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Christians believe that Jesus came in the flesh, lived amongst men, died on the cross and was resurrected on the third day by the power of God...that He emerged from the grave triumphant over sin and death and over all of the works of the devil.

God's judgment has been meted out, the victory has been won. The sentence has been given, and the ultimate fate or destiny of the devil and his followers is set.

Until that day however, the devil roams the earth seeking to do what Jesus said in John 10:10 
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

One of the ways that the devil operates is by stealth. He is a liar and the father of lies and he is constantly seeking ways to bring us down. Most times he does not openly "attack us" but appeals to our old base or carnal nature. He sets traps for us, so that the unwary can fall into them and succumb. We are not ignorant of his devices however according to 2 Corinthians 2:11.

This page is devoted to revealing these traps...

From the outset, I want you to know that we have an enemy!

That statement is based on Peter’s words...

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8 


Notice that, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the devil is Not a roaring lion! The original language is clear on that. The devil is likened to a lion, but he is not a lion! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah... He has prevailed. He did that at Calvary and when the Father raised Him from the dead. I’ve said this many times before and I will continue to do so, because it is extremely important. We need to know it for sure. We need to see what God did and embrace it as reality and as part of our inheritance. Paul knew that and prayed-

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God),
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],
Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. Ephesians 1:15-23.

We are part of that! God also said through Paul in Romans 16:20 that God (the God of peace) shall bruise satan beneath our feet...whose feet? Yes, yours! That word for bruise means to shatter, to crush completely and to break in pieces. Let us also see what God said about this in Colossians chapter two.

There, He states that you are complete in Him, that is Jesus, who is the head of All principality and power. He did Not say that He has forgiven you of some of your trespasses and sins and keeps a record of your failures to constantly remind you of them and taunt you about them all—He clearly stated that He has totally blotted them all out as if they had never existed. Let me show that to you and take note of my emphasis.

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [
in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

[Thus you were circumcised when] 
you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.
And 
you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,
Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us)
. This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. Colossians 2:9-14.

In other words, God wiped the slate clean. When you were born again, everything in your past completely vanished. You had no past. From that day onward, you started a totally new life. Old things passed away and everything started to become new. Never, ever dig it up again or allow anyone else to remind you of your old life. This is not denying the things that happened of course. A woman having a child out of wedlock cannot give the baby back for example, but she can hold her head up high again without fear of condemnation and recrimination from God. People’s opinions may be different, but God drops the past.
Jesus told people to go their way—and sin no more. He never held things against those who came to Him. People do and this is part of the content of this message. Although our old past is gone, we do have a present and a future. It is possible to sin again once we become born again. Let us hope it is not deliberate and willful.

We all had inherited the fallen nature of Adam. You know that so I do not need to elaborate. When we are born again, we identify with Jesus in many ways, one of which is believer’s baptism in water. Baptism in itself does nothing. What it symbolizes is what counts and believers only are baptized by total immersion in water.

When someone dies, we bury them. When we go under the water at baptism, we are indicating that we died with Jesus. God raised Jesus from the dead, so when we come up out of the water, we indicate that we rose with Him.

Admit it!
Tell God you made a mistake. If necessary, tell your brother you wrecked things and made a mistake and ask for forgiveness. And if you do it right, your brother has an obligation to forgive you as Christ forgave us. Whatever it takes, make sure you are in right standing with God and your fellow Christian.

I could elaborate much more on that alone, but the bottom line is to get it right or get back onto track.

If you don’t, then it is as if you are opening a porthole in a submarine, so do not whine and complain when things start going south. Shut the door on that junk.

What John said to do is that when we do err, then fix it immediately. Do not let the sun go down on it and do not give the devil a legal  basis to get on your case and start doing his thing.

The word of God tells me that if I confess my sin and seek to avoid it again, God is righteous and forgives us. John said that if any man (that means you and me) sins, we have an advocate or paraklētos.
It is the same word Jesus used when He said that He was going to send another Comforter who is the Holy Spirit (allos Paraklētos) in John 14:16-17, 26. In the original it meant someone else who is just like me. He would stand by you. He would be your teacher of all truth and He would represent you in all matters just like a lawyer would do if you were accused of a crime and standing in a courtroom before a judge and jury, He would represent you and plead your case!
I’m getting close to the core of this message now!

In typology form, we indicated that the old Adam within us died and was buried. The only problem is that this old Adam believes in the resurrection. He wants to come back to life. This is where most of our battles originate. The remedy it to keep him dead, buried and forgotten and the way to do that is by learning who we are, what God has done for us and what we have inherited. We do that of course by the word of God.

Now have you ever struggled with your old nature? Of course you have. We all do. The apostle Paul wrestled with his old flesh nature all the time. He had a constant struggle with things. Like us, he wanted to do certain things that he knew he should have done, but didn’t. He also did things that he knew he should not have done, but fell into the old routine, time after time again and had major dramas. “Oh, no! I did it again” was the kind of language he had and so do we. This continued up to the day, he saw something in God’s word and revelation came.
Put it like this, “I am  dead man”. I know that you struggle occasionally as we all do, so I urge you to study Romans chapters 6 and 7 carefully, especially from verses 14 to 25 of chapter 7.

Now if you do goof off again, here’s what to do. Start by prayerfully studying those two chapters.

Then turn to 1 John 2. John said that he wrote that just for you. He wrote it so that you do not sin (verse 1). Wow! Is it possible to live without ever sinning again? I wish! John did suggest however that is may be possible. How can that be? If we have exchanged lives with Jesus, then it sure is. Putting it into effect is the problem. Anyhow, let’s see what John said-

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. 1 John 2:1 (a).

There is it in black and white. God has told us through John so that we will not. What does this mean? Well, the word for sin is hamartanō that means in simple terms to miss the mark and not thus share in the prize. I’ll share a little secret with you. If you are in Christ and stay there with it (abiding in Him), when God looks at you, he does not see that old you; He (wants to) sees His Son! 

That’s what He is looking for. When He came to visit Adam in the garden after he ate that forbidden fruit He asked the man, “Where are you?”  He was seeking Adam. He wanted Adam to own up and admit he had goofed off. I do not know what would have happened if Adam had ’fessed up and confessed everything right there and then.

The standard is Jesus. We can attain it, otherwise God would not have put it in His revealed word to us. Not convinced? Read this-

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (emphasis mine). 

Jesus is the standard. He is the yardstick by which we measure everything. He is the one who holds us together and wipes out our mistakes. It seems that because of His deep understand concern for us, He has made provision for aberrations. He wants us to make it, so according to John, when we do fall short of the mark, there is a remedy.
Take ownership of it.
Don’t do what Adam did saying, “It’s that woman’s fault. She made me do it.” She said, “No. It’s not my fault. The serpent tricked me” and the old serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on!

Christians believe that Jesus came in the flesh, lived amongst men, died on the cross and was resurrected on the third day by the power of God...that He emerged from the grave triumphant over sin and death and over all of the works of the devil.

God's judgment has been meted out, the victory has been won. The sentence has been given, and the ultimate fate or destiny of the devil and his followers is set.

Until that day however, the devil roams the earth seeking to do what Jesus said in John 10:10 
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

One of the ways that the devil operates is by stealth. He is a liar and the father of lies and he is constantly seeking ways to bring us down. Most times he does not openly "attack us" but appeals to our old base or carnal nature. He sets traps for us, so that the unwary can fall into them and succumb. We are not ignorant of his devices however according to 2 Corinthians 2:11.

This page is devoted to revealing these traps...

From the outset, I want you to know that we have an enemy!

That statement is based on Peter’s words...

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8 


Notice that, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the devil is Not a roaring lion! The original language is clear on that. The devil is likened to a lion, but he is not a lion! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah... He has prevailed. He did that at Calvary and when the Father raised Him from the dead. I’ve said this many times before and I will continue to do so, because it is extremely important. We need to know it for sure. We need to see what God did and embrace it as reality and as part of our inheritance. Paul knew that and prayed-

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God),
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],
Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. Ephesians 1:15-23.

We are part of that! God also said through Paul in Romans 16:20 that God (the God of peace) shall bruise satan beneath our feet...whose feet? Yes, yours! That word for bruise means to shatter, to crush completely and to break in pieces. Let us also see what God said about this in Colossians chapter two.

There, He states that you are complete in Him, that is Jesus, who is the head of All principality and power. He did Not say that He has forgiven you of some of your trespasses and sins and keeps a record of your failures to constantly remind you of them and taunt you about them all—He clearly stated that He has totally blotted them all out as if they had never existed. Let me show that to you and take note of my emphasis.

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [
in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

[Thus you were circumcised when] 
you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.
And 
you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,
Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us)
. This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. Colossians 2:9-14.

In other words, God wiped the slate clean. When you were born again, everything in your past completely vanished. You had no past. From that day onward, you started a totally new life. Old things passed away and everything started to become new. Never, ever dig it up again or allow anyone else to remind you of your old life. This is not denying the things that happened of course. A woman having a child out of wedlock cannot give the baby back for example, but she can hold her head up high again without fear of condemnation and recrimination from God. People’s opinions may be different, but God drops the past.
Jesus told people to go their way—and sin no more. He never held things against those who came to Him. People do and this is part of the content of this message. Although our old past is gone, we do have a present and a future. It is possible to sin again once we become born again. Let us hope it is not deliberate and willful.

We all had inherited the fallen nature of Adam. You know that so I do not need to elaborate. When we are born again, we identify with Jesus in many ways, one of which is believer’s baptism in water. Baptism in itself does nothing. What it symbolizes is what counts and believers only are baptized by total immersion in water.

When someone dies, we bury them. When we go under the water at baptism, we are indicating that we died with Jesus. God raised Jesus from the dead, so when we come up out of the water, we indicate that we rose with Him.

Admit it!
Tell God you made a mistake. If necessary, tell your brother you wrecked things and made a mistake and ask for forgiveness. And if you do it right, your brother has an obligation to forgive you as Christ forgave us. Whatever it takes, make sure you are in right standing with God and your fellow Christian.

I could elaborate much more on that alone, but the bottom line is to get it right or get back onto track.

If you don’t, then it is as if you are opening a porthole in a submarine, so do not whine and complain when things start going south. Shut the door on that junk.

What John said to do is that when we do err, then fix it immediately. Do not let the sun go down on it and do not give the devil a legal  basis to get on your case and start doing his thing.

The word of God tells me that if I confess my sin and seek to avoid it again, God is righteous and forgives us. John said that if any man (that means you and me) sins, we have an advocate or paraklētos.
It is the same word Jesus used when He said that He was going to send another Comforter who is the Holy Spirit (allos Paraklētos) in John 14:16-17, 26. In the original it meant someone else who is just like me. He would stand by you. He would be your teacher of all truth and He would represent you in all matters just like a lawyer would do if you were accused of a crime and standing in a courtroom before a judge and jury, He would represent you and plead your case!
I’m getting close to the core of this message now!

In typology form, we indicated that the old Adam within us died and was buried. The only problem is that this old Adam believes in the resurrection. He wants to come back to life. This is where most of our battles originate. The remedy it to keep him dead, buried and forgotten and the way to do that is by learning who we are, what God has done for us and what we have inherited. We do that of course by the word of God.

Now have you ever struggled with your old nature? Of course you have. We all do. The apostle Paul wrestled with his old flesh nature all the time. He had a constant struggle with things. Like us, he wanted to do certain things that he knew he should have done, but didn’t. He also did things that he knew he should not have done, but fell into the old routine, time after time again and had major dramas. “Oh, no! I did it again” was the kind of language he had and so do we. This continued up to the day, he saw something in God’s word and revelation came.
Put it like this, “I am  dead man”. I know that you struggle occasionally as we all do, so I urge you to study Romans chapters 6 and 7 carefully, especially from verses 14 to 25 of chapter 7.

Now if you do goof off again, here’s what to do. Start by prayerfully studying those two chapters.

Then turn to 1 John 2. John said that he wrote that just for you. He wrote it so that you do not sin (verse 1). Wow! Is it possible to live without ever sinning again? I wish! John did suggest however that is may be possible. How can that be? If we have exchanged lives with Jesus, then it sure is. Putting it into effect is the problem. Anyhow, let’s see what John said-

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. 1 John 2:1 (a).

There is it in black and white. God has told us through John so that we will not. What does this mean? Well, the word for sin is hamartanō that means in simple terms to miss the mark and not thus share in the prize. I’ll share a little secret with you. If you are in Christ and stay there with it (abiding in Him), when God looks at you, he does not see that old you; He (wants to) sees His Son! 

That’s what He is looking for. When He came to visit Adam in the garden after he ate that forbidden fruit He asked the man, “Where are you?”  He was seeking Adam. He wanted Adam to own up and admit he had goofed off. I do not know what would have happened if Adam had ’fessed up and confessed everything right there and then.

The standard is Jesus. We can attain it, otherwise God would not have put it in His revealed word to us. Not convinced? Read this-

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (emphasis mine). 

Jesus is the standard. He is the yardstick by which we measure everything. He is the one who holds us together and wipes out our mistakes. It seems that because of His deep understand concern for us, He has made provision for aberrations. He wants us to make it, so according to John, when we do fall short of the mark, there is a remedy.
Take ownership of it.
Don’t do what Adam did saying, “It’s that woman’s fault. She made me do it.” She said, “No. It’s not my fault. The serpent tricked me” and the old serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on!

The bible is very clear that we do have an enemy.
You may well ask if Jesus achieved such a resounding victory at Calvary why the devil remains free to roam around as he does. It would be a valid question, but judgment has been given and has to yet been finalized in its entirety at some pre-determined date. Think of a court of law where a judge can pronounce the verdict and set the date for the sentence to be carried out. Sentence on the devil and his followers has already been given by the Righteous Judge and the final outworking of that sentence is yet to be performed.

We must be mindful at all times that Jesus did all that was necessary at Calvary. There is nothing left to do in the light of that victory and the outcome. Certain end-time prophecies are yet to be fulfilled and in the meanwhile, the Church is now designed to rule and reign on the earth having been given Jesus’ delegated authority.

We are supposed to act like Him, say what He said and do what He did.

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