Monday, 6 August 2012

Grace Notes - 1 Peter 5:7



1 Peter 5:7 "The devil goes around like a roaring lion seeking who he will devour...."

God in Isaiah 54:9 (For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn, That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you), took an oath that he would never be angry with me again, but when the devil's lies come like arrows, guilt and condemnation are aimed at my soul. The truth is:
I am secure ‘in Christ’,
I am a New Creation,
I am totally forgiven,
I am the Righteousness of God,
I am holy,
I am sanctified, 
I am blessed.
And God is NOT counting my sins against me!

Rob Rufus in his sermon ‘Victory over condemnation’ explains that the devil’s tactic against us is deception. The devil deceives us and uses our own power and authority against us.

“So, when the devil goes around like a roaring lion, he is not the king! The King of Kings has roared like a lion in His final fury and He has finished all His roaring forever on Jesus at the cross. He has taken an oath, I will never be angry with you again or rebuke you, because he has finished all His anger, He has roared all His Kingly anger at Jesus on the cross.

The devil, when he comes to deceive you does not come up to you and say, 'Hello I'm the devil I'm gonna roar and make you feel guilty.' No, he comes up to you and says 'I am God.' If you are ignorant of Isaiah 54, and the Scriptures you are in trouble.

Because wrong believing will have a destructive force on your life. The Gospel is right believing, not right living. The devil comes up to you and says to you when you sin, he says 'Hello I am God,  rrrroooaaarrrr,  I saw that, what you did and I'm not really happy with you, I just want you to get your life a bit more sorted out.' And you say 'I know I'm just terrible.....blah blah blah....'  From now on anytime you feel anger coming at you - know it's the devil! 

Anytime you hear anyone say to Christians from the pulpit, 'God is angry with you' - you've just heard the roaring of demonic lies. I don't care if the preacher says that with false teeth or real teeth, I don't care if he says it with a scowl or a smile, I don't care if he's short, tall, old or young, I don't care if he's got a hundred titles in front of his name, if he says to the believer that God is angry with you, he has contradicted Isaiah 54, he's made God out to be a liar under an oath. He's blasphemed the nature and the character of God and accused God of being a liar and that is a lying spirit that has demonic power - roaring against you and goes on and on and we wonder why we've got so many dysfunctional, guilty, condemned Christians who don't know how to praise and worship God with liberty, who don't know how to take risks and just put up their hands. Amen! 

It's not the truth that sets you free, it's the truth that you know through right believing, that's what sets you free! 

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