You STILL Want Me!

You know you miss me Quiyada. You have a new relationship and all but you remember how we used to be. This new relationship is too stressful on you. You have to be almost perfect to please him but I’m different. You can be you and I am okay with that. We had our bad times but we had fun. People tell you I am not good for you but I’m not that bad. You know that. You tell me you are happy and you don’t want me anymore. I find that hard to believe because you always answer when I call. He must not have that much of your heart. I still have a place in your life and I am going to keep on until I get you back with me.

Satan, before he knew his place in my life

RESIST THE DEVIL

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)

If you have decided to give your life to the Lord, Satan will attempt to be your persistent EX factor. If you have not experienced his brashness or sinful confidence, you would agree. 

Satan plays the role of an aggravating ex when you are a new Christian and your faith is fresh. He is going to try everything he can to influence you to change back to your former self. He may try to convince you that being a Christian is too hard. Your sins aren’t that bad. You had a good time when you were in “the world”. It doesn’t matter how much you pray, testify or tell others how much you love God. Your actions speak louder than your words and if you’re not speaking God’s truth, Satan isn’t listening to you. He is only talking to your flesh. 

If you have no problem doing what you’re doing, even after being convicted and forgiven, it shows that you have not gained a strong relationship yet. You have also kept contact with your former lover. Satan will continue to try you and test your faithfulness to God and it is up to you to do two things to solidify your relationship with God.

The book of James gives us two actions that would stop the harassing nature of Satan. First, submit ourselves to God. This is the first thing you must do. Think about this in relationship terms. You have to be totally committed to your partner before you think about not entertaining the energy of someone else. Everything else seems immaterial. 

After you have submitted yourself to God, we are told to resist the devil. When your relationship is secure with God, nothing and no one else can separate you from HIS love. The Bible lets us know that Satan will flee when he is resisted. Pray for increased fidelity in faith and know that God will definitely hold his end of the bargain. Amen.

The Unconditional and Unbreakable Bond

 John 6:35-40 (The Message):

35-38 Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.

39-40 “This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.”

Jesus, thank you for being the bread of life. We will align with you and hunger and thirst no more…

When we line up with God and put our own endeavors in agreement with Him we do not hunger or thirst anymore. I am speaking of soul hunger and soul thirst. Have you ever just felt unfulfilled inside? Were you without water that was needed to hydrate your inner being? Sometimes we can feel parched or without substance because we are lacking something that is greater than anything we have possessed in the past. This type of hydration or fullness can’t come from money and people. Many people are well-off financially and have an abundance of friends but they are still empty inside. When they find what the world is looking for they are no longer hungry or thirsty for these things. This joy is guaranteed when you link up with the Savior.

If you have a desire to be fulfilled in this spiritual way, the gift is yours! Many people wonder how hell is being enlarged every day (Isaiah 5:14) and why is God allowing this to be? Truth be told. God already knew who was going to accept the gift of salvation before we lived one day here in this age. Colossians 1:16 reminds us that “all things were created through him and for him”. This does not signify that everyone who is created by him or for him is in fact his child. We obtain sonship or we are added to the family when we obtain a second birth. Remember how Nicoldemus was told by Jesus that a man must be “born again” (John 3:3) to enter the kingdom of God? These are the type of people that Jesus is referring to within this text. These are the people who are guaranteed this unconditional and unbreakable bond.

Some of us may take longer to get there but the truth of the matter is defined in the scriptures. If God has gifted us to Jesus, we will eventually come leaping towards him. Do you remember the day that you had that divine epiphany? You wanted to get right with God and you were compelled to come deep in your soul. Guess what, that had nothing to do with your own intentions. That was planned before you lived one day of your life. When we had that glorious reunion, Jesus promised that he would hold on to us and never let us go. If we have a desire to know him, he makes it HIS business to keep his possession until the end of time. What a guarantee! We are insured and assured that we are promised to the Father. For that we should always be thankful to God for the gift of remission. Amen.of 


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