People are looking for the motive this man in Arizona needed to kill innocent people! He did not need a motive; he was born with the nature of the Devil. Jesus already told us who and what he is, a child of Satan, who comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. Murdering is his motive and nature in action.
You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning… (John 8:44)
The Enemy, his devils or demons (fallen angels), and his children (men who are evil beasts) are all revealed in God’s Word. We have neither listened, nor learned about them.
God told us where the battle started – it started in Heaven – with a rebellion against God and His Kingdom. It did not stop when it came down to the Earth.
There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)
The book of Revelation reveals Satan’s reign on earth, so why would we think the battle is over?
The battle is raging today all over the Earth. Look around, read the headlines, or listen to the News.
Then, go back to the Bible and watch Christ’s truth unfold before your eyes. The battle is not going to cease, it is getting worse. Famine, disease, hunger, homelessness, sickness, floods, earthquakes, wars, poverty, fighting in politics, assassinations, wanton killings, robberies, chaos in countries, astronomical loss of jobs, poor health care, and children sold into sexual slavery, etc.
This shows our enemies are still at work…Even more so every year! The world continues to get worse, not better. So where is the answer? It’s not in our Churches, our Schools, or our Governments. Otherwise, this world would not be in the shape it is!
The answer is in God’s Word…
When Daniel prayed, God sent an angel to him. Even the Angel needed help to get past the Prince of Persia (The Evil Spirit ruling that nation) to Daniel. The battle was in the air, between the angels of God and angels of Satan! Think about it…
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Even though the battle moved from Heaven to Earth, the battle itself has not changed. Satan, his fallen angels, and his children fight against the Family of God – those he desires to rule over and destroy.
Jesus told the Parable of the Tares – Poison Weeds – (Darnel) and gave this explanation…
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil! (Matthew 13:37b – 38a)
This shows us plainly that some of mankind are the Devil’s Children. God’s Word calls them Dogs (Impudent Men), Evil Beasts (Evil Savages), and Brute Beasts (Savages without reason)!
Who walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2)
The only thing that has changed about the devil is his agenda. He knows God’s Word and knows he has only a short amount of time. Now he comes to bring sickness, poverty, chaos, and death. Christ defeated him on the cross so he cannot force his will on you; Butt, he can trick you into believing his lies and meeting the same eternal fate as his!
The Devil has been very successful in many arenas. God’s Word is no longer Allowed in our Government, our Churches, or our Schools as it was when America was One Nation Under God! Even Christmas is in jeopardy, not only in speech, but in symbols.
Satan has divided «Man’s Churches» into factions fighting among themselves. They are led by «Satan’s Ministers», men and women who teach «Gain is Godliness».
Satan’s Ministers have replaced Baptism with their «Sinner’s Prayer». This so called «Prayer» leaves you in worse shape than you were before…Not saved, Butt, thinking you are! The Enemy has changed God’s Word, leaving out God Himself, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul.
John the Baptist was sent by God and brought us the Baptism of Repentance. Paul was chosen by God and sent by Christ to us -the Gentiles. God was in Christ reconciling (restoring to favor) the world to Himself…You do not need to accept Jesus, you need to be reconciled to God and accepted by Him!
He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16)
In Baptism God puts us in Christ and Christ in us. When you are Baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, you become one in them and they in you!
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)
We are saved not by good things we have done; but by His mercy, by the Baptism (washing) of Regeneration (New Birth), and being Renewed (made new) by receiving the «Holy Ghost» (The Spirit of Christ)!
The Sinner’s Prayer is of the Devil. God’s Word calls it «The Doctrine of Demons» spoken by «Seducing Spirits». It leaves you in your old unwashed, and unregenerate state…
Think about that! No one but the Devil would change God’s word for your eternal salvation.
So where is the answer? Not in organized religion or of any denomination. It came straight from the heart of God to the lips of Jesus Christ to us in a Book we can read for ourselves. The only safe place is us in them and them in us!
John the Baptist came to prepare a people for the Lord. The preparation was the «Washing of the Water by the Word», by immersion alone. We are buried with Christ in baptism, our old man is drowned, and we become a new creature!
Until we learn about God’s protection and receive it for ourselves, we are at Satan’s mercy, and he has none!
Psalm 91 tells us God will give his angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways…as long as we abide (stay continually) in «The Secret Place of The Most High». Until we believe, get baptized, and God translates (Places) us in «The Secret Place of The Most High», we are targets with no protection at all!
When you obey, you «Keep yourself in the love of God and the wicked ones cannot touch you»!!!
When confronted by the Jews during his arrest, Jesus said he could call on his Father who would presently (immediately) send 12 legions of angels, (72,000 – 84,000) and they would deliver Him from them. Jesus did not say he would fight and deliver himself, he said, «I can call on My Father and He will send a lot of Angels to help me!»
When we get smart enough to let the Lord and His Angels fight our battles for us – We will know the truth: «The battle is the Lord’s» – and it will set us free from wasting our time worrying and wondering about every problem in our lives. This will allow us to give «Thanks to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ»!!!
PS – Victory is a Gift…Not something you have to fight for!