The Enemy Will Do Whatever It Takes To Keep You From Hearing From The Lord

13 However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. -Daniel 10:13 BSB

Daniel was praying and fasting for three weeks, seeking to hear from the Lord about his people, the Israelites. The moment Daniel decided to humble himself before the Lord and prayed for understanding, God dispatched an angel to give Daniel the revelation concerning his request.

When the angel from the Lord was on his way to speak to Daniel, he was confronted by demonic princes in the spiritual realm. These were the demons who were controlling with manipulation, the kingdom of Persia, with its king, and his nobles.

Today, there are spiritual forces of darkness actively fighting for control over nations and governments to use those nations to push Satan’s agenda and to stop the spreading of the gospel.

Getting back to Daniel, the dark forces of evil didn’t want Daniel to hear from the Lord, so they confronted God’s angel to stop him from getting Daniel the message or revelation from God. We see that when God wants to speak to us today, there will be demonic opposition so, you won’t hear from the Lord. The way we hear from the Lord Jesus Christ today is through the Scriptures. It is no surprise that reading God’s Word becomes very difficult, and without fail, distractions seem to come up the moment we decide to spend time with the Lord by reading His Word.

The enemy will go through tremendous lengths to keep you from praying and reading God’s Word so you won’t feed your faith and hear from the Lord. We must fight the urges to do something else rather than read the Scriptures. Fight the good fight of faith.

David Defeated Goliath With A Stone. What Did The Stone Represent?

48 As the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Then David reached into his bag, took out a stone, and slung it, striking the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. -1 Samuel 17:48-49 BSB

David was facing a man with an impressive stature of 9 feet 9 inches named Goliath, a warrior of warriors (see vs. 4). David had the impossible task of taking down a man, who was bigger and stronger than him, with more experience on the battlefield. The giant came to the battlefield with his physical strength, and David, with the LORD’s strength.

David used a stone to kill and defeat the giant. Let’s look a little closer at the stone David used.

This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ -Acts 4:11 BSB

David knew that he couldn’t defeat Goliath with a mere stone. However, David trusted that the Lord would be the one putting speed and accuracy on the smooth stone that he was going to sling.

45 But David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. -1 Samuel 17:45 BSB

We have to do as David did by bringing with us our stone—Jesus Christ—to the battlefield. Whatever Goliath we are facing, we won’t be able to defeat it unless we give it to the Lord and trust Him to fight for us. That’s the only way we will be victorious.

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Does Colossians 1:15 Teach That Jesus Was Created?

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. -Colossians 1:15 BSB

The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim or interpret the word “firstborn” as being created. The word could mean that, but it does have another meaning, like preeminence: to be the chief or have the first place. When we read a passage, it cannot be isolated from the rest of its context. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are notorious for this. 

The word firstborn is describing something about Jesus in verse 15. What is “firstborn” telling us about Jesus? Was He the first creation of Yahweh? The only way to know how the Scripture uses the word firstborn is to keep reading verses 16-18, which we will see the same word used again with its meaning at the end of verse 18.

Verse 16…

16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. -Colossians 1:16 BSB

The word “Him” refers to Jesus Christ. Verse 16 shows that Jesus is the one who created everything seen and unseen. The Jehovah’s Witnesses like to say that Jehovah used Jesus to create for Him. Well, what is the problem with that? If one accepts that interpretation, then we will make Jesus into a different deity or a god with a low “g.” They teach this with John 1:1. I won’t get into that in this post. The Scripture reveals Jesus as God, who exists as three separate persons, but all three persons are the same God called Yahweh. 

If we look at verse 16 closely, you will see the opposite of how the Jehovah’s Witnesses translates that verse. Let’s look at the last part of the verse, which says, “All things were created through Him and for Him.” So, if Jehovah is using Jesus to create the universe for Jehovah, then why does it says this, “All things were created through Jesus and for Jesus.” (the word “Him” refers to Jesus). Jesus created everything, the angels, humans, animals, the planets, etc., for Himself, not Jehovah. Mind you, I’m using this argument against the Jehovah’s Witnesses because they, not me, believe that Jesus and Jehovah are two different deities. If they are separate, why would God create everything through Jesus, and for Jesus and not for God? That is the dilemma that they have in verse 16 alone. 

In Isaiah 44:24, God said that He didn’t use anyone to create the universe but did it Himself. That also destroys the Jehovah’s Witness interpretation the God used Jesus to make everything.

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who by Myself spread out the earth -Isaiah 44:24 BSB

Verse 17…

17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. -Colossians 1:17 BSB

“He is before all things” points back to the word firstborn, which has the meaning of having the first place. Jesus was not only there before angels, humans, and everything else, but He is the one holding everything from falling apart by His great power. Does that not sound like it’s speaking about God? Read below.

35 Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day, who sets in order the moon and stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of Hosts is His name: 36 “Only if this fixed order departed from My presence, declares the LORD, would Israel’s descendants ever cease to be a nation before Me.” -Jeremiah 31:35-36 BSB

Not only did Jesus create everything for Himself, but He is the one keeping all created things working as they should. Where is Jehovah in all this, if indeed, He is a separate diety? When a person understands who Jesus is, Yahweh, it all makes sense. Jesus, who is God, created all things by His word and made them all for Himself and by His great power keeps them where they should be (the sun, moon, and stars).

Verse 18…

18 And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. -Colossians 1:18 BSB

In verse 18, the word firstborn is used again, and it gives us an example of how Paul is using the word firstborn in the context of verses 16-18. Paul uses firstborn, as Jesus being the first one to resurrect from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20). Then he gives the meaning of it with the word “preeminence.” Nowhere do you see Paul using the word “firstborn” as creating someone, but it is specifically used, as when a father has many sons, all that the father has will belong to the firstborn son (Strong’s Greek 4415). 

In conclusion: Jesus was never created but always existed. We have to realize that to get the correct definition of a word, it must be read in its proper context, as it carries more than one meaning. So, Colossians 1:15 does not teach that Jesus was created but that Jesus created all things because He is the I AM.

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