Friday, September 20, 2013
Dear One, Yielding to the temptations of the devil the first time might not seem disastrous to you, but what you don't realize is that it makes it easier to yield again, then again and again and again. Eventually you are totally under submission to cravings or destructive attitudes and you are no longer responding to My command to come away from being in unity with the devil. Hopefully, you will restore your relationship with Me. It only took one instance of falling for the tricks of the devil to get you fooled. It becomes the whole story of Adam and Eve all over again, being tempted, then believing that yielding to the temptation is not going to hurt you. You hear the devil say in your mind what Eve heard, "Did God really say that you will die? You won't die. You have the right to be judgmental, condemning and critical because you are right." Every time you fall for the tricks of the devil, then yield to them, it becomes easier to yield to them next time because the boomerang effects are not immediately visible. I have given you the power through My Holy Spirit to discern the voice of the temptation, revealing who is its author, and I give the power to refuse to obey the instructions of the tempter. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. That is the Holy Spirit. He gave Jesus the authoritative power to refuse the temptations in the wilderness. When you refuse to obey the temptations which are an effort to entice you to, for instance, judge, condemn and criticize, then the devil has to leave you because you have resisted. I told you to resist the devil and he will flee. Temptations not only come in enticements to transgress in the flesh, they come in various thoughts of logic and reasoning. My Spirit will give you the gift of discernment to recognize the temptations so that you will refuse them. You may not immediately recognize them as coming from hell, but you will eventually have the truth if you keep your mind in unity with Me. My children often judge others for sins of the flesh when they, themselves, are cooperating with the devil in the transgressions of the mind like judging, condemning and criticizing. Do justly in your own life by refusing temptations. Be merciful to those who yield to the devil. They do not know that they are yielding to evil, just like you don't immediately realize that you are yiellding to evil when you judge, criticize and condemn. You can destroy the works of the devil in your life merely by refusing to yield to his temptations. Love, God Genesis 3:1-6; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 6:37-38; Romans 8:11-14; I Corinthians 12:4-11; James 4:7-8; Micah 5:8.