Bible Strong-Surrounded, March 2019

The children of God are surrounded by the children of Satan. It is a wicked evil time in our world. All you have to do is turn on the news and you can see the world has gone so far away from God that He may not be able to hear them anymore.

Children of Satan are united in their mission. After all they belong to Satan. Satan wants to replace your praise with desperation and depression. Turn your joy into bitterness. Place fear, confusion and doubt in your mind. Satan’s goal is to get you away from God and he uses his children to do it.

John 10:10 Jesus said: The thief comes to only steal, kill and to destroy. I came so you may have life and have it more abundantly.

God loves His children. He will comfort those who are brokenhearted, forgive you when you fail, show you the way when you are lost and give you strength and courage when you are afraid. He goes before us and is beside us. His hand is on you directing your path.

Isaiah 41:10 Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will lift you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 30:21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, this is the way you should go, whether to the right or to the left.

God wants us to live in the world but to not be of the world. He has separated us to Himself as His own. We are to do His will not what the world wants us to do.

John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 17:14-16 Jesus said in a prayer to His Father. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The children of God and the children of Satan have conflicting views on how to live in this world. We should recognize that Satan wants to ruin the children of God. He wants to destroy us, get rid of us and kill us, so he can dominate this fallen world. We must avoid allowing ungodly influences of this world in our lives. If these influences do not have God’s truth in them, they will take you down the wrong path, away from the Lord and into darkness. Don’t let this world make you hard. Don’t allow pain to make you hate or betrayal to make you bitter.

Isaiah 30:1 What sorrow awaits my rebellious children, says the Lord. You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.

To live outside God’s truth gets you nowhere with God but everywhere with Satan. If someone is lying, falsely accusing, cheating, stealing, hurting others, participating in immoral acts, you are with Satan and he is using you, not God.

No one who follows Jesus continues to choose to sin.

1 John 3:6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

Matthew 12:30 Jesus said: Anyone who isn’t with me, opposes me. Anyone who isn’t working with me is working against me.

The Bible tells children of God to examine ourselves, to make sure Jesus is our Lord and Savior that He is in us.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves. Or do you not recognize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?

Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.

You have a choice to make. You can follow Jesus and become a child of God or you can follow Satan and be a child of Satan and this world.

Dwight Moody said: Christians should live in the world but not be filled with it. A ship lives in the water. But if the water gets into the ship she goes to the bottom. So Christians may live in the world but if the world gets into them, they sink.

The Lord will forgive you if you will repent and turn from your sins. Ask Him to. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to help you to recognize when you are being surrounded by children of Satan. Because of Jesus you will be able to break free of sin and Satan. Jesus will shake wickedness from around you.