Deception is Satan’s Weapon of Choice, But Take Heart Jesus Christ Prevails in the End!

 

—Beware, Satan is the liar of all liars. He is the head liar, the number one liar, the most proficient liar, and the most diabolical liar of all time.

—He started telling lies in the Garden of Eden. He is the master of confusion and deceit. He is dangerous, and he kills and he destroys.                sheep-in-wolves-clothing

—That is his MO  (Modus Operandi, Latin, meaning way of operating)  It’s his style, and he does it 24/7 and make no mistake, he does it very very well. But we have the best defense. Jesus Christ and God’s Word.

— He went after Jesus and unsuccessfully tempted Him. He goes after His followers relentlessly. But Jesus used Scripture to combat him. And so can we. Each response that Jesus gave Satan in the desert was from the book of Deuteronomy. 

Read (Matt 4:1-11) 

—Many in our world do not even believe he exists, and still others follow him, and still others don’t care or don’t take him seriously.

God’s Word has the true view of Satan because God’s Word holds the Truth.

— I hope you all read and ponder each scripture and see the context that it is in as this is the best way to stay in the Word and grow strong in Christ, as well as learn to maneuver through the Bible and understand it. 

Some names used to describe Satan in the Bible:

(1 Chronicles 21:1)  (Job 1:6)  (Matt. 4:2-10)  Satan

(Gen. 3:1-6)     The lying serpent  

(1 Peter 5:10)     A roaring lion and an adversary

(Rev. 12:10)      Accuser of the Brethren  

(Matt. 13:19,  Matt. 13:38)    The wicked one

(Matt. 12:43)     Unclean spirit

(1 Thessalonians 3:5)  Tempter

(2 Corinthians 4:4)    The god of this age/world

(Ephesians 2:2)  Prince of the power of the air

(Rev. 9:11)    Abaddon and Apollyon which mean destroyer  

(John 8:44)  Your father the devil..murderer… father of lies

(John 14:30)  The prince of this world/ruler of this world

(Isaiah 27:1)   (Rev. 20:2)  Dragon

(Colossians 1:13)  Power of darkness

(Rev. 12:9; 20:2)  Old serpent

(2 Corinth. 6:15)  Belial  (means worthless, vile, wicked)

(Rev. 12:3)  Great fiery red dragon

(Matt. 13:36-43)  Enemy

(Matt. 12:24)  Beelzebub   (from Hebrew word meaning Lord of the Flies)

(Rev. 9:11)   Angel of the bottomless pit

(Matt. 9:32-34)  Ruler of the demons

Our world tries to make him look harmless.

—The world incorporates his evilness in tv, movies, etc. and tries to make it all look cool. They try to make him look normal, acceptable and so on.

—They laugh at and with him, they imitate him, glorify him, make jokes about him but make no mistake, he is a destroyer and he wants to devour you and me, and everybody else. The world and our culture is a megaphone for his values, or more accurately, his lack of values.

—He started lying and tempting in the Garden of Eden,  and he is gaining momentum as we move closer and closer to the end times. 

—Satan knows scripture but perverts it to confuse, baffle and control.

 Jesus is the One and Only answer!  

We desperately need discernment from the Holy Spirit, strength in Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis. If we do not rely on Christ, our Christian worldview becomes skewed and we are more susceptible to Satan’s lies about ourselves and others. We become more and more like the world.  Please, never put your faith in our culture as it changes constantly and it is ungodly and messy on a regular basis. Nor put your faith in the world as it is perishing. And most certainly never put your faith in another person or your own good works because they will never save you. Never! 

And remember, God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent – Satan is not!!

 — Omniscient means God is all knowing

. —Omnipresent means God is present everywhere 

  —Omnipotent means God is all powerful

Satan can only be in one place at a time but one third of the angels went with him when He was cast out of heaven and they are his demons today helping him do his dirty work. 

Lucifer, star of the morning, was perfect and beautiful in heaven but he no longer wanted to worship God, rather he wanted to be worshiped. His pride took over. He was thrown from heaven with a third of the angels and he became known as Satan, accuser and deceiver. 

To read about God kicking Satan out of heaven read:

(Isaiah 14:12-15), (Ezekiel 28:1,)  (Luke 10:17-18), (Rev. 9:1),

 (2 Peter 2:4)

(Rev. 12:4)   Also, please read (Ephesians 6:10-20)

If you do not have a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, pray this very moment to Him and talk to Him about your sins and repent of them now.  He is waiting for you to humble yourself and turn your life over to Him.  God has given us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us and to give us a new birth.  A new beginning, a new life, and the promise of eternal life.  Nothing you have done is so bad that it is out of His reach of forgiveness. Nothing!  And if you think you are a good person who does not need a Savior, please, think again, because you are wrong.  Jesus has paid it all, and all you have to do is accept that in faith, confess it with your mouth, and know that He will never leave you.  Please, don’t take a chance on leaving this earth without salvation… found only in Jesus Christ.   Read (John 14:6)

 Stay strong in Christ. For He has overcome the world!  Amen and Amen! 

Saved by Grace through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,

forgiven

 

Lynn Drew

Believers are Sinners Saved by Grace!

  •        Believers are sinners saved by grace!

 

—If there is one thing we learn in the book of Romans, it is that we are all sinners saved by grace. We are all in desperate need of a Savior!

—Paul, in no uncertain terms, makes that crystal clear. We are all guilty.  

—There are two kinds of people in the world – saved and unsaved.

— When we understand the depth of our depravity, then we understand the exuberating freedom of forgiveness in Jesus Christ! Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen!! Thank you, Jesus!! Thank you!  Hope

–As believers, we all have baggage to deal with. We put it at the feet of our Lord Jesus and know we are forgiven and our sins are not remembered by God anymore.

—Or we can carry it with us and worry day to day.       

—Our opinion of anyone’s past, or baggage is not worth a hill of beans. Anyone’s opinion of our past, or baggage is not worth a hill of beans. 

Only the Word of God matters, and each one of us must search the scriptures for ourselves and go to Christ in prayer for whatever our needs are, for whatever is in our hearts and on our minds. For whatever our concerns are. For whatever our circumstances are. 

—Individual and corporate prayer are both important and we can share our burdens but “opinions” of each other’s burdens are irrelevant. Again, the Word of God, the Bible is our only standard.

—He is merciful and forgiving and loving and the bottom line is we all need forgiveness for one reason or another. For many reasons. We all need a Savior. Desperately.

—In Romans, Paul gives us an airtight case for the lostness of humanity and the necessity of God’s intervention. Grace.

—Jesus suffered and died for all of our sins. Through faith in Christ, we have been set free! And when we are set free in Christ, we are free indeed!

Please read: (Romans 2:18-32), (Isaiah 43:25), (Isaiah 38:17), (Psalm 103:12), (Philippians 3:13), (Romans 8:1)

You can accept God’s gift of salvation today! Simply asks our Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be in charge of everything in your life. Your joys, your sorrows, your pain and ask Him to rule over your relationships, your work, your everything! He will do just that. Ask Him for forgiveness of all your sins and He will forgive you and put you on a new road that leads to Him for all eternity.

 

in Christ,Forgiven

Lynn Drew

Characteristics of Modern Christians from Gail Burton Purath’s The “1-Minute Bible Love Notes”

7 Characteristics of Modern Christians


7 Characteristics of Modern Christians

Posted: 17 Jul 2018 09:07 PM PDT

7 Characteristics of Modern Christians

Today is my 67th birthday and this month is Bible Love Note’s 7th birthday, so please allow me to depart from my usual format.

I’d like to share some of my observations after 40 years of Christian ministry, leading Bible studies, teaching Bible seminars, working with Christian women’s groups, doing overseas Christian work, editing devotions, writing a blog, doing ministry on social media, and being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

1. Christians aren’t the same, and it’s a good thing.
I love the diversity of the Body of Christ: “every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9).

It is my prayer that I will fully appreciate and enjoy how Jesus is honored in different cultures and different denominations.

2. Some Christians are growing and some are perpetual babies.
Those who mature in Christ are regularly studying Scripture and letting it shape their lives (1 Thessalonians 1:4-6). Immature believers aren’t serious about growing in their faith (Hebrews 5:11-13).

It is my prayer that I will always be deliberate about my walk with the Lord, always seeking to know Christ better.

3. Christians view Scripture differently.
Some Christians form their beliefs based on Scripture, just like the noble Bereans (Acts 17:11). Some hold fast to half-truth errors even when Scripture refutes them (2 Timothy 4:3).

There are many popular beliefs in Christian circles that are simply worldly philosophies repackaged using Christian words. They do serious damage to our walk with the Lord. The only remedy is a deeper respect for God’s Word and a commitment to check all teachings, no matter how popular, against the words of Scripture.

It is my prayer that I will not be taken captive by human philosophies that contradict God’s Word (Colossians 2:8).

4. Christians don’t disagree the same. 
Some state their opinions kindly and humbly (Colossians 4:6). Others state their views rudely (Proverbs 15:18).

It is my prayer that I will hold my tongue unless I can share my views in love (Ephesians 4:14-15).

5. Christians don’t view culture the same.
Some stand on Biblical principles, no matter how unpopular (Galatians 1:102 Timothy 4:2). Some change their beliefs to accommodate culture (Proverbs 29:25;Psalms 12:8John 12:43).

Culture tests Christians daily. Will we stand up for the “hard” parts of the Gospel or buckle under the pressure? The pressure comes not only from the world but also from compromised Christians.

It is my prayer that I will stand firm so one day Jesus may say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). 

6. Christians view Jesus differently. 
Some know Him and realize He spoke about sin and judgement as well as grace and love (John 15:18). Some don’t know Him and think His purpose was to make people feel good about themselves (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Misunderstandings about God’s character are the source of many false teachings.

It is my prayer to genuinely know Christ even if involves hardship and persecution (Philippians 3:10). 

7. Christians don’t have the same committment.
God’s love is wonderful and it should inspire deep committment. Some Christians motivated by His great love are focused on glorifying God no matter the cost. Some are focused on personal gain, health, wealth, and comfort.

Everyone loves the benefits of Christian faith – and there are many. But genuine believers also submit to the responsibilities and difficulties of faith (John 14:21).

My prayer for this coming year is that my devotions will not only encourage others to love Jesus more fully, but they will also encourage me to love Him more fully.

I feel incredibly blessed by my readers who give me the opportunity each weekday to share truths from God’s wonderful Word! Thank you!  Gail

When God Tells Us To Be Silent, We Need To Be Silent

                          

Managing The MouthSilence truly can be golden. I can remember like it was yesterday when my very wise mother washed out my brother Jimmy’s mouth with soap for saying the most dreaded foul four letter word that is unfortunately used in everyday language today.

He was testing the waters of his ability to shock and awe our mom and she was having none of it. It is interesting to note that I never once heard him utter that word again even to this day.

The only damage it did to him was to let him know his smart and vulgar mouth would simply not be tolerated. And it worked. As I watched from the down the hall, I also learned that foul language was not welcome in our home.

If she had spanked him, well, I think he would have just shrugged it off, but this was different. He got the message – sometimes it is just smart to be silent. Anyway, mom never spanked us because she said we were good kids. Until that fateful day, however, when that four letter word hung in the air and sounded like he had yelled it through a megaphone. 

The Beauty and Wisdom of Silence:

A while back I came across a list of Biblical teachings regarding Christians holding their tongues. Hmm…now that should hit us just where it hurts. We have all been guilty of the wayward tongue in some fashion or another, so we can all learn something here.

The Book of James teaches us that the tongue is a wicked thing. It destroys reputations, attacks good character, it can be vulgar and damning and just downright evil. Whisperers and backbiters leave behind a road of utter destruction. Only the Holy Spirit can keep our tongues under check. When we allow Him to do so, that is.

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison(James 3:6-8)

This is a list of 20 times we should remain silent. None of us hit the mark when it comes to controlling our tongues. Many of you can probably add to the list.

The Wicked Tongue

  1. Be Silent in the heat of anger (Proverbs 14:17)
  2. Be Silent when you don’t have all the facts. (Proverbs 18:13)
  3. Be Silent when you haven’t verified the story. (Deuteronomy 17:6)
  4. Be Silent if your words offend a weaker person. (1 Corinthians 8:11)
  5.  Be Silent when it is time to listen. (Proverbs 13:1)
  6. Be Silent when you are tempted to make light of Holy things. (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
  7. Be Silent when you are tempted to joke about sin. (Proverbs 14:9)
  8. Be Silent if you would be ashamed of your words later. (Proverbs 8:8)
  9. Be Silent if your words convey the wrong impression. (Proverbs 17:27)
  10. Be Silent if the issue is none of your business. (Proverbs 14:10)
  11. Be Silent when you are tempted to tell an outright lie. (Proverbs 4:24)
  12. Be Silent if your words will damage someone else’s reputation. (Proverbs 16:27)
  13. Be Silent if you words will damage a friendship. (Proverbs 16:28)
  14. Be Silent when you are feeling critical. (James 3:9)
  15. Be Silent if you can’t say it without screaming it. (Proverbs 25:28)
  16. Be Silent if your words will be a poor reflection on the Lord or your friend or your family. (1    Peter 2:21-23)
  17. Be Silent when you may have to eat your words later. (Proverbs 18:21)
  18. Be Silent if you have already said it more than one time. (Proverbs 19:13)
  19. Be Silent when you are tempted to flatter a wicked person. (Proverbs 24:24)
  20. Be Silent when you are supposed to be working. (Proverbs 14:23)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:6-7)

 

All glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Lynn Drew

Forgiven By Christ Alone

We are Wonderfully Made by God our Creator

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 For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

 My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.  (Psalm 139:13-16)

Scripture – Jesus the True Shepherd

Jesus the True Shepherd

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”  Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.  (John 10:1-6)

In John chapter 10, Jesus makes 3 statements about Himself.

1 – “I Am the Door”   (John 10:9)

2- “I Am the Good Shepherd”    (John 10:11)

3   “I Am the Son of God”   (John  (10:36)

In the Old Testament – (Genesis 49:24;  Psalms 23:1;  80:1),  the Shepherd is used for God.  This supports the deity of Jesus Christ.  What an awesome God we serve!