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You Lying Little Snake (Part 2)

Bible Verse

Genesis 3:4 – But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”

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First came the doubt.  Now we see the outright lie.

“You will not surely die.”

But they did die.  They died spiritually as soon as the sin was committed, but in His mercy, God allowed them to live out their physical lives on the earth before death finally claimed them in their old age.

Satan thought he had won the victory, and indeed he had won a battle, but God Himself had already written the outcome, and had a plan to save sinful men and women through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Through faith in Jesus, Satan is defeated and we are restored to our right standing with God.

Praise God that the end was known before the beginning!

Action Point

Be on the lookout for the lies of Satan.  His tactics haven’t changed much since creation.  First he sends a seed of doubt then an outright lie about God and His Word.

Stay strong in the Bible and you won’t be fooled when Satan’s attack comes.

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Devotionals

 

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You Lying Little Snake (Part 1)

Bible Verse

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

Your Discipleship Minute

Doubt. The part of our selves that is always looking for the loophole.

Satan used it in the Garden to tempt Eve with disobeying God, and Satan has been using it ever since to tempt mankind into doing the same thing.

Doubt is a powerful thing because it is the opposite of faith.  Peter walked on the water by putting his faith in Jesus, but when he doubted, he sank like a stone.

Action Point

Faith is the key to living a victorious Christian life.  Ask God to show you areas in your life where doubt has replaced your faith and then confess those areas and give them to God in faith once more.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Devotionals

 

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Luke 17: 5-6 – Faith is the Key

Luke 17: 5-6:

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

How small our faith is!

It is so small that we end up living our lives devoid of power, even though the Bible tells us that we have the awesome power of God Himself available to us.

Our belief is so small.  We lack faith. 

So did the apostles, we say.

But the apostles did something that we don’t.  They asked for an increase of faith. 

Isn’t it time we ask God to increase our faith?

Won’t you do it today?

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Devotionals

 

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Living In The Power of God

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If you are like me, you spend most of your time living in your own power when the power of God is available to you. This is not the way it is meant to be, of course, but reliance on self is what comes natural to us.

Why? One reason is a lack of faith in God. Our faith (or lack thereof) defines our perception of our relationship with God.

Notice that I said “our perception of our relationship with God” and not simply “our relationship with God.” It’s a very important distinction because our relationship with God is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ and not on our day to day decisions.

Can you imagine the roller-coaster ride we would be on if our relationship with God was based upon our actions? And yet, a roller-coaster ride is exactly what we experience most of the time, isn’t it?

That’s because we live in our own power and strength instead of relying on God for His power and strength.

For example, when something happens in our life to cause heartache or suffering, how do we respond? Do we go to God in prayer first and ask Him to guide us and to comfort us or do we exhaust every option first and then go to God only when there’s nothing left for us to do?

How many of your prayers began like this: Heavenly Father, I have tried and tried but to no avail. I cannot handle this situation on my own and now I need you to intervene with your mighty power and fix this mess. Amen.

Do we realize that when we pray that what we are really saying is this: Heavenly Father, I know that you can handle every situation, but I’m going to handle this one on my own for a while.  <pause>  Well Lord, my attempts didn’t go so well and now I am in even more trouble than before, so now I guess I need your help.  Please fix this whole mess for me. Amen.

Prayer is not a last ditch effort. Prayer is our first, best means for communicating our heart to God. He is our Heavenly Father. He longs to have us come to Him and express our need for Him.

So the next time something happens to you, why not go to God first?

Faith says, “God can handle this with me, I am going to trust in His power.”

A lack of faith says, “I need to handle this myself, my power is all there is.”

Do you have faith?  Do you have God’s power?

Do you pray first?

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Discipleship

 

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How Faith Is Created in Your Soul

This is a great post by a fellow blogger, Demian Farnworth of Fallen and Flawed.  He is an extraordinarily gifted writer and he has his theology down cold.

Check out his post, How Faith Is Created in Your Soul.  Leave him a comment and let him know what your thoughts are.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Other Bloggers

 

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Secret Sin: The Hideous Corpse in the Closet

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You know what it’s like to struggle with secret sin that has a death-grip around your throat…

Secret sin gnaws at your conscience more than anything else…

You feel like a hypocrite with moral standards fluctuating with the presence or absence of an audience…

Endless cycles of determined resolve and dismal failure continue as you try to break off the secret sin…

To read more, click here!

Thanks Demian, from Fallen and Flawed!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Other Bloggers

 

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Finally, He Speaks The Truth!

Somehow, I ended up on the e-mail list for Breakthrough with Pastor Rod Parsley.  Again.

I distinctly remember unsubscribing from that e-mail list earlier this year.  After all, why would I want to receive e-mail from an organization  I disagree with on almost every point. But once again, the e-mails are coming in and I think I know why.

According to the last e-mail I received from them, they are in a financial crisis.  They need $3 million dollars by the end of the year or they are going to close their doors forever.  Maybe.

And because of this, I am back on their mailing list so that I can “please give [my] very best seed faith gift.”

Now personally, I don’t support this ministry because of the distortion of the Scriptures they teach called the Prosperity Gospel. It goes something like this:  If I “sow a seed of faith” to their ministry and support them right now, God will give me back that “seed of faith” ten-fold, or twenty-fold, or fifty-fold or even a hundred-fold.  That means that I am not really supporting the ministry so much as I am investing in God’s stock market and it is about to go through the roof.  For every hundred dollars I invest, I will get back up to ten thousand dollars.

And God has to do this, or else He is a liar.

That’s the part that really bothers me.  Here is the created being calling his Sovereign Creator a liar because he doesn’t know how to read the Bible in context without adding his own ideas to it.

But God is sovereign and He controls all of His creation, including the words that go out in the e-mail asking me to support Breakthrough.  Here is what the e-mail says about the promise of God that they are claiming.   I have not altered this, I simply copied and pasted it as it was.

In this time of great crisis I need you to stand with me by sowing the very best seed faith love offering you can. And God makes this promise to you, “I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it,” says the LORD Almighty.

The Lord has spoken!!!  He will NOT throw open the floodgates of heaven if you sow a seed to this ministry.

That’s hilarious.  And a bit sobering.

We live in an age where people claim to speak for the Lord, but His Word is complete in the Bible.  Always look to the Scriptures to see if a man speaks for God or for himself.  If what he says is true, it will line up with the truth of the Bible.  If not, he is a false teacher and we need to identify him as such.

Pray for this man and this ministry.  God is powerful enough to reach down and take hold of this ministry and use it for His glory.  Pray that this time of crisis would be used to bring that about.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in Cool & Interesting Stuff

 

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