It is always good to feel like you are apart of something. It is especially good to feel like you are apart of the church. The place GOD created for those who needed somewhere to find comfort, love and unity with other believers and a place to convert unbelievers to faith in Jesus Christ. Once we have been received a new life begins for the believer. The old life is not remembered. We now have constant help in our new life with God; Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Not to say it want get rough sometimes. The bible says
1 Peter 5:8 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
We need to be temperate—–levelheaded, restrained, self controlled, composed, stable, modest, reasonable, and steady at all times. We need to be sober of mind—— clearheaded, abstaining, calm, restrained, and tame, disciplined, and tranquil.
The devil will try to make you everything but this. He will try to agitate, make life unbearable, harsh, oppressive, unsatisfactory, heartbreaking, and miserable. That’s why the Word of God must constantly be on our mind 24/7. We must remember that if we want to overcome the temptations and attacks of Satan we must know and use the Word of God. Always be ready to use the Word of God as a weapon against the enemy. The Word of God is our sword. We can use the sword defensively and offensively. When presented defensively the Bible’s message can free ourselves and others from spiritual bondage to Satan. When presented offensively it can demolish strongholds of error and falsehood.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
The more we know and understand God’s Word, the more useful we will be to GOD in the earth realm and a greater threat to the enemy the devil. God took care of the serpent the devil in the garden.
Genesis 3:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
The seed of the woman, Jesus Christ (Messiah) took care of the devil. He bruised the head of the old serpent the devil, that is, destroyed him and all his principalities and powers, broke and confound all his schemes, and ruined all his works, crushed his whole empire, stripped him of his authority and sovereignty, and particularly of his power over death, and his tyranny over the bodies and souls of men; all which is done by Christ, (Gill’s Exposition).
GOD has broken the power of the devil and made him subservient to us the church. Know this and take your place over the devil today. Stop his tyranny in your life. Hallelujah!!!! Put him in his place; under your feet.
Luke 10:18-19 American Standard Version (ASV)
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.