Victory over the audacious Satan

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; (Psalm 46:1-2 KJV)

Бог нам прибежище и сила, скорый помощник в бедах, посему не убоимся, хотя бы поколебалась земля, и горы двинулись в сердце морей. (Псалтирь 45:2-3 Russian)

Almighty God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for blessing your people of faith with everything needed for this day’s journey here on earth. We lift our voices in heartfelt praises of thanksgiving on this Lord’s Day. Accept the worship of all your children around the world, as we humble ourselves as servants of your beloved Son who leads us into victory over the audacious Satan who constantly is at war with your children. We could not survive the devil’s onslaughts for even one day if it were not for the help we receive from your abiding Spirit. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #Satan

Satan behind denominational divisions

Satan perverted the law of Moses. So Jesus called him the Jews’ spiritual father, Jn 8.44. He called the Jews who persecuted the church “the synagogue of Satan” Rev 2.9.

Satan has also perverted the church of God. He is behind the denominational divisions and all attempts to separate people from the apostolic truth, 2 Cor 11.12-15.

People who cause and support such divisions are “worldly, devoid of the Spirit” Jude 19. It plays into the devil’s hands to say that denominations are a good thing. It makes him one’s (un)spiritual father.

#Satan #devil #denominationalism

‘Wandered away’ 1 Timothy 5.14-15 VOTD

“So I want younger women to marry, raise children, and manage a household, in order to give the adversary no opportunity to vilify us. For some have already wandered away to follow Satan.”

1 Timothy 5.14-15

The apostle Paul considered laziness and gossip two severe sins that ruined examples.

Fulfilling well our God-given roles brings glory to his name.

#VOTD #Satan #sin

The closer we get to the truth

Last Sunday night, a young non-Christian man asked me why a couple was suffering so much, going through many struggles, now that they were Christians.

If he was satisfied with the answer or not is uncertain. But what is certain is this: the closer we get to the truth, the more the Evil One, the father of lies, will assail us. Continue reading

#satan, #struggles, #temptation

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1-22-2016 Lucifer Is Not The Devil

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12 NKJV). This is the only reference to “Lucifer” in the entire Bible, and there is nothing in Isaiah 14 to indicate that this refers to Satan or, the Devil. Instead, this is a direct reference to Nebuchadnezzar, for God told Isaiah to “take up this proverb against the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4 NKJV). Verse 12 says nothing about the Devil as a fallen angel, with a goatee, or with evil powers! Everyone who identifies “Lucifer” with the Devil shows ignorant misunderstanding of the Bible. Worldly-minded people have latched onto this mythical misunderstanding in books, TV series, and artwork. Christians must “shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#devil, #lucifer, #satan

Three things I know for sure

There are three things that I know for sure.

  1. Satan will fight for our souls until we take out last breath. He will challenge us to deny God and declare ourselves to be his disciples until it is impossible for us to think or speak for ourselves. He is relentless and will never, never, never, give up in his efforts to destroy us in hell.
  2. God is more powerful and loving than Satan. God can and will aid us in our fight against Satan and God will grant salvation to us if we will commit ourselves to living for Him.
  3. The choice is ours. One of the great themes of the bible is that man has been given the power to choose God or Satan. We must exercise that choice one way or the other. I pray constantly that God will give me the faith and courage to decide in God’s favor and not Satan’s.

When I read the word of God it is very clear which choice I should make. I am interested in doing what is best for me, and it is obvious that to choose obedience to the will of God is best. Throughout the word of God disobedience is always punished and obedience is blessed. Therefore I choose obedience.

Please make your choice for God in everything. Don’t allow Satan to win the struggle for your soul and cause you to be lost forever. Follow the example of Joshua who declared, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

May God bless you this week and keep you safely in His hand is our prayer for you.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

THE EDIFIER • 1 Cor. 14:26, “Let all things be done unto edifying”. An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to our Romanian family

#choices, #god, #satan

Hugh's News & Views ("Nots" In The Devil's Tale)

“NOTS” IN THE DEVIL’S TALE

When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden, He said to them, “Of every tree of the garden you may eat; but of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). Later, Satan, in the form of a serpent, approached Eve and said to her, “You will NOT surely die” (Genesis 3:4). (Note: Satan was the world’s first “change agent,” changing God’s word by adding only one word to what God had said, but in so doing he changed the word of God to the opposite of what the Lord had actually said.) Continue reading

#hughfulford, #satan, #temptation

Text and audio: What does the Bible say about Satan?

A new lesson has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch and in text and audio.

What do the Scriptures tell us about Satan? Continue reading

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Making the choice for Satan

Last time we looked at the reasons we should choose God as our master. Now we will look into the second choice for a master; that is Satan.

Some might think that no one chooses Satan as their master; however those who think that way are wrong. Maybe a person doesn’t make that choice directly but an examination of scripture will show that by not choosing God, you are automatically making the choice for Satan. Continue reading

#choices, #devil, #satan

Cindy the elephant is meaner than a junk…

Cindy, the elephant, is meaner than a junk-yard dog. Experts call the 2-ton pachyderm, a resident of the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, the meanest elephant in America. A few years ago zoo officials were faced with a dilemma. They feared so much for the welfare of the staff that the city considered either to sell Cindy–assuming they could get a taker–or hire an expert to re-train her. Zoo director Gene Leo said the 20-yr.-old Cindy, who was raised at the zoo since she was 3-yrs.-old, has hit, picked up & thrown several zoo workers. Are you surprised they have kept her this long? Satan destroys lives, wrecks homes, enslaves and damns but his disciples continue to serve him. Through alcohol, drugs, immorality, false doctrine, and more; Satan leads the multitude to their destruction. Through Jesus they are able to throw off his yoke, yet they continue to follow him. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#devil, #just-a-minute, #satan

Your life is controlled by one of two beings. The choice is yours!

God has given man the opportunity to choose to serve either Christ as master or Satan as master. There are many contrasts in the Bible concerning Jesus and Satan that should help us make our decision.

It is an obvious truth that you cannot serve both Christ and Satan. Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Web

It was early in the morning, and the sun was just coming over the horizon; dawn was breaking with all her quiet grace. During the night, the temperature had dropped enough that the grass was covered with tiny beads of moisture. Peering out through the glass patio doors in the dining room, I saw in my back yard something that I would like to share with you.

In the sunlight, I could see that the entire yard (I mean all of it!) was covered with spider webs. Their white strands appeared to form a large, complete net over the whole back yard. Evidently, the webs had caught some of the moisture from the air, for they sparkled, first here, and then there, as the sun was reflected in these drops of moisture. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

As I stood at the patio doors, wondering at the simple beauty of the sight, it dawned on me (no pun intended) that, despite the beauty of the scene, the picture had a sinister element. I had been looking from the viewpoint of a human who could destroy any spider’s web with the most casual movement of limbs. But those webs had not been spun for me; they were created in anticipation of catching some of the numerous small insects that venture out at night and in the early morning hours. From a “bug’s eye view,” these webs, regardless how beautiful they might be to the human eye, represented a danger that could easily be fatal.

A spider is a predator, a very clever one too! He carefully prepares a trap and waits for his prey to become ensnared in the extremely strong, sticky strands of his web. His victims come to him; he does not have to pursue them. When they have fatigued themselves by their struggle to escape the web, which holds them, he quietly kills and devours them. As I thought further about this web, it occurred to me that Satan is quite similar to the spider!

(1) Like the spider, Satan is also a predator; he preys on human beings. The apostle Peter indicated that Satan is a predator when he likened him to a roaring lion, one of the most fear-inspiring predators on earth. The Devil is our adversary, and his object is to “devour us,” to destroy us in an eternal hell. It is for that very reason that Peter also counseled his readers to be vigilant, watchful for the danger that Satan presents (1 Peter 5:8).

(2) Satan lays his snares in much the same fashion as the spider. When the spider spins his web, he frequently places it in such a way as to intercept the natural path of his prey. Of course, his presence is a warning, so he hides himself, or lurks near the edge of the web where he is less evident. Satan has studied his prey and knows the weaknesses common to men. He knows how to lay his snares so that men will encounter them. And, like the spider, he doesn’t advertise his presence so that his victims often do not suspect his work is their demise. Only after they have been enslaved by the sin, which was so tempting, do they realize whose purpose the trap serves. Edward M. Bounds wrote, “The devil’s great device, his masterpiece of temptation is to destroy faith in his own existence.”

Paul described covetousness (greed) as a snare, indicating that it led to destruction (1 Timothy 6:8-10). Satan is a schemer; the traps he uses look so innocent and inviting that he fools many men into thinking they are harmless. The anticipation of pleasure invites men to drink alcohol, take drugs, steal, commit fornication and adultery, etc., – all snares used by Satan. Just like the spider, Satan cannot force his prey into the web of sin, but his victims commit themselves to its traps (James 1:13-15).

(3) Light benefits neither Satan or the spider. It was the rising sun that revealed the spider webs to me. The spider thrives on anonymity. He wishes his web to be invisible to his prey, and so darkness is his intimate friend. Satan also loves darkness. He wishes for men to be ignorant of his machinations so that he may take them captive at his will. If he appears as wholesome, it is a disguise (2 Corinthians 11:14,15). Fortunately, the light of God’s word exposes Satan’s wiles for what they are, and the careful bible student may discern and avoid being ensnared.

One significant difference between the two predators is that when a fly becomes entangled in the spider’s web, he usually does not escape. God offers a way of escape to the man who has been entangled in Satan’s web of sin. It is frequently difficult, once the strands of worldliness tighten around a man, but in Christ there is freedom! Beware of our spiritual predator! – Allen S. Dvorak

via the Good News Email sent by Dave Hart 

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Hell is not the Devil’s Domain

Many people in the world (both religious and secular alike) misunderstand what the Bible teaches concerning the one called Satan and the place called Hell. Many are under the impression that the Devil sits upon some throne ruling over the place of punishment. What they fail to realize is that this place of punishment will be taking its toll upon the Devil too. Hell isn’t a place prepared by the Devil – it’s prepared for the Devil!

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41)

#bible-knowledge, #devil, #hell, #punishment, #satan

If the message in this photo is correct…

If the message in this photo is correct, what’s the point in going on? Where is hope? Where is peace? Depression would be the only logical answer.

Thankfully, it is a lie straight from Satan’s blackened heart (John 8:44). We can help ourselves in minor ways, but we must depend on God when we do so.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). 

#comfort, #god, #great-physician, #hope, #joy, #peace, #satan

The devil is doing it again (Charles Box)

The Devil is not eternal like God, but he is just as real. The Bible says that Satan is the deceiver of the entire world. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

The Devil is busy seeking man’s spiritual destruction. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:6-9)

The Devil caused sin to be in the world. (Genesis 3) Sickness, death, disappointment and discouragement are all the working of Satan. Man is tempted to sin, but he is not tempted by God. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13) The Devil perverts the word of God. He perverted God’s truth and lead Eve astray. God said,

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

The Devil was able to pervert what God said with one word. He told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4) He deceived Eve. God said “Eat and you will die!” The Devil said “Eat and you will not die!”

The Devil deceived Eve by adding “Not” to what God said and he is doing the same thing again today.

#1. God says the Bible does contain all things that pertain unto life and godliness; the Devil says the Bible does not contain all things that pertain unto life and godliness, instead we need additional revelation.

We read, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3) Humanity has truly been blessed by God with this great gift, the Bible. If we appreciate having the Bible we should study it daily. The people of Berea demonstrated the attitude that we should have toward the Bible. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Our personal Bible study should produce a sincere desire for obedience from the heart. (Romans 1:5)

#2. God says baptism is essential to salvation; the Devil says baptism is not essential to salvation.

Baptism is a very important and often misunderstood subject. Baptism is important because it is commanded by Christ. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16) Baptism is to be done by the authority of Jesus with its purpose being remissions of sins. (Acts 2:38) The blood of Jesus was shed in His death. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34) Baptism is important because it brings one into contact with the death and blood of Jesus. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

#3. God says the one church of the Bible is necessary, the Devil says the one church of the Bible is not necessary.

The church in the Bible was paid for by the blood of Christ. “…feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28) God’s church is those “people” that were purchased with Christ’s blood. The church was never a physical building nor was it a denomination. Christ died to purchase and cleanse the church. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25) Christ is the Savior of the church. “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” (Ephesians 5:23) If a person is saved he is a member of the blood bought church of Christ. Salvation and membership in Christ’s church is the same thing. God adds the saved, and only the saved, to the church. “…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47) Are you a member of the church you can read about in the New Testament? Salvation and membership in the church of Christ is the same thing. You are not saved outside of the church.

#4. God says division or denominationalism is wrong, the Devil says division or denominationalism is not wrong.

When the word “church” is used, many people think of the building in which the church meets. The Bible never speaks of the church as a physical building. The church in the Bible is always saved people. According to Acts 11:22 the church has ears. Many view the “church” as a group made up of all denominations. A denomination is a religious group separated from others by a particular name or doctrine.

Denominationalism is opposed to the will of God. “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) In Ephesians 4:4-6 the Bible teaches that there is one church or one body. This one church is the body of Christ. “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22-23) In the Bible there is one body or one church. Today, however, there are hundreds of “churches” in the world.

All who comply from the heart with the conditions set forth in the Bible become Christians; they are members of the Lord’s church. (Acts 2:47) To become a Christian, you must believe (Mark 16:16), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:27) Are you a part of the blood bought church of Christ?

By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama. 36037 USA

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