Saturday, November 14, 2015

Satan's Purpose In Your Life...

The scriptures tell us that all things work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). But in Matthew 4:1, we are told that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. So does this mean that Satan plays an important role in fulfilling our purpose? Absolutely!

We need to know that the Father uses all things; even that which is evil, for His good purpose. YHVH-God is in control of all things, and everything is under His control. In Isaiah 45:7, the Lord says, "I formed the light, and created the darkness. I make peace (Shalom) and create chaos (Ra)." So even Satan is used by YHVH-God, because He created him as well. Satan is not a creator, he is the creation; which means he has an end, for all creation will come to an end. So we need not to fear that which has an end. Fear and reverence the one who is constant and eternal.

Jesus was lead into the wilderness to be tested by Satan. This was done so that He would come out of it approved for ministry. So the purpose of coming face-to-face with the enemy was to prepare Christ for His purpose and ministry. Thus, we can conclude that YHVH-God used even the devil to prepare His Son.

We as Saints must know that in life, we WILL be attacked by the enemy; we will go through trails, tribulations and temptations, just like Christ did (in fact, the very reason Christ is our perfect mediator and High Priest to the Father is because He faced all of the same trails and testings as we do, yet He did not sin -Hebrews 4:15). However, know that YHVH-God will use all of these things, even the attacks of the enemy, for your purpose, and for the good. He will use these things to make you grow, to conform you to His image, and to prepare you for the ministry and the purpose that He has placed in you.

So when you go through trials, tribulations, or tests, remember it’s not to destroy you. It is there for your refinement, and purification. Remember; God is faithful. He will not allow the test to be more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). If you're being faced with it, then He has already equipped you with all that you need to get through it. So pass the test. It is written; "And they overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; they that loved not their lives, even unto death (Revelation 12:11). Every ministry begins with a testimony; and the testimony begins with you passing the test.

Spiritual Food For Thought

Shabbat Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries

The King Is Coming...

Note: Blog was accidentally deleted and then reposted. Original post was October 5, 2015.

But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. -Matthew 24:48-51

I have found that many in the church who looked for the rapture or something catastrophic to happen on a specific date in September, and found that no collection of events happened on that day, took to bashing others by calling them false prophets and heretics. Then they continued on with their everyday lives mocking end-time prophecy, or by quoting that famous verse, "No one knows the day or the hour."

Are we really that dense as a church? The first thing I want to say is that no one should be giving "specific dates" for events like the rapture anyhow. But just because the world didn't all fall apart at the seams in one day, doesn't mean judgement isn't coming or that we're not in the season for the return of the Lord. For four years people have said that an asteroid was going to hit the Atlantic and cause a tsunami, for the last three years, that something bad was going to happen on October 1st, and on, and on. Even when the Lord gave me a time frame for the economic collapse beginning at the last four months of this year and rolling into 2016, someone started saying that I said the stock market would crash on September 23rd.

I was talking to the Lord regarding all of this, and He reminded me of the scripture above about wicked servant. We need to make sure we are not falling into this category with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, by mocking, bashing and scoffing at those who didn't reach a specific date or time. We must remember that Isaiah prophesied the birth of Christ seven-hundred and fifty years before He came. And there are still prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel and others that have yet to come to pass, twenty-five hundred years later. So are they false prophets? The disciples were preaching that they were living in the last days and believed that the return of the Lord would happen in their lifetime. Were they heretics? The answer is no.

No matter what, we are living in the last days; living in season of the Bridegroom's return. We are closer to the Lord’s coming than any other generation of believers in history. The Lord is coming to reign as King and to judge the earth. If a Judge was coming to your house, you’d make sure that it was clean and in order. If the Judge’s arrival were a long way off, you might be lax. But the closer you'd get to the Judge’s arrival, the more alert you would become. Since we are the generation chosen to be closer to the Judge’s coming than any other, we need to be even more holy, sanctified and sober.

The King is coming. The Judge is coming. So live in a manner worthy of Him, ready for Him. He is the Bridegroom, and He is coming only for a spotless Bride.

Spiritual Food For Thought

Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries