Thursday, 30 May 2019

Be Wary Of Satan's Tricks

“… know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4b)

If I may paraphrase the scripture above: “Don’t you know that once you embrace the world, you have turned your back on Christ?” You cannot do it both ways. It is either the LORD or the world.

If the devil knows that you were a liar before your conversion, he will create circumstances for you to tell more lies. It is a trap.

Don’t fall cheaply into it. I want to share with you what I experienced when I was travelling with Mama from Milan to Lagos not long ago. The stewardesses usually give us special services but on this particular flight it was something else.

They repeatedly offered me champagne which I refused and asked for water. They were bent on having me accept their offer to drink something else. Three of them then approached me together and said:

“Have we wronged you in any way? You mean you just want water? We have red wine.” I told them that my choice of water had nothing to do with them. Rather it has everything to do with what I believe.

Unwittingly, and with good intentions, they were putting pressure on me to do something against my faith.

Satan will try to offend you out of your faith. He will engineer persecution from all directions. Many times it will begin in your own home.

He will engineer persecution in your school, in your place of work, among your peers and friends. I know of a Christian brother who stopped attending church just because his wife offended him.

Once in a while, he will dive into another church. He became inconsistent. He was so angry with his wife that he felt he could not worship with her in the same place.

During service one day, the Spirit of God asked me to pray for this couple but the husband was not in service. The wife probably was guilty but that was not enough reason to nurse anger to the point of forsaking service.

The devil would have succeeded in enticing him out of the faith, if the Holy Spirit had not alerted me and I intervened.

Offence can also come from within your local church. This is the worst type of offence because it should not be so. If you want a church where nobody will offend you, you better die quickly and go to heaven.

I assure you, you will not find any church like that on earth. Somebody must offend you. That is why we are in the world.

Further Reading: Matt.18:15-17

Prayer/Confession: Oh lord strengthen my faith beyond offences.

Words of Wisdom: If you want a church where nobody will offend you, you better die quickly and go to heaven.
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