W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
The enemy of the soul seeks to steal, invade, seize, and cast aside the godliness of mankind; with an amassing of ungodliness to control and dominate, rather than the implantation of God's Word into the hearts and lives of the people.
Scripture reveals: The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (the Lord Jesus Christ), am come that they (believers) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). It was noted that the elect of God might have life; both spiritual and eternal.
Christ came into this world in human nature, to give his flesh, his body, his whole human nature, soul and body, for mankind. Have life more abundantly is all spiritual blessings; all fullness of joy, glory, and happiness, through Him; which the enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts) cannot provide.
God never intended man to have to content with the enemy of the soul (Satan) who utilized His first cohort (the Serpent) to offset God's Word. The fall of man is identified in the first book of the Bible (Genesis). The deception of the Serpent is similar to that being presented today; an attempt to undermine the Word of God, and its influence.
Scripture reveals: The woman said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman (Eve), you shall not surely die (Genesis 3:3-4).
The cost of disobedience became a reality in the Garden of Eden, and failure to heed to its warning. Scripture reveals: In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread (no longer provided as before), till you return to the ground (death now came into the picture); for out of it was you taken: for dust you were, and unto dust shall you return (Genesis 3:19).
Man has put on a suit of amor (his own protective gear) as a shield against the atrotrices of man; but unless it is the whole armor of God: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, it is of little or no value.
Scripture reveals: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil (enemy of the soul). For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (man), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take (put on) the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13). Because we face the enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts); believers must avail themselves to God's provision; lest the enemy of the soul (Satan), gain the upper hand as in the days of Adam and Eve.
The Psalmist David conveyed the fate of the enemy who came against him: They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down (troubled), they have digged a pit before me, into the midst thereof they are fallen themselves (Psalm 57:6).
David was informed: A man is risen to pursue you, and seek your soul: but the soul of my Lord (David) shall be bound in the bundle of life (living) with the Lord your God; and the souls of your enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling (1 Samuel 25:29).
It was noted that David was dear to the Lord, precious in His sight, was carefully preserved by Him, and would be safe in Him, under His care and provision. The safety and security of his soul was secure in God's hands; however, the souls of David's enemies would He remove swiftly and suddenly, and with force, as a stone is slung out of the middle of a sling.
The safety of the soul; despite the enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts), is assured of in God's Word. Scripture reveals: He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Psalm 23:3).
It was noted that he restores my soul is to refresh with His love, with the promises of His Word, and His Spirit. He leads in the paths of truth and holiness, no turning to the right hand or the left; but to walk in Him in His righteousness, in His glory, in His grace, and not by one's own merits.
Scripture reveals: The Lord redeems the soul of his servants (faithful); and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate (condemned) (Psalm 34:22). It was noted that the Lord redeems the soul of his servants (believers) who are willing to serve Him, with their minds, readily and cheerfully, and that none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate (guilty or condemned).
They are forgiven of all sins, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; after having believed in Him, far from being desolate or alone; but rather received into His kingdom and glory, and to be forever with Him!
Scripture reveals: The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casts away the substance (desire) of the wicked (Proverbs 10:3). It is noted that the Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish (perish by famine); one may be afflicted by it, as Jacob and his sons were in a famine that was in Egypt; yet were not destroyed by it, for God made provision for them, as He does all believers who are faithful to Him.
But He casts away the substance of the wicked which is received in a wicked way; causes such to diminish little by little; at other times forcibly and suddenly, causes such to take wings and fly away; as it has been gained with greediness, He casts it aside, so it does not profit them.
Scripture reveals: The righteous eats to the satisfying of the soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want (Proverbs 13:25). It was noted that righteousness is the satisfying of the soul; is blessed with sufficient need, is contented with its portion; does not indulge in luxury or excess.
But the belly of the wicked shall want; not spiritual food, which he has no appetite for, and shall starve in the midst of plenty, having spent his substance in rioting and wantonness, to satisfy the craving of his fleshly appetite for wealth and fame.
Many today seek to amass fame and fortune; with little concern toward the spiritual side of life. They seek the luxuries of this life with no thought towards the enemy of the soul who seeks to dominate that life; to ward off any spiritual attempt to enlighten them to God's Word; the real satisfying of the soul.
Scripture reveals: What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul (Mark 8:36-37)? It was noted that in the long run, by denying Christ, and His Gospel, to procure for oneself great riches and wealth, that he shall gain the whole world, were that possible, yet lose his own soul.
The enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts) does not want one to see that sin can only be enjoyed for a season; yet the soul continues forever; whether of a heavenly gain or a place where torment always abides, and the smoke of it ascends forever, and the fire is not quenched.
What shall a man give in exchange for his soul; for all the riches of this world, will not profit one in the day of wrath, or deliver one's soul from eternal damnation, having walked away from a heavenly reward through Jesus Christ as one's Lord and Savior.
Scripture reveals: Lay aside all filthiness and abundance of naughtiness (wickedness), and receive with meekness the engrafted (implanted) word, which is able to save your souls (James 1:21). Receive the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:9). The enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts) does not desire that those words be imparted to mankind towards the saving of the soul.
It was noted that one is to lay aside all filthiness; all pride, vanity, wrath, malice, and evil speaking, for it is of no profit or advantage. And receive with meekness the engrafted (implanted) Word of God; which is put into one's heart by the Spirit of God, mixed with faith by them that hear it, takes deep root in them, towards the saving of the soul, through Jesus Christ; God's provision for the salvation of mankind.
The Apostle Paul wrote: If our gospel (the truth) be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (perishing): in whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
It was noted that the lost (unbelievers) are so controlled by Satan that he effectively shields them from the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. The enemy of the soul (Satan and His cohorts) have amply weaponry through electronic means being utilized, to promote acceptance of the ungodly cultures of today; instead of the righteousness of God.
One needs to be careful as to whom they are influenced by; for it could be the enemy of the soul of man (Satan and His cohorts) inducing one to partake of that which would bring damnation of the soul, without the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ), unless repentance comes into focus prior to judgment day.
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