2 Timothy 2:3-7
3Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.
5And if anyone enters competitive games, he is not crowned unless he competes lawfully (fairly, according to the rules laid down).
6[It is] the hard-working farmer [who labors to produce] who must be the first partaker of the fruits.
7Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything.
UNDERSTANDING THE ATTACK OF THE ENEMY
YOU are in a "SPIRITUAL WARFARE whether you choose to believe it, understand it, or not, the war is still taking place! Your enemy/accuser - SATAN. Satan is roaming about seeking ways to 'DESTROY" you - "I Peter 5:8". Your battle is not with people, but with Spiritual darkness (fallen angels) - "Ephesians 6:12". The enemy knows your level of understanding! Satan studies you over and over (sifting you - "Luke 22:31"), in order to discover your weaknesses, playing with your mind. The enemy knows when you are about to attain a level of victory, so he keeps you distracted with the cares of this world (cares of life). Satan knows if you really understand how powerful God has made you in Christ (through His Word), and if you really knew the weapons of warfare and armor God has equipped you with to guard yourself against the attacks of the enemy, he (Satan) would not stand a chance! The battle has been won through the Christ, but as long as you don't believe/have faith/understand all that you have victory over, and/or all that God has promised to you, Satan will defeat you.
Stay on guard, keep pressing in for more of God and His word of truth. God has equipped us with everything we need. Understand, after we have achieved a level of victory, the enemy will flee for a little while (1 Peter 5:10), this is his chance to regroup, in order to come at you from another level, using such a time to scramble his forces (demons), in order to better attack you, if not you then something or someone you love - DO NOT BE DECEIVED, know all that's good comes from God and the devil (Satan) is the source of evil . Evil is pain, hurt, and lack in your life. Obtain understanding or you will PERISH! - "Proverbs 29:18".
God knows with each battle and each trial their is hurt and victory, realize the enemy cannot kill you, unless you allow him to. Test and trials aid you in becoming familiar and stronger with the power available to you from God, thereby strengthening your defenses. If you learn from the experience, you will be ready the next time the enemy strikes with the same temptation, most importantly you be able to teach others how to win the fight against the enemy, giving them hope. It is time for you to stand up and stop believing the lies of the enemy -
12Blessed (happy, [c]to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
13Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.
14But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
15Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
16Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.
Victory is yours TODAY!. "Proverbs 3:5-6" - 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. This verse of scripture compels you NOT to rationalize, justify, or make excuses for being, sick, lacking, sinning, being angry, tired, etc, understand what God says about all these things and walk in victory - KNOW THE TRUTH!
With true understanding, you will know the battle is not yours to fight but GOD"S, WHEN we fully submit to His will, His plan of attack, the enemy will be destroyed FOREVER, having no further power over your life, AMEN!
Revelation 19:11-21 (New King James Version)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Christ on a White Horse
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Beast and His Armies Defeated
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,[d] 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free[e] and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition that the Scripture might be fulfilled
John 17:12 Amp
8Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),
2 Thessalonians 2:3
1NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made
12How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened and laid low the nations [O blasphemous, satanic king of Babylon!]
13And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north.
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.
15Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).
16Those who see you will gaze at you and consider you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms?--
13You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14You were the anointed cherub that covers with overshadowing [wings], and I set you so. You were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [like the paved work of gleaming sapphire stone upon which the God of Israel walked on Mount Sinai].
15You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity and guilt were found in you.
16Through the abundance of your commerce you were filled with lawlessness and violence, and you sinned; therefore I cast you out as a profane thing from the mountain of God and the guardian cherub drove you out from the midst of the stones of fire.
17Your heart was proud and lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I lay you before kings, that they might gaze at you.
18You have profaned your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities and the enormity of your guilt, by the unrighteousness of your trade. Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst; it has consumed you, and I have reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who looked at you.
19All who know you among the people are astonished and appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and shall never return to being.
A TIME YET TO COME
7Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought.
8But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer.
9And the huge dragon was cast down and out--that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.
10Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come--the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out!
11And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
12Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]!
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UNDERSTANDING THE ATTACK OF THE ENEMY
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