Coffee with the Preacher

Has Faith Been Hijacked?

In the scriptures false teachers were constantly trying to hijack the faith of the believers.

On facebook which I use daily there are people constantly looking to hijack my files so they can impersonate me for their personal gains.

We have to guard against those who seek to Hijack even our faith in God. WOW

For what purpose would others attempt to hijack our faith? Once our faith in Christ has been hijacked the seeds of the flesh can be sown.

Galatians 5:19–21 (NLT)

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

The reason Satan wants to hijack our faith is so we cannot do the thing of God that we should be doing…

Galatians 5:17 (KJV 1900)

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

John 14:12 (KJV)
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Satan and his little army wants to hijack your mind.

The potential of the flesh energized by Satan in the life of the Christian should not be underestimated.

Given free rein, the flesh will direct our choices, making us do what we know we should not do.

This inner conflict between the flesh and the Spirit is very real, but there is considerable disagreement as to its precise meaning.

Some believe that flesh here refers to a “sinful nature” continuing after salvation, while others view it as simply the physical flesh and its natural tendencies.

Still others focus on the “fleshly” or “worldlyhabits and patterns that continue after justification.

Although the precise meaning of flesh in unclear, Paul’s intent is plain.

The desires of our flesh are at odds with what the Holy Spirit desires for us: to be free from sin.

The flesh is that which is inwardly born from the mind of man and Satan and against the created purpose of God.

The regenerated human spirit of a man that is placed into him by God through the Holy Ghost is opposed to each the other.

Being on the computer for long periods of time I get these little folders and links that are tempting to click or open. But in my mind I know there is someone out there seeking to steal my identity so they can use it for their purpose.

John 10:10 (KJV)
10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The Galatian believers, under pressure from Jewish legalists, were considering rejecting the gospel of grace and reverting back to dependence on the Mosaic Law for salvation.

Paul wrote this letter to outline the dramatic differences between the two approaches to God.

 I. Grace
 II. Law
Grace…Law…  
•          is based on faith (2:16).  •          is based on works (2:16).  
•          justifies sinful men (2:16, 17).  •          is incapable of resulting in justification (2:16; 3:11).  
•          begins and ends with Christ (2:20).  •          makes Christ nothing (5:3).  
•          is the way of the Spirit (3:2, 3, 14).  •          is the way of the flesh (3:3).  
•          is a “blessing” (3:14).  •          is a “curse” (3:13).  
•          is God’s desired end for His people (3:23–25).  •          was intended to be only a means to an end (3:23–25).  
•          results in intimacy with Christ (3:27).  •          results in estrangement from Christ (5:4).  
•          makes one a son of God and an heir of Christ (4:6, 7).  •          keeps one a slave (4:7).  
•          brings liberty (5:1).  •          results in bondage (5:1).  
•          depends on the power of the Holy Spirit (5:16–18, 22, 23).  •          depends on human effort (5:19–21).  
•          is motivated by love (5:13, 14).  •          is motivated by pride (6:3, 13, 14).  
•          centers on the cross of Christ (6:12–14).  •          centered on circumcision (5:11; 6:12–15).  

There are two directions out there. There is the road of Grace and the road of being Good by the Law.

I seek to live the best life I can but in the end I fall short.

Romans 3:23 (KJV)
23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10–12 (KJV 1900)

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 5:8 (KJV)
8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:9 (KJV)
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The jailer that night after witness the miracles of the earthquake asked a question.

Acts 16:30-31 (KJV)
30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

When Jesus found me I was not looking for him. It was by Grace that I was saved.

I got a call yesterday about how was I selected to receive the Covid vaccine and all I could say was it was by Grace.

I didn’t know anyone at the health department to call. I didn’t have a special relationship with my doctor or Atrium yet it was by Grace that I received the letter.

Now I believe in Grace which is God’s undeserved favor.

I cannot allow anyone to highjack my faith in God’s Goodness, Mercy, and Grace.

When you come from where I came from and you are standing where I am standing today and don’t believe in Grace????

I have come a long way and Satan wants to highjack my faith in God no way.

God has been good to me.

Paul S. Morton sings

I’m still standing
I’m still trusting
I’m still holding on to what I believe
Still motivated
Fully persuaded
I’m still standing
Standing on the word
On the word that’s in my heart
Your word says I am healed
So that means I am healed

Your word says I am free
So that means I am free

Your word says I am
More than a conqueror
Through Jesus
Standing, standing
Standing on the promises
Of Christ my Savior

Standing, standing
Standing on the promises of God
Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
Till I die

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