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  • The Bible, God, and Satan

    Just some of my more recent notes. It’s not a completed writing but it’s a start. The breakdown is a bit more complicated than this because there is a lot of ground work I have based this off of but I’ve narrowed it down to something this short and can hopefully fill in the gaps later on with second and third parts.

    In the Bible it talks about God and it talks about Satan. Two beings in a battle for the souls of man. As people the Bible talks about the importance of being aware of the enemy and his tactics.
    A few verses that come to mind are the following:
    In Genesis 3:1 it says “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

    In 1 Peter 5:8 it says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

    And in Luke 22:31 it says “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”

    Here are a few things I have learned about Satan from Scripture.
    The first thing I learned is that Satan is crafty but also stupid. Why do I say that? Here is why: Satan was smart enough to deceive man to fall but dumb enough to get kicked out of heaven. Satan knows more than man, he is smarter, more cunning, and more crafty than man. So man can easily fall prey to him. However Satan does not know more than God, he is not smarter than God.

    The second thing is that Satan can not defeat God. Why is that? We have an enemy who knows God but that does not know what God knows. Satan is not all knowing and he is not all powerful therefore matched against God he will always lose. Satan lives in eternal judgement under the law (referenced in the Old Testament) and eternal separation from God therefore there is no redemption for him.

    There is however redemption and salvation for man through Jesus Christ. If we are in Christ there is protection from our enemy there. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and nothing ever goes wrong but it does mean that even when we go through the bad times God will bring us through the other side. Where does man receive wisdom in this battle for souls? Through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit. Understanding who God is and then understanding who the enemy is changes everything for the follower of Jesus Christ.

    The Bible is referred to as a sword on numerous occasions in Scripture.
    In Hebrews 4:12 it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

    and in Ephesians 6 we see the armor of God referenced.

    “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

    The armor of God represents what we need in the battle for our soul against a ruthless enemy. You see the fruit on the tree in the garden looked good. In Genesis it describes it as “pleasing to the eye.” What looks good for us can be deceiving. In the end what looked good and what tasted good brought death for all of mankind. Adam and Eve deterred from the truth that they were given by God: “If you eat the fruit of this tree you will surely die.” Because they did not stick to God’s Word they made a huge mess. We must not kid ourselves, we are no different from Adam and Eve. We can and will fall into messes when we walk away from the Words God has given us. Our biggest defense against Satan is the Word of God. There is no truth apart from it, only death, only pain, only suffering. Adam and Eve didn’t die right away. It was a long and slow decline but they did as God told them would happen died. We do not walk away from God’s Words because that is where we lose every time. It’s time we stop compromising the living Word of God to appease people. The Bible is as God wrote it to be to transform lives and save Souls and protect them from a wicked enemy. When we change it we use the tactic Satan used in the garden. We must speak Truth if we are to bring people to Jesus Christ and save them from death. If we truly love people we will want for them to truly know and love God and be set free. Speak the living Word of God.

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  • God Will Sustain Us

    I’ve always really loved The Serenity Prayer. I’ve posted about it on a few occasions. For many people it is most associated with AA and rehabilitation. I’ve never struggled with addiction but I have struggled with the ups and downs of life as I know we all have. For me The Serenity Prayer has always been a comfort, a reminder of hope, and of courage. In my life I have experienced so many different things. In high school I lost a lot of people. I attended more funerals in four years than most people attend in 10.

    It was difficult but in that time I looked to God for strength. When I was 15 just a few weeks before my 16th birthday my great grandmother suffered a stroke that left the doctors saying that she was going to die and they projected that she would pass away on Sept. 17th. September 17th is my birthday. While other girls plan for months to throw an obnoxiously large sweet 16 party where they are the center of attention, I was sitting there knowing that my great grandmother, the matriarch of my family was going to die. It was one of the tragedies that I experienced in that time.

    It was a very difficult time for me but I always trusted that God would get me through that time and He did. I have found that it is in times of difficulty and uncertainty that our eyes are often opened to the things that matter the most. For my 16th birthday I wasn’t planning a party, I was visiting my great grandmother as much as I could before she passed away. Trials often show us where our priorities lie as opposed to where they should lie. Prayer was something that always meant a lot to me. In that time I sought God and I spent a lot of time in prayer. God has always been a constant for me in a life of variables. I have learned that we can plan all we want but sometimes we can’t control the outside circumstances of our lives.

    I have found that no matter how hard things get God has always sustained me, He has always given me hope, and He has always brought me through to the other side. It may not have always looked like I thought it should or would but He always got me through in the end. In my life the Serenity Prayer has always reminded me that no matter how uncertain life is that I know which rock I stand on and He is my solid ground. It has continued to remind me of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
    I can not always control the circumstances that surround me but I can trust that God will be with me every step of the way and no matter what happens He will bring me through to the other side. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a Serenity Prayer necklace that I wear most of the time as a reminder that God is with me throughout the day no matter what happens. God will bring me peace in the storm just as He has always done.

    I don’t know what anyone else’s story entails I can only share my own. I do pray that in a time of uncertainty that I can offer the Hope that only comes from Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

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  • That’s What Christmas Is All About Charlie Brown” Luke 2:8-20/Man Can Not Stop God’s Word Matthew 24:35

    For many years people have tried to get this part taken out of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, but they can’t. One of the many cool things about God is that He was, is, and always will be and man can’t stop Him. There are many instances in the Bible where man tried to stop God’s will and Word from being shared among people and every single one failed because God did not allow them to succeed. God is all powerful and His will be done. Think about the birth of Jesus and how many times man tried to thwart God’s plan of Redemption for man, and how God protected Jesus. God can not be stopped, His Word will reign forever and ever. The Bible in Matthew 24:35 says:
    “35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.” So man can try as he may to get God’s Word taken out of public buildings, tv shows, and even the celebration of Christmas, churches, or the Christian heart (by trying to suppress when and where we can talk about God or pray), but God’s Word will always be and there is nothing man can do to stop it.

    “That’s What Christmas Is All About Charlie Brown” Luke 2:8-20

    Luke 2:8-20
    Glory in the Highest
    8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

    13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

    14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

    15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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