Last week’s blog post caused me to be reminded of the other side. Once again I became aware of the people who don’t worship God, but in fact worship Satan. They live for him, or to put it in another way, for themselves. Right from one responder’s, of last week’s blog own website “I wish you rapid progress in becoming your own god.” It reminded me of why Satan was removed from heaven. I have been praying for this blogger, and then I wondered, has he been praying to Satan for me? I know Satan tries to copy everything God has done. He even has his own bible, but would this guy pray for my soul to go to hell instead of heaven? Heavy thoughts have filled my mind this past week.
On his website was the mention of being an atheist. That title has always confounded me. Doesn’t the fact one considers themselves an atheist prove there is in fact a God? God has to exist before one can chose not to believe in Him. If He didn’t exist there would be no need for one to call themselves an atheist.
If there are people like this responder to my blog on the other side then I certainly need to, as Jesus commanded his disciples, “Let’s go to the other side.” (Mark 5:1-20) go to them, not to join them, but to set them free in the name of Jesus. In the portion of scripture noted Jesus delivered a man who had become possessed by demons. Even those demons knew who Jesus was, for you see they were once angels. Yes, there is a dark side to this world. It is very real, and very dangerous. Entering into it could cost you your life, for eternity, and as my cousin Doug once said, “That’s like a very long time.”
Okay, climb back into your seat and take a look at why Satan loves you.
- Satan loves you, because as a “Christian” you judge those who have not accepted Jesus to be Lord of their life. You hurt them, and actually push them further away from the Truth who wants to set them free. A “disciple” of Christ would leave the judging to God, and love them as they are.
- Satan loves you, because you take your freedom in Christ Jesus too far. Perhaps you are doing something that you don’t feel is hurting you, but it causes some others who see you, or hear you do this to stumble. They stumble because they think a person with your beliefs shouldn’t be doing this. Yes, they are judging you, but they don’t know it’s wrong to do so.
- Satan loves you, because you allow him to distract you from spending time with God. You are not reading God’s words and you’re not spending enough time in communication with your Heavenly Father. Doing so might just reveal how or where Satan attacks you.
- Satan loves you, because you think you are strong enough to do life without the ongoing support of fellow believers. You think you don’t need to take the time to be with the rest of the heard of your local church. Your alone, on the outside and become easy prey for him to pick off.
- Satan loves you, because you don’t love enough those that are at risk of living eternity in hell to do something about it. Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas puts it this way, “You wouldn’t drive home and see that your neighbor’s house is on fire and pull into your garage and say, “Someone else will call the fire department.”” He goes on to say, “Your neighbor’s house isn’t on fire. Your neighbor is!”
Live the kind of life as a true disciple of Christ that causes Satan to hate you not love you. You should be his enemy, not his best buddy.
The story you are about to read is true.
The name was changed to protect the Honest one. The time: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:43pm. The setting: Conversation after dinner at McDonalds.
Me: Do you ever feel as though God is telling you to go talk to someone sitting near you in church?
Me: What? Really? You do? Do you obey?
Me: Why not?
Me: Fear of what?
Honest: I’m afraid I won’t know what to say next that could help them.
This is probably a very common issue if everyone was Honest. The simple truth though is this: If God is prompting you to go do something, or say something He will give you the words to say, or guide you in what to do. Maybe it does take a couple of times to get this trust relationship working well, but once it is God can speak through you to encourage, to uplift, to motivate, to help someone who just needs to know that someone else cares and so does God.
Please, the next time you sense God speaking to you for a particular reason, obey. God delights in obedience.
Phi 2:9 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him (Jesus)… (MSG)
I work for a global company, and they force us to take training courses. These courses range from safety to customer information, to company standards. But last year they started making us listen to some motivational speeches. This past week I listened to one such speech that really moved me. It was given by Erik Weihnenmayer. It’s okay. I didn’t recognize his name either until he was introduced as the first blind man to climb Mt. Everest. I recalled hearing about him on the news.
Erik’s speech was truly amazing just as he and his life is. Here he is blind, but has adopted this mentality of “No Barriers”. In other words there really is nothing holding you back from obtaining your goals but you. He described being blind and climbing Mt. Everest as “reaching out into the darkness”.
We live in a very dark world. Perhaps you are facing a mountain in your life and you don’t see how you are going to get around it or through it. Has it dawned on you to go over it? Maybe you just lost your job, or you are now taking care of an ailing parent. Or maybe God has called you to do a certain task. The one thing Erik said about reaching the top of a mountain is this, “It takes a team.” Team up with others who are facing the same mountain as you. Do life together. Encouraging each other. Team up with God who can help you with any mountain, if only you believe there are no barriers.
Mat 17:20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (MSG)