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Why Humanity Is In Love With Itself And Not God: Satan

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Editors note: This post was actually a comment to a reader that believes the “we are gods” mantra. I have added a little more to it in hopes of this being an article worth reading and in the hope that it will reach someone who needs it. Not my words per-say but the words of God. Feel free to share and comment, I would love to hear your thoughts!
God bless
Greg Publisher ICB

Satan is one being created by God, as he was a former high-ranking angel of God. One can no more disbelieve in the existence of Satan than one can say the Bible is not a book…that is if you believe in God. Satan is very real and is most definitely in control of this world. As a matter of fact the Bible refers to him as the “god of this world”. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them Obviously this verse means that Satan attempts to block all that leads us to God while at the same time leading us into sin. Satan is an already defeated foe, through Jesus Christ’s victory over Satan on the cross, and we can partake in His defeat of the evil one. Christ’s victory is ours! Ephesians 6:10-18

Anyone involved with Satan plays a very dangerous game. Satan leads all who do not believe in Christ to hell. That is his aim. The notion that “we are gods”, New Age beliefs, spirit guides, channeling, the divine mother, other gods…all are attempts (very successful) to lead us away from God. The homosexual agenda and the supposed freedom to live that lifestyle (if anyone so chooses) is yet another attempt to lead us away from God and is succeeding very well in the U.S. Keep in mind God hates the sin, not the sinner. Satan cares not a whit even for his servants, his only aim is to corrupt humanity and lead us into temptation and sin and thereby away from God, our only true salvation. The Word of God tells us to stay away from these things…Satan the master deceiver is behind them all. Bad company corrupts good character.

We are in NO way gods and the Word of God teaches no such thing. There is a verse in the book of Psalms that mentions that, but if your understanding of that passage is that we are ourselves gods, you misunderstand. Scripture will uphold itself…meaning that if something is taught in one place it will be attested to in another…you will find NO references in the Bible that teach we are gods, there is only ONE God existent in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Psalm 82:6, and John 10:34 (Jesus quoting Psalm 82:6) Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Now, lets take a closer look at these Scriptures:
This use of the word “gods” to refer to humans is rare, but it is found elsewhere in the Old Testament. For example, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh, He said, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1). This simply means that Moses, as the messenger of God, was speaking God’s words and would therefore be God’s representative to the king. The Hebrew word Elohim is translated “judges” in Exodus 21:6 and 22:8, 9, and 28.

Now, let’s look at how Jesus uses this passage. Jesus had just claimed to be the Son of God (John 10:25-30). The unbelieving Jews respond by charging Jesus with blasphemy, since He claimed to be God (verse 33). Jesus then quotes Psalm 82:6, reminding the Jews that the Law refers to mere men—albeit men of authority and prestige—as “gods.” Jesus’ point is this: you charge me with blasphemy based on my use of the title “Son of God”; yet your own Scriptures apply the same term to magistrates in general. If those who hold a divinely appointed office can be considered “gods,” how much more can the One whom God has chosen and sent (verses 34-36)? (Courtesy of http://gotquestions.org)

Falling into the notion that we (humanity) can be our own gods is a deception of Satan who aims to lead all people away from the One true God. For if you believe in yourself as god, or even believe in your own good nature and/or humanistic value as a vehicle to attain heaven, then your trust and faith is placed in yourself and not in Christ…this type of person will never see heaven unless and until they repent of this attitude/mindset as they rely on themselves to get there. Others care not what the Word of God has to say; disbelieving in heaven and hell, these people are right where Satan wants them. Either way, Satan encourages these things, as this is what he desires, to place himself above God and take humanity away from the Lord our God.

There is only one source of perfection and that is God, not one of us is perfect nor will we ever be so until and unless we see Christ and accept Him as Lord and Savior repenting of our sins and asking for His forgiveness. We will of course still not be perfected until we are resurrected by Christ in the end and made perfect through Him in heaven, never will we be perfect on this Earth as our basic nature is of sin and to sin. The only perfect man was Jesus whom was both man and God at the same time. Anyone who claims to be perfect in this world even through the power of the Holy Spirit is deluded, and the truth resides not in that person.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Have you ever stolen anything, even a pencil? Ever looked on a woman with lust? Ever lied? Ever taken the Lord’s name in vain? Ever had sex outside of marriage? Ever hated anyone?
My point here is this: we have every one of us sinned…and it only takes one sin to make you NOT perfect, and one sin is all it takes to incur the Lord’s wrath. The penalty for sin is death, not physical death but rather the permanent death of your spirit, separation from God forever in hell. None are exempt in themselves from this death penalty; all will stand before a righteous God to receive the fruits of their labor whether good or bad. If the fruit you bear is like the sweet and tasty grape, and you stand before the Father clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ…you will be in heaven. If however the fruit you bear is like the moldy rotted grape that is only good for the trash bin…attempting to stand in your own righteousness, then you will surely be in hell.

Each person has to determine their stand before Christ, not by my words, nor your pastors, nor anyone else…but by the Word of God…the only Word that truly matters. Many are the words of the past that are remembered and even considered immortal…but only a very few words are truly eternal…the Word of God.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away

Friends I would tell you here that:

The most popular book of all time is: The Bible
The most talked about person in all of history is: Jesus Christ
The most written about person ever is: Jesus Christ.

Is this coincidence? I think not…consider this carefully.

But God provides the way out of this dilemma of death, for we all are subject to this death…for we all have sinned. Since we cannot save ourselves; so are we therefore condemned to death. But God in His mercy sent His only Son (John 3:16) to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus paid the price of our sins so that we do not have to. We need to go to God, confess our sin to Him and ask for His forgiveness. When we do this, sincerely repenting (being sorry for) our sins, asking forgiveness from God, and believing that ONLY Jesus can save us from our sins…we are forgiven and are granted eternal life even now. Believing that Christ died for our sins, was resurrected and is even now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and having done the aforementioned things – we receive and can know we receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life…we can and do claim it now not later, we posses this eternal life here and now.
1 john 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God

“What is the catch”, you may be thinking? Well, we agree to live a new life. We will do our best to live the way that God wants us to. We will all miss the boat on this, no one is perfect and anyone that says otherwise is lying. Still, we will seek to serve God, to stop doing the things He does not like: lying, stealing, killing, sex outside marriage, getting drunk and using drugs etc. If we are really “saved”, we will desire to do God’s will, no one forces us to do so including God Himself. God is a gentleman…if you walk away, if you refuse to do as He asks, well so be it. He will of course try to reach you (everyone) as He loves us, but He will not force Himself on us. Then again, we need to remember that if we choose our will over His, there are consequences to that. There will be 2 types of people standing before Christ the Lord in the end.

The first type says: “my will be done”. God says to them ok…and these shall wind up in hell for eternity. No one chooses hell, but choosing to disbelieve/walk away from God is in fact making a choice to reside in hell for all eternity.

The second type says: “thy will be done”. They will be in heaven with God, for they have chosen to obey God.

If we believe in Christ we are and will be children of God eternally. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Salvation is the greatest gift of God to us. We can do nothing to earn it; if we could (we cannot) it would no longer be a gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast

Please, please consider these words, they are but a poor representation of the words that truly do matter, the Word of God. What I say is not important but the Word of God is. I merely seek to paraphrase His words. The Word of God brings life, it brings forgiveness and freedom. Turning to God in sincere repentance brings freedom, freedom from certain death via our own choices…sin.

**Willow Looking Up


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Kingdom Pets and Animals

**Willow Looking Up

A devotion from Cheryl Zelenka’s soon to be released book of devotions FACING STORMS. Available on Amazon this October.

Most of us have had a pet at one point in life. Many of us are presently enjoying their company right now. I am a big dog lover and have lived with one or two dogs for most of my life. They are a part of my family and dearly loved.

I see dogs as lessons in unconditional love. God created them to be a help and companion for mankind. I am thankful for the amazing capacity they have to forgive and love their humans, in spite of our unkind and selfish ways. Time and time again, Willow or Frisky will forget the angry words we spoke or the lateness of their supper, and sit at our feet in complete submission, friendship, and faithfulness.

The love of a pet has comforted many of us in our time of need. Loneliness is less of an issue when there is a soft coat of fur to hug and a gentle tongue willing to lick away our tears. Sweet-tempered and sensitive, pets often seek us out when they sense our sorrow and pain.

Protection is obviously a part of a dog’s character, why else create an animal that growls and barks when danger is near? Barks of warning have saved sleeping families from burning flames, alerted parents to their children’s upcoming seizures, and told rescue workers where to search for avalanche and earthquake survivors. They bravely fight alongside our soldiers and gallantly die serving their country.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NKJV)

Randy Alcorn, in his book HEAVEN, writes about the possibility of pets living with us in heaven. C.S. Lewis, the famous Christian author of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE also believed pets would go to heaven. If our God created dogs and other creatures to be companions and helpers in our life, why would He abandon them all and forbid their entrance in the heavenly realm? I don’t see this happening, especially since the Bible mentions animals in the after life. In fact, it is written in the book of Revelations that Jesus rides a white horse upon His second coming.

 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,followed Him on white horses.” Revelations 19:11-14 (NKJV)

What a comfort and joy it is to imagine the greeting our faithful pets will lavish upon us, once we enter our eternal rest! Though they had but a short lifespan, they remain fresh in our memories while we finish our spiritual race on earth. It is beyond my ability to write and share how my pets were able to comfort and change me with their unconditional love.  I can merely say, I am blessed and thankful for every dog who has been and still is in my life. I am thankful God created such animals for His adopted children.

MEDITATE ON THESE COMFORTING AND ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES

All creatures recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world. They praise God right alongside redeemed men.

“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Revelation 5:13

“All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You.” Psalm 145:10 (NKJV)

“And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendantsafter you,and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.” Genesis 9:9-10 (NKJV)

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze;Their young ones shall lie down together;And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6-9 (NKJV)

“In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” Job 12:10 (NKJV)

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 (NKJV)

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Work In Heaven?

No Problems in Heaven

Are you afraid to die? Is it death itself or the journey to death’s door that causes you to fear? Maybe it is the idea of living for an eternity, or maybe you fear the possible pain that will come with your travel to heaven’s door? Why not dislodge your fears by focusing on this fact. You will not die!

Believers do not die, they transcend. Our earthly passing is simply the means God has ordained to transport us into our final destination. Regarding any pain we may face on our journey home, He will supply for all our needs.

“Are you afraid to die? Remember that for a child of God, death is only a passing through to a wonderful new world.” ~Corrie ten Boom

In the book of Matthew we read, “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Indeed, we will be living spirit and flesh with new and improved bodies. These glorious and newly resurrected bodies will be magnificent.

“But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,  ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”  And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.”  Matthew 22:31-33(NKJV)

And what will life be like in heaven? Will we find ourselves bored with endless feasting and continual choir practices? Does all work end the minute we pass through those pearly gates? I really don’t think so dear one.

God created mankind for His own pleasure. He takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing! (Zephaniah 3:17) And because God is love, He wants us to enjoy all that He is and all that He has done.

Therefore, heaven is a place of revelation, exploration, and learning. Why would God impart spiritual gifts and talents, while we live out our lives on earth, and take them away once we reach paradise? Doesn’t it make more sense that we continue to improve our skills and talents in heaven and use them to magnify our Savior?

If you are presently a gifted composer and your music pleases God, why wouldn’t you continue to hone your talent in heaven? Surely in heaven you will have a greater understanding of sound and a more excellent ability to create with you new heavenly resources. Why would music stop in paradise? I see no reason why those with musical abilities would cease from creating, learning, producing, and performing, as it would all be for His praise and glory. Think of our human design. God values music, otherwise He would not have designed our bodies as living instruments.

I see our time on earth as one spent in a gigantic classroom. Each person and experience we encounter has been planned and foreseen by God, and is being used to train us for our future heavenly labors. Yes, I said work. But this work will fill us with joy and great satisfaction. To serve God will be our fulfillment and pleasure.

And since God designed us with the need for fellowship, there will be times of worship, feasting, working side-by-side, and playing. Yes, fun games and entertainment… so long as it glorifies God. Can you imagine climbing the mountains in heaven? What would a game of football look like up there? Imagine saints inventing new sports for the glory of God and for everyone’s good pleasure.

Heaven, I do believe, will be a place of endless learning, laughter, joy, fellowship, praise, and labor. However, our labor will give us great enjoyment. I love to garden, so maybe I will work the soil in one of God’s magnificent gardens. Maybe you like to design and build, imagine the new buildings you could create for His glory! If you like to explore, God could ask you to search out new realms of His kingdom and bring back stories and resources. You may then attend a feast and share your stories with friends who are gifted writers. They might even write down your adventures for enjoyment of others and the King of Kings.

Heaven is a destination we should all dream about and never fear. I pray I see you there!

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:3-5 (NKJV)

“In the dark dreary nights, when the storm is at its most fierce, the lighthouse burns bright so the sailors can find their way home again. In life the same light burns. This light is fueled with love, faith, and hope. And through life’s most fierce storms these three burn their brightest so we also can find our way home again.” ~Unknown


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OUR GREATEST MOTIVATION


by Neil Anderson

July 5

Proverbs 1:7 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
 
To worship God is to acknowledge His divine attributes. He doesn’t need us to tell Him who He is. We need to keep our minds renewed to the reality of His presence. Notice how this is brought out in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11: “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.”
 
Realizing that God knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, we should be motivated to live our lives to please Him. Someday we’re going to stand before Him and give an account. The judgment that Paul is talking about in this passage is not for punishment, but for rewards. We don’t fear God because of the possibility of punishment: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love” (l John 4:18). We have already been judged as to where we will spend eternity. But how we spend eternity depends on how we respond to God in this lifetime.
 
I personally don’t want to limp into heaven and have Him say, “Well, okay, come on in.” I want to stand before God someday and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” That’s the greatest motivation in my life. As a child I didn’t fear the spanking of my father nearly as much as I feared being accountable to him and facing his disappointment.
 
I’m not disappointed with God and I sure don’t want Him disappointed with me.
 
Prayer: Lord, may the reality of my eternal salvation motivate me to wholehearted, grateful obedience today.


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The Word of God

The word of God…how important is it really? It’s just another collection of words meant to teach us something right?

Wrong! Regardless of how much time you do or do not spend in the Word, it is other than God Himself THE most important thing in existence. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Even this very earth and the heavens will fade away to be replaced anew…Matthew 24:35 (Jesus speaking) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Time spent in the Word of God is the single most greatest investment you will ever make.


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Totally Alive

By Neil Anderson

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October 11
 
2 Corinthians 4:16 
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
 
You are comprised of at least two major parts: your material self and your immaterial self. The outer man is your physical body, and the inner man is your soul/spirit which includes the ability to think, to feel, to choose (mind, emotions and will are often collectively identified as the soul), and to relate to God (spirit). Your body is in union with your soul/spirit, and that makes you physically alive. As a Christian, your soul/spirit is in union with God as a result of your conversion, and that makes you spiritually alive.
 
When God created Adam, he was totally alive–physically and spiritually. But because of Adam’s sin and subsequent spiritual death, every person who comes into the world is born physically alive but spiritually dead. Being separated from God, you lacked the presence and wisdom of God in your life, so you learned to live independently of God, centering your interests on yourself. This learned independence from God is characteristic of the flesh or the old nature.
 
When you were born again, your soul/spirit was united with God and you came alive spiritually, as alive as Adam was in the garden before he sinned. As the epistle of Epheisans repeatedly declares, you are now in Christ, and Christ is in you. Since Christ who is in you is eternal, the spiritual life you have received from Him is eternal. You don’t have to wait until you die to get eternal life; you possess it right now!
 
Our hope does not lie in the preservation of the outer man. It lies in the developing nature of the inner man. Our soul is in union with God and we are being renewed day by day. We will eventually lose our physical life, but not our spiritual life. Our emphasis should be on what is eternal, not on what is temporal.
 
Prayer: Lord, I won’t lose heart over the setback in my life today because my hope lies in my eternal union with You.


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Live For God….Let His Spirit Shine!

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Live for God

Commentary by: Gordon King

Hello folks!  May God bless you and fill you with his wisdom, courage and strength.  For we are living in trying times, the times of the end of an age.  This is a time for Christians around the world to wake up, take a stand and live for Christ.  That’s what it means to be a Christian.  We are the temple of God, therefore we must let God work through us with his Holy Spirit.

God loves us all so very much.  He is our provider, counselor, healer and savior.   We are his children.  Together we form his church, his bride.  We in turn must show our love for him.  We must give him all of the glory and praise.  Only he is worthy.

He has chosen us to be faithful.  To live for him in love, truth, kindness, mercy and forgiveness.  For the time is quickly coming when we will be riding on white horses, clothed in snow-white linens with Jesus in the clouds.  Riding from heaven to earth to fight the enemies of God Almighty.  He needs faithful and true servants to follow him into glory.  

Stand up and proclaim the message of God.  Spread the Word, the truth and the light.  This is our command and our commission from God.  This is the reason for our being.  To spread God’s love and mercy in a lost world.

I know that I keep saying this, but time is so very short and the evil in our world is increasing daily.  This is true.  The return of Christ is close at hand.  Let us awake from our slumber and serve our God.  If you have walked away from God, then the time is now to turn around and run back to him with open arms.  Run!  Don’t walk…Run!  He will embrace you with his love, forgiveness and in celebration!

Let us drink from living water, eat from the bread of life and rest our souls under the wings of the Lord.  He is our shelter and our protector.     He is always with us and will never forsake us. 

The closer we get to God, the more the enemy will try to stop us.  Stay strong and know that God is with you.  Have faith in his power and words.  For his words have life and his Spirit is strong.  Keep the faith, put on the full armor of God.  Be prepared for battle with the enemy.

We must expose the evil in the world, shine our light into the darkness!  Spread the truth, the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Share the Spirit of God with all you meet.  Give to the poor, feed the hungry, give water to those that thirst, comfort those in pain, visit the lonely, help the lame and infirm, bring peace to conflict.   Show the fruit of the Spirit of God, share his love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, peace, joy, gentleness and self-control.

We as Christians are the “Children of God”.  We are the children of the “Creator of the Universe”.  How awesome is that?!  Think about that for a moment.  We are made higher than angels.  We shall judge angels!  We will spend eternity with God Almighty!  I cannot even imagine it, because I know that my mind cannot even comprehend what such a time, place or situation will be like.  I think about it often, but it will be so much more wonderful, beautiful and magnificent then I could ever imagine!  The overwhelming of love, joy, and peace.  Incredible!

So be faithful to the one who has given you life.  The one who has given you eternal life and everything that you have ever had or will have.  God Almighty, Jesus Christ!  My love pours out to you Lord.  I know the love that the Lord has for us.  I have felt it before.  Overwhelming love, joy, peace and comfort.  I have been anointed by God.  I know what he means when he says that he is living water.  I have felt that living water rushing through my entire being.  It is better than words can even say.  It must feel so much better when we are in heaven with him.

→Love God. Praise God. Worship God. Follow God. Trust God. Believe God. Live for God.

Love God.  Praise God.  Worship God.  Follow God.  Trust God.  Believe God.  Live for God.

                                                       God Bless!      :-)

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