By Clayton Adams Jesus said, 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
(John 10:10) Your enemy seeks to your destroy your reputation, all the good you have ever done or ever will do and then to kill you.
This enemy accuses you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never relents.
(Revelation 12:10) Your enemy never stops accusing, assaulting, attacking and tempting you. The goal of your enemy is your physical and spiritual death.
From the time the enemy said he wanted to replace God on His thrown, his single purpose is to steal your identify and replace it with a false identity. This is real identity theft.
Your enemy is not your spouse, boss, wayward son or daughter; unfaithful partner. In fact this enemy is not made of flesh and blood, although he was created, he does not have the power of God and is limited to what he can do by God.
Everything God created for good — your enemy has devised and implemented counterfeit and deceptive replicas of God's original.
God created marriage between one man and one woman — your enemy has created “no-fault divorce,” “living together,” “friends with benefits,” “sister wives,” and same-sex marriage.
God created all things good — your enemy twists and manipulates all things to create the appearance of being good but at its end is destruction and death.
God created government and laws for the benefit of humankind — your enemy created envy, jealousy, selfishness, love of power, love of money, hostility and unforgiveness all leading to the corruption of good government and if possible, good men and women.
God created diversity in color, language, ethnicity, experiences, views, opinions and He endowed us with the ability to feel and think — your enemy uses these differences to divide and separate people.
God created human curiosity, our sense of adventure, art in all forms to be pure and to glorify Himself — your enemy uses human curiosity and art to damn the human heart.
God speaks to us through His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit and His Holy Word — your enemy speaks to you through your human eyes, mind, emotions and “feelings” and draws you to his counterfeits.
God created a void in the human heart that only He can fill — your enemy tries to fill your heart with anything but God. Is it possible to know what is in your heart? Yes! Jesus said, “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.” To know what is in your heart, listen to your mouth.
Clayton Adams is pastor at Earle First Assembly of God. You can e- mail him at cpalaa@ yahoo. com, or find Earle First Assembly on Facebook.
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