How long do Christians hold fast to their place in the Body? Some will last days and some will endure their whole life. Why do some folks go back and walk no more with their Lord? There are a myriad of reasons, but there is one major deal breaker that is at the root of the problem.
Hebrews 5:14 Milk is for babies, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in discerning good and evil.
A lot of people don’t stay with Jesus long enough to know His ways. Despite the fact that they are born-again Christians, the devil never ceases in his endeavor to rule over their lives. Most Christians cannot comprehend that the devil is determined to undermine their connection with Jesus! The devil is behind the scenes manipulating people and circumstances in an attempt to pull you away from your Savior. If you have not spent enough quality time in God’s Word, you will not be qualified to discern the wiles of the devil. You are so important the devil wants you to join him in the pit and God wants you to join Him in His kingdom. Selah.
The devil is a master of manipulation, he can draw men after himself and they don’t even know who they are following. If you ever come under demonic influence, you will begin to think of yourself more highly than you ought. The devil has no idea what love and compassion are. He is convinced that he is the most important being in all creation. The devil thinks he has power because he can kill, destroy and steal. He can kill but he does not possess every soul, there are some who have discerned him and they will give him no place.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When you hear God’s Word and obey it, you are submitting yourself to God. We cannot resist the devil successfully until we first submit to our Lord. God through His Word puts everything in perspective, it’s His Word that enables us to discern between good and evil. At one time most of the Bible believing churches were nearly full, but good people did not discern who was leading them away from their Body.
All backsliders have an out-of-body experience.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 It will come to pass, if you will hearken diligently unto the Lord, that all those blessings will come on you.
How can God bless someone who is not where He told them to dwell? The key to having the blessings is our willingness to obey whatsoever He tells us to do. According to spiritual law, we become the servant of whom we obey, that can be God or the god of this world. It is unethical to minister to another man’s servant, if a man serves the devil God cannot bless his soul. The devil is definitely unethical, he is always pursuing the servants of the most high God. The devil has no rule book, no law to abide by, he will do whatever he can get away with. Because the devil has no laws to adhere to, he has no power. Keeping God’s laws is what empowers us with His blessings. Obedience is what makes us free. Doing whatever you please is not freedom, it’s rebellion and you are what the devil is seeking.