Tag Archive | Satan

Do Not Be Ashamed

DSCN1736Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:8-10, “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me His prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

In the Mid-West and throughout the country communities are being attacked by atheist groups because of displays of Christian symbols on public property. My town was hit last Fall. We ended up having to take down a cross which we put up on a hill every Sunday in the summer since the 1960’s. Other communities are being taken to court by these groups because of their Christian displays as well.

Satan is working overtime trying to destroy Christianity. He hasn’t been able to do it for over 2,000 years. What makes him think he can do it now? Atheists have won some of the battles lately, but Jesus Christ has already won the war through His death and resurrection. Satan lost a long time ago, but he hasn’t seemed to realize it yet.

The devil and his minions can attack Christian displays on public property, but they can’t stop us from displays on our private property. We need to be like Paul, unashamed to testify about our Lord and Savior. For example, I have a cross on the rear window of my car and the front window of my home. We can continue to put up Nativity scenes at Christmas. We can do acts of kindness in the name of Christ. The Gospel can be shared with others who want to hear. We can do prayer walks in our neighborhoods and towns.

This is a time for Christian to rise up for Jesus. Even when Paul was a prisoner in Rome he never stopped spreading The Word. We are to be the messengers of God’s grace and love given to us through Jesus Christ.

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.”   Teresa of Avila  (16th century)

We should not be hiding in our corners waiting to see what happens. We’ve been doing that too long. As the women left the tomb that first Easter morning to spread the news that He Is Risen, let us also testify this Good News and not be ashamed of our risen Lord.

Think about these words from a prayer written by St. Patrick of Ireland: “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”

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TIME

IM000004.JPGThis is the last posting for this blog. I made a commitment to write everyday in 2012. Today is the last day. I chose to use the same photograph I used on January 1, 2012 when I started this blog  – the sundial at the waterfront in Grand Haven, MI.

Today people look back on the year which is ending and think about what they’ve done or didn’t do. They remember good and bad times.

Today resolutions are also being made for the new year. Some will be kept. Others will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or even days.

We have the chance to make 2013 better than 2012. Granted, there are many things over which we will have no control. However, we can control how we will deal with them and if we try to deal with them alone or not.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

How will you spend the time God gives you in 2013? Will you wallow in self pity, letting depression take over? That’s what Satan wants you to do. He wants your focus to be totally on you. When that happens it’s easy for depression to set in when things don’t go the way you want.

The alternative is to focus on God and His son, Jesus Christ. There will still be some bad times. There’s no doubt about that. The difference will be in how you handle those times. Instead of saying, “poor me”, you can rejoice in what God has given you. You can know you are not alone.

Maintain a positive attitude in 2013. Keep your eyes on God. Let 2013 be a life-changing year for you. All time comes from God. Use it wisely and to the fullest.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a new year in Christ.

GET THROUGH ANYTHING

IM000869.JPGI saw the vehicle with these huge tires and thought, “this jeep can get through anything.”  No mud, sand, or snow is going to stop it.

Are we equipped to get through anything? When rough times, loss of loved ones, giant obstacles block our way, can we break through and overcome them?

We can if God is with us.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37)

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   (Philippians 4:13)

There is no obstacle the Lord God Almighty can’t break through. Nothing Satan throws at us is too strong for God to handle.

On our own we are weak and give in to temptations. We crumble under the weight of evil.

However, with God fighting for us and with us we can resist anything the devil dishes out. Our strength comes from God and there is nothing mightier than that.

Is God by your side? Are you holding His hand? Call out to Him and you will be able to get through anything and everything.

UNDER HIS PROTECTION

IM000845.JPGThe company for which I work gave us these huge unbrellas for Christmas. We carry our laptops with us when we see clients so the large unbrella will provide great protection for us and our equipment when it rains.

Throughout the book of Psalms we find verses referring to God as a refuge, a shelter, a protection against enemies.

Psalm 61 is a prayer of David to God. Verse 4 says, “I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.”   

God’s protection is like a canopy over us and a hedge around us. He holds us in His loving arms, keeping us from Satan’s reach.

His Holy Spirit is like our umbrella keeping us safe. The Spirit helps us make the right choices. Of course, we can choose not to listen to His leading just like we can choose not to use an umbrella when it’s raining. However, when that happens we usually end up paying the consequences for not using the protection provided for us.

The next time you use an umbrella to protect you from the rain, think of God’s protection covering you everyday. Thank Him each day for His protection and love.

SHATTER THE DARKNESS (A RESPONSE TO A NON-BELIEVER)

IM000841.JPGThose of you who read this blog regularly will notice I used this photo and title a couple days ago. I’m using it again because I need to respond to a comment I received on the original posting of 12/08/12.

A person commented that darkness is good; that wisdom is in the darkness and people are just afraid to explore it.

I trashed the comment and later decided I needed to address it.

Nothing is good about the dark. A major number of crimes happen in the dark. The criminals don’t want to be seen performing their crimes so they do it under the cover of night.

When little children are afraid of monsters under their beds or in their closets it’s not during the daylight hours. It’s when it’s dark.

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”  (John 3:19-21)

Regarding this person’s comment that wisdom is found in the dark my response is Proverbs 21:30, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.”  

Darkness is the realm of Satan. He has absolutely no control over the light of the Lord. Satan’s world of darkness is shattered by a HOLY LIGHT.

SHATTER THE DARKNESS

IM000841.JPGPhysically being in the dark you can’t see what’s ahead of you, you lose your way because you can’t see where you’re going. It’s scary being surrounded in darkness.

God shattered the physical darkness when He created the earth.

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.”   (Genesis1:2-3)

There is another kind of darkness, emotional/spiritual. This darkness can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. Spiritually it’s a darkness caused by Satan resulting in negative emotions.

God also shattered this darkness through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I have come into the work as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”  (John 12:46)

Jesus brings hope, grace, salvation – all things which break through the darkness.

Is your soul engulfed in darkness or is it filled with the light Jesus brought when He was born?

CHAINED

Those of us who have dogs know that we must keep our dogs on a leash or chain when outside so that they do not run away.

Without Christ we are chained to Satan as his slaves to do his bidding, just like the Israelites were put in chains and dragged to Babylon because they turned away from God.

With Christ, however, those chains are cut away. Satan no longer has a hold on us.

“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up, ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”  (Acts 12:7)

God has a very good use in mind for those chains. Here’s what John saw as recorded in Revelation 20:1-2,  “And I saw an angel comng down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”

Are you chained to Satan or have you experienced the freedom of those chains falling off? By believing in Jesus Christ those chains are removed and you are no longer a slave to Satan. Experience that freedom today.