Todays’ message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Satan still prowls like a lion, seeking whom he can devour. We’re told to expect temptation, especially as a child of God. Jesus did say that in the world, we will have tribulation. He also told us to be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. That means that we can too.
As I read the message, I think of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt. He told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen. 50:20) There’s a really powerful revelation in that statement. First, God intended something for good. Secondly, there’s someone who intends to harm us. Thirdly, God will use your tribulation for His glory, and yours.
When we think of temptation, we usually think of big stuff; like the “other” man or woman type of encounter, theft, and other “real” sins, right? But, in reality, everything that pulls us out of the Way, and away from God is sin. To sin means to miss the mark; to err in judgment and action. There’s a list in Galatians 5:19, of the works of the flesh. Satan knows if he can get you to operate in the flesh, you will distance yourself from the Holy Spirit. It’s not that the Holy Spirit withdraws from us, but our eyes, in essence, are closed to Him. Flesh doesn’t want to see God, does it? Just like Adam and Eve, we tend to want to hide from God when we’re operating in the flesh. But God tells us not to do that! We are to come boldly to the throne; to run as fast as we can to our refuge and strong tower; which is God.
We are to disassociate ourselves from the temptation. I am a child of God; I’m not a smoker. I don’t need to get blind drunk to deal with my frustration; I can go to God. “I am THAT I am!” The urge to light up a cigarette, has no power over me-I have mastered it. I have mastered my frustration, anger, disappointment, heartache, etc., etc., etc., and it has no power over me anymore either. Disassociating ourselves from those temptations involves stepping up and into our authority in this world, over the things of this world. You see, from the time God created man to inhabit the earth, Satan plotted and planned to destroy man off from the earth; and if he can’t destroy us, he’ll destroy the earth. Isn’t it ironic that it is man who, in his carelessness and selfishness, is himself destroying the earth? That’s why we need to be good stewards of all that God gives us; including the earth.
Okay, so we’ve stepped up and into our authority. Quoting, now directly from the message: “Then when these little temptations, or big ones come, you will recognize them as planned by evil to thwart Me. Then for very love of Me you will conquer.” I hope you’ll visit the twolisteners website and read the entire message for yourselves.
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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, December 3, 2019, 11:51 a.m.