True Happiness Is Now Yours
True Happiness Is Now Yours. If you sincerely said the prayer in Chapter One you have a new and living relationship with your Creator God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
You canít even imagine the wonderful life that God has prepared for you, and the best part is that it will never end and will increase in glory everyday, in this life and for Eternity.
Chapter Two of this book will provide you with the information you need to begin your new life with Jesus. Your thinking and your reason for living will totally change. You will discover that you are an entirely new person, that the old is gone and the new has come, and this is all from God.
You will also learn how to live in victory over your defeated foe, Satan. Jesus Christ lived victoriously over the devil when He lived on earth, and then totally defeated him through His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesusís victory and authority over the devil now belong to you.
True Happiness Is Now Yours.....
Congratulations on your decision to return to your Creator through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Sacrifice on the Cross for you. This is the most important decision you have ever made.
Please donít forget to record the date, time, and place of your decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior when you called upon the Name of the Lord to be saved. This will be a meaningful keepsake and a reminder for you, and for Satan and his demons.
Your relationship with God is now restored as if you had never sinned. You now have Christís authority over Satan, the same as Adam and Eve had before they sinned, but that does not mean that Satan will stop trying to influence your thoughts and put doubts in your mind about your decision to return to God through Jesus Christ.
No matter how much you change and grow in your relationship with Jesus, the devil will never change. He has come to kill, steal, and destroy, and some of the tactics that he uses are fear, lying, accusations, deception, oppression, and condemnation. In the Bible, he is called ďthe father of lies.Ē His power over you has been broken, but he will try to convince you that it isnít. Remember, he is a liar.
However, there is Someone else Who will never change, and that is God, His Word and His Son, Jesus, Who is the Living Word. You have no reason to fear the devil. You are now a child of God, and greater is He, Jesus, Who lives in you, than your enemy, the devil.
The first area in which the devil will try to attack and deceive you will be in the decision that you just made to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. The battlefield will be your mind. He will place all kinds of thoughts in your mind, attempting to cause you to doubt your new relationship with God. Heís afraid of you now.
He caused Adam and Eve to doubt their relationship with God, which led to their disobedience to God, which then led to separation from God. They should have exercised the authority and dominion that God had given them and answered Satanís temptation to doubt, with Godís Word alone, as Jesus Christ did when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Jesus is your example, not Adam and Eve.
We have already discussed Adam and Eveís temptation, but now letís examine the details of the temptation of Jesus Christ by the devil:
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry.
The devil said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if You worship me, it will all be Yours."
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'"
The devil led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: "'He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus replied, "It is written: 'Donít put the Lord your God to the test.'"
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.
The devil even attempted to cause Jesus Christ to doubt His relationship with God. He said, ďIf You are the Son of GodĒ? Jesus answered with the Word of God, by saying ďIt is writtenĒ.
Jesus Christ, Who was successful in defeating Satan every time He was tempted to doubt God, His Heavenly Father, is our example of how we should respond to temptations from the devil. We also answer with Godís Word anytime we have thoughts or hear things, even when we feel or see things that are contrary to Godís Word.
The relationship of every true child of God must be based on faith. Unbelief and a distrust of Godís Word led to disobedience and sin and the separation of man from God. Therefore, faith and trust in Godís Word is the only means of restoring man to God.
The Bible says, ďWithout faith it is impossible to please God. We must believe that He exists, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Ē What is faith in God? It is believing what God says is True and that God will do what He says.
The devil is a liar and he hates the Truth. He hates God Who cannot lie, and he hates faith in God and anyone who has faith in Him. He is Godís enemy and also the enemy of Truth and anyone who believes in God and lives by the Truth.
Adam and Eve did not trust God and His Word when they were tempted by Satan. Rather, they listened to, believed, and acted upon his words and the thoughts he inspired rather than upon Godís Word.
In Chapter One of this book, you were presented with many Truths from Godís Word, the Bible, concerning how you could return to God, your Creator, and be saved from your sins and restored to Godís original plan and purpose for your life, so you could experience peace, joy, and True Happiness in this life and for Eternity.
These Truths are what your faith in God must be based upon. You cannot trust in your emotions or feelings or in your intellect. You must know that you are saved and restored to God, because you believed His Word and you did what He asked you to do, period!
Keep in mind that Satan is going to bombard your mind with doubts about your salvation and new relationship with God. Your emotions and intellect will try to make you doubt, and so will other people.
However, the Holy Spirit Who now lives in you will help remind you of Godís Word, and as you believe God and His Promises, Godís Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you are now His child. As you choose to believe Godís Word above what you feel or think, and above what others tell you, the God of peace will be with you.
Learning how to use the authority that God has given you is very important. You want to live victoriously as a Christian, not defeated, but you must use the spiritual weapons that God has given you. Jesus Christ has won the victory for you. Therefore, you are now able to defeat Satan every time that he tempts you to doubt Godís Word.
Letís have a practice session in standing firm in your new faith in God. Below are some thoughts, feelings, or words that may come your way, along with your response from Godís Word:
1. You are not really saved. You must do good works to be saved. You canít just call upon Jesus and have only faith to be saved.
It is written, ďFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast,Ē and I believe Godís Word.
It is written, ďWhoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved,Ē and I called on the Name of the Lord, and I am now saved.
It is written, ďIf you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.Ē I did confess Jesus as Lord with my mouth, and I do believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, so Iím saved.
2. You are not really Godís child. You are still a child of the devil, and he still has power over your life.
It is written, ďFor He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins,Ē and I believe Godís Word.
It is written, ďYet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.Ē I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and I believed on His Name. Therefore, I am now His child. I believe His Word.
It is written, ďHow great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!Ē I thank God for His love and His Word, and for making me His child.
3. You are not really forgiven for your sins. You have done so much wrong that God could never forgive you.
It is written, ďTherefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.Ē I am now in Christ Jesus and am set free from the law of sin and death.
It is written, ďI write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His Name.Ē Thank you, Lord, that my sins are forgiven on account of Your Name.
It is written, ďAnd their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.Ē Thank you Lord that you donít even remember my sins.
4. You canít know for sure that you are saved and have Eternal Life.
It is written, ďFor God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life.Ē Thank you, Lord, for giving Your Son, Jesus, in my place so that I can have Eternal Life.
It is written, ďI give them Eternal Life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.Ē Thank you, Jesus, that Your Words are true and thank you for your Gift of Eternal Life.
It is written, ďFor the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Ē I believe Godís Word.
It is written, ďIn hope of Eternal Life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.Ē I believe that God cannot lie.
It is written, ďAnd this is the promise that He has promised us, even Eternal Life.Ē Thank you for Your promise of Eternal Life.
It is written, ď And this is the testimony: God has given us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son. He who has the Son has Life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have Life. I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have Eternal Life.Ē I have received the Son of God and therefore I have Eternal Life. Thank you, God, that You want me to know for sure that I have Eternal Life.
5. Nothing has changed in your life. You are the same person you have always been, and you canít expect anything to change now.
It is written, ďTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God.Ē I am now in Christ Jesus and therefore, I am a new creation. I thank You, God that my old life is gone, and Your new life has come. Most of all, I thank You that my new life is a free gift from You.
It is written, ďBecause by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.Ē I thank you, God, that you see me as perfect while you are making me holy. I believe it, Lord!
It is written, ďand have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.Ē Thank you, God, that You are renewing me in Your Image.
We believe that these portions of Godís Word will empower and enable you to defeat the enemy of your soul when he or anyone else attempts to cause you to doubt your new relationship with God. Anytime you begin to have doubts, respond by speaking Godís Word in faith, and the devil and his doubts will flee from you.
The Word of God must be the controlling factor in your life, now that you have been saved and are Godís child. You cannot allow your thoughts, your feelings, what you hear or see, to control your life any longer. Godís Word is Truth and Truth is now your standard.
You are saved because Godís Word says you are. You are Godís child now because Godís Word says you are His child now. You have Eternal Life because Godís Word says you have it. Your sins are forgiven because Godís Word says your sins are forgiven.
Here are words that will assist you in giving thanks to God through prayer for the Truth you have just learned in Chapter Two:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You so much for revealing Yourself to me and for bringing me back to You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that I can say with confidence now, on the basis of Your Word, that I am Your child, that I am a new person and now have a whole new life, that I am now saved from the penalty and power of sin, and that you donít remember my sins anymore.
Thank You, Father, that I now possess Eternal Life, as well as an abundant and blessed life right here and now. Thank you, Lord, that You did all of this for me, and none of it depends on my good works, but rather on my faith in You and what You have promised me in Your Word, the Bible. It is all a free gift from You to me, because You love me and because You want a relationship with me.
Thank you, Jesus, for all that You have done for me. Your demonstration of love towards me is beyond my comprehension and understanding, but not beyond my faith. I believe that You loved me so much that You took my place on the Cross, and I am grateful.
I also believe that You overcame Satan through your shed blood when You died on the Cross, as well as with the Word of God when You were tempted by him in the wilderness for forty days.
Thank you, Jesus, for defeating Satan on my behalf, and for demonstrating to me how I can overcome his schemes and temptations by using the Word of God, just as You did.
Please help me live by faith in Your Word, no matter what I think, feel, or hear. Jesus Christ is my example, not Adam and Eve. I choose to follow you, Lord, wherever You take me. Reveal Yourself to me more and more, and your plan for my new life. I love You!
In Jesusís Name I pray, Amen!