For this reason, I would like to present some strategies that the Lord gives us to be victors and not be defeated by mental deception and to continue growing steadily.
All the advice and prohibitions that our Creator Father gives us are to not accommodate the authority of invisible beings of darkness.
«They answered and said to him: Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them: If you were children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I have heard from God; Abraham did not do this. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then they said to him: We are not born of fornication; we have a father, who is God…” (John 8:39-47).
Some strategies that Pastor Guillermo Decena presents on this occasion are:
1) The importance of spiritual fatherhood.
They answered and said to him: “Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham” (John 8:39).
They did not understand what spiritual fatherhood means, so in practice they were not Abraham’s spiritual children.
The same thing happens to many Christians. This is one of the most important issues in terms of spiritual growth and development. There is no peace of mind hiding inside your shell.
The concept of fatherhood is a double blessing, for you to exercise fatherhood and to seek growth in the spiritual family. Mental lockdown equals spiritual deterioration. When we share the burdens with wise people, it is 50% of the mental healing.
“Be imitators of me, just as I of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Paternity is a source, and a spiritual father must be a source of influence to be observed and imitated. When we say that Abraham was a father of faith, we mean that his extraordinary obedience and devotion to God should inspire us for our daily walk.
The spiritual father is a source of advice, which must be taken into account by the one who claims to be a son. It is also about works. The son imitates the works of his spiritual father. When we see the works of Abraham, he also protected and defended all those that God put around him. But the Bible outlines the concept of fatherhood progressively. For example, Elisha, Elijah’s spiritual son: «Eliseo cried out: My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen! And he never saw him again; and taking the clothes from him, he tore them into two parts »(2 Kings 2: 9-11).
Joshua went up the mountain with Moses, so it is assumed that he did the forty days together with his leader.
But already in the New Testament the apostle Paul teaches much more about spiritual fatherhood. “Timothy, true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (1 Timothy 1:2).
The apostle rejoices in fatherhood calling his disciple Timothy a true son, but not only that, but he calls him “true.” This could mean that there were others who were not.
Being children brings spiritual cover of protection, whoever does not have a spiritual father is desperately looking for who his father is. From place to place, from church to church. He can never exercise his gifts and his growth. God, who is a God of order and of generations, unleashes the spiritual inheritance of this generation towards the next, and thus the work of God is consolidated and perfected in a superlative way.
What does this have to do with spiritual warfare? A lot, because it frees you from every spirit of rebellion, which is the basic problem of humanity since it was rebellious against God. In addition, it affirms you on the path of true humility, giving you guidance in the Christian life, thus giving you greater peace and security to fulfill, together with the church, God’s plan. The Lord makes us work as a team.
Furthermore, the Father corrects his children, and the one without a father makes unnecessary mistakes. Correction has the concept of helping to improve the disciple’s life and character. That is, take children to better levels in their lives. For this, the spiritual parents use the Word of God, since it is useful to correct. For this reason, the true son allows himself to be corrected.
2) To really love.
«But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I have heard from God; Abraham did not do this” (John 8:40-42).
Without meaning and without provoking anyone too much, Jesus offended them with his supernatural life, his love for his neighbor and his teaching full of purity and truth. The Bible says that they handed him over out of envy, because people followed him, and this while being holy and without sin.
It should not surprise us if something like this happens these days against the true servants of God. “When the day came, some of the Jews plotted and took an oath under a curse, saying that they would not eat or drink until they had put Paul to death” (Acts 23:12-14). One of the evil weapons to attack the mind is hatred, intransigence, stubbornness, being contentious, etc.
The mind of the healthy Christian is full of peace, serenity and calm. But the Christian who is used by God can suffer attacks from people who cannot be understood logically, but spiritually.
But in this particular case of the apostle Paul, the enemies will have starved to death because “God is a shield around us and he is the one who lifts up our head” (Psalm 3:3). Listen to Jesus, dare to forgive so you don’t get caught up in the sins of others.
Jesus said: “For if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:26).
3) Embrace the word of God with all my heart.
Why don’t you understand my language? Because you can not hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He has been a murderer from the beginning, and he has not remained in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of himself; for he is a liar, and the father of lies »(John 8: 43-44).
Hearing and listening with great attention to what God speaks and has spoken marks the hallmark of the true children of the Most High. But it often happens that people listen to the lie and discard the truth. No one could point out any sin to Jesus, but likewise they did not believe in Him, while people believe the demon who lies, who is the father of lies.
One of the most important things that he says here is that the devil is homicidal from the beginning, his objective is to kill and destroy, and he does this through the words of lies. If the Christian falls for his lies, he is on his way to destruction.
But the Spirit clearly says that in the last times some will apostatize from the faith, listening to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons; (1Timothy 4:1 KJV). It is very easy to know the deceit of the enemy, because it does not conform to the Word of God and, far from producing love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, meekness, faithfulness and self-control in the person, it produces totally the opposite.
What do we do to embrace God’s revealed Word?
1. Join the congregation, learning the sound teaching.
2. Make the decision to put God’s Word first in any area of your life.
3. Set aside time every day dedicated exclusively to prayer and meditation on the Word. You can use books and audio messages, but don’t let them take the place that belongs to your time of prayer and study of the Word.
4. Apply the Word to your life and allow the Holy Spirit to make it a reality in your heart. Reflect on how you can put the Word of God to work, so that it changes the situations in your daily life.
5. Pray to the Holy Spirit, who is the one who inspires that Word; to reveal its meaning to you in a deeper way and any questions ask your leader.
Meditate on the Word of God, that way you will make the evil one never take away your peace and you can build your faith.
May God bless you, keep you from all evil and have a week of complete victory!
Pastor Guillermo Decena
Christian Family Center «Victory Church»