Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spiritual And Physical Self

It Is Written, Ecclesiastes 7:29, truly, this only I have found: that God made man was upright, but they have sought out  many schemes.
We were created in God's image. Since God is a spirit, so are we. He gave us these physical bodies in order to live on Earth, until we decide if we want to be with Him. He also gave each of us a job to do while we are here. The most important job, is to help each other get back to Him.
It isn't as simple as it could be, because now we throw satan into the mix. satan is a spirit too, but he is evil. We all know what he did, and his destination at the end. He wants to get even with God, by stealing God's people.
I don't have to tell you that life on Earth is a constant battle between our spirit self, and our human self. satan is so evil, because he knows everything there is to know about sin. After all, he invented sin. He knows what pleasures to tempt each one of us with.
satan likes to tell us how enjoyable something is, and then tries to work on our minds, to make us think that there is nothing wrong with doing it. He is creative and relentless when it comes to sin. He even distorts the word of God. He causes people to do evil things, , and makes them believe that what they do is alright.
Don't despair. Our spirit selves can keep us from falling into his traps. If we are believers, we have a direct line to the Holy Spirit. All we have to do is ask, and then listen. God did not put us here defenseless. I will write about the armor of God in more detail in a later message. In the meantime read Ephesians 6:13 – 18.
As believers we are more than able to conquer satan through Christ who strengthens us. We have the word of God Himself to help us know the truth, and the path to follow. Another thing to remember, is that God never allows more than what  we are able to handle.
One last point. When Jesus was here, He wasn't here on vacation. He had a job to do, and that job was to save us. He came in a body like ours so that He could know what we go through. The Gospels tell of His temptations in the desert and His victory over satan. As you know He quoted the word back to satan. Even satan's clever distortions were rebuked.
Jesus was a man like us. He had to eat, sleep, take a bath, clean His clothes, etc., just like us. His body did not get special treatment. He defeated satan by talking to, and listening to His father. As I said we can also talk to God, but then we must listen with open hearts, and read His word to get answers. Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You
Amen