- Television viewing - hours and hours devoted to viewing ungodly programming
- Social media - hours and hours spent on games and messaging that takes away time spent in bible study and prayer
- Busyness - activities that prevent bible study, prayer, and discipleship
- Materialism - the pursuit of material possessions above and beyond actual needs
I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.
“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”
Sunday, November 27, 2016
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.Be wary of who you listen to and give charity to.
Many people have learned to con Christians out of material goods by passing themselves off as followers of Jesus when they are actually followers of Satan. They sound like faithful followers who knows the Bible. In fact, they do know the Bible, but they only know enough to disguise themselves as a Christian while following their own agenda. This isn't a new issue. In fact, Paul addresses this issue in 2 Corinthians 11.
Paul knew that there were counterfeit apostles who had learned just enough from himself and the true apostles to pass themselves off as followers of Jesus. Paul also said he wasn't surprised because Satan can be an angel of light too. Followers of Satan come in many disguises, just as Satan can appear as an angel of light to further his own plan, which is always the opposite of God's plan.
- Counterfeit Prophets and Apostles
- Satan, Angel of Light
- 2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
- Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
- Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.
- Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Thanksgiving week can be a time of reflection upon how the Lord has worked in your life through the last year. Can you see His hand at work?
Don't let stress get you down this week, as the holiday season officially starts. Thank Jesus and God for the simplest things in life like:
- waking up
- having family
- having a place to stay
- food is available
- clothes are available
- the sunrise is beautiful
- the clouds and sky are gorgeous
Saturday, November 19, 2016
This list sums up my last couple of weeks.
- grandchild with viral meningitis - lots of prayer and faith in action have been required.
- two coworkers and a member of my church family have babies on the way - joyful praise prayers and celebration cupcakes have been given.
- 24 yr. old momma died in a car wreck - praying for the family and her babies who won't know her
- a faithful single friend turned 50 - prayer, encouragement, and a cupcake bouquet