with the Devil as that is the Devil’s whole complaint in the first place – that God forces His will on others and does not offer us true freedom.

So why pray? Answer: because if all we have to do is speak words to unleash all kinds of blessings on untold numbers of what would otherwise be bad people and situations, and bind up all kinds of evil – then why not? Not to pray would and is a sin in itself!

What is The Biggest Religious Cult in The World?

First off, to answer this question we would need to find out what a ‘cult’ is. So, what is a cult?

Definition; cult

kəlt/Submit
noun
a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
“the cult of St. Olaf”
a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
“a network of Satan-worshiping cults”
synonyms: sect, denomination, group, movement, church, persuasion, body, faction
“a religious cult”
a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
“a cult of personality surrounding the leaders”
synonyms: obsession with, fixation on, mania for, passion for, idolization of, devotion to, worship of, veneration of
“the cult of eternal youth in Hollywood”

So then, we can see that a cult is any religion built around an object (idol) and/or a religion that’s built the doctrines of a man, women or person. Where that man and his (or her) doctrines are placed above the laws, teachings and doctrines of God (of course the question of who is (the real) God is a different question altogether for another article!).

So now that means we can all answer the question; what is the worlds largest cult? very simple to answer. In fact, it’s a question we can all answer for ourselves without me or anyone else having to tell you my or their thoughts or opinions. The truth is out there for all to see – should they so be inclined to search out and find it.

All you need to do is go out there and find the largest group of people that follow a person or personality – a human in other words – a person and revere him or her as described above and you have your answer! Please note; if the person that this group follows claims to be God or their followers claim that this person is God (God – if he is God – has to be all powerful, i.e he must have ALL POWER as by definition you can’t actually have 10 Gods sharing all power as much as some people like to believe from a logical point of view alone – a power-sharing God is no God at all.) this is a very serious claim and one that you MUST study and decide for r if it is true or not. Since if that person is in fact God incarnate – i.e God (spirit) wrapped in flesh like yours and mines spirits are wrapped in flesh – and other claims that that person makes are then by default true, your life may depend on it!

Satans Meeting & Worldwide Convention

Satan Calls a Meeting

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he
said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them
from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them
from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour. Once they gain
that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”

“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners,
but steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with
Jesus Christ.”

“This is what I want you to do”, said the devil:

“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital
connection throughout their day!” “How shall we do this?” his demons
shouted.

“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes
to occupy their minds,” he answered.

“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”

“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work
6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty
lifestyles.”

“Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families
fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of
work!”

“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small
voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they
drive. To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their
home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays
non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that
union with Christ.”

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds
with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards.
Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogues, sweepstakes,
and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products,
services and false hopes.”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands
will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become
dissatisfied with their wives. Keep the wives too tired to love their
husbands at night. Give them headaches too! If they don’t give their
husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere. That will
fragment their families quickly!”

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the
real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk
about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from
their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and
reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events,
plays, concerts, and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and
small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power
from Jesus. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing
their health and family for the good of the cause. It will work! It will
work!”

It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing
Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed, going here and
there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time
to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives. I guess the
question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme?

You be the judge! Does “busy” mean:

B-eing
U-nder
S-atan’s
Y-oke?

Temptation & Lust

How a Christian Can Survive & Overpower Temptation & Lust!

“I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out”

little-devil-illustrationOK – the answer you’ve all been waiting for – how do I stop lusting!!? The apostle Paul understood our predicament. He told the Romans, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18-19). This means Paul struggled with sin-just like the rest of us. And like us, he would make up his mind not to commit a certain sin ever again. Did he succeed? No way!

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Now, if the apostle Paul couldn’t overpower his sin, what makes us different. Will power alone is not enough. Even when in a world free of erotic images, like a country like Pakistan, where men and women never hang out together, and the women are covered with clothing from their head to their feet, you still find prostitutes. If men in a country like that can’t control their lust, how can we?

From the moment we get up in the morning until we climb between the sheets, we’re bombarded with erotic images and messages. Suppose you made up your mind to get through one day without lusting after a woman. On your way to work your eyes are drawn to the bikini-clad model greeting you from a billboard. A few moments later as you stop at an intersection, you aren’t able to keep from noticing the attractively dressed young woman crossing the street. At work a friend brags about the gorgeous babe he bedded the night before. As you order lunch, the waitress with the short skirt winks at you and smiles. When you get back to the office, a coworker eagerly shows you his favorite erotic image on the Internet. On your way home you stop at the grocery store and catch yourself gazing at the seminude models that adorn the magazines by the checkout counter. When you finally get home, you plop down in an easy chair and flip on the TV. – you’re exposed to more of the female anatomy than I found in the pages of Playboy when I was a kid.

With the high level of erotic stimulation you face on a daily basis, do you believe you can control your lust alone? A friend once told me (and he said this with a straight face), “I’ll never have a problem with sexual lust.” I looked at him and said,

“You’re absolutely amazing. If that’s true, you’re stronger than Samson, godlier that David, and wiser than Solomon.” I’ll never forget his response. He sat down and stared at me for a half minute without uttering a word. And then he said, “I never though of it like that.” I’ll guarantee you, if Samson, David, and Solomon were here, they’d all say, “You can’t defeat your lust alone!”

You Can’t Reform Your Lust “OK,” you may be thinking, “maybe I can’t beat it. But I can make myself better. I can reform my lust.” I frequently talk with new Christians who think that becoming a follower of Christ means the lust problem is solved. It’s as though they think Jesus waved some sort of magic wand over them and-presto!–their sinful nature was transformed. Their lust was gone. When they discover that their problem with lust seems even worse than before, they decide they’ll study the Bible and pray more. Much to their surprise, that doesn’t seem to solve the problem, either.

Listen to Paul’s words (Romans 7:10-11)
“The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong.”

As sinful human beings, our lustful appetites are so evil, they’ll use God’s good commands to tempt us. Like a rod stirring up dirt that has settled to the bottom of a jar of water, so God’s law excites our lust. Forbidden things are more exciting. Women who are off-limits take on a greater appeal. God says don’t and our lust says do. God says do and our lust says don’t.

Trying to reform our lust is like trying to make a dog into a person. For thirteen years a buff-colored cocker spaniel named Pumpkin graced our family. Over those years I taught Pumpkin all kinds of tricks. She obeyed the common commands like sit, lie down, and roll over. I also trained her to jump through a hoop, close a door, sit on her hind legs, and fall over as though dead when I shot her with an imaginary gun. Yet in spite of all my training, I couldn’t keep Pumpkin from acting like a dog. She always did doggy things. She ate things people tried not to step in. She sniffed other dogs in places only dogs sniff. She went to the bathroom in public. No matter how well I trained Pumpkin, she was still a dog. Similarly, your sinful propensity doesn’t reform when you enter a church. It doesn’t change when you come to faith in Christ. You can go to church, read your Bible, pray daily, and even lead a ministry without reforming your sinful nature. Paul said, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature” (Romans 7:18).

When we fall under the domination of our sinful nature, we’re capable of doing anything evil, whether we’re believers or not. When controlled by our lust, we can no more do good than a dog can talk. Yet when dealing with their lust, men sometimes think they can reform it. They deny its evil power. You may grow as a Christian. You may become more like Christ in your spiritual nature. But in the flesh, in your sinful nature, you’re no better than the day you trusted Christ. And because your lust is driven by sin, you can’t reform it. You Can’t Starve Your Lust One of the problems I have with a lot of recovery programs is that their primary emphasis is on abstinence. They think the key to defeating an addiction is to stop the behavior. Now, please don’t misunderstand me.

We can’t control any addiction unless we stop acting out. But if that’s all we do, it won’t work. We’ll simply change addictions. For example, our lust will transfer from sex to alcohol. And if we stop drinking, it will move on to shopping or work or gambling. It’s impossible to starve our lust to death. Until the day we’re with the Lord, we’ll struggle with sin. Your sinful nature will resist letting go. For a while you may ignore it. Later you may insist it doesn’t really have a hold on you. But if you hope to break its power, you must first realize it’s there and admit you don’t have the power to dislodge it. Hopefully, you’ll tire of fighting a losing battle. Paul did. In desperation he cried out, “Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from … this deadly lower nature?” (Romans 7:24 LB). If someone as spiritually together as Paul realized he was fighting a losing battle, isn’t it time for you to do the same thing? I know giving up isn’t easy. But it’s a step you must take if you’re’re going to find lasting freedom.

Satan and his demons stalk the path of every believer

As a Christian, you will be offered all manner of enticements to lure you away from an obedient and faithful walk with Christ. No one is exempt from this, and no one is completely successful in countering them (I John 1:8, 10),

But some Christians succumb to temptation so often that they see no hope for victory. They give up and give in without a struggle. This is an unfortunate condition, born out of despair, for it will blind the believer to the marvelous provision God has made for overcoming temptation. The first thing the Christian must learn is that God does not lead him to sin. The Apostle James clearly condemns the attitude of blaming God for tempting circumstances (James 1:13-15). God may test His children, a process designed to purify and strengthen them, but He does not lead them into sin. Without exception, sin results when temptation strikes a sympathetic chord in the human heart, and man has no one to blame but himself. Blame himself he must, though, if he is to be forgiven. Our age is one in which blame is passed to society, to the pressures of the times, or to some other faceless, nameless creature. If one is to be forgiven, he must first humbly admit, “I have sinned.” As long as he looks for someone or something else to blame, he will be totally helpless in combating temptation. The Christian needs to recognize the role of Scripture in overcoming temptation. The Psalmist stated, “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalms 119:11). When God’s Word becomes an integral part of the believer’s life, it fortifies that person against temptation’s power. Christ Himself demonstrated the Word’s power when He submitted to Satan’s temptations with a quote from the Old Testament (Matthew 4:7).

A systematic, prayerful study of Scripture is an absolute prerequisite to defeating temptation. The Word not only warns of Satan’s methods (II Corinthians 2:11), but it empowers against attacks (Ephesians 6:11-17). Another essential to victory is to avoid temptation. On several occasions, Christ told His disciples to pray that they might not fall into temptation (Matthew 6:13; Luke 22:40). Some believers understand that temptation is not the same as sin, so then feel that they can enjoy the enticements of temptation without any harm. This behavior becomes a type of game – seeing how much titillation one can ‘enjoy’ without falling into overt sin. Such an attitude is sinful in itself, for it fails to take seriously God’s commands for holiness in attitude as well as in action. One of the most crucial passages concerning temptation is I Corinthians 10:13. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” This verse is God’s guarantee that He will never allow Satan to go too far. The temptation’s intensity and the escape route will be uniquely tailored to the individual, and will not exceed his capacity. Knowing there is a way of escape, and using that way of escape, may be quite different things. If one is ignorant of God’s Word, one will likely not recognize the escape when he sees it, for he won’t know how God works. Whether or not he uses the escape, though, the believer can never truthfully claim that the temptation was so strong that he had to succumb to it. Another promise is that no one in this universe is uniquely tempted. While no two people are exactly alike, the temptations confronting each individual are basically the same as have confronted others.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points like we are, and suffered in this temptation, but did not sin (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16). He is, therefore, uniquely a sympathetic Savior, knowing from His own incarnate experience the pressure that temptation can exert. Since no one is uniquely tempted, Christians can help and learn from one another. Merely knowing that another Christian has overcome greed, for instance, may be just the assurance that someone needs to make another attempt to overcome it in his own life.

The Christian who has grown in one facet of his spiritual life is responsible for helping other Christians who have not yet grown in that area. In this manner, Christians can edify (or, “build up”) one another in their faith (Ephesians 4:15-16). The Scripture contains no promise of help in overcoming temptation for those who are unsaved. Indeed, until one repents of his sin and accepts by faith Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, he has no capacity for pleasing God. But those who are saved may appropriate the power and wisdom of the Word, relying upon God’s grace, and can therefore have victory, even over Satan’s most subtle and compelling temptations.

To experience God’s grace, we must first recognize our need. That’s not easy. You realize that you have a problem but still believe you can handle it alone. Guys especially hate to admit defeat. We don’t want to ask for help.

Lust is part of the world, I John 2:16-17, NIV.
“For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Lusting itself is often used as an excuse for further sin. Matthew 5:28, TLB. “But I say: Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

The lustful man will pay the consequences, Proverbs 6:25-29, NIV.
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.”

God’s grace enables us to say no to lust, Titus 2:11-12, NIV.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. I Corinthians 10:13, NIV.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

Those who do not yield to temptation will be rewarded. James 1:12, TLB.
“Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love Him.”

When a Christian is faced with a temptation, he should run the other direction. II Timothy 2:22, TLB.
“Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”

Prayer strengthens Christians against temptation. Mark 14:38, NIV.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Meet temptation with God’s Word. Matthew 4:1,3,4, NIV.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. The tempter came to Him and said, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread: Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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How To Deal with Sin

Sin Help & Advice in The Bible

open-bibleonwhitePrayer strengthens us against temptation & sin. Mark 14:38, NIV. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Don’t allow yourself to be pressured one way or another-be honest and think for yourself. Exodus 23:2-3, TLB. “Don’t join mobs intent on evil. When on the witness stand, don’t be swayed in your testimony by the mood of the majority present, and do not slant your testimony in favor of a man just because he is poor.”


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Sin Must be Dealt with Immediately!

little-devil-illustrationWe all know that the Devil has no pitchfork and is a thousand times more sublte than the cartoon on the right. Therefore when you are faced with temptation, run the other direction IMMEDIATELY! II Timothy 2:22, TLB. “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”

Meet temptation with God’s Word. Matthew 4:1,3,4, NIV.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. The tempter came to Him and said, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread: Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Misery and sin love company.Proverbs 4:14-16, TLB.
“Don’t do as the wicked do. Avoid their haunts, turn away, go somewhere else, for evil men can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day. They can’t rest unless they cause someone to stumble and fall.”

If you love God worldly things won’t have much appeal.I John 2:15-17, TLB.
“Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; for all these worldly things, these evil desires -the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance -these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.”

You cannot enjoy worldly pleasures and be a friend of God. James 4:4, TLB.
“You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband’s enemies. Don’t you realize that making friends with God’s enemies -the evil pleasures of this world-makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy the evil pleasure of the unsaved world, you cannot also be a friend of God.”

What kind of activities are wrong? Galatians 5:19-21, TLB.
“But when you follow your own inclinations your lives will produce evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism, hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Live as though your home were in heaven. I Peter 2:11, TLB.
“Dear brothers, you are only visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls.”

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Confessing our sin

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Forbidden Fruit

Dealing with forbidden fruit: The human dilemma

by Mary Oto Knight Ridder Newspapers

In the recesses of your brain, there is a little courtroom where the temptation cases are argued. Some are pretty small cases, but to get to court at all they have to be compelling. The judge and jury listen and weigh the evidence. Sometimes they decide to bend the law in your favor. “Go ahead.

The apple looks tasty; besides, nobody will miss it.” That’s more or less the way David Bersoff, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the workings of temptation. He studies stealing and lying, and he is fascinated by the subtle mental adjustments people use to preserve their self-esteem even as they reach for forbidden fruit.

New research such as his may shed light on a human dilemma dating back to Adam and Eve. And while temptation has always commanded the attention of the clergy, science is now trying to quantify how moral failings work. In his research, Bersoff explores the rationalizations used to justify common trespasses like pilfering office supplies or quietly pocketing an overpayment. People are more likely to give in to temptation when they can remain passive, the study finds, especially when they think no one is being harmed.

In Ohio, researchers studying temptation used a chocolate-chip fatigue test they say helps prove will-power is like a muscle that gets tired under stress. Both temptation studies seem relevant to a nation where professor Bersoff suggests one in three employees steal at work. Another that followed 500 shoppers at random and observed at least 40 of them shoplifting.

Society places a huge emphasis on the importance of being good. Yet resisting temptation extracts a cost, researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found. Subjects were asked to skip a meal before they came in for testing. “We told them it was a test of taste impressions and memory and that your assignment is going to be radishes,” said social psychologist Roy Baumeister, who headed the research. “We left the person alone in the room to increase the temptation. “We observed in secret”. Some people, facing a plate of cookies and a plate of radishes, went as far as to pick up a cookie and smell it. Others couldn’t bear to even look at the cookies and pushed them away! But none of them cheated. They ate radishes instead. “They struggled through”.

Their self control, however, cost them. The radish-eaters were then asked to work on a confounding mental puzzle as long as they could. They gave up on the puzzle much faster than both a group of subjects allowed to eat the cookies and a group who were asked to do the puzzle without being offered any food at all. “The point is that resisting temptation takes something out of you,” said Baumeister. “self-control is “a muscle that gets stronger with exercise.” It’s “something that gets used up and needs to get replenished before you use it again.” Everyone has felt his or her will power tested and found its limits. Does this explain why the bible says we need to hear the word?

Howard Rankin, has worked to develop a “temptation management” regime that teaches people to imagine themselves resisting temptation until they are actually able to do it. “They go through a crisis and come out the other side. They feel empowered because they’ve survived,” he said. “The power of the temptation lies in your approach to it rather than any intrinsic energy it has on its own. “The core principle is impulse control, learning to tolerate frustration.”

Rankin recruited East Coast university students to take part in what they were led to believe was a product test. The participants were then overpaid $2 for their efforts. The first group was told a big foreign company was sponsoring the test. The subjects were paid by an impersonal cashier. In that group, 80 percent kept the extra money. The next subjects were told the test was being run by a graduate student and being paid for out of his own money. “Now the victim has a face. It’s harder to deny harm,” Bersoff said. Half of that group accepted the undeserved money.

In the next scenario, the cashier counted out the money on her desk, then asked: “Is that right?” The question made it necessary to tell a lie to get the undeserved $2. Forty percent did so. In a final scenario, subjects were told that a graduate student was paying for the test, and the cashier asked if the payment was right. So there was a victim to hurt and a lie required. Still, 20 percent took the extra $2. In all cases, the $2 was the same!

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