Unbelief

 

 

One of the schemes of the devil is this: he tries to induce the saints not to believe the Word of God. Now, I will give you some practical examples of how the adversary seeks to induce you not to take God at His word, that is, not to believe what God says but to believe what men say (sometimes even by quoting some passages from the Bible) and how you must resist him.

The tempter: ‘So you say that we are justified by faith apart from the works of the law, but that’s not true, keeping the law is necessary in order to be justified, because it is written: “For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified” (Romans 2:13 - NKJV). Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is also written: “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4 - NKJV).’

The tempter: ‘So you say that Jesus is God, but that’s not true because it is written that He is the beginning of the creation of God and the firstborn of all creation. How then can he be God? Did Jesus Himself not say that the Father was greater than Him?’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is also written that Jesus Christ is “the eternally blessed God” (Romans 9:5 - NKJV), and that He said to the Jews: “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58 – NKJV), and again that the Word (who became flesh in the fullness of the time) in the beginning was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1).’

The tempter: ‘So you place so much emphasis on holiness by saying continually ‘don’t do this’ and ‘don’t do that’, yet we are already holy and we are free in the Lord to do whatever we like.’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written: “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16 - NKJV) and that without holiness “no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14 – NKJV).’

The tempter: ‘So you say that believers must not go to the beach, nor watch television, etc, but it is wrong to command the believers to abstain from these things for it is written: “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh” (Colossians 2:20-23).’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is also written: “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 – NKJV) and again: “Pursue …. holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14 - NKJV).’

The tempter: ‘So you say that a believer should ask God for the Holy Spirit, but every believer has already the Holy Spirit, thus it is absurd for a believer to ask something that he already possesses.’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13).’

The tempter: ‘So you say that God still speaks through visions and dreams, but that’s not true because the canon of the Scripture we have is already complete and therefore we don’t need further revelations.’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17) and again that “in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction” (Job 33:15-16).’

The tempter: ‘So you say that Jesus Christ still performs miracles and healings, but that’s not true, for the time of miracles ended with the death of the apostles; today we do not need miracles and healings for people believe in the Lord even without seeing miracles and healings.’ Answer: ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 – NKJV) and also: “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Corinthians 12:7) and again: “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17).’

I could go on with more examples but I stop here because I have confidence in the Lord that you have understood how the devil with his craftiness tries to induce you not to believe the Word of God. But why does the devil try to induce you not to take God at His word? Because he knows that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Bear in mind this, because it is very important. He knows very well that if a believer ceases believing justification by faith or the deity of Christ or the fact that holiness must be pursued earnestly testing all things and holding fast what edifies and is useful and is according to the will of God, or the promise of the Holy Spirit, or the fact that God speaks by visions and dreams revealing the secrets of His knowledge and of His wisdom, or the fact that God heals and works miracles because He did not change and therefore everyone can ask God to heal him, I say, he knows very well that if believers stop believing one of the above mentioned teachings (besides them, there are many other sound teachings which the devil does not want Christians to believe) they will harm themselves. If they reject some of these teachings the harm will be very serious, while if they reject some other teachings the harm will be less serious; however, in any case they will harm themselves.

Therefore, brothers, take heed to yourselves and when doubt or unbelief comes to knock at the door of your heart take the shield of faith with which you can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and take also the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and resist the wiles of the devil. Have faith in the Word of God, in every circumstance continue to believe that the Word of God is truth and will never fail. Remember that God is truthful and that it is impossible for God to lie and that the devil is a liar (and the father of all lies) even when he quotes some passages of the Scriptures. Be watchful, brothers.

 

 

 

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