Saturday, February 27, 2016

Reflection - The Devil, the flesh, and the world

Source (book): "Faithful to the end", Chapter 7, Question 4, Page 107.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012

Source: By Magdalene, When did the world, the flesh and the devil become our enemies?, magdalene@battleinchrist.com, http://www.battleinchrist.com/why_the_world_flesh_devil_in_spiritual_warfare.htm, Copyright 2013 - 2014, Revised 2010


The power of darkness is anything that blinds a person to the reality of sin, the true love of God, and the victory we have in Christ.
PHOTO: The power of darkness is anything that blinds a person to the reality of sin, the true love of God, and the victory we have in Christ.  It is the power of darkness that blinds a person to his or her need for salvation, and from receiving God's free gift of Holy Spirit.
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What do you think of the collusion (collaboration - the action of working with someone to produce something) between the Devil, the flesh, and the world?

Spiritual Warfare and the "World" [2]
The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receives God's Holy Spirit, that person is instantly and literally translated from the kingdom of darkness of this world into the kingdom of God's light by God's Holy Spirit of truth. The Apostle Paul describes this process as the "mystery" revealed, which is "Christ in you" the hope of glory.



The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receives God's Holy Spirit, that person is instantly and literally translated from the kingdom of darkness of this world into the kingdom of God's light by God's Holy Spirit of truth.

PHOTO: The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receives God's Holy Spirit, that person is instantly and literally translated from the kingdom of darkness of this world into the kingdom of God's light by God's Holy Spirit of truth.
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Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 

Colossians 1:27 In whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally empowered us with the light of His truth, love, and Holy Spirit. The power of darkness is anything that blinds a person to the reality of sin, the true love of God, and the victory we have in Christ.  It is the power of darkness that blinds a person to his or her need for salvation, and from receiving God's free gift of Holy Spirit. God draws humanity from enmity (hostility) towards Him to an illumination of truth that leads to salvation in Christ by the cross, preaching of His Word, and the conviction of His Holy Spirit. The world represents people, religions, governments, or worldly systems that oppose Christ. The world that rejects the truth of Christ is under the control or deception of the god of this world, which is the devil.



God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally empowered us with the light of His truth, love, and Holy Spirit.

PHOTO: God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally empowered us with the light of His truth, love, and Holy Spirit. The power of darkness is anything that blinds a person to the reality of sin, the true love of God, and the victory we have in Christ.
Revelation 17:3  "...And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4  ...And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 ...and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABY-LON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS (prostitutes) AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH ... 17:6 ...And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus..."
From the Book of Revelation: The Mystical Saint John's Vision of the Harlot Church
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Scripture states,
1 John 5:19 "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one."

2 Corinthians 4:4 in whom the god [devil] of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.

Jesus Christ sent the Apostle Paul to preach for the following reason,
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.



Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

PHOTO: Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Painting by Howard David Johnson

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1John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Another aspect of our spiritual warfare is the flesh.



Another aspect of our spiritual warfare is the flesh

PHOTO: Another aspect of our spiritual warfare is the flesh
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Spiritual Warfare and the "Flesh"
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1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.



Spiritual Warfare and the 'Flesh'

PHOTO: Spiritual Warfare and the "Flesh"
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
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The second part of our spiritual warfare as Christians concerns the flesh. What is meant by the flesh? In this context, the flesh is the fallen, natural, carnal state in which we are born, or our sinful nature that seeks to satisfy its own lusts and expresses itself in our thoughts and actions in a way that opposes the spiritual nature and life of God.



The second part of our spiritual warfare as Christians concerns the flesh.

PHOTO: The second part of our spiritual warfare as Christians concerns the flesh.
The flesh is the fallen, natural, carnal state in which we are born, or our sinful nature that seeks to satisfy its own lusts and expresses itself in our thoughts and actions in a way that opposes the spiritual nature and life of God.
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Cleopatra confronts Julius Caesar in this 1866 painting.

PHOTO: Cleopatra confronts Julius Caesar in this 1866 painting. She had been driven from the palace in Alexandria by her brother, Ptolemy XIII, whom she was also supposed to marry.
When we walk according to our fleshly lusts we are walking according to the law of sin from which we have been liberated in Christ.
Cleopatra is famous for her suicidal ending. What's less known is her bloody beginning — and the familial drama that brought her to power.
After her father's death, Cleopatra's younger brother Ptolemy XIII inherited the throne. She was meant to marry him, inbreeding being one way ancient royal families kept a grip on power. But her ambitions threatened him, and he had her exiled, according to Stacy Schiff's "Cleopatra" (Little, Brown and Company, 2010). So Cleopatra allied with Julius Caesar, retaking the throne with her other younger brother, Ptolemy XIV. That younger brother later died; Cleopatra may have poisoned him. She also had her younger sister Arsinoe IV, another rival, killed in 41 B.C.
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Some of our greatest conflicts will be experienced in overcoming our own fleshly nature.

PHOTO: Some of our greatest conflicts will be experienced in overcoming our own fleshly nature. Our sinful nature will seek to satisfy its own lusts in the world powered by Satan.
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The Apostle Paul said,
Romans 7:25 "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."


The ancient sources, particularly the Roman ones, are in general agreement that Cleopatra killed herself by inducing an Egyptian cobra to bite her.

PHOTO: The ancient sources, particularly the Roman ones, are in general agreement that Cleopatra killed herself by inducing an Egyptian cobra to bite her. She was supposingly bitten by an asp (Egyptian cobra) on her breast.
We may follow Cleopatra under that situation. But thankfully with God's help, "... I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin" (Romans 7:25).
Painting by Guido Cagnacci, 1658 - The Death of Cleopatra
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When we walk according to our fleshly lusts we are walking according to the law of sin from which we have been liberated in Christ.



When we walk according to our fleshly lusts we are walking according to the law of sin from which we have been liberated in Christ.

PHOTO: When we walk according to our fleshly lusts we are walking according to the law of sin from which we have been liberated in Christ. The fruit of sin without God's help is spiritually dead.
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The inclination to sin is present in our flesh and we continue more or less to struggle in some of these areas. The flesh spoken of here is not about experiencing the good things that God has given to us for our enjoyment. In contrast, it is the part of our nature that is spiritually destructive, or wasteful to ourselves and others because it's fruit is spiritually dead. Whereas, when we walk according to God's truth we bear the fruit of God's Spirit (love, peace, joy, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance); against such there is no law (
Galatians 5:22-23).


The inclination to sin is present in our flesh and we continue more or less to struggle in some of these areas.

PHOTO: The inclination to sin is present in our flesh and we continue more or less to struggle in some of these areas. The flesh spoken of here is not about experiencing the good things that God has given to us for our enjoyment. In contrast, it is the part of our nature that is spiritually destructive, or wasteful to ourselves and others because it's fruit is spiritually dead.
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If we sow according to the flesh we will reap dead works, but the fruit of the Spirit gives life to the soul. Abiding in the realm of the flesh renders us powerless against our spiritual enemies, the devil and his kingdom.  At this juncture, we are on his territory and not God's. When we received Christ, He gave us His righteousness and we are righteous because of God's gift to us. It is a gift of God's grace and no one can ever take that away from us. However, the manifestation of that righteousness in the life of a Christian is experienced only if we walk in the righteousness that He has already given to us, for the Lord calls us to righteousness.



If we sow according to the flesh we will reap dead works, but the fruit of the Spirit gives life to the soul.

PHOTO: If we sow according to the flesh we will reap dead works, but the fruit of the Spirit gives life to the soul. Abiding in the realm of the flesh renders us powerless against our spiritual enemies, the devil and his kingdom.
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Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him (God made you alive with Christ), having forgiven you all trespasses;


When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins (Colossians 2:13).

PHOTO: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins (Colossians 2:13).
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Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.


Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24).

PHOTO: Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24). If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.
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Crucified - In our behalf, Christ already crucified the sinful flesh to the Cross.  We take hold of Christ's victory over the flesh and overcome our selfish passions through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Some of our greatest conflicts will be experienced in overcoming our own fleshly nature.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.


For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.

PHOTO: For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
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Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

The life of God that is given to every believer is made manifest in our hearts and lives when we walk in the Spirit.  But if we live according to the lusts of the flesh we continue to reap corruption.
Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, . . ."


While Israel dwelt in that land Rueben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s (Israel) concubine; and Israel heard of it (Genesis 35:22).

PHOTO: While Israel dwelt in that land Rueben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s (Israel) concubine; and Israel heard of it (Genesis 35:22).
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, . . ." (
Galatians 5:19-21).
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1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The battleground between the flesh and the Spirit is between the life of the Spirit and the fruit of the flesh which is spiritual death, therefore our spiritual warfare also takes place in the realm of the flesh to be overcome by the power of God's Holy Spirit on a daily basis. This is also a battle between love and hate.



The Bulgarian martyresses by Konstantin Makovsky, a painting depicting the rape of Bulgarian women by the Bashi-bazouk during the April Uprising.


PHOTO: The Bulgarian martyresses by Konstantin Makovsky, a painting depicting the rape of Bulgarian women by the Bashi-bazouk during the April Uprising. Unrestrained by the regulations that governed regular soldiers in the army, they became notorious for preying.
Our spiritual warfare also takes place in the realm of the flesh to be overcome by the power of God's Holy Spirit on a daily basis. This is also a battle between love and hate.
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The Apostle John states in the book of 1 John,
1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.


Spiritual Warfare and the "Devil and His Devil Spirits"
The third part of our Christian battle is the devil. The devil or Satan is the god of this world system and is called “evil” in
1 John 5:19 as demonstrated above.  The idea that the devil is the god of this present age in which we live is confirmed in the gospel of Luke, when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.


Spiritual Warfare and the 'Devil and His Devil Spirits'

PHOTO: Spiritual Warfare and the "Devil and His Devil Spirits"
The devil or Satan is the god of this world system and is called “evil” in
1 John 5:19.
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We read, Luke  4:5-8: And he [the devil] led him [Jesus] up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, "To thee will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship before me, it shall all be thine." And Jesus answered and said unto him, "It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."


Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Luke  4:5-8)
PHOTO: Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Luke  4:5-8). The devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor in exchange for worship.
The humanity of Jesus enables Him to relate to us in a way the angels or animals never can. One who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and temptations. Jesus was subjected to all the same kinds of trials; temptations, persecution, physical pain, sorrows, poverty, despisal, lingering and most cruel death.
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This position of Satan was obtained when both Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, being tempted of the devil in the Garden of Eden.  The lure of the temptation of Adam and Eve was to be like God. Satan hates God and His creation and seeks to win humanity over for its destruction. All dominion over the earth was originally given to Adam and Eve, but because of their sin, all of humanity and nature itself fell under the destruction and power of the devil.  All of God’s creation, the plants, the animals, sea life, and of course humanity itself began to suffer and die. This account is found in the first 3 chapters of the book of Genesis.  The sins of Adam and Eve brought the curse of sin to all the earth, in which we have our redemption only in Christ.  It is only Christ, the Son of God, Who suffered the penalty of this curse to set us free and bring us back to God; therefore Christ is the only way in which we can be saved.


The sins of Adam and Eve brought the curse of sin to all the earth, in which we have our redemption only in Christ.
PHOTO: The sins of Adam and Eve brought the curse of sin to all the earth, in which we have our redemption only in Christ.  It is only Christ, the Son of God, Who suffered the penalty of this curse to set us free and bring us back to God; therefore Christ is the only way in which we can be saved.
Jesus on the Cross Sheds His Blood. This sacrifice was required for the forgiveness of our sins.
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Satan, who is the author of all sin, sickness and death, was once a beautiful angel of God, but fell from his original position when he attempted to overthrow God so that he himself would be glorified as God. These records are found in the Old Testament in the prophetic books of both Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. Satan’s original name before his rebellion against God was Lucifer.

However, below is a brief summary of an account of Satan’s rebellion towards God found in Isaiah chapter 14, he said,

 1. I will ascend unto Heaven.
 2. I will exalt my throne above the angels of God.
 3. I will sit also upon the mountain of the congregation.
 4. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds.
 5. I will be like the Most High.



THE FORMER POSITION OF SATAN

PHOTO: THE FORMER POSITION OF SATAN
The Bible describes the original position of Satan in Ezekiel 28:12-17. When Satan was originally created, he was an angel of God. He was one of the Cherubim class of angels, holy, wise, beautiful, and perfect. He was the leader among the cherubs and is called a “guardian” or “covering” cherub. His name was originally Lucifer which means “light bearer” (Isaiah 14:12). He was decked with precious stones set in gold (Ezekiel 28:13; Exodus 28:15). He was given a position on God’s holy mountain and apparently led in worship (
Ezekiel 28:13).
What a brilliant, beautiful picture of Satan in his original position is given in the Word of God. He is described as a gem of precious stones. But a gem has no light of its own. It is not beautiful in a dark room. Its beauty is in its ability to reflect light from without.
When God created Lucifer, He made him with a capacity to reflect the glory of God to a greater degree than any other created being. God was the light that made Lucifer radiate beauty.

But Satan did not retain this glorious position. The Bible describes his rebellion and fall.
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Instead, Satan was overthrown by God, however, he took one-third of the angels with him and he won power over the souls of humanity. Defeated in his quest to overthrow God, he decided he would attack God by overthrowing humanity, in which he did by causing Adam and Eve to also rebel against God. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world from the powers of darkness and the curse that fell upon mankind as a result of their sin, and will save anyone who calls upon the name of Christ.



Satan was overthrown by God, however, he won power over the souls of humanity.

PHOTO: Satan was overthrown by God, however, he won power over the souls of humanity. Defeated in his quest to overthrow God, he decided he would attack God by overthrowing humanity, in which he did by causing Adam and Eve to also rebel against God.
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About a third of the angels, the Bible says, rebelled against God and were overthrown from heaven. The chief fallen angel was the Devil, Lucifer, Satan.
PHOTO: About a third of the angels, the Bible says, rebelled against God and were overthrown from heaven. The chief fallen angel was the Devil, Lucifer, Satan.
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To be more than a conqueror in Christ over the powers of darkness, those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, must first understand that they are saved by grace and not by works. When we receive God’s Holy Spirit we are given spiritual life, a new nature, that no person on this earth can create for themselves by good works. We can never redeem ourselves or make ourselves good enough to be saved. This is a life giving gift from God and God alone, and is freely given to those who ask Christ to save them. Salvation is a one time act. (Click this link for more on salvation - What is Salvation & Can We Know if We Are Saved?


Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, must first understand that they are saved by grace and not by works.
PHOTO: Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, must first understand that they are saved by grace and not by works. When we receive God’s Holy Spirit we are given spiritual life, a new nature, that no person on this earth can create for themselves by good works. This is a life giving gift from God and God alone, and is freely given to those who ask Christ to save them. Salvation is a one time act.
Picture by Ludwing Seitz (1844–1908), The Divine Grace and the Human Works
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By our understanding of the aforesaid, we can see that ultimately our spiritual warfare is against the principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The Apostle Paul gives us this scripture in a letter he wrote to the Ephesians' church, he states,
Ephesians 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Our battle against the devil is a battle of good against evil, the goodness and power of God against the evil and power of the devil. Therefore we are in direct conflict with the god of this world, "the devil." He has power over the world and the flesh, and is our ultimate enemy. However, we are promised the victory in Christ!



Our battle against the devil is a battle of good against evil, the goodness and power of God against the evil and power of the devil.

PHOTO: Our battle against the devil is a battle of good against evil, the goodness and power of God against the evil and power of the devil. "The devil" has power over the world and the flesh, and is our ultimate enemy. However, we are promised the victory in Christ!
Painting done in oil on canvas, by Mauro Costa, The Archangel
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Reflection:  Is it any wonder why Scripture says, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (
2 Timothy 3:12).  We are in conflict with sinful flesh, the world systems, and the god of this world, the devil. But, God is more powerful than all of these.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
 

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.



In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).
PHOTO: Scripture says, "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). A source of comfort; "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20). We are in conflict with sinful flesh, the world systems, and the god of this world, the devil. But, God is more powerful than all of these.
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Romans 10:9 (NIV) If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

An example of a simple prayer of faith for salvation:
God, I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all humanity, and to redeem the world from the curse of all sin. Lord Jesus Christ, save me and give me the Holy Spirit with your promise of eternal life. God, you are now my Heavenly Father, and I ask you to continue to lead me into all of Your truth. Thank you Father, I am now saved according to Your Word, and from this moment on, I put my trust in your ability and faithfulness to bring all of your promises to pass in my life in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.


God, I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all humanity, and to redeem the world from the curse of all sin.
PHOTO: "God, I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all humanity, and to redeem the world from the curse of all sin. Lord Jesus Christ, save me and give me the Holy Spirit with your promise of eternal life. God, you are now my Heavenly Father, and I ask you to continue to lead me into all of Your truth. Thank you Father, I am now saved according to Your Word, and from this moment on, I put my trust in your ability and faithfulness to bring all of your promises to pass in my life in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen."
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At the moment a person accepts Christ, he or she stands before God completely justified, as though that individual never sinned. The believer starts off with a clean slate, and also receives access to God's throne of grace for the forgiveness of sins committed thereafter.



At the moment a person accepts Christ, he or she stands before God completely justified, as though that individual never sinned.

PHOTO: At the moment a person accepts Christ, he or she stands before God completely justified, as though that individual never sinned. The believer starts off with a clean slate, and also receives access to God's throne of grace for the forgiveness of sins committed thereafter.
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Reflection - The Devil, the flesh, and the world
By Magdalene, http://battleinchrist.com, magdalene@battleinchrist.com, Copyright 2013 - 2014, Revised 2010



Reference

[1] From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART TWO: USEFUL TO CHRIST, Chapter 7 "Ministering to the lost" (2 Timothy 2:20-26), Page 107.

[2] Why the World, the Flesh, & the Devil, in Spiritual Warfare?, When did the world, the flesh and the devil become our enemies?, by Magdalene, http://www.battleinchrist.com/why_the_world_flesh_devil_in_spiritual_warfare.htm

[3] What is Salvation & Can We Know if We Are Saved?, Posted by Magdalene on 6 January 2013, http://www.battleinchrist.com/what_is_salvation_and_how_do_we_.htm

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