Where are you? by Pastor Fred Garnes

Published May 15, 2014 by Robyn W in Uncategorized

After the perfect couple sinned, they hid themselves because they were caught. Their shame, fear and guilt as a result of sin alienated them from God. They chose independence from God over freedom with responsibility to God.

In Gen 3:9, God asked Adam the rhetorical “Where are you?” Its effect clearly exposed the deceitfulness of sin. They both respond as if they were the victims and not responsible. Adam and Eve played the blame game and said that someone else was responsible for their actions. Adam blamed God, and Eve blamed the serpent. (Gen. 3:11-12)

Sin is not as much about what you do as it is about where your heart is. No one sins out of duty. Sin is what we do when our heart is not satisfied with God. We sin because we believe it( the sin –whether of thoughts, words, or deeds) holds out some promise of happiness, but the promise enslaves us until we believe that God is more to be desired than life itself(see Psalm 63:3)

The power of the resurrection is the power that transforms and makes each of us a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We are empowered and enabled to do the will of our Father God.(Phil 2:13) It is this power and authority that grants us the position of being seated with Him in heavenly places.(Eph. 2:6) This position in Christ gives us spiritual authority over the powers of the unseen world. We outrank the devil and the entire host of his evil powers because we sit with Jesus on the Cosmic Supreme Court.

When Christ died and rose again Satan was defeated. The Last Adam triumphed over Satan and regained everything that the first Adam had forfeited.

We read in Colossian 2:13-15 that Satan and his minions were disarmed.

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

The disarming of Satan was the loss of his legal authority, but not his power.

Power and authority are not synonyms. Power is the ability to impose force upon others. E.g. an unarmed policeman has authority but not the power to stop a bank robbery in progress. Authority is the right to impose force upon others. E.g. a protesting mob has power to block the road but not the authority to do so. Because he has been disarmed the devil can now only operate as a vandal and a squatter. A vandal is someone who is set on the destruction of property, and a squatter is someone who occupies the property of another illegally.

In 2 Cor.2:11 Paul reminds us that “we are not unaware of Satan’s schemes”… “We are familiar with his evil schemes.” His schemes against the church (the body of Christ) are presented as a triad in Eph. 2:1-3. The theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas called them the unholy trinity or the enemies of our soul – the world, the flesh, and the devil. The battle is not physical, but spiritual according to Eph. 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh- and- blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. NLT The battle field is our mind (heart), and the battle is for your mind (heart). We are told to resist the devil not fight him.

“To resist the devil is to affirm your position in Christ which answers the rhetorical question “where are you?”

Pastor Fred Garnes4.24.13

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