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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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Satan's efforts to get to us, who aiready have tumed
from
Satan's
way and
lO
the
WAY
of the
GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD.
For this very
reason, Salan has gotten to and overthrown many who have fallen
away (11 Thes. 2:3).
Few actively heed what God, through Paul, said later to the
Ephesians: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle
not against ftesh and blood, but against principalities, against
POWERS,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness [wicked
SPIRITS)
in
HIGH PLACES"
(Eph. 6:10-
12).
There is a reason
WHY
God allows those predestinated to be
called
NOW
to have to withstand Satan and his
REBELLION
AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD.
lt
is necessary- in order for us to
QUALIFY
to become rulers
(under Christ) in the
KINGDOM OF ÜOD-
that we
NOT ONLY
re–
ject Satan's false way but
strive against
it until we
OVERCOME IT,
relying all the while on Goo for the power to do so.
As we, from earliest childhood growing up,
acquired
Satan's
nature, so, through conversion and the struggle of
OVERCOMING,
we rid ourselves of it. We
ACQUIRE,
instead, the
DIVINE NATURE.
Peter wrote that we become
"PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE"
(11 Pet. 1:4). We most certainly were not bom with it.
So, Lucifer
ACQUIRED
that "satanic" nature by his own rea–
soning and choice. Humans have
ACQUIRED
Satan's nature from
childhood and call it "human nature." But converted Christians,
who reject Satan's way and
OVERCOME
it, tuming to Goo's
WAY,
RECOME PARTAKERS OF-
i.e.,
ACQUIRE-
the
DIVINE NATURE.
8ut
for God's
PURPOSE,
it was necessary that we first know and totally
REJECT
Satan's way and accept
ÜOD'S GOVERNMENT.
When God does set OUt lO
CALL EVERY HUMAN ON EARTH
lO
spiritual salvation, Satan will be
BOUND
a thousand years, unable
to broadcast his impulses and altitudes. The world will be at
PEA CE!
Those called then will not have to battle what we do
now.
But
WHY?There
has to be a
REASON!
To those of us being called,
NOW,
Jesus said: "And he that