Devo Can’t stand before your enemies? Part 1
Revelation 2:14-16 (NIV)
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Numbers 31:16 (NIV)
16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people.
Balak king of Moab hired Balaam a prophet to pronounce a curse on Israel, but God would only bless them. Balak offered Balaam large amounts of money so he come overthrow Israel, but Balaam tells Balak he can’t curse what God has blessed. We are blessed of God through His son Jesus. Satan can’t curse what God has blessed. It is then out of wanting that large reward that Balaam devises a plan to turn God against His own people. He tells Balak that he must turn God against Israel by enticing them to be unfaithful to God, so Balak sends in women to entice the Israelite men into sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to Moab’s Idols. The Israelites did just that and ate of the forbidden fruit, so to speak. This turned God against them, and God cursed them with a plague. They could not stand before their enemies, because of their unfaithfulness, not the power of Moab or the Satan. Satan had no power over them except through sin. Satan can’t curse what God has blessed. We are blessed of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and savior, returning to our vomit takes away our defense. It was not until they purged the sin from among then repented did the curse stop. If you are lost return to the cross and repent all over again. If God is for you who can be against you, but if God is against you who can be for you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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