We know the devil was evicted from the kingdom of God, the spirit realm. And we know we have been translated into this kingdom. The devil is a “flesh” devil, but without a body, we are flesh beings with a body. We can operate in his realm but he cannot operate in our realm.
Galatians 5:16 Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.
What are the lusts of the flesh? These are the temptations of the devil. If he can get us to yield to the pleasures of our flesh and sin, he will have pulled us into his realm. The wages of sin is death, so if he can keep us out of the spirit realm, he can begin to destroy our life. Do we have an alternative? Yes! If we will repent of our sin, God will forgive us and we can begin to once again live in the spirit realm. How do we live in the spirit realm? We subject ourselves to God’s Word; we live according to His Word despite how we might feel about it. The devil has no law he can instigate against us, he has no authority, no voice in the spirit realm, the Kingdom of God.
Philippians 2:10 At the Name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.
The devil is subservient to everyone in the kingdom of God, he has no choice but to obey those with the Name. He does not take his defeat graciously, he is always trying to turn the tables on us. He wants us to believe he has a measure of authority and he constantly proclaims it among the ignorant. The devil talks a good game but that’s all he is, just talk. When you successfully walk in the spirit you will ignore everything the devil says, you will know it does not apply to you. If we will live in the spirit we keep the devil in the flesh and we live a life divided from the devil.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.
To the natural man, the man who lives by his five senses, the devil makes sense to him. The devil can find a way to talk him into almost anything, he can even talk a person into committing suicide.
There is an old cliché: An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. The cliché should read: An unrenewed mind is the devil’s workshop.
The devil preys on ignorance, people who don’t know any better are easy marks. Before Jesus came into my life I was the devil’s best recruit, I would do nearly everything he told me. But one day Jesus came and made His abode in my life and I became very obstinate. The devil couldn’t get me to do anything he wanted, but he never gives up and I never give in. The Word of God is like a wall that keeps the devil divided from our life. He can’t come over to my side and I am not going over to his side. He just stands over on his side with a pathetic voice and beckons to us. I have a cliché for the devil.
I don’t have to and you can’t make me.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
April 22, 2018
When the Word of the Lord came to me, I began to be built up.
God's will is deposited in my spirit, and my soul is in agreement.
The Word decides my thoughts, I ignore how I feel about them.
I prosper before I actually prosper, the Word is working mightily in me.
I will reap what I sow, and I will have what I say.