"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." -Romans 12:2.When we finally come to realize, and understand God's plan for our lives, we will experience destiny beyond our wildest imagination. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the power to crush Satan and the powers of darkness under our feet. This is only one of several reasons why Satan hates ALL of Almighty God's people, and Satan will do anything and everything he can to work against our authority to crush (Lucifer, now called Satan the devil) him. Even if that includes Satan using his power to work through other people, and cause them to criticize Christians who diligently work to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ!
It has already been "noted" by some how Satan used his power to work through David. Satan stood up against Israel, and caused David to number Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1), in a biblical story documented as being written by Ezra during the Persian Period about 425 - 400 B.C. The ancient world was under the control of the Persian Empire and King Artaxerxes, when Chronicles was written. The king allowed Ezra to return to Jerusalem during that time. Ezra was a priest and scribe, and he played an important role in organizing people for the proper worship and service to Almighty God. Bible study will always give us great insight into the workings (powers) of Satan during that era. The archangel Gabriel was attacked by the devil. The “prince of the kingdom of Persia” is Satan! (Daniel 10:13). This story alone gives us clues as to how biblical history is out of sequence in biblical translations.
Also, the event of numbering Israel (census taking) has confused some people, because the Lord's anger was against Israel, and the Lord moved David to number Israel and Judah (2 Samuel 24:1). When we read biblical scriptures with "spiritual" eyes, we will notice some vast differences like how the "census" count, inspired by Satan, was a tremendous larger number than the number counted, after it was inspired by Almighty God! This was just one of the many examples of how Satan is working against God's people.
Learning about biblical history proves to be beneficial for us, because the ancient people who lived before us have already sowed what we now have the opportunity to reap. That is to say, "We should not be making the same mistakes that our ancestors did"!
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of Almighty God, but we must never forget that man still is fallible (capable of making a mistake). The Holy Spirit is infallible. Satan would want us to believe that Almighty God is the author of confusion instead of us learning important truths about fallible humanity. God’s word reveals to us that Satan is the real author of confusion. This important fact will reveal why a major cause of controversy is rampant among some people causing them to say that Holy scriptures are contradicting throughout the Bible. This is the powerful influence of Satan still at work in people’s lives even in today’s society. Satan has existed long enough to know more about how people think, act or react, better than most people know about themselves. After all, Satan has been doing a lot of observations (people watching). Another major reason why Holy Spirit teaching is necessary, in order for us to comprehend God’s true word. In fact, Satan probably does more people watching than most people do “bird watching”. How long did Satan observe Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, before he decided to strike? Some people probably believe that what they read in the bible is a complete account of what happen in the story of Adam and Eve. Almighty God doesn’t reveal every little detail, but we learn just enough to know who the real enemy of man is!
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour…” -1 Peter 5:8.
Almighty God has already given us inspirational guidelines to live and learn from. The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of the Holy Spirit. Some information and facts about biblical history has been omitted from the Bible. This is called the "hidden" knowledge of God, which can be, and oftentimes will be revealed through His Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit knowledge and power is available to anyone who seeks it, and asks for it! God's plan for our lives is not something that is belonging to any one individual. All of humanity has been created to perfect the divine will of Almighty God. Each person has different gifts to be used in God's plan. In order to know what those gifts are, and God's plan for our lives, we only need to ask Him. The information is freely given.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. ...Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. -Romans 12:9-19.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us
use them: if prophecy, let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. -Romans 12:6-8.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. -Romans 12:21.
Jesus Christ is above every principality and power, and He establishes dominion over the powers of darkness by placing them under His feet. We must exercise that same authority, Spiritually, in Christ, and move forward boldly, filled with faith and power, to TRAMPLE ON THE WORKS OF DARKNESS!!!
"...than the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to
you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of
your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His
calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and
what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to
the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him
from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above
all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in that which is to come." -Ephesians 1:17-21.
SALVATION IS ALSO FOR THE GENTILES
Thus says the Lord, "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. ...For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, "Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him." -Isaiah 56:1-8.