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“If You Be A Child Of God…..”

In Matthew 4:1-11, we read about a conversation between Jesus, the Son of God, and the Tempter , the devil, satan, after  Jesus had been fasting in the wilderness 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry..

Let’s see the conversation:

Matthew 4:1-11King James Version (KJV)

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

What I want to point out is this, the tempter, satan, the devil, said to Jesus, twice “If thou be the Son of God…..” It appears to me that satan was trying to get Jesus to doubt who HE (Jesus) was. He, the devil, satan, the tempter, knew who Jesus was or he would have never said, “If thou be the Son of God.” But the glory of the story is this:
JESUS 
KNEW
HE
WAS
THE
SON OF GOD.
He had NO DOUBT about WHO HE WAS and WHOSE He was. That tempter, devil, satan, could not make Jesus doubt himself. He was firm in who He was. 

We see that satan, in the above examples tried to make Jesus doubt who HE was and did it by using portions of the Word. However, Jesus knew who He was. He knew He was the Bread of Life. He knew His Father owned cattle on a thousand hills. Jesus knew that he was not to temp God by jumpimg off of that high pinacle. 

The point of this blog is to remind us that we need to know who we are  and whose we are. Satan, just like he did Eve in the garden of Eden, tried to bring doubt. Eve gave in but Jesus didn’t. Jesus was firm in His belief of who He was, who He was to worship, and to not have to prove who He was by changing stones to bread, Jesus was confident in who he was. He didn’t have the lust of the eye, nor the lust of the flesh, nor the pride of life operating in Him, thus satan’s temptations failed with Jesus. 

Poor Eve. She wanted what sounded good. She had everything she needed, but check this out:

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die and the serpent said unto the woman, “ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to makeone wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:1-6

Eve KNEW what God had commanded but the lust of her eyes, the lust of her flesh and the pride of life kicked in and caused her and her husband to be banished from the Garden of Eden and die….spiritually……separated from God. Eve did not stand her ground and neither did her husband, Adam, and as a result, the tempter was successful at getting Adam and Eve to disobey and therefore be punished, banished, and separated from their creator.

Is your relationship with God tight enough that when the tempter, satan, the devil comes, you will know God’s voice vs. satan’s voice? 

Do you KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD? 

If you be a child of God………..You ARE seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. ~ EPHESIANS 2:4-7

If you be a child of God………..You ARE an HEIR of GOD and a JOINT HEIR with Jesus ~ rOMANS 8;17

If you be a child of God………..You ARE a NEW CREATURE in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away and all things are made new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

If you be a child of God……….You ARE saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost and POWER.

If you be a child of God, You Are Healed by Jesus Stripes……Come on now and say Hallelujah!
Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24 and Psalm 103

So, when the devil, the tempter, satan comes to you with “IF YOU BE A CHILD OF GOD”, Just let him know that it is WRITTEN and quote those verses above.

Somebody ought to shout “GLORY” because you are A Child Of The Most High God!!!

 

 

 

Once A Believer, Holiness Is NOT An Option

In this year of 2013, I find it alarming that a lot of people who are claiming to be Born Again Believers think it is OPTIONAL to live holy lives. Many seem to think that they can serve GOD on their terms, as if they are the Creator and GOD is the CREATED. It is time for a true, serious introspection.

GOD, throughout the Bible, talks about HIS people being HOLY. HE said, “Be Ye Holy” Why? “Because I AM HOLY”. There is no other explaination needed. Be Ye Because I AM.

I’ve had conversations with people and they tell me that Holiness doesn’t require self-denial. Holiness to some just means going to church on Sunday and/or whatever night Bible Study happens to be on. Some think that Holiness just means to abstain from certain activities but Holiness is a lifestyle. Holiness means to live a life that is pleasing to GOD. Holiness means to go against the grain, so to speak. To live holy means to love what GOD loves and to hate what GOD hates. Now I am not saying that we are to hate any group of people. Please be clear on that. What I AM saying is that if GOD speaks against it in the Bible, we should be against it, as believers. 
I know this is not a popular message, but HOLINESS, for the Believer, is NOT an option! It never was and it never shall be. 

GOD wants there to be a distinction between HIS people and the people who denounce HIM. There should be a difference in the way we look, talk, and live. We should be light to all darkness. We should be the right when wrong presents itself. We must be the good when evil is present. We must be the salt that seasons the world. 
The only way for a true believer to be holy is to understand what true holiness is. Holiness is not based on women wearing long dresses and wearing their hair in a bun. It is the condition of the heart. We obtain holiness by forging a relationship with the Creator through prayer and study of HIS WORD.
There are many out there who will think this post to be preposterous simply because they don’t believe the Bible. Some don’t even believe there is a GOD but I do! I believe because I have seen the power of GOD in my life. I have seen GOD do miracles for me and for others. I have seen and therefore I believe and because of that, I strive to live HOLY as unto the LORD. 
So, let us ponder this:
Once A Believer, HOLINESS IS NOT AN OPTION.

GOD BLESS YOU.