"Ye Are Of Your Father The Devil, And The Lusts Of Your Father Ye Will Do. He Was A Murderer From The Beginning, And Abode Not In The Truth, Because There Is No Truth In Him. When He Speaketh A Lie, He Speaketh Of His Own: For He Is A Liar, And The Father Of It."
When I was thinking of this post last night, I wondered what pictures I would use as a base.
I try to make sure the song, pictures and Scripture all interlace with what I am writing about, so as I perused for pictures of Satan, I came across some horrific images, images I didn't want to be seered into your minds, so I choose to go with just different images of objects on their own.
Today I want to talk to you about Satan, the Devil, Lucifer - Whatever you want to call him, makes no difference to me, what matters to me is you understand what I am going to be saying for the next few minutes as you read this post.
He walks with us each day, standing there, tempting you, tempting me, deceiving, distracting, however the power he has, is as limited as you make it.
Yes, the power he has over you, is given to him by you.
Scary isn't it?
What is even more scary is that people give more allegiance to the prince of darkness than to the Prince of Peace.
Why is that?
Because the way of sin is so much fun, therefore you are, in turn, giving Satan what he wants.
I am not going to lie, a life filled with the maximum amount of sin is much more fun than a life filled with minimum sin.
Cursing vs no cursing, drinking vs no drinking, drugs vs no drugs, multiple sexual partners vs no sex at all, doing whatever your little heart desires and not worrying about any consequences vs doing what is right.
Sidenote - I recently watched a movie and in this movie was a man called Pontius Pilate...
Some of you know the name, for those of you that don't, Pontius Pilate was the Roman prefect, or governor, of Judea from 26 to 36 CE. Pontius Pilate was officially responsible for condemning Jesus to crucifixion, though he "washed his hands" of the matter, passing blame onto the Jews.
As I watched this scene in the movie, I saw this man torn, utterly torn, by the decision that was placed in his hands (of course I already knew the outcome) and I sat and wondered what would have happened had he done what was "right" instead of what he was being lead to do.
Satan tempts, yes, however ultimately it is your decision to fall into that temptation - Free will my friends.
You can't go through life, doing whatever you dream up of doing and then turn around and blame Satan for it, it doesn't work like that.
He will contain you though, contain you within your mind with thoughts, worries, fears...
His job is to keep you stuck, right where you are.
Just when you think you are moving past the chains that bind, a thought creeps in, a memory, a voice, something that whispers "you can't" or "you are no good" or "you never could" etc...
Instead of moving past the voice of doubt, you give in and most likely say to yourself, "They are right, I can't" you question why you even thought you could become better than where you are at this very moment in time.
His job is to contain you, you are just making it easy for him by falling for it.
This wasn't an easy lesson for me to learn and just last night I saw where he was once again using my own fears against me.
My fear of speaking in public, or more so, praying in public.
Once again I was called on last night at Bible study, only this time I was asked to pray for the Church leaders, I was like "Huh", you want me to pray for who?
I could feel my throat start closing up and the cold hand of fear creep across my neck, I prayed silently to Him to give me the words before I even prayed out loud because, yes I am that blond :)
The prayer I was forming in my head was nothing like the one that came out of my mouth, as usual I spoke to fast and to quiet, however once I was done praying, I got a revelation in my mind, it isn't praying out loud that does me in, it is praying for a specific subject at the drop of a hat with no time to prepare.
If someone asks me to pray for them, I can prepare a little bit before I go into prayer, not with notes or a pre-written prayer but I at least know the subject I am raising up to Him.
When called upon and given a subject with no time to think about it, I lose my concentration, plain and simple and that is what Satan wants...
He wants me to fail in this area so I give up and question, once I question that, it is only a matter of time before I start questioning each and every other aspect where my life is concerned....
Like a tiny snowball, starting at the top of a tall hill, pushed down, until it reaches the bottom and when you see it again, it is a giant ball.
He is here to rob you of your most precious possession - Your eternal life as well as your future as a Child of God.
He doesn't come announced, wearing a flashing neon sign above his head that states, "I am here to corrupt you", no sir, he is much more subtle than that.
He comes in the form of selfishness, vanity, pride, envy, arrogance etc...
He is looking to turn people from the truth as well as from the life that will bring them true happiness, through Him.
When you fall victim to his schemes, you are bound up, contained within the walls, exactly where he wants you.
He will use any means necessary to keep you from moving forward in the Love of God.
He will allow you to go a little forward because he knows you, he knows how you think, he knows how you react to situations thrown your way, he knows what your deepest fears are, he knows your failures, your weaknesses and he will use all of them against you.
Where is one of the most general forms of deception found?
We have all heard of the Priests that like to touch little boys/girls, the Ministers who care more for the money the Church brings in then the souls that are being saved, the Pastors who drive $85,000.00 cars while many sit in their pews hungry and cold etc...
The Bible warns of these practices - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
"Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light", that right there should scare you.
"Feel good" Churches scare me, Churches that have a minister at the helm, only preaching what he thinks the body of the Church wants to hear, instead of preaching what is in the Book.
The Bible calls this false doctrine.
Next form of deception - Lust...
Our human nature is filled with vanity, jealousy, greed, and lust.
He can and will take advantage of that tendency and weakness in each and every one of us. He will send temptation through the media...
Movies, television, magazines, books and the Internet as well as through impure and greedy individuals.
Lust, greed, coveting - These are all sins and you need to avoid each of them at all costs.
Lying, another form of deception, as stated in the Scripture I used at the top.
Satan is the king of all lies.
Another form of his deception comes in the way of dreams, visions, miracles etc...
The occult, is a popular fascination amoung our culture.
I, for one used to be drawn to it, magic, witches, spells, Satan himself...
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 - "When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you, don't take on the abominable ways of life of the nations there. Don't you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire. Don't practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God. It's because of just such abominable practices that God, your God, is driving these nations out before you."
There was a time, back when I was using heavily, that I owned the Satanic Bible, I read that book over and over again and was completely drawn into the promises the author was making...
Lord have mercy.
Next up on the train of deception - Good ole bitterness...
If we don't be careful and watch our feelings, we can become bitter...
Maybe someone hurt you, maybe someone offended you, if you don't watch your feelings the hurt can turn into a grudge, once the grudge is there, we begin to entertain feelings of revenge, if you allow those feelings to fester, oftentimes it turns into hate, the hate will than turn into bitterness.
As a Child of God you have got to look within, identify and then overcome any and all feelings of bitterness and hate.
As a Christian, you need to pray for your enemies, bless the ones who curse you, because that is what He would do and that is the only way to overcome the attitude of bitterness and hate.
In due time, He will exact whatever punishment is needed on the ones who sought to harm you, don't take those matters into your own hands.
Since this is fast becoming my longest post, I will leave you with one more deception from Satan...
Lack of Faith.
One of the greatest examples of Faith in the Bible, to me, has got to be held by Job...
The man suffered, deeply, at the hands of Satan, yet held onto his Faith, regardless of what circumstances he was facing.
He lost everything, yet by keeping his Faith, in the end he was blessed with twice as much as he had lost.
He faced all of his fears with prayer, which is what each of us should be doing.
You should be praying for intervention as well as for His protection, each and every single day.
By lacking Faith, you allow the door to Satan's deception to be open, and if you continue to lack Faith in Him and instead trust in Satan, you will ultimately be destroyed.
Revelation 21:8 - "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
I don't know about you, however that doesn't sound like anything I want to be a part of.
He wants you to be Faithful to Him, a trusting son or daughter, He will give you His Faith, if you turn to Him with all your heart.
Surround yourself with the Spiritual knowledge He has provided you with, continue to stay wrapped within His word.
Avoid at all cost, self-deception, the deception of the world and the deception of Satan.
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