Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy- to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever, Amen. (Jude 1:24, 25 ESV)
Happy Labor Day! Ready to stretch- straight for a double caffeinated coffee this morning? Not quite, more power, the most obtainable power, most powerful option…reach for the closest Bible. It’s not man vs. world- these are two of the same; try God vs. devil. God, our Savior…glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time…now and forever. The only God with total power, because in His strength, He can keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless.
Sometimes we do out of obedience, and there are times we do with great joy. With Jude’s warning- precise and to the point, he understood his Savior. In addition, he was given insight to understand Spiritual Warfare. Spiritual Warfare is something I was unaware of until about six months after I married. The area I moved to was just across the Mississippi River from my home area. And…hit with opposition from the start. I did not know…only that I had surrendered my entire being to God and His Will for my life. Early on, God pieced together one happening after another…later realizing spiritual gifts were being developed. One Sunday, I sat in my home church, listening, my pastor nailed exactly what I needed to know to understand this crazy puzzle- my life. I was being taught Spiritual Warfare.
The devil is ruler of the air we breathe. He has limited power, though forever conquered when Jesus died on the cross. Lucifer was once a high ranking Arch Angel…along with Gabriel and Michael. He wanted God’s authority, his glory and all dominion. Lucifer began deceiving angels with his new ideas of power. God sent him and 1/3 of the angels to earth- to become ruler of the earth. He has been deceiving ever since…the father of lies.
God has complete authority, even with a constant battle between good vs. evil. We either serve Jesus, or act of behalf of satan, opposed to God’s Word and God’s ways. Every concept of the devil, is a counterfeit to God’s Word. His entire basis is from what he knows from being an Arch Angel, and twisting truth enough to take God’s authority, replacing with self-idoolgy. Churches have closed, congregations have split, people have left the church from the divisiveness of self-seeking individuals under the devil’s influence- to take away from God’s Kingdom.
When accepting Jesus’ Christ’s offer for Salvation, we change who we serve- no longer self, we serve Jesus Christ. Learning God’s word, The Bible, will equip us to gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; under God’s promise to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before God- the day our life ends on earth. As we are encouraged with knowing God’s authority, we pray for all in path of Hurricane Dorian, praying the direction will fall in middle of the ocean away from people and properties.