Satan Entered Judas.
“Then entered Satan (who?!) into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.” Luke 22:3
Just how did Satan actually get access to one of Jesus’ 12? Have you wondered that? ….. Well, as usual, we must look at the whole of God’s Word to discover this – “precept upon precept; line upon line,” … “comparing (collating, putting together) spiritual things with spiritual.” (Isaiah 28:10, 13; 1 Corinthians 2:13) … Read the following verse of Holy Scripture and see if you can decipher why Judas, after walking with Jesus, being sent by Jesus to do His work, being specifically hand selected by the very Son of God, betrayed Christ: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) Do and memorize this verse of divine truth. Judas was invaded by Satan only due to his own deliberate neglecting of proper, intimate fellowship with the Son of God. When the disciples were supposed to be praying, they slept. This led to Peter’s denial of Christ and Judas’ betraying the Son of God. Peter chose to repent and Judas didn’t. The same applies to all who’ve been saved today. God grants all men free will and wishes that none perish (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; 2 Peter 3:9). This is the difference for those two – one repented and the other refused. The same will be the case for millions who were once saved and then forfeited their place with God due to not keeping Jesus first (Revelation 2:4-5; Matthew 25:1-13, etc.). See Mark 14 and 1 John 1:2-2:2.
This is simple. It’s not rocket science. The way Judas fell and committed the most sinister betrayal in history is the exact same way you and I have fallen and betrayed Christ at times. You must remain built up in Christ through daily communion with Him in prayer and in His Word. We are no match for sin and Satan. We must be consumed with the power of Jesus Christ to overcome (Romans 8:12-14, etc.).
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:
“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Jude 20
“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
Now, when we, the very children of God, bought by Christ’s very blood, stay upon the LORD, He fills us and we not only are prevented from betraying Jesus but also are anointed to bear good fruit in doing His work.
Why does the Bible tell us king Rehoboam “did evil”?
“And he did evil, BECAUSE BECAUSE BECAUSE he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 12:14
Rehoboam betrayed the LORD by not keeping his heart prepared before Him in daily communion. King Rehaboam betrayed the LORD in doing evil due to his refusal to spend quality, honest-hearted time with the LORD. It’s just that simple. How is the heart of the LORD’s child prepared before Him daily to love, worship, and serve Him? Jesus told us right here in Matthew 26:41 when He instructed us: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Prayer.
Also, we become strong and “grow” as we daily ingest the very Words of God:
What happens when the LORD’s servants diligently prepare their hearts before Him? In others words they seek His holy face unrelentingly …..
“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra 7:10
As we see here with the LORD’s servant Ezra, he was blessed to do the Word (law) and to “teach” it by reason of preparing his heart before God. Ezra stayed upon the LORD (Isaiah 10:20; 50:10).
As we see in the verse above, preparation determines just how powerfully God can use us as individuals.
Sifting happens in stages. falling away begins in an instant – upon neglecting fellowship with the one who saved us! Read Mark 14 closely. Notice what led to Peter’s denial of Christ in the later portion of this chapter. Life lesson for us! Peter and the other disciples of Jesus fell asleep instead of praying. They neglected their fellowship time with the LORD and therefore had not oil, no divine virtue and strength to face the temptation that lied ahead. Memorize Jesus’ words in Matthew 26:41.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ holy name I come before You. I repent right now for committing the sin of idolatry by not keeping You as first love and first priority of my existence, my life You gave and for which I shall give account. Please forgive me Father in Jesus’ name. You are in Heaven and I upon Your earth. I want to know and to truly please You in all things and I know that is all rooted in knowing You. Bless me to know You, to fear, and to serve You truly. Break me LORD! Bless me to break up the fallow ground and grant Thy servant a heart of flesh. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
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