Read today's scripture here: John 12:20-36
Ang, how did you possibly link those two stories together to come to that thought? My answer, my mind is definitely a thinker, and here's how my process worked.
First, I read the passage and I think, man, it's just so far out there, like a David Koresh type feeling when I read some of these passages. You have to really believe that Jesus is God or you could really get confused at what Jesus is trying to tell you to do. Then the TWIST came. Satan, knows God better than we do. You can't trust him because he used to be an angel, but he will never again, be able to go to heaven. Since we know that, we know Satan wants what isn't his. Satan, can throw twists on God's word, he's a deceiver, he comes to steal the word. I'm sure this is why God spoke in parables, because he speaks to our hearts. As you are reading scripture, make sure that you are praying in your spirit.
Next, I'm caught up on Jesus stating that judgment is about to happen. He doesn't warn the people that it's for them, he says the prince of the world is about to be driven out. Knowing that he was driven out later in the scripture, I know Satan does not have power here anymore. Knowing that Satan does not have power anymore, we have all now become Adam and Eve's, with the exception we are not allowed to have the entire world at our choices. The entire world is back in Jesus's hands and we are back to freewill.
With that said, how do I know that we are all supposed to be able to have eternal life in heaven? Because Jesus told the people that when he was lifted up he would draw ALL PEOPLE to himself. So let me ask you, are you an ALL PEOPLE or are you someone else?
I have a friend that is not walking with God. God is calling, but he is currently being persuaded by the enemy (when I say Satan I sound like a Hollywood horror film) that he was not meant to be saved. He is hung up on God knowing where people will end up, and since this person is not living for God, nor does he want to, he assumes that God hasn't called him and that his life was meant for hell, which makes him angry at God because why then would God put him here if he was just living to go to hell?
Now the interesting thing here, is that there are going to be two different views. 1) one that understand and agrees with my friend and 2) those that will pray against the darkness to free my friend from the enemy.
Satan's only weapon, because we have been redeemed by Christ, is temptations. I know temptation can be hard friends. I know that temptation can seem deceptive, but the truth is, according to scripture, is that you have been saved, redeemed and called by Christ to live a free life. If you are feeling darkness or trapped by the enemy, by Satan, and or by demons, you do not need to live like that. Satan has no control, other than the control you allow him to have. Jesus won you back, and he gave the choice of your life back to you.