Satan Exposed

  Perhaps you have noticed how some, in our day, have a strange preoccupation with evil and the “dark side.”  Satan is the prince of that realm and would like to teach you about himself through the mouths of his minions.  Beware, he’s a liar and would steal away the truth—your only hope of deliverance from eternal hell.  He enjoys blinding the minds of those who do not know God. (2Corinthians 4:4)

  Rather than listen to Satan’s cronies talk about their master, let’s expose him with the Word of God.  Even the names that are ascribed to the devil in the Bible are revealing: the fowler, wicked one, murderer, god of this world, prince of the power of the air, ruler of darkness, adversary, roaring lion, angel of the bottomless pit, destroyer, accuser, and deceiver.  There is not one flattering word in the Scriptures pertaining to this nemesis of our souls.

  The Bible reveals that he was created by God as a holy angel (Ezekiel 28:11-14; Colossians 1:15-17).  He rebelled against God in pride (Ez. 28:15-17; Isaiah 14:12-15; Luke 10:18).  He can enter into God’s presence as the great accuser of the brethren (Job. 1:6; Revelation 12:7-8, 10).  He is condemned, and awaits the carrying out of the divine sentence (Is. 14:16; Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 2:14; James 2:19; Rev. 20:10).  His power and works are thwarted by the death of Christ on the cross and subsequent resurrection (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; Hebrews 2:14; 1John 3:8).  He accuses God, and tries (unsuccessfully) to tempt Him with evil (Job 1:7-12; Matt. 4:10).  Satan, and the fallen angels that we call demons, are subject to the commands of God (Matt.8:31; 17:18; Mark 1:34; 5:15; Luke 4:35, 41).

  The Bible has more to say about the devil.  We will revisit this topic next time.  Until then, let me remind you that Satan was defeated by Christ.  Those that are Christ’s are eternally safe. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1John 4:4).  Have you made Christ your very own Savior and Lord?

Your Loss Is Mine

  Did you ever dream a dream that felt life changing while you were asleep, but by morning it seemed irretrievably forgotten? Well, recently I remembered a dream that I had many years ago.  I dreamed of two men with chainsaws, trimming an almost limbless tree that had grown curiously into a rather large arch.  The two were perched high on the horizontal trunk of the tree at the top of the arch.  As one of them moved from limb to limb, he would stand erect, with arms extended, walking “tightrope” style toward the next limb.  As he toddled forward, I could hear his chainsaw idling roughly, as he laughed and conversed loudly with his fellow acrobat.  Both men seemed oblivious to any impending danger.  I watched in awe, impressed by their brazen disdain for the terror that could at any moment overtake them.  …and then, my dream quickly evolved into a nightmare.  That voice, so high above my head, seemed familiar; I strained to see their faces.  Could it be …yes, it is, …it is my son!  No longer could I be a spectator.  With a jerk, I started toward the base of the tree, my mind racing in search of a plan to secure the safety of my beloved son.  And then I woke up, wet with sweat, and in the same panic that had interrupted my dream.

  As I lay on my bed in the dark of night rehearsing the terrible scene that had been my focus just seconds before, the question came to me.  Why had I panicked for the men’s safety only after I had realized that one of them was my son?  I had admired their daring until I understood that if something happened to them, their loss would be my own.    For several minutes in the night, and then in the morning hours of a new day, I realized that my dream was in fact a reality in my life.  No, my son was not in a tree at that moment, but there I stood gazing at a world that lives at the slippery brink of eternity with no thought of the impending terror that awaits those who do not know Christ.  How could I be so thoughtless?  Do they matter so little to me?

  O Lord, help me to see the loss of their souls as You do.

Oh My God!

  With the Covid-19 pandemic, the political and economic unrest that grips our nation, and the increasing rate of global change in almost every realm, it is not uncommon to hear someone exclaim, “Oh My God!”  In many cases, because of their foul mouths and ungodly lifestyle, one might wonder if they really believe that there is a God.

  Romans 1:19-20 tells us that the eternality and omnipotence of God can be discovered by simple observation of the things that He has created.  In reality, everyone knows there is a God.  The old adage has been proven true, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”  Romans 1:21-32; tells us that many will suppress the little knowledge they have gained by observation, supposing that if they will leave God alone, He will return the favor.  Unfortunately the Bible tells us that their wish will eventually be granted and they will experience life without God.  It is not the nature of God to force Himself on you.

  God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.  He is, by His very nature, Holy, Righteous, Just, Merciful and Gracious.  He will be true to His nature in dealing with all that His hands have created.  Right now, we live in a day in which God’s mercy and grace are being deliberately manifested as He interacts with His creation.  But the day approaches when His justice will be meted out on those who are not willing to receive His   mercy and grace.  Those who have no regard for God will eventually have their way; God will have no regard for them.

  While heralding the good news of God’s love on deaf ears has become increasingly frustrating, it is a privilege to be His light bearer in this day of darkness.  The light? — God created; man sinned against God; Christ died to pay for that sin; He rose from the dead; He offers forgiveness to those who will come to Him by faith.  Better hurry, it’s beginning to look like that day of judgment and justice is near!