Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Thirteen: by turtle

I promised in the original first lesson, to not just talk about sin but to speak on the anti Christ.  Some might think why speak of the
devil. The only way to know your enemy, your adversary is to know his where bouts, as well as his actions. When one is dealing
with crook, a sly fox, or any name you might wish to call people that seek to destroy the love of God. They do not only want to
destroy God’s people, but anyone that is in their path. If they can profit from you they will. There are however something that is
your responsibility as a believer in Christ. One must first stand firm in faith and the second is rely on the strength of the Lord to
overcome the enemy. A complete surrender, not any dodging class or playing hooky. One is either going to wear the armor of God
or one is going to run around naked. Without the armor of God one can not be protected. It use to be a wedding ring meant you
belonged to someone and that let people know you were not available. Today that ring seems to mean less and less as the world
becomes more corrupt. The seal of the Holy Spirit is permanent mark, however if one choose to sin are you breaking the covenant
with God.

A few years ago I knew little about covenants. Often has human beings, we fail to keep promises. God’s promises are forever.
However are we in compliance with our part. Christ own words says it best.

John 3:15-18 KJV
(15)  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(16)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.
(17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
(18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God.

One has to believe, if one does not believe in the Only begotten Son of God then He is condemned already. By being born by
sinful man, we are condemned. We are born into sin. We are born not believing in God. God knew us in our mother’s womb.
However we did not know God. John the baptist was conceived and before birth was anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:15 KJV
(15)  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy
Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

However Jesus was different. For His Father was not man, but the Holy Ghost. Christ was the literal word of God that became
flesh.

John 1:1 KJV
(1)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 KJV
(14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth.

Luke 1:31-35 KJV
(31)  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
(32)  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
David:
(33)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
(34)  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
(35)  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

1 Corinthians 15:47 KJV
(47)  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Christ is known as the second Adam or the second man. Adam was made without sin, yet he chose to disobey God. Christ was the
second Adam, man born without sin, born by power of God by God’s word that became flesh. Adam was molded. The word
being Christ became flesh and became the Son of God. The perfect just and right Son of God in pure form. God creating man with
the ability to fail, by choice, Christ having a choice to fail and having the ability to achieve because He is God in the flesh. He is the
Son of God in the flesh. The Word being God becoming flesh did not change who the Word was. However man being molded was
a creation of God.

The Devil believes he is god, that he has the power to defeat God because he is better then God. However that is the biggest lie of
that old devil called Lucifer. Biggest thing a con man can do is set himself up to be god. No man, woman or child is God. Jesus
was the only Son of God because He is the Word of God and He is the Son of God by human birth, as well as spirit. We know we
were created in the image of God and His likeness. However that never makes us God. The anti Christ is one that does not believe
Jesus came in the flesh.

1 John 4:1-3 KJV
(1)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
the world.
(2)  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
(3)  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist,
whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Last week I mentioned that one had to believe in God the Father and the Son. Today we go a step further and say that we must
believe that Christ came in the flesh. There are groups that believe one or part of this. Some believe He came physically, others
believe he has yet to come, Some do not believe at all in God or even the Son of God. However because there is historical data by
historian name Josephus many do recognize that Jesus came in the flesh, though they do not recognize who Christians say He is.
Now that is oddity in itself. How can atheist say they do not recognize Jesus for they at least believe historical evidence to the
contrary.

Okay what about the armor we are to wear. Well first of all God gives the armor. First He starts on the inside before the outer
garment is worn. How He does this is knocking on the heart of our door. We might answer the door for a time, but never allow
Him entrance, It is when we receive Jesus Christ as Lord that He has entrance to our heart and he comes in and sups with us.

Revelation 3:20 KJV
(20)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me.

When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts we just gain victory over Satan. As long as you allow the devil to reign you will loose.
The minute you allow Jesus into your heart you win. Scriptural proof. That easy look at this next verse.

1 John 4:4 KJV
(4)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

First one must understand that Christ in you has already won. The only thing now is to obey and next week we will get more into
that as we explore I John.