Tag: Fall

Rise up!

George Whittenby George Whitten

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:18-20

Returning from their ‘mission’ trip, the 72 disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) were filled with joy. “Even the devils are subject to us through your name“, they exulted. Yeshua responded that He saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven and that He had given them authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy.

The nature of the enemy is to fall. His destiny and his eternal condition is Fallen. Thus, Satan and his demons want to pull us down with them. Their schemes are subtle, as they watch carefully for opportunities when our own evil desires rise up in us; [James 1:14]. However they can do it, these evil spirits will seek to drag us down into the miserable fallen condition they are in. In every temptation, the enemy is present seeking to pull you down with him. But our calling and destiny are not to fall, it is to rise. Our identity and our authority as the children of God is with the resurrected Messiah. And it’s His resurrection life and power that gives us authority over demons and victory over sin – to rise above temptation through a life of spirit-empowered obedience. “For He has rescued us from darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves“, [Col 1:13]

You are no longer under the power of fallen angels but in the power of a risen God. Rise above temptation. Exercise your authority to tread upon the powers of darkness in your own life, and be led by His Holy Spirit, even to deliver others from their power as well. Exercising the authority of our risen Lord over evil is one of our great living testimonies to His goodness and salvation!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

Sharp-edged tools!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“I will take heed to my ways.” Psalm 39:1

Fellow-pilgrim, do not say in your heart, “I will go here and there, and I shall not sin;” for you are never so out of danger of sinning, as to boast of security.

The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitch, and you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean.

There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your graces! There is a temptation in every mercy! There is a snare in every joy! And if you ever reach Heaven at last–it will be a miracle of divine grace, to be ascribed entirely to your Father’s preserving power.

Be on your guard! When a man carries gun-powder in his hand, he should be careful that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you do not go near temptation.

Even your common actions are sharp-edged tools–you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian’s piety–but everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God–that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, “Hold me up–and I shall be safe!” Having prayed, you must also watch–guarding every thought, word, and action with holy jealousy.

Do not unnecessarily expose yourselves to temptation. But if called to exposure, if you are bidden to go where the enemy’s darts are flying–then never venture forth without your shield of faith. For if once the devil finds you without it–he will rejoice that his hour of triumph has come, and will soon make you fall down wounded by his arrows! Though you cannot be utterly slain–you may be wounded.

Be sober, be vigilant–danger may be in an hour when all seems securest to you. Therefore, take heed to your ways, and watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into sin through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide you in all your ways–so that you shall always please the Lord.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation!” Matthew 26:41

by Charles Spurgeon