Many times the enemy will bring his temptations to Bible believing
Christians trying to make us fall short and sin. It is very important
that we recognize the enemy's tricks and take hold of our authority as
children of the Most High God. The enemy knows of the vast army we have
in our defense, but because of the ignorance of new believers, the enemy
continually comes with his temptations. (1 Peter 5:8-10) (Matthew 16:19)
If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal
Savior, then you need to recognize your position as a child of God and
take hold of and authority over the enemy and his evil devices. You can
be successful over the devil, so don't believe his lies and think you are
beyond redemption and restoration. The blood of Jesus Christ is able to
cleanse you from all unrighteousness and make you whiter than freshly
fallen snow. (Psalm 91:9-16) (Isaiah 1:18)
I found this story to be quite encouraging and informative at the same
time. If you are a new believer or have known the Lord for many years,
I believe this story will help strengthen your faith and trust in our
wonderful and everlasting Father.
THE STORY OF SOUL
There once was a man named Soul who was walking in a garden. He was
whistling a real sweet tune for he was saved and had the Joy of the Lord,
but he was a baby Christian. As Soul was walking, a beautiful and seductive
woman came out from behind a tree. Soul was very startled. He said, "Hello,
I'm Soul, what is your name?"
She replied, "I am Temptation, I have what you want."
"What do I want?" replied Soul.
"You want to do all things which are of the flesh," said Temptation.
Soul replied, "O.K., lead me."
So he and Temptation went off and fulfilled the desires of the flesh. When
Soul returned to the garden, he met a man named Condemnation. Condemnation
said, "Hey, I see you have met my friend, Temptation."
Soul said, "Yes, who are you?"
"I am Condemnation, I come after Temptation. We work hand-in-hand." Then
Condemnation jumped on Soul's back and began to beat him. He hit him in
the face and kicked him when he was down. This went on for several days.
On about the third day, a man named Mercy came running and said, "I
command you, Condemnation, to stop beating Soul."
Condemnation snickered, "Make me."
So Mercy unsheathed his sword and cut Condemnation in two.
As Soul watched in astonished pain, he was overtaken by the power of
Mercy. Mercy walked up to Soul and said, "I have dealt with Condemnation
before. He should not show up around you anymore."
Soul replied, "How can I ever thank you?"
"Well," replied Mercy, "I was sent here by God and He told me to introduce
you to a dear friend of mine. His name is Redemption."
Redemption walked up and said, "Hello Soul, I see that you are not doing well."
Soul replied, "Not until Mercy came along. It is a pleasure to meet you
"Well", said Redemption," I am glad to meet you. Are you ready to accept me?"
"What do you mean?" asked Soul.
Redemption said, "Well, when you accepted Jesus and decided to walk with
Him, then you chose to accept the things of Him and His love. I am a part
of Jesus' love. I help you feel forgiven. You will never have to deal with
Condemnation again. Temptation may come around, but I have someone I would
like for you to meet who can help you with that. His name is Grace."
Grace walked up to Soul and said, "Hello Soul, I have been waiting for
you. As a matter of fact all three of us have been waiting to meet you. I
will help you take the way out of Temptation that God gives you as it
comes up. The last person we want you to meet is Faith."
"Hi Soul, I am Faith, and I will help you stay strong and keep your
beliefs strong," said Faith.
Soul began to cry. When he began to cry, Redemption said, "This is what we
were here for. Jesus redeemed you, saved you by Grace through Faith and
gives you his Mercy. Jesus loves you Soul."
Soul said, "I love you, Jesus."
Let this story be an encouragement to you and remind you of the forgiveness
that God freely offers to all who have fallen into sin. Never allow the
lies of the devil to make you think that you are beyond God's love and
redemption. The Bible says that God loves us with an everlasting love. We
cannot comprehend the extent to which God loves every person on the earth,
but when we think of the Cross of Christ and what Jesus went through to
redeem us; God's love becomes a little more clearer. (Romans 5:8) (Jer. 31:3)
If you feel far from the Lord, there is no better time than right now to
confess your sins and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you from all
unrighteousness. God promises that He would forgive, forget and welcome
you in with open arms. (Isaiah 55:6-7) (1 John 1:9) (Isaiah 43:25-26)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:13-17 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is
finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say
that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared
to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might
redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry