Your fight is not against the devil but your own self
Revelations 2:7 - He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
When ever I preach on this topic, the initial reaction is 'what is this person talking about? '.
Most of us have made Satan an excuse. He is so intelligent that he plays his game in that very same way, so as to not come in the front. The word Satan means 'adversary' - one who withstands. Realize this His only aim is to deprive us of the prosperity which God wants to bless us, by keeping us under the curse and the wrath of God. His powers are restricted until the last days so he can roar like a lion but can not attack us unless we surrender to him.
To destroy us he influences our carnal self. Carnal - means the body and mind which longs for self appeasement. The way to destroy Satan in our lives is by breaking our carnal self like Jesus broke the Bread - His Body. Therefore the Bread is the Bread of Life only when you understand and abide in it.
So just be eating it will not give us eternal life, but when we understand it and abide by it - it surely will give us eternal life.
So next time when we receive the Bread during the service, I invite each one to reflect on the breaking of the Bread so as to receive Christ and eternal Life.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, we thank You for the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. By Him, You have showed us how to overcome our carnal self. Help us Lord in breaking this nature of Adam and bring in the nature of Jesus Christ, by which we receive the inheritance of Abraham and eternal life. I make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
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