Luke 2:34
"and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against."

There are no downsides to following Jesus. Anyone who identifies with Christ rather gets on track for glorification. Your decision to follow Jesus all the way will make the Lord God to illuminate your path. This explains why you wouldn't stumble when darkness plagues others to a fall. When you sign up to path ways with the devil, you are granted unfettered access into the Commonwealth of God's generals and also divine citizenship in heaven. However, those who flirt with the decision to surrender all Jesus make themselves wide open as the devil's dumping ground for torment and sorrows. Instead of rising spiritually to reign and exercise dominion over sin, those who discredit the Gospel make it a rock of offense - stumbling block, and invoke the wrath of God upon their lives. While they might be living in the lap of luxury, the devil is busy preparing the ground to waste away their lives and destinies. Being preoccupied with the mission to kill, cart away and stamp out the destinies of men, fraternising with the devil would only lead to a fall and ultimately damnation.

Being full of all deceits, it is worthy of note that the devil is out to distract your attention from seeking to sit with Christ in heavenly places. He would rather inspire a desire in you to stand in the way of sinners and to sit in the seat of the scornful. Once the devil shifts your delight from God to himself, you run the risk of losing your flight to stardom and the divine spotlight to illuminate your destiny. Hence, the rejection and indifference to the Gospel spells disaster and leads to the fall of many. This contrast with the fate of those who joyfully acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus. Having being freed from deceit of the devil, true believers in Christ are made to sit with Christ in heavenly places. At such altitude, you are placed above principalities and powers, to exercise dominion and not to be under the dominance of fear and gimmicks of the devil.

Hence, which side of the coin would you want to sign up for - the spiritual elevation to sit with Christ, while having a divine seal of citizenship, to access the Commonwealth earmarked for true believers OR a spiritual fall that keeps you off God's divine radar while living at the mercy of the devil, whose mission is to cart away, stamp out and wipe out those whom he had succeeded in leading to damnation. If you would hearken to the call of God, to part ways with the devil, God will not only lighten your path, but would also empower you as a partner in progress to advance His kingdom while advertising His glory in your life. Invite Jesus into your life today, and you would keep citing testimonies of His endless goodness in your life.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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