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Everyone is either ‘of God’ or ‘of Satan.’ We either have God reigning in our heart or we are rebellious and have Satan in control. Only those who allow God to reign in their life are of God. Many Christians minimize the spiritual battle we are in by refusing to acknowledge that Satan not only attacks us directly but also disguises himself in others. Because we emphasize Scriptures which command us not to judge, we ignore Scriptures that command us to test the spirit of ourselves and others. Are we of God or of Satan? is the question we need to address. If we are of God we will know the spirit of others. Testing the spirit of others is different from judging them. Testing identifies the cause of sins—separation from God. Judging points to specific sins, which are the effect of THE SIN—separation from God. We risk our spiritual welfare and that of our family by failing to test the spirit of those with whom we fellowship. We don’t realize that we allow the enemy and his leaven to permeate our fellowship and lead us astray. Jesus died so that we could be restored to God our Father and live like He did while on earth. God our Father can again come and LIVE WITHIN US if we ask Him to be LORD of our life. This is what it means to BELIEVE in Jesus and what He did for us. We cannot call ourselves CHRISTian, unless we walk like Jesus did with God’s Spirit in charge. Jesus Christ did nothing but what God the Father did through Him. We call Him LORD, but do not make Him LORD. LORD means the one reigning, the one who is leading us, the one we are following. This is the difference between having BELIEFS like the Pharisees who made Scripture laws, which they followed trying to be good, and BELIEVING in a Living LORD who is good and lives in and through us. Jesus called these religious Pharisees “of Satan” which should make us take note and examine our own faith. Often Christians are lulled into beliefs, good works, and forgiveness and away from the critical faith issues of believing in Christ, dying to self, and repentance. In our zealousness to be good Christians, we make Scriptures a set of beliefs and stay in control to keep our Scripture laws. Instead of coming to a Living LORD and having Him reign in our life, we take more control to not sin—to be good and not evil. We don’t realize that our self-control is THE SIN which separates us from God and causes our sinning. We remain at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil trying to do good on our own instead of coming to the Tree of Life and allowing God’s Spirit within us to produce the fruits of His Spirit in our life. We are content to stay in the bondage of the forever sin-forgiveness-sin-forgiveness-sin cycle and fail to realize that we are still of Satan. We deny Christ—God’s anointing power to not sin—and discount Christ as our righteousness. We don’t recognize that we are not saved and not living in grace. Too many Christians accept sin as a natural part of being human and ignore Scriptures that say that those of God do not sin and that those who do sin are of Satan. Separation from God is THE SIN—God not reigning in our life. Forgiveness of the many sins that we do as a result of THE SIN is not the issue. Sin requires repentance, a return to God’s reign in our lives. If we do not repent, we remain in the sin-forgive-sin-forgive-sin cycle. Living this way nullifies what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Jesus came to die, not only for the sins we have committed, but to give us His life so that we don’t sin. God provides all that we need to test the spirit in others—we have only to submit to His Spirit and then believe in His Spirit within us.
bound: 246 pages
publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 27, 2017)
isbn: 154470125X, 978-1544701257,
weight: 13.4 ounces (