Jesus came not only to give us eternal life but also to save us from Satan’s deceptive practices. Believing in Christ is what the “born-again” experience is all about. Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” Christ came to give us “life and life more abundantly.” Salvation is to be a life changing experience, forever. This includes winning over Satan in all areas of life. Jesus already won the battle over Satan for us over 2000 years ago.
It’s as simple as believing and receiving. Don’t misunderstand, the Christian life will have its times of testing, trials and tribulations. Knowing who you are in Christ Jesus will help you win over the attacks of Satan. Faith in Christ is that of knowing Him (building a relationship) thru Bible study, prayer and applying the promises of God’s Word in your everyday living. The Christian life is a life in Christ keeping our defenses up against the works of Satan by putting on the whole armor of God.
We must always have our defenses in place if we are to overtake and win an attack from Satan. In other words, be on your guard at ALL times. Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 6 speaks of the very weapons the believer is to put on for combat and preparation for warfare against Satan. The Bible tells us what weapons we must use to combat Satan in times of attack.
Let’s read some of them:
- 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. and in
- Ephesians 6:10 – 18 (NLT) A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good New so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
- Colossians 3:12(NLT) Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
- Matthew 15:19 (NLT) For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
To put on God’s armor we must repent, surrender our canal, fleshly sinful ways to God and allow the Holy Spirit to be in command of every area of our lives. There must be no sin found in us. Allow God’s Spirit to cleanse us.
Another very important factor in being prepared for an attack of Satan is that of “the church” the people, being unified together as one. “Unity” is that of working in harmony with each other as one. An example in the Bible was when they were building the tower of Babel. They were one nation, unified together for one purpose, their own purpose. God caused this one unified nation to be broken into many nations (one language broken into many), throwing every one into confusion – resulting in a loss of power and purpose.
In Acts Chapter two, we see how God unified the people and brought them together for His purpose (this came to be known as Pentecost). Many nations and tongues were represented but they were unified for one purpose and those present were able to experience an outpouring of the power of God’s Spirit. Signs and wonders followed the disciples and believers.
- Acts 2:12 (NLT) They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean? “they asked each other.
- In Acts 2:41 – 42 (NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Just as in the day of Pentecost, the various “tongues” that were spoken were languages known in that day so is “tongues” that of languages known somewhere in the world today. Simply put, the gift of tongues is supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit spoken through a believer in a language, which the believer has never learned. Man’s spirit is weak, because of the dominion of satanic power for so many centuries, but God made provision for man to communicate and edify man’s spirit and strengthen the inner man through “tongues” or unknown languages. Yes this impartation to man, from God His Spirit, to man’s spirit, brings supernatural power and strength.
This one Bible doctrine has been the ridicule, slander and object of blasphemy on the part of man, yet it is God’s very way to communicate to and through man… can we afford to reject this blessed gift given to man…the blessings of the Spirit…just because we are ignorant of its purpose or benefits?
- In Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Just because man cannot understand God’s ways does not make it right. Do we lower to the human plane before we can believe that He has a better way…a good purpose in them? When discussing the various gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians, Paul referred to that prophecy and pointed out that it foretold the coming of the gift of tongues to the New Testament Church.
He also made mentioned of the prophecy in Isaiah, and gave one of the great purposes of the gift…that it should be a sign to unbelievers. Isaiah 28:11 (NIV) Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose (trust or rest)”— but they would not listen.
The church of Acts were brought together, unified, even though they spoke several different languages, for the purpose of “Evangelizing the Gospel” spreading the good news of Christ. Speaking in “Tongues” is an outward sign of one “filled with the Holy Spirit” which also bears witness with your spirit for strengthening an individual and edifying the body, “the church”.
This is a mystery to the world but it is God’s divine plan for “the church” and all mankind. Yes, the Holy Spirit directing one’s life! May God Bless.
Love in Christ Jesus,