As Christians the way we view the world in relation to our living comes from the word of God. Everything from how we live and act has to be aligned to God’s written word. This is our foundation! This is our anchor! In other words we filter all the information of this world through the lens of God’s word.
But you know what? Religious people see the world differently. Religious people don’t see the way you see. They are not interested in the word; they are only interested in the religious views and opinions that originate from man because religious people don’t get into God’s word seriously. They only listen and follow what people say. Here is what the problem is, especially in churches you will notice that whatever the man of God says behind the pulpit is taken as Bible truth. We need to authenticate and check every word spoken if it complies with God’s word or not and not only depend on what man says and speaks.
Our philosophy must be moulded after Christ; it should be moulded by the word of God that we may see the world through the lens of God’s word. We see the world differently. We see the world with the revelation of the Holy Spirit through God’s word. So people who don’t get into the word will not be able to see what you see.
Here is what the enemy will do. Through different lenses that don’t come from God but through vain deceit, different cultures, traditions of man, empty high-sounding philosophies he will make you to view the world. By doing so, he will water down and draw you away from the truth. That is the ultimate strategy of the enemy. This is the very reason why you see churches being high jacked away from the original mandate of God.
A CHURCH CANNOT ORIGINATE FROM A MAN
WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SAID: UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH
WHO IS THE ROCK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT? THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST (MATT.16:18)
Listen! If you have a way of thinking and your thinking doesn’t line up with the word of God then it’s absolutely wrong.
Therefore whatever we are pursuing or following we need to view it with the lens of God’s word and not see things from the lens of human philosophy or personal agenda.
Look at what the enemy has done? He has messed up the children of God today by mesmerizing and manipulating the mind. He has played with the way people think. He is able to squeeze people into our society through the philosophy of this world. That is compromise!
2 Cor 4:4 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.
Satan blinds the minds of people who don’t believe. How does he blind your mind? He blinds your mind by infiltrating you with wrong philosophy. The worldly way of thinking. Thinking that is contrary to God’s word.
SATAN IS AFTER YOUR IDENTITY
2 Cor.5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!
Satan doesn’t want you to know that when you are in Christ you are a new creature. He wants you to know that you are not qualified to be a new creature. He doesn’t want you to know that when you are in Christ you are a new creature.
THE DEVIL WANTS TO ROB YOUR IDENTITY AND STOP YOU FROM KNOWING WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST
The total sum of your power, your authority, your preservation, your soundness, your prosperity, you healing, your peace, your joy and all of your inheritance is invested in your identity in Christ. All of these will become a reality and manifest in you if your identity is grounded and rooted in Christ: your union with Christ.
Here is what you need to understand. If the devil can rob you from realizing who you are in Christ, he can stop the fruit from manifesting in your life. And what is your fruit? All your total inheritance in Christ. How does he stop the fruit from producing? He can only do it by attacking your root (your identity). If satan can do something to your root you can never see the fruit.
You see the devil can mess up your mind in such a way that he can erode your identity in Christ, by infusing us with the philosophy of this world; that’s the reason why a lot of us are not seeing the fruit manifesting in our lives.
Satan attacked the identity of Adam and Even with the power of deception. Satan stole their identity. You see Adam and Eve had everything. The environment was in perfect harmony. God’s presence was there for them to fellowship everyday. God was in commune with them. They were created in God’s image and likeness and yet they became a victim of doubt and deception. Your identity is in Christ (2 Cor.5:17). The old has died in Christ. Now everything about you is NEW in Christ. My identity is in Christ.
O.K, listen to me carefully. Satan’s strategy is to get you OUTSIDE of Christ. You know when he will do that?
SATAN WILL ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO STRIKE
You see, you got to understand one thing; Satan cannot overpower you! Satan cannot control you but he can influence you. He will always throw you an attractive bait; the moment you pick it up, he will get you.
Although the devil has no power over you he knows who does! Satan also knows death has no power over you; it’s only SIN can give it power to activate death to become alive. So Satan only wants you to sin; that’s what he is interested in. So his entire plan and goal is to keep you from obeying God. So sin is the POWER of DEATH that will become alive in you and start destroying everything in your life.
Whenever you are faced with a challenge. Whenever you are in deep problem. When fear is gripping your heart. When everything around you is depleting away. When you are filled with panic, stressed up, phobia, that’s where he will come to steal your identity. He will have to bring you to your lowest point then he will strike! He has never changed his method in ages to come. When he has succeeded in doing this, you become a prey to his manipulation. It’s during this time when you feel lonely and you have lost all balance and direction and you don’t even know who you are! You are outside of Christ. You don’t have power and authority anymore to fight your adversary, that is when he steps in and takes over your life. You are defeated!
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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