“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”
1 Peter 5:8
Why does the devil hate us so?
Because Jesus is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS and He has been given ALL authority in heaven and earth.
On the day that Jesus died— the prince of this world was cast out—- and All was redeemed in Christ!
Don’t let him fool you anymore! HE IS NOT IN CONTROL—-SATAN IS A DEFEATED FOE!
See the Apostles in the Acts—they suffered greatly–yet they rejoiced all the more. Why?
Because they came to see with eyes enlightened that JESUS IS THE LORD OF ALL! And because He is LORD of ALL, this world HATES those who belong to Him!
And this is the Testimony to be carried by the true Church of Christ—— that JESUS IS LORD! The Testimony of Jesus is that HE IS LORD OF ALL!
He is ruling over all the heavens and the earth, and nothing can thwart His eternal purposes!
LET THE CROSS DO ITS WORK IN YOU
This is why it is imperative that we allow the Cross of Christ to do it’s work in our very souls—-because while we are in Christ, we are seated with Him—-with all of His body—– in the heavenlies, and our life is there–not in this world! The old things have passed away—– there is no room for our own personal interests now. That is the Cross at work, when we are being emptied of our own interests! Let them go! They are only a hindrance to what the Lord is trying to do in us for His purposes!
When we hold onto any self-interest, or personal interests, or ambitions—- or anything self—– the devil has his grounds to come on in and wreck havoc in our lives.
When we are truly submitted to the Lord Jesus—- our own personal interests are also dead, and the Lord is free to do as He pleases in and through our lives for His greatest glory!
This is why we are to count it all joy when we face trials—– because Jesus is LORD and nothing can separate us from His love—- and no one can stop Him from doing His work!
The world will hate us. They hated Him first. We are not of this world!!!!!!! We are here as a witness and a testimony to the fact that JESUS IS LORD!
And when everything in our life down here on earth seems to be saying that Jesus is NOT the Lord of Lords—- this is the very time that it matters most that we stand on the truth that JESUS IS LORD! Against all odds, against all that our natural eyes see—- against all that we think we know to be true—- we have to turn from it all and say that JESUS IS LORD and not be moved by what is seen on earth.
There would be no need for a Testimony if all things on earth spoke of Him being Lord of Lords—- it would be evident. But it is NOT evident because His Kingdom is not of THIS world! It is spiritual—-and it is more real than this earthly world. He is governing. He is above ALL RULE AND AUTHORITY! And every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that HE IS LORD!