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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Power of Satan Is No Match for the Power of God

Safety is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of God.  
When we face impossibilities it gives us the opportunity to trust God. When 
we keep our eyes on Christ, everything will come into focus.  It should not be 
surprising that when trouble interrupts our lives, the father of lies whispers in 
our ears and suddenly we are questioning God's goodness. When  Jesus tells
us things like this, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth" Matt. 6:19.  
Satan tells us that the good life is about piling up things here, causing us to doubt 
God's good intentions. Our problem is that we, like Adam and Eve, believe Satan's
lies.  And when we do, our loyalty to God is compromised.  Then our enemy slithers 
off to his next assignment, leaving us alone to face our regrets and the realization 
that his lies have seduced us away from our truest and dearest Friend. Read the 
Bible to be wise, believe it to be safe,practice it to be holy. I cannot say this enough, 
if you do not know the Word of God, you will easily believe the lies of the devil. Satan
is the father of deceit. The power of Satan is no match for the power of God's Word.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why Does God Allow Us To Go Through Trials &Tribulations

Trials develop godly character, and that enables us to "rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; character and hope. Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:3-5). Jesus Christ set the perfect example. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5-8). These verses reveal aspects of His divine purpose for both Jesus Christ's trials and tribulations and ours. Persevering proves our faith. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" ((Philippians 4:13).

However, we must be careful never to make excuses for our "trials and tribulations" if they are a result of our own wrongdoing. "By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler" (1 Peter 4:15). God will forgive our sins because the eternal punishment for them has been paid by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. However, we still have to suffer the natural consequences in this life for our sins and bad choices. But God uses even those sufferings to mold and shape us for His purposes and our ultimate good.
Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward. "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. . . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:2-4-12).

Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, we have the victory. "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ." Although we are in a spiritual battle, Satan has no authority over the believer in Christ. God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything. He has also assured us that no trial will test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”. (1 Corinthians 10:13).