As humans we’re all aware of the good and evil. The battle is in our minds. We have God who wants us to be in his kingdom, then you get Satan who wants people to be on his side.
You have God who pulls you to be in Jesus, and Satan who pulls you away from Jesus. (John 6:44 -47) Jesus says, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him/her at the last day. It is written in the Prophets. They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him (the Holy Bible) comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God. Only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, whoever believes has everlasting life.’
We know from the scriptures, that war started in heaven when the devil had a bad attitude. (Rev. 12:7-9 NIV) The scripture says, ‘There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost the place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.’
God put all these things in writing because he wants us to know. Satan knows his days are numbered, one day he will be destroyed. But in the mean time he causes as much chaos as he can. The bible states, he controls so much of the world and that means he controls much of the human population.
As a human, you have to know how he operates. I know I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. You have to be aware of his schemes. Jesus taught us how to pray and said, ‘deliver us from Satan’s schemes.’
What are Satan’s schemes? We know from the bible the devil wanted to kill baby Jesus through Herod. (Matt. 2) It wanted to destroy God’s plan of salvation to save mankind. It was powerless in achieving that; for how can the devil fight against God Almighty and win? It is impossible.
Below are some of the devil’s schemes:
- He stops people from understanding the bible
- He wants people to worship him, that’s why he created his own agenda (false worship) which is contrary to God’s plan of salvation through Jesus. When you look around the world, you can see how Satan has set up pillars of worship, for example, the money system of buying and selling (the beast), which the bible says has affected all mankind, and it has a number 666. (Rev. 13:16-18) But God Almighty has allowed it to happen for a reason – using money wisely to meet our needs and the needs of others.
- He makes people undermine God’s plan of salvation through Jesus.
- He makes people undermine Jesus
- He makes people persecute Christians
- He attacks everyone: in some countries you get punished for reading the bible. Why? Because Satan doesn’t want people to inherit eternal life, which can only be obtained through Jesus.
- He puts negativity and doubts in people’s minds
- He wants us to be out of control
- He tempts us to do wrong
- He discourages people from going to Christian meetings and believing the true word of God – the Bible.
- He confuses people with different ideologies.
He is very crafty; he knows how we think, that we have a habit of focusing on what we want; for he has been allowed to study how a human being operates. The moment you think negatively about God or Jesus, he is got you under his control. But God Almighty has given us the weapon to fight back – Jesus and the bible. The bible says, we are all under a spiritual battle: we have to remember the devil hates humans and doesn’t care. (he is 100% bad) As you know, we inherited the good from God, and the bad from Satan. So, that’s how it is in this world. It all started in Eden.
Jesus our saviour is not like any other prophet, he is above all prophets. As mentioned in the Bible, he was there when God our Father was creating the world. He was given the power to operate as God Almighty. The scripture says, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creations. For through him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…. So that in everything he might have supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself to all things (mankind), whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood (we are reconciled to God, and forgiven through Jesus), when he was crucified on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-23) Once you understand this, you’ll understand God’s plan.
People, life is not just about eating and drinking, marriage or no marriage, children or no children, or job or no job, or having fun; we have to be serious and understand the deeper things of life. Why are we here? And where are we going from here? God Almighty has given us information about Jesus, it’s up to us to take it or leave it. You determine your destiny. As I said before, I have to say it as it is. The truth. The message in this blog summarises the bible to help the reader understand. It is God who is helping me here; so, as I write these words down, I’m also learning.