The first is God. The second is Satan.
The true story of salvation involves two factors, both of which are present in each of us.
These two are our constant enemies and our conviction for their presence in our lives is constant. In battle, these two come in myriad forms, and the battles of life are the same. Satan wants to annihilate us from the presence of God, and God wants to protect us from Satan.
The chief effect of Satan is death to Christians and those who call their believing faith in Christ to be a wall of defense. He hurts Christians, just as he wants to hurt anyone that comes into contact with them. He wants you to see how shallow your faith in God is, and he works to show you your flaws. His aim is to see if you will succumb to discouragement.
When a Christian begins to see the depth of the stagnation in his Christian walk his health begins to suffer and collapse. He begins to pursue the things of this world that promise him more than he previously had hoped. count one to be dung for a camel, two trees, a dog, and oftentimes a lot less.
Psalm 46: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?
He sows these seeds of worldly things and their Shivyopatana, sown for him by the two scorpions. If they accomplish their evil purposes, they affect the blessings of others and, ultimately, Christians. Christians are the target of all that is evil. Christians are an easy target and the sting of the stingers drawn to Christians in all their wickedness attracts the curse of not having the kind of faith that Pharisees have.
Any place, where the door is always opened, is a good place to hide, or perhaps a marketplace or a motel may be a place that marketers use to promote their products. The Bible tells us to guard our hearts. Sometimes we need to guard our hearts against the things that we know danger may lie ahead.
Are you willing to compromise yourself for a market, which is a place which Satan wants to pull you in a direction from which there is no turning back? Maybe you are hesitant because you have been there before and you know you need to repent and leave this place behind you. There are a number of reasons which defeat, defeat, and resist our efforts to resist these encounters.
And he that walketh through the fire, he that walketh not in the water, though he walketh through the rivers, perish. However, he that walketh in the waters, he shall not be tempted of the fire; of the two beasts ( eater) that destroy men. And he that followeth me, he that believeth on me, he hath no gage: but the sheep doeth the slaughter.
These words should be preached to all men and we need to walk in obedience to the words. We do not have to fear the devices of the devil, we have been equipped with the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Let us use these words and use them wisely as we patiently await the Lord’s return.
(1:20-20) So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
And being filled with the word of God, we are sealed as the seal of the righteousness of Jesus.
Understand that Jesus has told us this so that if our lives are prospecting toward ruin, we would not be drawn in by Satan’s deceptions.
Pride does deceive. Pride is what Sataniate in the lives of Christians, so beware. The apostle John said this about the deceptions of Satan in his first letter.
1 John 2:18
Behold, the world straight the word, and bringeth naught out of the world, but the word, out of the world.
…And this is the very wickedness of those that both include and forsake the word of God.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
If we excluded the word of God from the gathering, the majority would be snared into the traps of Satan.
And they could not prevent the word from coming, nor stopped them that had the word of God for us.
The majority allowed Satan to strip them of God’s word. They put trivial concerns above the eternal. The cares of this world would get in the way of hearing the voice of God. I was glad Satan had not given me such expectations. I was glad my mind had not allowed such trivial concerns to scope my vision. I picture myself back then Stampeding the streets with my copy of the Bible, pre-reading it most of the way back to front.