WARNING: WHY THE DEVIL MAY NOT BE CONCERNED WITH YOU…

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There are many in the Body of Christ who love quoting John 10:10

John 10:10  (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

But, we must remember that this verse applies to those of us who are being led by the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-17). Those who are ‘walking in the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:16-26). Those who not only believe, but are responding to being the ‘called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28). To those who are laboring for His Harvest (Matthew 9:37-38). And especially those who  are connected to the vine and bearing good fruit (John 15:1-8).

It is God’s will that we add to His Kingdom…that we make disciples (Matthew 28:19), and that every interaction brings glory and honor to His name, that’s bearing good fruit.

So by default, if we aren’t bearing good fruit we are either bearing no fruit or bearing bad fruit. God’s word addresses how He feels about those of us who are being nurtured by His love, grace, mercy, provision and protection and bear no fruit (. Many of us only use the resources that God gives us, not just money, but our anointing, gifts and talents on ourselves. It’s like a fruit tree with all leaves but no fruit (Luke 13:6-9),(John 15:1-8), and dig this one…

Isaiah 5:1-7  (NKJV)

 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
A song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard:

My Well-beloved has a vineyard
On a very fruitful hill.
He dug it up and cleared out its stones,
And planted it with the choicest vine.
He built a tower in its midst,
And also made a winepress in it;
So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,
But it brought forth wild grapes.

“And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.
What more could have been done to My vineyard
That I have not done in it?
Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes,
Did it bring forth wild grapes?
And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard:
I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned;
And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
I will lay it waste;
It shall not be pruned or dug,
But there shall come up briers and thorns.
I will also command the clouds
That they rain no rain on it.”

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.

 So, I think the word of God establishes it well that it is very possible to believe but to be of no use to Him in the Kingdom. Even to the point to tell us that if we have faith, but are always sitting on it, that our faith is dead (James 2:14-26).

By deductive reasoning, we can also conclude that if we are not benefiting God’s Kingdom that we are…


NO THREAT TO THE DEVIL


That being established, and so-called believer who is no threat to the devil IS a threat to the Kingdom. They justify being an inactive, apathetic believer.

There are those also who claim to believe but have allowed the devil to manipulate them into pursuing his agenda, for example the scribes and Pharisees claimed to be God’s representatives but were actually working for the enemy, they sought to kill Jesus unknowingly fulfilling scripture (Matthew 12:14, John 5:18, John 7:1, John 11:53, John 16:2).

The Ku Klux Klan claimed and claims to be a Christian organization, but they are actually pursued and are pursuing the enemy’s agenda.


SO IF YOU ARE OF NO USE TO GOD’S KINGDOM OR EVEN HELPING THE ENEMY WHY SHOULD HE TRY TO STEAL FROM YOU, KILL YOU OR DESTROY YOU? WHY SHOULD THE ENEMY TRY TO HARM YOU IF YOU ARE BENEFITING HIM?


Do you have a genuine concern for those who are lost? Are you acting on it? Are you letting your light shine? Can people really tell you’re a Christian by how you live daily?

Remember the words of the 12-year old Jesus, “…I must be about my Father’s business.”(Luke 2:49).

Are you about your Father’s business? If not why should the devil fight against you?  In fact, if we aren’t about our Father’s business, then again by default who’s business are we about?

John 8:44-45  (NKJV)

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

If your life seems to be too easy…it may be for a reason.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY REVENGE IS SWEET BUT DESTRUCTIVE, ‘JUST LIKE SUGAR’…

We’ve all heard the cliche, ‘REVENGE IS SWEET’.

It’s actually a great spiritual analogy.

People crave sugar…

People crave revenge…

Sugar satisfies the ‘sweet tooth’…

Revenge satisfies the ‘flesh’…

However, sugar will literally eat away at your teeth if it’s not removed…

And, revenge will eventually eat away at your spirit if it’s not removed from your heart.

If the enemy is tempting you to feed your flesh with the illusion of ‘sweet revenge’…put it on a diet.

Galatians 6:8 (NKJV)

8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE ADVICE BUT NO ENCOURAGEMENT…

There are few things more valuable than good advice. It’s one of those intangibles that can help us grow and mature. Whether it be that we ask for it ourselves or it’s given unsolicited, listening to and accepting good advice is an act of humility that can be very rewarding.

Proverbs 19:20 (NKJV)

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.

Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who heeds counsel 
is wise.

Matthew 23:12  (NKJV)

12 And whoever exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be [b]exalted.

Fortunately, we all have people in our lives who are always full of advice.

Unfortunately, sometimes these people have too much advice. There are no humorous, fun, carefree conversations…it’s always advice.

If the advice is good, take it. But, remember this…

WATCH OUT FOR PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS HAVE ADVICE BUT NEVER HAVE ENCOURAGEMENT!

Watch out for people who always have an…

“If I were you…”

“I tell people all the time…”

“You don’t need to do this…”

You don’t need to do that…”

But never have a…

“It’s gonna be okay…”

“We all make mistakes…”

“I’m praying for you…”

Many times these people are more concerned with their EGO than helping you GROW.

Proverbs 16:24  (NKJV)

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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