Monday, May 3, 2010

An Informed Choice

Did you know there is a difference between your own selfish desires and being tempted by Satan? You were born with a nature that just naturally wants to do what “feels good”. For example: Satan doesn’t have to tempt you to lie in bed in the mornings when you should be up getting ready to go to work. We are all naturally lazy.

It is human nature to want to do the things that you enjoy-- just as it is human nature to not want to do those things that you don’t like to do. This rule of man’s nature applies to everyone: men, women and children.
It is when you make a conscious effort to change that old nature that Satan begins to have problems with you. It’s when you make a commitment to God as a Christian that you are willing for Him to work in your life to point out changes that are needed to make you holy like His Son that Satan takes notice of you and views you as a threat to his plan.

What is Satan’s ‘plan’? In Isaiah 14 you are told his plan. You are told his name:Lucifer. This was his name before he became the ‘evil one’ or Satan. His plan is the same as it always has been from the time he decided to stage a rebellion in Heaven and take over the throne of God.

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:13, 14

This chapter also tells you that Satan or Lucifer weakens the nations. How does he weaken the nations? He does this by weakening the people and rulers living in those nations. When a person is weakened, either through selfishness or other sins, it keeps you from achieving the plan that God has for you. Oh yes, God has a plan for you as well. As the sovereign Creator of all the earth and everything that is in it, God’s plan was that man would be someone whom He could fellowship with: have conversation, spend time with and enjoy. That is still His plan. Unlike Satan’s plan which is to kill steal and destroy everyone and all that he can while he can; God’s plan is for your good and His glory.

The choice is yours. The path is not always easy, but when you choose God’s way, you have the promise of His protection. God is trustworthy. He always keeps His promises.

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