Running With The Devil
"I found the simple life ain't so simple when I jumped out on that road." -Van Halen
We are born into a sinful world with no way out -until Jesus suffered and died taking our place at The Cross. As believers and followers He tells us:
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself (disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests) and take up his cross and follow Me (cleve steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also)," Matthew 16:24 AMP
The devil was always after Jesus, trying to make Him give in to self interest. Jesus did battle with the devil -and stayed true to The Father. Apostle Peter tells us:
"Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger), seeking someone to seize upon and devour." I Peter 5:8 AMP
We have an adversary and we have a Divine Advocate Who oversees us all and He doesn't want to lose any of us.
"(After all) the kingdom of God is not a matter of (getting the) food and drink (one likes), but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and (heart) peace and joy in the Holy Spirit," Romans 14:17 AMP
"Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive (the victor's) crown of life which God has promised to those who love HIm." James 1:12AMP
We might be running with the devil in this race but we are children of The Lamb of God and He has overcome the world. Keep running -don't look back.
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