Satan is the father of lies. He keeps people in spiritual bondage by addicting us to every conceivable thing through the power of sin, idolatry and the worship of the so-called “good things” of this life.
Jesus warns us that true life does not consist of the abundance of the things we possess but that life comes from God himself. It is spiritual life that counts. Jesus Himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life – he alone enables us to live the way we were meant to, without any addictions and bondage to sin. He has come to set us free from the power of sin and death, free to be who we were meant to be and to live the way God intended us to live – in right relationship with our creator, our heavenly Father.
The Bible says that it is appointed for man to die, and then – judgement. God will judge the living and the dead to see whether or not we have made a decision for or against Christ. Christ is the free gift that God the father offers mankind.
Luke 12:16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
- How good/bad are we? (evotionals.wordpress.com)
- Meet Jesus, The Hellfire and Brimstone Preacher (thelightheartedcalvinist.com)
- “You must be ready! The Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- “Being Aware of Satan’s Tactics” (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)
- What the Bible Teaches About Spiritual Warfare (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)