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Sep 19, 2006

Resistance

1 Kings 20
After some time we see Ben-hadad king of Aram(Syria) went to attack Israel (now being ruled by Ahab). When Ben-hadad threatened Ahab that all the belonged to Ahab was his, Ahab sent word agreeing to it and calling Ben-hadad his lord!!! Ben-hadad sent another word besides saying he would send his men to search out Ahab's palace and take everything he chooses from it. Now Ahab was afraid and wanted to do something about it.

  • Sometimes satan also tries the same with us, he puts thoughts in our mind that our finances will never get better, our children may not be good students, teenagers are impossible, if we start agreeing to his lies, it is as good as saying what Ahab said to Ben-hadad and called him lord. Soon like Ben-hadad, would come to claim what he falsely declared as his.

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, thats what satan did. The Bible says " 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." (Matthew 4:8) How could satan give that land to Jesus? First of all nothing belongs to satan (Psalm 24:1-2 " 1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters." ), he has laid claims on lands and people that have invited or allowed him to take claim of them.

So what belongs to us? I think anything that is related to you in any manner belongs to you. Remember we used to write our names on books that belonged to us, so I think since our family members bear our names with theirs as either wives, husbands, children, parents, relatives they are ours.The company which has your name in their registry, that work belongs to you. The property which receives mails in your name belongs to you (whether it be rent or otherwise). Our bodies belong to us, our health too, our minds our knowledge are gifts from God. What I mean to say is that everything that we have is a gift from God and we are His stewards while on this earth as we interact with our gifts. No one can take from us what we don't want to give. It is we who must value the gifts we received.

Ahab compromised with Ben-hadad and so Ben-hadad was bold enough to even threaten him to come to his palace and take everything.

Let us make no compromise, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:6-8

  • The first point in winning over our enemy who falsely claims what we have is to submit ourselves to God. To submit meaning, to understand and obey what God's will and plan is for our lives and work with God to bring it into completion.
  • The second is to Resist the devil- To resist our enemy means to disagree with ,to oppose, to withstand, strive against. Its not a fancy goody goody feeling when you're in resistance to something, it just makes use of a lot of effort on our part. In our heart and mind resisting the enemy.

And the result will be that the enemy WILL flee.

Conclusion- Next time we get suggestions from our enemy to try to defeat us, let us resist, not like Ahab who gave in, but standing strong because the earth and everything in it belongs to our Lord God Almighty. Who dares take or even suggest taking from my DAD's property!!! We've got to stand and resist in our spiritual war, for all that which God our Daddy has made us stewards of, you brothers and sisters in Christ.

1 comment :

Pastor Josh said...

It is true if we resist the devil he will flee. For the most part people don't resist the devil because it looks like fun or all there friends are doing it. We have to remember that the only person we have to impress is our Heavenly Father. To do that is to follow what His words say. One of them is to not to fall to any tempations of the devil. This was a good post. I also wanted to let you know that I have moved my site to a new address. Have a wonderful week. Pastor Josh