- Saturday, December 1st, 2001 -

Topic: Dealing With Temptation

The Enmity Between You And The Devil
Taken from So You Call Yourself A Man? (T.D. Jakes)

And the LORD God said unto the serpent... I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise they head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:14, 15)

Are you fully aware that the devil is after you? Do you have a keen sense that the devil is on your trail? Yes, you. You. You. You. We sometimes think, “Oh, yes, the devil is alive and lurking about today, but he’s not after me. I don’t have anything he wants. I’m nobody. I’m not called by God to do anything spectacular. Why would the devil want me?” He wants you because you are a potential seed for producing a harvest for God in this earth!

God prophesied to the serpent that had seduced Eve into sin that He was going to put enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent. This word for seed, zera in Hebrew, is also a word used for semen. Women don't have semen. The seed of the woman, therefore was to be a “man-child” descendant of Eve.

This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but that fulfillment in and through Christ is ongoing in us until the day God brings this age to an end. The devil is a defeated foe in the context of eternity, but he has not yet been defeated fully in the context of earthly time. He still has access to men, women, boys, and girls, to tempt them into sin. He still has an opportunity to lay a claim on the souls of mankind.

Therefore, there’s enmity between you - one of the human seeds born down through the centuries from your great ancestor Eve - and the devil. Paul wrote to the Romans: “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20). The devil’s hate is still raging against you.

Enmity is a state of ill will or hostility. It doesn’t come and go. It remains the devil's intent to destroy you no matter what you do. His nature is the nature of a violent murderer who is on the lookout for his next victim. In 1 Peter 5:8 we read, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

The devil is stalking you . He hates you. He is in a state of perpetual ill will, hostility, and conflict with you whether you know it or not. He is after you self esteem, your identity, your mind, your emotions, your wife, and well-being, your witness, your productivity, your health. He’s after everything you value and hold as being good. Ultimately, his goal is the destruction of you eternal spirit.

Throughout the centuries, this warfare of the devil has been aimed primarily at man-child. The devils primarily battles have been against men. When Pharaoh looked at the Hebrews and determined that they were becoming too numerous and too powerful, he didn’t authorize the killing of all the Hebrew babies - no, only the male babies. (See Exodus 1:22.) Pharaoh didn’t have an understanding that the Messiah would one day be a man born to an Israelite virgin. The one who knew this fact was the devil; Pharaoh was simply one of his pawns. And therefore, Pharaoh’s order was that any time a man-child was born, the midwives were to kill him.

The devil is after you. He wants you. He seeks to kill you.

The devil doesn’t mind your coming to church. He just doesn’t want church - the Spirit of God - to come into you.

The devil doesn’t mind your holding a position. He just doesn't want you to occupy the position you're supposed to hold in the kingdom of God.

The devil doesn't mind your having a title. He just doesn't want you to operate in your divine calling.

I have traveled the nation in recent years and have seen the power of God work in marvelous ways. Let me assure you , when men begin to move onto the positions that they are called to occupy in the body of Christ, thinks happen! They happen both individually and in churches.

Are you in the position you are supposed to be in with God?

Being in the right place with God is the only way you can remain secure in the face of the devil’s assault against you. To stay alive, stay connected to God as the Source of your life.

To stay alive in your spirit, stay alive in God’s Spirit. That’s the only way you will defeat the devil every day.

Discussion Questions:

Question # 1: Do you really realize how much the devil hates you? (Think of Job's story)

- 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Corinthians 5: 17-20 - Do we realize that we do have a spectacular calling? (How valuable we are to the kingdom of God?)

Question # 2 What does it mean to stalk somebody? What are some ways in which we make it easy for the devil to stalk us?

- 1 Thessalonians 5:22 - KJV: Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Question # 3: Why has the devil particularly targeted men?

- Ephesians 5:23 (Husband head of wife)

- 1 Corinthians 11:3

Question # 4: Do we sometimes get caught up in “positions” and “titles”, to the point where we lose focus of our personal relationships with God, or neglect to do the will of God within that position?

- Thursday, January 24th, 2002 -

Topic: Who Were The Men Of Valor?

The Men Of Valor - How Can We Learn From Their Example?

Scriptual References:
Joshua 1:14,15

- 1)The men of valor (or fighting men) are leading the way for their families
- 2) The men were fully armed (as we should be - Whole armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-18) 3) These men were chosen by God!

- Joshua 10:7,8 - Joshua resolves to assist the Gibeonites (they were being attacked by the Amorites) and God encourages him in this resolve.

- 1) Amorites were a sinful people. Historically, they lived in the Cannan land - the land God promised for Abram. Joshua was leading God’s people into the promise land in the face of enemies.
- 2) God assures Joshua that he has given them into his hands and that not a one can withstand him!

- Thursday, February 28th, 2002 -

Topic: Witnessing

Different Ways To Evangelize

1. The direct approach: Luke 12:8-10. The direct approach has its benefits and difficulties. This expression shows the person an open relationship with God. This can be showed by:

- Dressing in Christian clothes.

- Reading your Bible in public.

- Expressing your faith to others openly.

2. The indirect approach: Galatians 5:19-25. The indirect approach is a way to witness without saying anything directly to people but by using your actions as a witness. Ways to accomplish this are:

- Act like a Christian without saying that you are a Christian.

- Pray for them.

- Show Gods love by being generous.

- Live with the "fruits" (fruits of the spirit - Galatians 5:22-23).

- Saturday, April 13th, 2002 -

1st Annual Men's Prayer Breakfast: Maximizing Manhood

Responsive Reading

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your mind on things that are above, not things that are in Earth.

For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ who is our life appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

In these you once walked, when you lived in them.

But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth.

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on a new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

-Col. 3:1-11



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