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Discover the Book - Feb. 2, 2010

  • 2010 Feb 02
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Don't Give Place to the Devil

 

Paul warned the new believers in Ephesus that they must not surrender any part of their lives to the Devil. Once he gets a foothold he can defeat us in other areas of our lives. That is why they rid themselves of everything that could be used by Satan to distance them from God. We must do the same.

 

Even a small part of our life, allowed to become a landing place for the devil can lead to ongoing spiritual defeats and greater bondage to sin. We must stay on guard against our adversary the devil as Peter warned us.

 

Here is a brief list of the places believers can actually contact and get defiled by exposure to Satan and his army.

 

Watch out for IMAGES: Worshiping any image is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should have nothing to do with image worship.

 

Watch out for ANGELS: Worshiping angels is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should have nothing to do with angel worship.

 

Watch out for DEMONS: Worshiping demons is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should have nothing to do with demon worship.

 

Watch out for DEAD PEOPLE:  Worshiping dead people is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should have nothing to do with worship of dead people.

 

Watch out for SELFISHNESS: Supreme loyalty to anything other than God is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should regularly repent of all selfishness in their hearts and lives.

 

Watch out for GREED: Covetousness is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should regularly repent of all covetousness in their hearts and lives.

 

Watch out for LUST: Inordinate desire, or lust, is a place for demon snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should regularly repent of all lust in their hearts and lives.

 

Watch out for AMUSEMENTS: Intentionally exposing your mind to satanic ideas and stories must be constantly avoided as a place of demonic snares or contact.

 

Godly believers should regularly repent of all evil amusements, exposures in their hearts and lives.

 

We have our part to do in dressing ourselves with the divine wardrobe, for here clothes do make the man — and the woman!

 

We must daily set aside the rotting garments of the old man.

 

We must formally reject sensuality and selfish pride and materialism and bitterness.

 

We must read the Word and ask God to renew our minds through the Spirit.

 

We must work out our salvation by doing those things that will develop a Biblical mind.

 

We must put on our new, shining garments of light. We must put on what we are!

 

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