Understanding Satan’s Schemes


Satan is actively infiltrating the church of God with the occult. From some of the “Christian” musicians we listen to, to the preachers from whom we receive teaching, it is all around us.

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Every Believer is called upon to engage in spiritual warfare. There are two levels of this warfare. First is in our own lives, against the old sin nature that will always be an enemy of God. Second, is directly against the schemes of Satan, a very real enemy with a very bold agenda to drag us down to hell with himself.

The following link is to an online ebook I came across that exposes Satan’s schemes against the church and some of the current progress of those plans. 2Corinthians 2:11 warns us not to be ignorant of what Satan is working. Yet, too many of us are completely blind to what the devil is doing.

I encourage, and even challenge, every believer in Christ to read this free ebook, and become informed. Only then can you recognize the lies, learn what you must do in your life to submit to God and then resist the devil.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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10 Martyrs a Day!


Christopher Perdue (thebiblestop):

Something every Christian should consider.

Originally posted on Some Jesus Things:

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The First Amendment, amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States is a part of the Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In the United States we are privileged to enjoy this freedom of speech and religion. Yet, despite this freedom, most Christians do not exercise this exceptional right.

However; Some are willing to Die!

Christian persecution is defined as: Any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification and belief in Jesus Christ.

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Meekness: Quiet Strength


We have been looking at how God’s Kingdom should manifest in a maturing believer in the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Last time we saw that God comforts those who mourn and lament over their sin, and those who suffer loss as a result of keeping the faith.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Sometimes, people confuse humilty with meekness. We looked at humility with the lesson on the poor in spirit.

Scriptural meekness is best defined as “quiet strength;” It is standing firm in God’s truth and righteousness, regardless of what the world around you is doing. Psalm 37 has much to say about being meek. In fact, this beattitude comes directly from Psalm 37:11. I will here summarize what we can learn from this Psalm.

First, do not fret over the apparent prosperity of the evildoers, of those who follow the world system rather than God’s righteous ways. They may be prospering for the moment, but in the end they will be cut down. One day, all will stand before God in judgment, and their end will not be a happy one.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him… Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm. (37:7, 8) A short time later in the Sermon on the Mount, from which the Beattitudes come, Jesus warns us not to judge others, to forgive, to love even our enemies, and to not worry (fret). All of this extends from meekness as taught in Psalm 37.

Modern medicine has proven the Bible to be true in this. If we worry a lot, stress out easily, hold a grudge, and such, it is harmful to our health. When we fret or hold anger concerning evildoers and their schemes, it can affect our mental state as well as our health. It can and WILL keep us in bondage.

One thing I have noticed when I look at my Facebook feed is that many times people are holding onto anger at what is happening in the world today. I don’t mean they are just identifying and exposing the evils, and praying about them or seeking ways to spiritually fight them, which is a godly approach. Rather, they fret. You can hear it in every comment they make, every article they write.

The current world system belongs to the devil, and he is going to do what he is going to do. While certainly there is a place for righteous anger at the evils going on, at the same time we need to make sure that said anger does not become a stronghold that keeps us in bondage.

Jesus came to set us free from every worldly bondage, including this. We find this freedom by resting in Him.

Jesus certainly expressed anger during His time on earth – witness the cleansing of the temple because of the moneychangers. But His anger was more expressed toward those who pervert the Word of God and those who used religion as a way to make money in ungodly ways. He rarely directly addressed the faults of world system, other than to say that Satan was the god of this age.

In fact, when the world system (which the ungodly religious leaders followed) came to arrest Him and kill Him, Jesus went peacefully. He stood strong in God the Father, and died with forgiveness on His lips for His persecutors. Quiet strength! Not fretting over the evildoers! Standing firm in the Truth without compromise, even to the death! That is meekness.

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Happy are Those Who Mourn


We have been considering the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) in the last few articles. We saw last time that the poor in spirit, those who walk in true humility toward God and man, will inherit the Kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

We will see two ways that this verse applies to the believer.

Kingdom truth is often counter-intuitive; that is, it is opposite from what natural thinking would assume to be true. The Greek word translated “blessed” here means to be happy or to be envied, and is so used in the Amplified Bible. The word “mourn” means to lament or sorrow, particularly over the loss of something important to you. So, this says that you are genuinely happy or to be envied when you are in deep sorrow.

Do we have a deep sorrow over the sin in our lives? Or over the sinfulness of our nation and our world? God will hear you when you mourn over your sin. In the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18), the tax collector expressed genuine sorrow over his sin.

The good news is that God will comfort those who weep and mourn now (Luke 6:21). He will give them laughter.

Jeremiah 31:13, 14 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them and make them rejoice rather than sorrow. I will satiate (fill to the full) the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.

The fruit of the Spirit includes joy. If we first acknowledge and mourn over our sin before God, then seek to walk in obedience to the Spirit, we will have a growing joy in our hearts. Even in the midst of trials and tribulations, His joy will remain (John 15:11).

Going a little deeper, there is a second, related application to this promise. Mourning and lamenting typically are associated with the loss of someone or something that was important to you or that was a part of you.

We all are born with a sin nature, and have certain sinful tendencies. As believers, one of our goals should be to put that sin nature to death so we can obtain more of the life of Christ in us.

But sometimes, putting that thing to death and choosing Christ will cost you. You may have to leave friends behind, may be rejected even by your family, when you choose to follow Christ and seek to honor Him in your life.

Furthermore, you may (and most likely, will) have to get rid of things in your life that can easily lead you astray (Matthew 18:8, 9), drag you back into the world system or sin. I am speaking of things that are important to you. It may be family relationships; Or a chosen career or job; Or a favorite activity, which may not even be sinful of itself, but will keep you from following Christ.

Getting rid of these things will be like cutting off your own hand or foot, or plucking out your eye. It will hurt, you will feel the loss, you will even mourn and lament the loss. I (and Jesus, as well) guarantee it! But it is far better to cut it out of your life than keep it and end up in hell.

Again, though, God promises that when we experience loss as a result of following Him, we will receive a hundred times back from Him, both in this lifetime and, in the end, eternal life. We will find that it is worth it all when He comforts us. (Mark 10:30)

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The Poor in Spirit Will Inherit the Kingdom


In my last two articles I explained that the Beattitudes are the image of God, which should become who we are, not just things we do. This is in stark contrast to the sin nature with which we are born. I also showed that while multitudes followed Him in the cities, only disciples followed Him up the mountain to receive His teaching; Sometimes, learning from Christ will be inconvenient – but always will be worth it.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit? This is a good definition for humility. Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.” When we stumble, when we sin, do we go before God in genuine humility for mercy? Do we hate that sin that so easily entangles, so easily catches our attention and draws us away from fellowship with God?

Jesus told a story about two men who were praying in the temple, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector (Luke 18). The prayer of the Pharisee was self-centered, thanking God that he was not like many around him, an extortioner or adulterer or that tax collector. He bragged about his diligence in the tithe and in fasting.

But the tax collector approached God in humility – would not even raise his eyes toward heaven – cried out for God’s mercy on himself because he was a sinner. Jesus said that the tax collector walked away justified in God’s eyes.

Now, humility does not mean humiliation. When we go to God, we acknowledge that we have sinned, we cry out for His mercy. That we need to do. But this does not mean we approach Him like we are a worthless mongrel, like some beaten and abused dog.

If you have put faith in Christ for salvation, or if you are approaching God to receive that salvation, then approach boldly. You are a child of God! Hebrews 4:16 declares, “Let us therefore come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Humility says, “I messed up Lord. Have mercy.” It says, “I am in need Lord of that which only You can provide – Your grace, your help and strength in my time of need, in my time of weakness and temptation.”

There is a blessing that goes with true humility toward God – inheriting the Kingdom of heaven. In other words, your very salvation depends on it.

It is popular in certain circles of the professing church to downplay their sin. I have seen reports that some say you should not confess your sins to God because it cheapens His grace (this is rank heresy, by the way). Other preachers refuse to address sin from the pulpit. This is worldly, natural reasoning completely devoid of any spiritual truth. The Bible is full of warnings to repent, that those who willfully continue in sin will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of heaven.

On the other hand, those who are becoming poor in spirit, a genuine attitude of humility before God, will inherit the Kingdom. This means not only confessing your sin, but learning how to leave the sin behind in obedience to God. We can go to God for mercy when we mess up, but it is greater still when we go for grace, for His help in our time of need.

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