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A CONTINUING BATTLE


In Genesis 3, we learn that mankind's involvement in the invisible war started with yielding to temptation in the Garden of Eden. Satan influenced the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, to disobey God, thus birthing sin within the human race. Through sin, mankind joined Satan in his rebellion against God, and this resulted in men inheriting a nature opposed to God, an inherent tendency to constantly disobey Him:


Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)


The sin nature with which a person is born is sometimes called the "Adamic nature "(after Adam), the "old nature," or the "flesh". This is the sinful mind-set that yearns to please your body at the expense of your spirit.


Because of sin, you were separated from God and condemned to death. Actually, you were subject to two deaths. The first death is the separation of the body from the soul and spirit. The second death is separation from the presence of God for eternity.


But you are no longer subject to death because God loves you so much that He made a special plan to save you from this dire fate:


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)


The death and resurrection of Jesus not only resulted in deliverance from sin and spiritual death, but it also initiated the defeat of Satan and his demons:


He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)


Jesus began the process for the final defeat of Satan through His ministry, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. He passed the responsibility for enforcing His victory to the Church, which is composed of all of those who have been born-again scripturally.


This present spiritual war will continue until the time of final judgment. This is why you must learn to war effectively against the world, the flesh, and the devil. The battle still continues and you are not exempt from the warfare.


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.


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