Freedom From #1: Satan
Freedom From #1:
Then the dragon …
went off to wage war against …those who keep God's commands and hold fast their
testimony about Jesus.
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is
hidden only from people who are perishing.4 Satan, who is the god of this
world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see
the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about
the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
1 John 3:8 (NLT)
“…the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.”
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, His presenting Himself as an atoning sacrifice for every person’s sin, for every time a person did not love God, did not love others, the One Jesus called the Father makes it possible to bestow upon you forgiveness and reconciliation. Forgiveness for sins committed; reconciliation of the estrangement in your relationship with God because of the sin of our Genesis parent.
“’ We expect to be “made perfect” (Hebrews 1014) in the love that casts out all painful fear as well as every desire except to glorify the God we adore, and to love and serve Him more and more. We anticipate the kind of growth in the experiential knowledge and love of God our Savior that will enable us always to “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). We believe “the same mind will be in us that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We expect to love all people to the extent that we will be ready “to lay down our life for their sakes” (John 15:13). We anticipate being freed from anger, pride, and every unkind affection. We expect to be cleansed from our idols and from every defilement of body and spirit and to be saved from an inward and outward uncleanness and to be “purified as he is pure” (1 John 3:3).’” (John Wesley, Satan Devices, introduction paragraph 3)
It is God's will
that you should be sanctified
For the kingdom of
God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy
in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to
God and approved by men.
I want to know
Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his
sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the
resurrection from the dead. Not that I
have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press
on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do
not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting
what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal
to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.