No, Satan is not cowering from you

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I saw a post on FaceBook the other day that said something like this:

When you carry the Bible . . . the devil gets a headache.

When you open it . . . he collapses.

When he sees you reading it . . . he faints.

When he sees you living it . . . he flees.

And just when you’re about to re-post this by hitting “Share” he will try to discourage you.

I just defeated him. “Share” this if you’re in God’s Army.

First off, this post is not seeking to spread the Word, it is what is called an “engagement post”. It is a way to rank higher in FaceBook standing because it encourages people to share it even though it does not have any real value. This post is simply made to drive traffic, not spread any kind of truth. That is relevant when you look at what is being said.

Here is the thing, the devil is not omnipresent. He cannot be everywhere at once. In fact, he cannot even be two places at once. Therefore, if he can only put his attention to one person who is fighting for God in this world, you are going to have to do a lot more than open your Bible, read it and share a post. The devil has bigger things to worry about. If you are the focus of the devil’s energy then you are doing something right, but it takes a lot to get his focus. You know, you basically have to be Job, or Adam, or Paul. You have to be seriously threatening him to get him to focus on you.

Now, if you wanted to switch the word “devil” for “demons” in this post, that would be more accurate but really only at the point of “when he sees you living it . . . he flees.” That is when it really matters. You could read the Bible, carry the Bible and open the Bible all day long but that won’t mean anything until you start living it.

I think we way underestimate who our enemy is. We think of Satan and his demons as characters in an animated movie. We see them as cartoons. Little creatures with red, pointy tails and pitchforks. This is so wrong. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan is a “roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.” A roaring lion is nothing like the image we have for Satan in our minds.

In the end, stop thinking shares on a lukewarm post on FaceBook is going to advance the kingdom of God. Teach people the truth. Live the Word of God. Get Satan’s attention. You will know when you get it.

The truth about divorce

In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve. He did not create any other humans. If Adam were to divorce Eve, there would be no one for him to marry. He would be alone. The same obviously would go for Eve. Divorce was not even an option that God gave His first children.

The Hebrew word for “divorce” is “ker-ee-thooth” and it pretty much means “divorce”. Fairly simple. The first time it appears is in Deuteronomy 24:1.

When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

The word uncleanness here is a fairly broad term. There are several things you could tie this to but the most obvious one would be sexual immorality. The Son of God Himself in Matthew 5:31 and 19:3-9 gave us some more insight on divorce. The main one being 19:8:

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Even Jesus said that from the beginning divorce was not an option. It wasn’t even a “thing”. There was no such thing as divorce. The word “suffer” here means to allow but it does not mean to approve. God may “suffer” you to divorce, but He does not approve of it. In fact, Jesus stated there is only one reason that a divorce is allowed, without committing adultery, and that is if your spouse has committed a sexual sin. Although many divorces can fall within this category, it is not the cause of every divorce.

Notice that in the beginning with just Adam and Eve, there was no way for either one to commit adultery. It is the only one of the Ten Commandments that Adam and Eve could not break. There was no one else. Just Adam and Eve.

In the end, divorce is always something that God does not approve of. He will allow it for one reason, and that reason is adultery. Any other reason to divorce just leads to more sin.

No feather . . . No gray

I have been doing a lot of graphics work lately, especially with my silhouette work. One of the first tools you learn when working with these types of graphics is a thing called “feathering”.

This is when you draw a mask around your image and then make the edges blur or feather into the other layers. This makes it harder to tell the difference between layers and is a great way to meld multiple images together. I have used it hundreds of times and it is a lifesaver!

When it comes to black and white objects, it creates a nice gray area between them. Blends them perfectly. The “gray area” is a familiar term for most people.

People like to say that things aren’t always black and white. That there are gray areas in life. That there is a “feathering” so to speak between the good layer and the bad layers. People will ask if some particular thing is a sin and even Christians will say that “that is a gray area.” This is simply not true and not Biblical!

Jesus clearly said that if we are not for Him we are against Him. He didn’t allow any gray area. And when you pay attention to how God treats sin, you will see He has no gray area either. It is either sin or it isn’t.

We generally say something is in a gray area if it is something we do or don’t want to limit ourselves from doing. We say it is a gray area to make ourselves feel better. This is a bad idea. This is us rejecting God’s holy truth.

You murder someone, it is a sin. It doesn’t matter if it was in self-defense, abortion, war, or out of hate. It is a sin and you need to repent.

You lie, it is a sin. It doesn’t matter if it is to protect someone, hurt someone or not intentional. It is a sin. Plain and simple.

We need to stick to what God has told us. He calls sin “sin” and holiness “holiness”. He has made it very clear so stop lying to yourself and others.

Bless You!

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I tell you what, my 2.5-year old is the cutest little kid ever! I know, every parent says that . . . but this time it is true!

We taught him awhile ago to say “bless you” when someone sneezes. Well, now it is a great indicator for lots of things. For example, if we are unsure if he is asleep yet, we could quietly fake sneeze in the other room and if he is awake he will always yell out “bless you” from his bedroom! It is the cutest thing!

But, the little guy didn’t just leave it at that. No, he took it to another level. If you cough, he says “bless you”. I mean, if you coughed for an hour straight he would say “bless you” every time! My wife had a coughing fit that lasted several minutes one time and between patting her leg, he would say “bless you” every single time. This kid! Needless to say, it is absolutely adorable to hear this little boy care so much for those in pain. And yes, he says “bless you” when he coughs or sneezes as well.

You may be wondering what the point of this cute story is besides being cute? Well, the phrase “bless you” got me thinking of how people use the term “God bless you”. I hear people say it all the time to anyone and everyone. I even see it on the signature of emails people send.

Well, in John 1:10-11, God gives us a new perspective on giving His blessings to those who do not follow Him:

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

This is a very serious matter. When people try to give God’s blessing to someone who does not follow God, they are in danger of partaking of that person’s unfaithfulness. Some food for thought for when you want to casually or mundanely throw out a “God bless you” to a stranger.