Posts tagged ‘Satan’

Satan’s Bag of Tricks

When Satan approached Eve in the Garden of Eden, he deployed his full bag of tricks.  And aren’t we glad that we have written record of it?!  It’s like being given the secret attack plans, in writing, of our greatest enemy while on the field of battle.  Wait, it is exactly that.  Since we know all of Satan’s moves, we can watch for them and have our guard up.  Can you see him pacing the floor every time someone reads Genesis 3?  “Drat!  Foiled again!”  (Yah, right!  I’m sure he is that tame!  Not!!)

Well, let’s take a look at what is in Satan’s bag of tricks, shall we?  Let’s start with chapter 3,verse 1.  “Now the serpent….”  Satan has power to be reckoned with.  He changed his form into something that was non-threatening.  Just as the beautiful Autumn Crocus flower causes cardiac arrest, Satan can appear beautiful, but his poison is deadly.

Number 2 in the bag of tricks is also in verse 1.  Satan asks Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden?'”  Did you see that?  He said “every.”  Just like my 8 year old insinuates that I don’t love him because I make him eat the healthy supper I have made for him, and don’t let him eat the junk food he would prefer.  Satan insinuates that God does not love Eve.  If He truly loved her, then He would let her eat from whatever tree she wanted to.  Tricky, tricky!  And how easily we tend to fall for that one!  The minute something goes wrong, or doesn’t go like we planned, what do we do?  We doubt the love of God.  And what is more true than His love?  Not a blessed thing!  Anyone who would sacrifice the life of His only Son for you, loves you.  That is pretty hard to overlook.

Trick number 3 – Genesis 3:4.  Satan flat out lies.  He denies the truth of God’s word when he says, “You will not surely die.”  Just a case in point…where is Eve now?  Dead.  Satan does not always twist to deceive.  He does not always manipulate the truth so that it is still partially true.  Often he just plain old, flat out lies.  He is, after all, the father of lies (John 8:44).  Be on your guard.  Know God’s word so that you know His truth, and will see a lie from Satan from miles away.

Remember the poisonous apple from The Sleeping Beauty?  Oh I remember it!  The apple the witch offered to the princess was beautiful!  It was red and shiny, perfectly formed.  It easily must have been the most desirable apple from all the trees…but it was laced with poison!  As the wicked witch (disguised as a sweet old lady…sound familiar?) held it out before her, the princess could not resist.  Perhaps she wasn’t even hungry before that.  But when she say that gorgeous apple, she wanted it.  She took it, and ate it.  Satan’s 4th trick is just that.  Chapter 3:5 – “…in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…”  A fruit that would make Eve like God.  “Oooo, pretty!  I must have it!!”  Satan causes sin to appear beautiful, fun, desirable, then dangles it in front of our faces.  We begin to believe that it is exactly what we have always wanted to do, so we do it.  We say it, we take it, we whatever.  Know what God says is sin.  Stay in constant contact with the Holy Spirit through prayer, so that you will hear Him when He warns you that the shiny, red apple is poisoned!

Here’s a sneaky one.  Watch carefully for trick number 5, because Satan very craftily uses it to malign the character, and holiness of God…thereby removing His godliness!  Genesis 3:5 – “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Key words?  “For God knows.”  Can you hear the snide snake hiss those words out?  His implication?   “God knows if you eat this, you will be just like Him, and He can’t have that.  He wants all the knowledge to be His.  He wants all the power for Himself.  He is selfish and jealous, and won’t share.”  Satan led Eve to question the goodness, the holiness, of God.  In a world filled with tragedy and strife, how easy is it for Satan today to plant these same seeds of doubt!  See Leviticus 19:2, Isaiah 6:3, 1 Peter 1:5, Revelation 3:7, and Revelation 15:4 for verification of God’s holiness.

When in a battle, know your enemy.  But also know your ally.  Remember that you are on the side of right, and God fights for you against an enemy who’s defeat is imminent.  Don’t let Satan’s wiles trick you into crossing enemy lines.  Be on guard!  Wear your armor!  Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

DIVORCE…The Inside Attack

Two days ago my husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary…just days after I learned of the divorce of a friend from my youth.  She is a Christian, and in her letter about the divorce she talked about how God is in control and would help her through this time.

Divorce is something that God never intended, and certainly does not intend for the body of believers.  Before I jump into a preachy soapbox in which a reader may feel pointing fingers, I want to tell you that I am not innocent in this subject area.  A few years ago I was on the brink of leaving my husband.  We had gone through some very difficult years in our marriage, and our relationship was very tattered and bruised.  Without delving into all of the mucky details, the whole thing came down to one moment when I locked myself in my bathroom.  It had all come to a head and I needed to make a decision…stay or go.  I was in so much pain at that moment.  Torn and confused beyond what I ever thought I could be.  I cried out to God…and I heard Him say, very clearly, “Stay.”  Believe me, that was not really what I wanted to hear.  Not so deep down I was really hoping God would see my side of things and give me the go-ahead to leave.  But He didn’t.  Being obedient to His command was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do to that point, but I did it, because He gave me the strength to do it.  And God used that obedience to do some major fixing.  He made a lot of changes in my husband’s life…and a lot in my own.  Marriage takes both partners, and no matter how much I wanted to blame my husband for all of our troubles, there was trouble that was my own doing as well.  God saved our marriage because He wants us together.  And together we can honor and serve Him in a way that we couldn’t apart from each other.

Now I’m going back to the part about divorce being something God does not intend…and to be more blunt, approve.  Sorry.  He doesn’t, and that is the truth of His holy Word.  There is reason behind it that is more than just keeping two people together.  It involves the Church as well.  But first things first.  Jesus brought up the topic of divorce in His Sermon on the Mount of Olives.  In Matthew 5:31-32 Jesus says that divorcing causes the spouse to commit adultery (breaking one of the 10 Commandments), and that anyone who marries a divorced person also commits adultery.

Jesus expands on this in Matthew 19:3-12 and Mark 10:2-12, two records of the same event.  The Pharisees had come to Jesus to test him, as usual, and threw the question of divorce at Him.  Moses had allowed divorce, and so, of course what Jesus said on the Mount of Olives contradicted that.  In part of these passages Jesus explained that Moses allowed divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the Israelites, not because it was what God wanted.  But because the Pharisees needed more of the ‘why’ answered Jesus told them the following from Matthew 19:4-6, which He quotes from the Old Testament (Genesis 1:27; 5:2; and 2:24):  And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Jesus made one exception to this rule.  That was in the case of unfaithfulness.

When a couple divorces, it is wrong, but there is much more going on here than just a divorce of a marriage and the break up of the family.  Especially when the divorce happens in the lives of Christians.  Statistics go both ways on divorce among Christians and/or churchgoers.  Often it is claimed that the divorce rate is just as high as it is with non-Christian/churchgoers.  (I do differentiate between Christians and churchgoers because not all churchgoers are Christians.)  Other sites claim that among true Christians, those who faithfully practice their faith and beliefs, the divorce rate is much lower.  Regardless of the statistics that are out there, I can say that I see it personally far more often in the church than I should.  I cannot comment on the strength of a divorced person’s faith, other than to say that I have seen these people in church regularly for a very long period of time, or I am witness to confessions of their faith in various manners.

Satan is using divorce as an attack among the people of God.  There are obvious reasons why he would do this.  The first is that divorce is disobedience to God’s commands.  In luring Christians into divorcing their spouse, Satan is offering a temptation to sin.  He fills their heads with lies about their spouse, as well as about themselves.  He is able to exaggerate the flaws of the spouse, as well as the individual innocence of self, in a way that is blindingly filled with half-truths and out-right lies.  When divorce occurs, sin is committed, and distance is put between the Christian and God.  Of course there is forgiveness, when sin is confessed.  But I wonder how much repentance can truly occur while the divorce continues…I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.  As with any sin that pulls us away from God, turning back to Him is difficult.  The longer we wait to confess and repent, the wider that gap grows between us, and the more and more difficult it becomes for us to return to Him.  Divorce is such a painful thing, and those lies that Satan feeds us create such bitterness, anger and resentment.  It is a great task to overcome those feelings, and the hardness of heart, that by the time it is accomplished, the gap between Christian and God can be very large.  Satan’s mission:  accomplished.

Satan’s attack on the church is three-fold, though.  He tears down the relationship between a Christian and God.  He tears apart a marriage that God brought together for a purpose that goes beyond what we see as we stand at the alter to say our I-do’s.  And Satan does damage to the Church as a whole.  He tears apart the members of the Body of Christ.  Not just between the two who divorced, but all those in the church who know them.  One, or both, may leave the congregation, or even the church altogether.  Whether they leave or not, the rest of the body is in a situation where they are uncomfortable with how to respond to this situation, and these two people.  A few months ago, a lady from church, who had been divorced from her husband after they had been members together in this congregation for many years, married someone else.  Jesus said in His Olivet Discourse that God considered this adultery, both the divorce, and then the re-marriage to someone else.  How do I, as a Christian, and as a co-member of the Body of Christ, the Church, congratulate her and tell her I’m happy for her?  I really, really struggled with that.  The situation created enmity between parts of The Body.

Satan’s attack on the Church through divorce is also symbolic in nature.  The Bible describes the Church as the Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:30-32; and Colossians 1:24).  The marriage of the Church (the Bride) to Christ (the Groom), joins us together with Jesus as one, He being the Head of the Body.  We, the Church, are a unit with Christ, just as a husband and wife are a unit, together.  As Satan continues to spread divorce through the Church, it is a symbol of his work to break down the marriage between Christ and the Church.

We must protect not only our human marriages, but also the marriage of the Church to Christ!!  If you are a Christian and married, pray for protection over your marriage!!  If you are a Christian who is unhappy in your marriage, pray for healing and restoration in your marriage, and for protection.  Remember, I don’t say this as someone who has not faced the pain and questions you face now.  But, God is faithful.  He does not want you to leave your spouse.  If the choice is yours, chose what God would have you do.  Be obedient to Him, and He will be faithful to you.  If you are a Christian who has gone through divorce, confess, repent, and seek God’s leadership in your life.  I know that God would heal your marriage, you, and your spouse, if you would open the door for Him to do that.  I know that may not be what you want, but God can give you a change of heart, too, if you are willing to obey.  If you are a Christian, married or not, pray for the protection of the Church, and the marriage between her and Christ.  We do live in the End Times.  More than any time in history, we need to use the power of prayer, and seek the protection of God for the Church.  Satan’s divorce weapon must be destroyed!!!

The Naked Truth: Why Did Adam Really Hide From God?

“Then they heard the Lord God walking in the garden during the cool part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the Lord God among the trees in the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said, ‘Where are you?’

“The man answered, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.'” (Genesis 3:8-10 NCV).

This was part of the passage we discussed in Sunday School today. And the question was, “Why did Adam and Eve hide from God?” Was it guilt and shame? Embarrassment? After all, they looked down for the first time and realized “Whoops! Yikes! We are naked as jay-birds! We can’t show up before God like this!”

Was nakedness really the reason that they hid, or was there something else? Of course there was. The very moment Eve, and then Adam, ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they not only understood the difference between right and wrong, but they had a full understanding of the gravity of what they had done. They heard God walking in the garden and knew that they had disobeyed the God of the universe. They felt guilt, and shame. But they also felt fear for the first time. God said that if they ate from that tree, they would die. Now God was looking for them. Did He know already? Was their any way they could hide this truth from Him? Would He kill them on the spot? Adam and Eve hid because more than their bodies were naked. Their souls were laid bare, and they were now vulnerable. They were afraid. Before they ate, they lived in the comfort and safety of God Almighty. Now, God was their enemy. I’d hide, too!

They had to wonder, who was this God? Was He a God of anger and revenge? Would He be filled with hatred, and regret over creating them? Adam and Eve suddenly realized that they no longer knew God. The One with whom they had spent countless hours strolling through the garden had become a stranger to them. Something had come between them and Him, and fear gripped their hearts like it was a physical vise. It was this fear that drove them to cower behind the bushes when God called for them. They did not dare to face Him.

Don’t we find ourselves in the same situation when we sin against God? The God we enjoyed communion with in prayer just hours before becomes a stranger. We feel separated from Him. Vulnerable. Afraid to show ourselves to Him. What will He do? How will He react? We doubt His goodness, and wonder if this is the time that God says, “Enough. This is the last time you will blow it. I am finished with you.” Satan feeds us one lie after another. He overruns our mind with doubts. And in so doing, strips us naked, leaving us vulnerable and afraid to turn our face toward God.

What was God’s response to Adam and Eve? Punishment? Perhaps. To be sure there were consequences for what they had done. But God didn’t fry them. He didn’t strike them with lightening. He didn’t vaporize them. And He didn’t hate them. God’s response was to care for them. He met their needs. They were naked and vulnerable. He covered them (vs. 21). He loved them.

What is God’s response to you when you sin? He does not condemn you (There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit – Romans 8:1 NKJV). Yes, there are natural consequences for our sins. But God loves us, and He covers our nakedness. He covered our nakedness once and for all when Jesus died on the cross. We sin and build a separation between us and God, but He comes calling for us. He wants us to return to Him. He wants us to trust in His love.

So God loves us. He does not condemn us when we disobey Him. He even comes looking for us to bring us back to Him. Why then would we fear Him? Because Satan wants us to, just as he wanted Adam and Eve to. As long as Satan can keep us away from God, filled with the fear of a response from God that he has contrived, he can keep us from being used by God. Our relationship with God is put on hold, and our service to God is paralyzed. Satan becomes the victor in our lives.

We will sin. No matter how hard we try not to. But we cannot allow Satan full victory in our lives! Our time here is short. God has a purpose for our lives, and when we allow Satan to make us ineffective by not returning to the God who offers us His own righteousness, we lose. We lose out on precious time in prayer and worship with God. We lose opportunities to reach others in His service. And we lose the blessing of being used by the God of all gods. God is not the God of fear. He is the God of love, and He wants you to return to Him the moment you realize your sin. Do not delay. Defeat the fear of the Devil. Instead, seek victory in Jesus!

What is Holding You Back?

It has come to my attention (thank You, God) that it is time to share my testimony with you.  But not necessarily my salvation testimony.  I don’t have a dramatic salvation story…I was only 4 when I invited Christ into my life, after all.

Like all Christians, I had my ups and downs trying to figure out what this Christian life was all about.  One thing I always had, though, was someone who was a true faith warrior.  It wasn’t always the same person.  Sometimes there were more than one.  But these were the people who always gave God the glory.  Always held strong to their faith.  Were deep in the Word, and anchored by prayer.  For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a Christian like them.  I wanted that relationship with Jesus that filled every part of my life.  I wanted to be in love with Jesus…but for some reason I just could never seem to get there.  I prayed.  I read my Bible.  I went to church.  I always served God in some capacity through my church.  Nothing seemed to work.  So what was holding me back?

Two things.  The first was the belief that God could not use me.  I’ve heard people use this argument when they have led a rather sordid life.  They have skeletons in their closet that would scare ghosts.  Not me.  For the most part, I was a pretty good kid growing up.  The kind of trouble I got into was fighting with my brother, and talking back to my mom.  No drugs.  No alcohol.  No illicit sex.  Even as an adult, I was tame.  I married, had children, and settled down to make the good Christian home.  We took the boys to church on Sunday.  Went to Sunday School and made sure they did, too.  I taught in Vacation Bible School every year.  Still, I didn’t believe God could use me.  Why?  Because I knew my heart.  I knew the thoughts that ran through my mind.  The judgments I made of others.  I knew how frustrated and angry I got with my boys when they misbehaved.  I knew the bitterness I held in my heart for some.  All the little secrets held inside me that no one else could see…but God.  God could see them.  I’m not perfect.  I’m not holy.  I’m pathetic.  There is no way God can use me.  I’m a living, breathing example of a hypocrite.

The second thing holding me back from that love relationship with Jesus was fear.  Oh yes!  Fear.  I was scared to death of what He would do in my life.  And maybe not even that as much as how He would do whatever He wanted to do.  What trial would He ask me to bear?  What pain would I suffer?  What, or even who, would He ask me to give up?  I guess I was afraid of the process of learning to love Jesus, more than the end result.

Still, I watched the faith warriors in my life, and longed for that same relationship.  That longing just became greater and greater over the years.  It never waned.  Always at the back of my heart was the call to draw closer to Jesus.  I know now, of course, that He was calling me.  Never giving up.  Because even though I couldn’t love Him completely, He loved me more completely than anyone else ever could.  A few short years ago God’s pull finally overcame my push.  And I realized that the only way I was going to have that relationship with Jesus was to completely surrender to him.  I had to believe that Almighty God could actually do something with my life that would bring glory to Him.  And I had to give over to Him all of me, and all those people and things that meant so much to me, and trust Him to do whatever He knew to be the best.  I had to lay it all on the line.  And I did that.  One day as I sat in a room alone, with the door locked shut, I cried out to God.  “I want that relationship with you, God.  The one that so-and-so has.  Please, take me and make me Yours.  Do with me as You please.  Just use me, please.”

Then came the change.  It wasn’t instantaneous.  But it has been steady.  I have found a deep desire to learn more and more about the God I serve.  I am drawn to read His Word like I am to eating sweets.  I crave the Bible, and find myself looking for opportunities to read it, even outside of my devotion time.  I have the same craving for my prayer time.  You might say I have a sweet tooth for Jesus.  And I finally have that I’m-in-love-with-Jesus kind of relationship with Him that I have longed for since I was four!  It has been a long time coming!

What about my fear and belief that God can use me?  The fear God has taken care of with His peace that passes all understanding.  Now and then I will hesitate, or even find myself gripped by fear, but I have learned to recognize that as Satan trying to pull me away from God.  The Bible tells us that God does not give us a spirit of fear.  So praying and praising will quickly dispel that trouble.

As for God not being able to use me, well, that is another story.  And it is one that you are reading right now.  Since my cry out to God, I have learned that He has given me the gift of prophecy.  And I am learning how He wants me to use it to lift up, encourage, and edify His people.  This blog is a direct result of His calling to me, and a demonstration of how God is using me.  Am I any more perfect or holy than I was before?  No.  Just ask my boys:-)  I still lose my temper.  I still wrestle to keep my thoughts controlled.  I still say and do things I shouldn’t.  And I’m sure there are still people who could look at my life and call me a hypocrite.  But I’m trying.  And I continually give myself over to God, asking Him to change me and make me the person He wants me to be.  God is using me in spite of myself.  I guess that is what makes this relationship so humbling.  God knows me better than I know myself, and yet He still loves me, wants a relationship with me, and wants to use me for His honor and glory.

The thing I want most in this world is what I hope to hear in the next.  I want desperately to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Someone out there is reading this blog post and longs for a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Someone is wrestling with the same fear that I did, and believing the lies that Satan is telling them.  I want you to believe that God can use you!  Heed His call in your life.  Cry out to Him!  He is waiting, longing to ease your fear, give you peace, and shower you with Himself.  And He will use you.  I don’t care who you are, what you have done, or what sins you still wrestle with.  God is God, for Pete’s sake!  Of course He can use you!  Nothing is impossible for Him, including you.

My prayer for you today is the courage and faith to surrender to God, and then all the blessings that come with being in love with your Lord and Savior.

Allah is NOT God

A quote of a quote today. Hal Lindsey, as quoted by Dr. David Jeremiah in “What in the World is Going On?”
“The doctrine of Satan is that all religions are equally valid, that all paths lead to God, that God is impersonal, unknowable, and it is therefore irrelevant to Him what we call Him or how we worship Him. If Allah and God are one and the same, then wouldn’t the worship of the Hindu chief gods, Vishnu and Shiva, also be the worship of Allah and God, only by a different name? Pretty soon, everybody is God…Which is the same as saying that nobody is.”

Powerful truth! And so scary how many people are falling for these lies! Satan is the great deceiver, and we must be on guard against his slimy manipulations!!!! Keep “the belt of truth tied around your waist!” (Ephesians 6:14)

Making Enemies

Nothing makes an enemy faster than seeking God.  A Christian can be a Christian and coast through life with nary a problem.  La-de-de, la-de-da, life goes on.  Until they make the decision to commit fully to God.  Then WHAM!!!  They get broad-sided by a speeding locomotive!  I like trains, so I hate to compare them to Satan, but what else moves as hard and fast as a train, and can completely demolish something in its path?  Turning your eyes toward God can be like standing on the railroad tracks with a blindfold on and ear plugs in.  You are perfectly fine until you are smashed to pieces.

Is this any reason to not turn your eyes to God?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  But you better be prepared when you do.  Unfortunately, far too many of us don’t recognize the risk and are sucked into the devil’s schemes.  Nothing makes him happier than stealing our God-given joy, hope, love, peace, contentment, and strength, and leaving us crumpled in a heap wondering what in the world happened.

When we are in that crumpled state, what do we do next?  Do we turn to God and ask why?  Don’t we often expect to be continuously filled with His joy when we are walking in HIs ways?  And when we are digging into God’s Word, studying, learning, praying without ceasing, don’t we expect life to be easier?  So what happened?  Satan.  As long as we are coasting through life, not really giving God the time of day, except on Sunday morning, the devil could care less what we do.  We are not a threat to him or his plans.  He does not consider us his enemies.  That in itself is a very scary concept.  If we are not enemies to the enemy of God, than what are we to him?  Yikes!

As soon as we realize that we want more from our relationship with Christ.  As soon as we decide to truly to commit to God and seek His ways.  As soon as we dust off our Bibles and get on our knees, red flags go up in the enemy camp.  Satan sits up and takes notice.  He sends out the troops with their battle plans tucked under their arms, and weapons at the ready.  LOOK OUT!  His goal is not to slow you down, or stop you.  His plan is to obliterate you.  He wants to destroy you so that your faith is derailed permanently.  He takes no prisoners.  He is an executioner!

In many of my posts I have encouraged you to read your Bibles and spend time in prayer.  Do not view the imminent attack as reason to neglect your relationship with God.  Don’t think that God is unable to defeat Satan in this battle for your loyalty.  God has always been mightier.  The battle was won on the cross as Jesus died.  At that moment the victory was secured.  I don’t know if Satan knows he doesn’t have a chance in the world, or if he believes his own lies and thinks he can still win.  Either way, he is going to take down as many people as he can, and praying, growing Christians are top on his list.

I want you to pray.  I want you to read God’s Word.  I want you to desperately seek Him, to learn His ways, to recognize His will, and to strive to live in obedience to Him.  But I want you to do it with eyes wide open, and prepared for battle.

Ephesians 6:10-13 (NCV) – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His great power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.  Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers  of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.  That is why you need to put on God’s full armor.   Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong.  And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.”

If you are like me, the first thing you will want to do on your new journey to seek out Christ’s will in your life, and deepen your relationship with HIm is to read through the whole Bible.  This is admirable, and a worthy goal.  Absolutely aim to do this.  There is so much to be learned about our Father in every part of the Bible.  But be sure to pray for protection (recall the “deliver us from evil” part of the Lord’s Prayer).  Pray for wisdom and discernment so that you will know what is truth, and what is a lie from the devil.  And make sure you spend some of your Bible reading time looking up Scripture verses and passages that will help you to fight against the devil’s attacks.  A lot of Bibles, and Christian web-sites and apps, offer lists of verses to read in particular situations (when you are depressed, when you are afraid, etc.).  These are great places to start finding verses that will help.  Write them down!  Keep them close at hand.  (Thank you to my spiritual Auntie for this suggestion that has helped me so much;-)  Speak them out loud when you are under attack.  I have taken to reading several aloud after I post a blog because Satan attacks me immediately afterward.  I go back to prayer.  Seek the presence of the Holy Spirit as you pray.  The presence of the Spirit is a mighty, mighty force.  That is why Satan cannot attack me as I write.  The Holy Spirit of God Almighty is so strongly present in me during that time, that Satan can’t come near me.  But afterward, I have to be very careful to not let my guard down.  I need to continue in prayer, and speaking God’s Word in defense.  Reminding myself, and Satan, of the power of the God I serve.  CHRIST IS THE VICTOR!!!  PRAISE, GLORY, AND ALL HONOR BE TO HIM!!!!

Ephesians 6:14-18 – “So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.  On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.  And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.  Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need.  To do this you must always be ready and never give up.  Always pray for all God’s people.”

Never forget how very much God loves you!  He will not leave you.  He will not let you fight this battle alone.  But you must fight it, if you are to draw closer to Him.  The battle is worth it, my brothers and sisters.  Knowing God in a deeper and more intimate way is worth any battle I have, or will face.  I pray that you will find that, too.  May God be your strong tower today!

The End Times: It is Time to Share what God has Revealed to Me

Last summer a Christian mentor told me that she believed I had the gift of prophecy.  I brushed her off a few times before actually asking her about it.  I confess, at first I thought she was just kidding around.  Then I thought, ‘Oh boy, she is one of those charismatic types that I am not.’  Finally I agreed to pray that God would reveal to me what He needed me to know.  One Sunday morning soon after that our pastor’s Scripture passage began with 1 Corinthians 1:1 (NCV) – “From Paul.  God called me to be an apostle of Christ Jesus because that is what God wanted.”  I instantly knew that God had called me to prophecy…because that is what He wanted.  I surrendered to His leading in this right then and there.  Since then He has taken my faith walk on a whirlwind adventure!  He has brought such growth and change to my life!  It has been absolutely amazing!!!  During this period of growth I have learned from God’s Word that prophecy is not necessarily foretelling the future, although I think that is what many people believe when they first think of it.  In fact, prophecy is sharing God’s messages for the edification of His people.  Sometimes that includes His foretelling of things to come (as with the great prophets of the Old Testament…Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel).  1 Corinthians 14:3 says, “But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort.”  The second half of verse 22 says, “And prophesy is for people who believe, not for those who do not believe.”   It is as a result of this gifting that God called me to write this blog focusing on Christian living.  While it is still only a few months old, it has been so humbling to see how God is working through it!

This is all background, though.  What I wanted to share with you today is what God has revealed to me over the past year regarding the end times.  Obviously God is not going to share a date and a time, for only He knows that.  But He has given me this (and I think I may have shared bits and pieces of this in other posts, but I felt led to put it all in one place today)…Jesus will return when the last person who will give their heart to Him does so.  God knows who that person is, and when their heart will turn.  That time is soon.  If not with-in my life-time, then in the life-time of my sons (I have 4, 15 years and under, and I am 44).  Also, our current president of the United States is a feeler for the Antichrist.  He is being used in this position of power to push the limits of what society will allow.  There will be others after him.  Satan is watching how the people accept or reject the policies that continue to move us away from God.  When the time comes that resistance to these types of policies is gone (I’m not sure to what extent “gone” means), then the Antichrist will make his appearance.

An interesting side note:  God has placed a goal on my heart to read through the Bible at least 4 more times, each time in a new copy of the Bible, high lighting, marking, and taking notes so that each of my boys will have a copy after I am gone.  But God revealed to me that those Bibles will be read by people left behind after the rapture, and will benefit them.  When my home is no longer occupied, it will be open and used as a refuge for someone during the Tribulation.

I always try to include Bible passages that support what I share with you.  I want you to know that I do my best to only write what the Spirit shares with me through prayer and His Word.  Obviously, in this case, there is no Bible verse that can tell you whether or not what I am telling you is true and from the Holy Spirit of God.  I encourage you to pray about it.  Seek His guidance and ask for Him to reveal to you whether what I have spoken here is truth or not.  This is how you should approach any teaching from any religious leader or teacher, and I hope and pray that you do the same with my posts as well.  As for me, I believe the revelations I have spoken of here with all my heart.  I have no doubt what-so-ever that they are true and from the Holy Spirit.  If I doubted, I would not share them with you.  I pray that God will reveal Himself, and His will to you in this post.  As always, be watchful.  Be ready.  Jesus is coming soon.  We must prepare our hearts, and we must share His good news with the world.  God bless you!!

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