Know Your Enemy!!!

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Have A Wonderful And Blessed Day!!! Know Your Enemy & Prepare!!!

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

As we can see in the very first verse our enemy is there being talked of it is Lucifer, that was his original name. It is Satan, he is our enemy some of his names are:
1Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
2Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

So many more names he is called, we could list them all day. We need to realize who our enemy is.
The devil is the greatest of all the fallen angels, He opposes God and is completely evil; however, He is not equal to God as might be understood from a dualistic perspective. He is often called Lucifer which is a Latin translation of “light bearer” found in Isaiah 14:12
We often time consider him as powerful as our Lord but he is not. The following are things he is very guilty of and we have to be careful because we are fooled by him oftentimes.
1. He wants people to believe he is Omnipotent. He is not only our Father, the Lord God is.
2. He wants us to believe he is omnipresent well he is not. Only the Father is.
3. He wants us to believe he is omniscient, well guess what no only the Father is.
4. He has gotten himself into movies and showed himself as a cute little guy as carring a fork and comical. So when people look at him he is like a cute little fairy tale. Then when people look at him he is basically harmless. He is far from harmless, very dangerous.
5. He loves when people blame him for everything. He gets credit for more than he actually does.
6. He loves to pervert scripture. Don’t believe for a minute he had nothing to do with some of the Modern Translations. I do give him credit for that. Look at some of them the “Queen James”, NIV Leaves out the Blood in many places. When You have Grace, the Blood Of Jesus left out, and He/She put in his word that is of Satan.

The Enemy knows however what our weakness is, and if we are not prepared he can use this against us. He isn’t with us at all times, he is NOT OMNIPRESENT. However if we leave a spot open for him to get in and are not prepared he will and can use our weakness against us. Look at the following three men:
1. Solomon. He was known as the wisest man in the world. He had great power. Built the temple. He had wealth. God gave him understanding that was like sand on a seashore…it was endless. Could not be measured. His fame spread to all of the surrounding nations. He got involved with woman of other nations who believed in other gods. When Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.When Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods: Age did not make Solomon wiser. He seemed to be wiser in his youth, and old age hardened the sinful tendencies that were present in his younger days. Age and experience should make us more godly and wise, but they do not automatically do so.
1Kings 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
1Kings 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
1Kings 11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.
1Kings 11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.

2. Samson. Known as the strongest man who ever lived. He took a jawbone from a donkey and killed 1000 men with it. Alone he pushed apart the pillars of the temple apart causing it to collapse killing about 3000 men. However Samson had a weakness for beautiful women. So many of his enemies wanted the secret of his great strength. He was warned never tell anyone. His enemies had sent a beautiul woman in to find out. Eventually he caved into her and told it was his hair.
Judges 16:13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.
Judges 16:14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
Judges 16:15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.
Judges 16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
Judges 16:17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

3. David. Loved God. Wrote the book of Psalms. King of Israel. Called a man after God’s own heart. So what did these three men share in common? Great knowledge. Great wealth. Superior strength. They all loved God and they all fell. All of them down, spiritually.
I Believe we all know of David. He again loved beautiful women. He stayed back from war, leaving his men to go fight on their own. He was up on his balcony and noticed a woman bathing, and watched her. He had to have her. He fell in love, lust, and murder.

2Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
2Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
2Samuel 11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
2Samuel 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
2Samuel 11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
2Samuel 11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
2Samuel 11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
2Samuel 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
2Samuel 11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
2Samuel 11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
2Samuel 11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
2Samuel 11:21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
2Samuel 11:22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
2Samuel 11:24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
2Samuel 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
2Samuel 11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

As we see no matter how strong of a Christian if we are not careful; we can fall. If we open just a little area for sin we can leave enough room for a complete disaster. Often times we will say this is just a little bit who will it really hurt. Nobody will ever know. I am an adult I can control this. Sin no matter how little, will be found out. Sin no matter how little will hurt more than just you. Just a glance that is all David did just a little glance of a naked woman. That glance caused adultry, murder, a baby which ended up dying. Was that night of lust, sex outside of marriage worth it?

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Put on the whole armour of God each and every day. Don’t feel you can ever live in this world without it.
Don’t ever imitate the enemy. Don’t ever think for a second you can defeat him. God Bless!!!

In Thy cleft, O Rock of Ages, hide Thou me!
When the fitful tempest rages, hide Thou me!
Where no mortal arm can sever
From my heart Thy love forever,
Hide me, O Thou Rock of Ages, safe in Thee!
From the snare of sinful pleasure, hide Thou me!
Thou, my soul’s eternal Treasure, hide Thou me!
When the world its power is wielding,
And my heart is almost yielding,
Hide me, O Thou Rock of Ages, safe in Thee!
In the lonely night of sorrow, hide Thou me!
Till in glory dawns the morrow, hide Thou me!
When we’re nearing Jordan’s billow,
Let Thy bosom be my pillow;
Hide me, O Thou Rock of Ages, safe in Thee!

Love and God Bless
Cheryl

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