(SEE ALSO: The Nature, Tactics and Characteristics of Satan)
((( BEWARE OF SATAN’S TACTICS )))
THE THIEF COMES BUT TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY, BUT JESUS CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT WE MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY JOHN 10:10.
JESUS SAID SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD, RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU JAMES 4:7.
BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT, BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, AS A ROARING LION, WALKS ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR 1 PETER 5:8.
LEST SATAN SHOULD GET AN ADVANTAGE OF US, FOR WE ARE NOT IGNORANT OF HIS DEVICES 2 COR 2:11.
SATAN IS A MASTER DECEIVER, AND HE WAS EVEN ABLE TO DECEIVE ONE THIRD OF THE ANGELS THAT KNEW GOD PERSONALLY, AND CONVINCE THEM TO FOLLOW HIM, SO IF YOUR NOT ABIDING IN CHRIST, AND IN THE WORD OF GOD, YOU’RE IN GREAT DANGER OF BEING DECEIVED.
SATAN WILL WHISPER LIES IN YOUR EAR, YOUR UGLY, YOU’RE TO FAT, THIS DISEASE WILL KILL YOU, YOU WILL NEVER ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL, YOU’RE DEFEATED, GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOU, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SATAN IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF ALL LIES.
The following by Glenn Christopherson
How cunning is the Adversary. He invents false religions, calls them Christianity and then slanders Christ with the behaviour of those in these false religions.
The crusades were NOT an example of how Christians misbehaved but were one false religion, Popery, at war with another false religion, Islam.
Christians did NOT initiate the inquisition they were the victims of it.
Christians do NOT manipulate money from the poor in order to buy the latest version of a luxury jet.
And Christians do NOT commit paedophilia or cover up those who do.
It is Christ who defines Christianity not the media, popular opinion or false teachers who don’t follow Christ but try to redefine Him and what it means to follow Him. Just sayin’
You must be born again through the living and enduring word. 1 Peter 1:23
“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:3).
Making merchandise of “you” means “us.”
The merchandising of Christianity is a heinous sin that is growing terribly in these last days. The word for exploit in the Greek is emporeuomai, meaning, “I travel as a merchant, engage in trade, I traffic in, make gain or business of.” It is where we get our English word emporium, which means mall or marketplace. <MORE>
Reblogged from The End Time blog by Elizabeth Prata
Everyone knows Solomon asked God for wisdom. However people forget that he actually asked God for two things. The second thing was discernment. Here is the verse:
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9)
So Solomon asked for an understanding mind to govern and discernment to distinguish between good and evil, or right and wrong as some translations go.
Solomon’s request was not only spiritual, for he already had a measure of discernment given his relationship with God and having learned from David, his father. But Solomon’s request also related to civil and governing capacities. A total package- he was to be able to judge people rightly in matters, to solve controversies, and to be fair to one and all.
Solomon didn’t consider himself and ask for a long life or wealth or health. He asked God for the tools to help him help God’s people.
The LORD was greatly pleased with Solomon’s request.
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James says that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God and He will give it without reproach. (James 1:5). God was pleased with Solomon’s request, because at root, it honored God and served His people. The Spirit breathed inspiration to James that anyone could and should ask for wisdom. The Lord is not stingy with handing out wisdom or discernment. If you do not have the particular gift from the Spirit of discernment, you can simply ask for more discernment/wisdom in your daily life, and He will increase you. The intent is, you’ll use it for God’s glory and to help His people.
There is a flip side to this also. Solomon dissipated. When it was time for Solomon to build the Temple, the LORD had told Solomon in 1 Kings 6:12 that IF Solomon “will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father.”
The glory that was Israel’s military might, wealth, protection, and increase were onerously placed on Solomon’s shoulders. As Matthew Henry said, “None employ themselves for God, without having his eye upon them. But God plainly let Solomon know that all the charge for building this temple, would neither excuse from obedience to the law of God, nor shelter from his judgments, in case of disobedience.”
Luke 12:48b says, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required,”
Gill’s Exposition says, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall, much be required: the more knowledge a man has, the more practice is expected from him; and the greater his gifts are, the more useful he ought to be, and diligent in the improvement of them”
The LORD reiterated the condition when Solomon prayed the dedication prayer at the newly built temple.
“But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And this house will become a heap of ruins.” (1 Kings 9:6-9)
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So with all Solomon’s wisdom, he still backslid. With all his discernment, he allowed paganism into his heart in marrying over 700 women and having over 300 concubines. They were from foreign lands and they persuaded him to turn away from God and commit spiritual fornication with false gods.
Having wisdom and discernment is no guarantee that without all due purity in public and private life, you won’t be turned away from God.
But do ask God for wisdom. If you dare! Wisdom is knowing how to apply your knowledge. Discernment is detecting not just right from wrong or good from evil, “but right from almost right” (Charles Spurgeon).
It goes without saying the discernment and wisdom that we yearn for and live by are God’s truths, not man’s. Live by His statutes and His paths, and ask for the wisdom and discernment to always remain there, walking uprightly in His wise ways. Discernment is a bestowal from the Lord which honors Him and serves the brethren. And it greatly pleases the Lord when we ask for it.
Commentary by Roger Oakland – www.understandthetimes.org
The Bible provides a model for leadership. The model is quite simple. Jesus Christ is the good shepherd. The good shepherd is in charge of the sheep. Christians are sheep who belong to the flock. Unlike what some religious groups teach, the sheep should have personal access to the good shepherd. There is one mediator between God and man. We don’t need a priest to intervene.
Of course, the body of Christ is rightfully divided into smaller flocks with shepherds who are called to teach and protect the sheep. This is where a problem can arise. What if a shepherd is in the position of a shepherd but has not been called to be a shepherd? What if his job is just a job and not a calling? What if the shepherd is actually a wolf? The Bible states this can definitely happen.
Now, there is another aspect to this. Because mankind has the tendency to do things man’s way rather than God’s way, even shepherds can be influenced. Shepherds who follow Jesus and walk according to the Scriptures are truly God’s shepherds. However, as you know, because man is man, a shepherd can actually believe he is a shepherd when he is not. There are a number of factors that can lead a shepherd astray. Solomon, a very wise man, was warned about what could lead a servant of God away from God – for example, possessions, power, and women. Unfortunately, Solomon fell for all three.
We are living in the last days. These are perilous times according to the Scriptures and the events unfolding in the church and in the world. This is a time for godly leadership to make the right decisions. This is a time for true shepherds to lead the sheep and protect them from the wolves the Bible warns are out to devour the sheep.
Unfortunately, the wolves are getting bolder and bolder in many churches and organizations. Because we live in the last days, apostasy abounds, and the sheep don’t know it. Many have been put to sleep by false teachers who are masquerading as shepherds.
It seems to me that pastors who play the role of a shepherd need more than ever to keep their eyes focused on Jesus, the true shepherd and stay true to His Word. When they get their eyes on human shepherds because they are popular or successful, they have the potential to be led astray.
If you belong to a church that has a good shepherd who teaches the Word and follows Jesus, support him in every way. However, we must always remember that a shepherd is just a man. I have known cases where shepherds have gone astray and they didn’t even know it. This is because they are human. If you know a shepherd like this pray that God, by His grace, will open his eyes.