Is it an "easy ride" to serve God?
I sometimes see some uploads, that "says" it is easy to be saved,
stay saved and serve the Lord.
Does the Bible say it is "easy"?
No, we have an enemy who does everything
he can to lead us away from our faith in Jesus Christ.
And this enemy is powerful, unfortunately.
We live in a world "ruled" by Satan.
"Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and
showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory
[splendor, magnificence, and excellence] of them;
and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You,
if You fall down and worship me.”
Matthew 4: 8-9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,
and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world,
and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."
Matthew 4:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
"Again doth the Devil take him to a very high mount,
and doth shew to him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them,
and saith to him, `All these to thee I will give,
if falling down thou mayest bow to me.'"
Matthew 4:8-9 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
How could Satan offer Jesus the
whole world if he didn't rule over it?
Jesus didn't answer; you don't rule over this world.
He said; "GO AWAY, SATAN! "
(Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan!
For it is written and forever remains written,
‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”)
Matthew 4:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Someone may say; "Satan is a liar, so he lied to Jesus,"
and yes, Satan is a liar, but he "rules" this world.
The Bible says;
"We know [for a fact] that we are of God,
and the WHOLE WORLD [around us]
LIES IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE"
[opposing God and His precepts].
1 John 5:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"And we know that we are of God,
and the whole world lieth in wickedness."
1 John 5:19 King James Version (KJV)
"we have known that of God we are,
and the whole world in the evil doth lie;"
1 John 5:19 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
So will we get problems, hardships and persecution
if we are Jesus disciples and live after God's word?
The Bible says:
“It is through many tribulations and hardships that
we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 14:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"and that we must through much tribulation
enter into the kingdom of God."
Acts 14:22 King James Version (KJV)
"and that through many tribulations it behoveth us to
enter into the reign of God,"
Acts 14:22 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
" “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive
with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people
insult you and persecute you,
and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you
because of [your association with] Me.
Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven
is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Matthew 5:11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:
for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Matthew 5:11-12 King James Version (KJV)
"Happy are ye whenever they may reproach you,
and may persecute,
and may say any evil thing against you falsely
for my sake -- rejoice ye and be glad, because
your reward [is] great in the heavens,
for thus did they persecute the prophets
who were before you.
Matthew 5:11-12 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
As we can see, the devil often puts people
with unclean spirits against us.
Even the apostles often had to flee because
it was made plans to kill them.
But God was with them, but it was not an "easy ride" for them,
they was imprisoned, beaten and threatened,
But they never gave up. They fought and gave glory to God.
As Christians we have power over all unclean spirits,
but this does not mean that they do not attempt to fight us.
Just as the apostles had to undergo hardship for their faith
and service to the Lord,
must also we expect that the devil will attack us.
But Satan, his demons and followers, are already beaten.
We are on the winning side, the Bible says so,
let us preach to all people, so they get saved:
"And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun;
and he cried with a loud voice,
saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven,
Come and gather yourselves together
unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains,
and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses,
and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men,
both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth,
and their armies, gathered together to make war against him
that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him
the false prophet that wrought miracles before him,
with which he deceived them that
had received the mark of the beast,
and them that worshipped his image.
These both were cast alive into a
lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Revelation 19:16-20 King James Version (KJV)
I repeat; So let us preach to all people,
so they get saved and do not end up like this:
"And if [a]anyone’s name was not found [b]written in
the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire."
Footnotes: Revelation 20:15 Lit anyone was.
Revelation 20:15 Since everyone who goes before the
great white throne is to be tried and sentenced for his deeds,
and no one is sinless, the only way to escape condemnation
and the “lake of fire” is to have one’s name in the
“Book of Life” through authentic faith in Jesus as Lord
(see Ps 69:28; Phil 4:3; Rev 3:5).
Revelation 20:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 20:15 King James Version (KJV)
"and if any one was not found written in the scroll of the life,
he was cast to the lake of the fire."
Revelation 20:15 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
Satan, his demons and followers, are already beaten,
but hardship will come to us that believe,
but we WILL be saved:
"But the one who endures and bears up
[under suffering] to the end will be saved."
Matthew 24:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved."
Matthew 24:13 King James Version (KJV)
And the one who endures to the end will be saved;
"but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved;"
Matthew 24:13 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
"You will be hated by everyone because of
[your association with] My name, but the one who
[patiently perseveres empowered by the Holy Spirit and]
endures to the end, he will be saved."
Mark 13:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved."
Mark 13:13 King James Version (KJV)
"and ye shall be hated by all because of my name,
but he who hath endured to the end -- he shall be saved."
Mark 13:13 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
God bless you and keep you safe in Jesus Holy name.
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