You just finished your persuasive essays, letters and you are now going to give your oral presentations. I hope you have learned a bit about writing persuasively, using facts to influence others towards righteousness. Always, use persuasion for good. Please never use it for bad. So many teens are led into sin every day because of the persuasive techniches of their peers. How many people are tonight going to take their first drink or try drugs or throw away their purity.It happens every day.
I want you to think real quick. Who is the most persuasive person in the Bible?
I would say that the most persuasive person in the Bible is the devil. We first see him as a serpent in the garden who successfully persuaded Eve to disobey the Lord. He tried endlessly to get Job to curse God. He roams about this earth like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He will not stop until the Lord returns.
You are being persuaded all the time by the enemy, to turn away from the Lord.
You need to know the Word of God, because the enemy is cunning and the days are evil.
The good news is, while Satan may be the most persuasive, he is not the most powerful.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15
“ You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.” Ephesians 5:7-10
Walking in the Spirit (Ephesians 5)
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d]drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.