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Friday, April 22, 2016

Satan's Biggest Lie

The Bible says that Satan is the father of lies. John 8:44 says “He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.” He deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden and has been tricking people ever since.

1. Satan convinced the world that he doesn’t exist. Did you ever hear anyone say, “The Devil made me do it? Satan is seen as a joke, an excuse to do what you want.  Lots of people don’t see him as a real person who challenged God and fell due to his pride.

2. Heaven and hell don't really exist. Jokes online state that someone is going to hell and he is driving the bus. He convinces people that these are only stories. A variation of this theme is that everyone is going to heaven, no matter what they did in life. 

3.There is no life after death. I remember asking my mother when I was a little girl, “What happens when you die.” She replied that nothing happened, it is just all over. I felt a great disappointment as I always thought there was more, that life continued. Now, I know souls are designed to live forever.

4. Another lie is that he is more powerful than God. His pride got him thrown out of heaven.  One hour watching news could convince you that he is winning. He does not want to remind you or himself that he has already lost.

These are all destructive lies of the devil to scatter God’s people and cause them to doubt and seek after pleasure and wealth.

5. But there is one more that is worse than all the others, I believe. It is that you have a lot of time.

We know that life is but a vapor, here one moment and gone in a heartbeat. James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.  

We may not have time to tell others about the hope that lives within us, the gospel of the good news that Jesus came to earth as one of us, died and rose again to free us from the weight of sin and despair.

Will we reach the unsaved loved ones in our families, in our neighborhood, in our country or the world? Do we really have plenty of time and should not worry about it? That is what the devil wants us to think.

Will we listen to the lies of Satan or turn away and embrace God’s truth and righteousness?

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

When you are a Christian, you will feel the Heat

In the second chapter of Daniel, we find the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how God saved them from the fiery furnace.   

King Nebuchadnezzar made a 60-foot image covered with gold. He told all his people that when they hear the music of drums, cymbals, flutes and strings that they must fall down and worship the statue.   
He noticed that the three were not worshipping when the gongs sounded. He had them brought before him and questioned them. They said they would not grovel in front of the golden statue. 

He threatened them, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, If you do not worship at the sound of the music, I will have you thrown into a fiery furnace.” They still refused.

They told the king that God would bring them through it. Even if He did not, all would be well with them. They put their trust in God.

The king ordered his soldiers to fire up the furnace and make it much hotter than usual. He ordered strong men to bind the three men. The soldiers carried them up and threw them in. It was so hot that the king’s men died.

Soon, four men walked out of the furnace. Not a hair of their heads was singed. Their clothes were intact and they did not even smell like smoke. The only thing that burned was the ropes that bound them. The fourth man was an angel of God who kept them safe for standing up for their beliefs.

King Nebuchadnezzar knew that their God was the true God. "Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God."

When you are a Christian,  you might not get thrown into a blazing furnace. But, you are bound to feel the heat of hatred, ridicule, name-calling or other types of persecution. Your God can protect you from the heat. Just trust him. 

Quote from King James Bible

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Friday, March 6, 2015

It is hard to be a Christian

Christians have always had difficulties. There are attacks from all sides. Atheists living in a world without hope proudly proclaim there is no God. They call Christians stupid, ignorant, uneducated  and simple minded.

Other religions put Christians down because they do not follow their gods. Some want to eliminate Christianity altogether.

Governments are increasingly Atheistic and think that making God illegal will put an end to Him.

Christianity has struggled through many obstacles thrown in the way. Making God illegal only strengthens His influence.

Christian persecution has spread all over the world. Evil forces burn churches, beat pastors and church members and sometimes resort to murder. Missionaries often find themselves under attack and have to flee the country they are trying to help.

This is the time that we as Christians must rely on God more than ever. He wants us to rely wholly on Him and to seek wisdom in His word, the Bible. It is time to pray for others, the persecutors who know not what they are doing and our brothers and sisters who are experiencing truly frightening times.

We have read the book and know the ending of this story. We need to seek the courage to face these challenges and the stamina to bear them.

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Plug in to Power

The other day, I panicked. I started up my rusty computer and could not get anything. Visions of viruses drive eating Trojans, and spiders danced in my head. I yelled to my son to help. He is my live-in computer guru.

He tried it, but nothing. He dived under the desk and started playing with plugs and connections. Suddenly, the screen sprang into life. The box was not quite plugged in he told me. “You can’t get power unless you are plugged in to it.”

I started thinking about that in connection to God. Why do we so often feel that God is distant, not listening, and even uninterested? We feel that we are alone but He promised to never forsake or leave us.  Perhaps, we are not plugged in to His power.

Like the unplugged computer box, we have trouble accessing the good things inside.

We need to plug in with prayer, which is only talking to God, telling Him of our concerns, fears, and wishes. We also need to intercede on behalf of family and friends. We need to delve into the Word, using it in daily life. We need to tell others about God, as I try to do on this blog.

If any of these links goes missing, the connection is loose or broken and we do not get the power that we need. Plug in today.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Lord is my Shepherd

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

A shepherd guards and looks out for his sheep. If one is lost, he looks for it and brings it back to the flock. Jesus takes care of us and gives us everything we need.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

We can obtain rest and restoration. He provides living water and the bread of life.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

He refreshes our mind and guides us the right way we should follow.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

I don't have to be afraid because He is always with me. When He corrects us, it is in preparation for the wonders to come. Even in death we need not fear because He has prepared great things which we cannot understand now.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Jesus will win in the end and vengeance belongs to Him.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Is he your shepherd? John 3:16

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Monday, August 19, 2013

You are Perfect

You might wonder why God made people in the first place. The answer is simple. He made Adam and Eve and walked with them in the garden. He wanted company. People on earth have a purpose for being here and He loves each of them.

You are perfect

God planned for you to be here right now, in this time span. You might not look perfect to the world, or your neighbors, but you are where He planned for you, all for His purpose and glory. You may, you may find your little corner of the world boring and wish to move but when that time comes, God will orchestrate every detail.

How you look.

God made sure your parents met and the right set of genes formed you. You are the right race and nationality. Every detail was planned out before time began. Your hair and eyes glow with the ideal color.

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139.14 KJV

Your talents

Think of the people close to you. Each one is different because he/she has a talent and excels at it. Some people sing like angels, others write, paint, or play instruments. Each performs in a unique way and each talent is important. Each talent serves him in a different way.

Be happy

Wherever you are right now, whatever your situation, God is in control. You are perfect for what God wants to accomplish through you. He made you perfect and He does not make mistakes. Be happy for whatever is happening now and use it to help others and glorify your maker. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Why People Hate Jesus

It is popular these days to mock Christians and make fun of Jesus and even to deny God. People think it is okay to do and be anything that feels good to them. Here a few of the reasons that people hate Jesus.

Jesus speaks the truth.

His presence convicts people. They know in their inner being that He speaks truth with power and authority. They know that their life and mission do not measure up and that a reckoning may come someday. They resent being reminded.

He cannot be stopped

The Bible reminds us that God’s word never returns void.  Christianity survives no matter what happens. Even today, church persecution is rampant in some places.  Dissenters kill pastors, burn churches, threaten and kill congregation members.  They can suppress Christianity but not kill it.

In some countries, people gather secretly at house churches or secret Sunday Schools at the risk of death.  In many places, Bibles are at a premium.  When someone brings one Bible to a meeting, it passes from hand to hand, each person tearing out a precious page and passing it to the next person.

He is a light in a dark world

In a dark world, one can see the tiniest light. Perhaps you have been in a room at night when the electric suddenly shut off because of a storm or accident. You grope around in the dark and someone lights a candle. Everyone looks at that candle which represents hope in your now dark world.

Our world is the darkness and Jesus is the light

“Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
John 8:12

The best news

Even if you hate Jesus, he still loves you anyway. It is not too late. You can turn from hatred and fall into the arms of love. Try it today.

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