Jesus said ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ This tells us that Jesus is on a mission to build the church, His bride, (Matt. 16:18).
We are partners with God in the building of His house and must therefore be faithful builders, (1 Cor 3:9). Many times labourers are not faithful in their duties. Carpenters steal nails and suppliers, masons carry cement bags which disappear and cannot be accounted for. Even in corporate institutions workers can be unfaithful to their employers. Unfortunately, this attitude is carried into the house of God. Unfaithfulness in the house of God undermines the work of God.
Unfaithfulness does not happen in one day, it begins with a thought. Actions are born from thoughts so before a person can do something wrong, he or she would have processed a wrong thought. Satan attacks people’s minds to get them to do evil. He sows wrong thoughts in the minds of people and uses them to destroy.
It is important as Christians to understand how the devil fights the church. He uses people who are in the church to accomplish his purpose. A business is not destroyed by outsiders but by people who are within. In the bible, when the elders of the Jews wanted to kill Jesus, they found and used Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples of Jesus who had walked, worked and eaten with Jesus. Judas was the financial minister in Jesus’ government, a prestigious position. Yet it was he who betrayed the son of God.
Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
The bible says Satan entered Judas and the disciple betrayed Jesus. We see also in Acts 5:3 that Satan entered the heart of Ananias and Ananias lied to Peter and subsequently died for lying to the Holy Spirit. In all the instances, the devil entered and brought wrong thoughts which were acted upon.
We are affected by words (Ezekiel 2:2). What makes a woman decide to leave everything and live with a stranger as a wife are words. The man spoke words to her and she believed. So words are very important. We need to bring whatever we hear under the light of God’s word or risk the chance of falling into temptation.
Satan tempts us in our vulnerable moments i.e. When we are hungry, angry, lonely and tired. When Jesus had fasted forty days and nights and was obviously hungry, the devil came to tempt Him (Scripture here). We see another example where Esau readily sold his birth right when he became hungry for food. Are you hungry for wealth, power, material things, a wife, a husband? The devil will tempt you with what you hunger for the most.
To be continued….