Satan’s Wears a Costume Daily Devotional for Monday October 31st 2016

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 31st 2016

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Before Satan was cast out of Heaven from the presence of God, he was created by God as a beautiful angel.  Ezekiel reveals the details of the jewels and stones that covered him.  However, when Satan fell in the beginning, the Lord declared of him that he would be a terror, and neither shall he be anymore.  (Ezekiel 28:19)

From that time until now, Satan cannot present himself as he really is because in doing so, he will drive the entire world from him.  He rather must resort to disguising himself as being someone or something he is not, as to be more appealing to the world.  The word “transform” means to transfigure or disguise.  Satan disguised himself as just another animal in the garden of Eden.  His costume in Eden caused him to be effective enough to deceive Eve into partaking of the only thing God commanded them not. 

Paul said do not marvel; for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.  This is exactly what he was be before he was exiled from Heaven.  However, the Lord revealed that he would ever be a terror. The world cannot see past its natural eyesight.  What appears to be harmless is acceptable unto most.  But unto all who are born again, it’s difficult for the devil to hide or disguise himself.  The presence of Lucifer is such a distinct presence that all of God’s people recognize him even though he cannot be seen. 

Paul finally declared that not only is Satan have a costume to deceive, but his ministers wear costumes as well.  As a matter of fact, they masquerade as ministers of God.  They portray God’s messengers so as to deceive and lead people astray.  We must be aware that Satan and his ministers disguise themselves in order to deceive.  The remedy is to look continually to Jesus for truth and discernment, and not to man.  We must also try the spirits and see whether they be of God.  (1 John 4:1) We must also walk in the Spirit so as to listen to the Lord to reveal to us when the devil is at work in our lives.  If you’re having trouble seeing the devil, it could be that he is wearing a costume of innocence and purity.  We need to ask the Lord to unveil our eyes so that we can see the enemy when he comes in to deceive.

Satan’s Tricks and Treats – Daily Devotional for Weekend October 29th & 30th 2016

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Satan’s Tricks and Treats

Daily Devotional for Weekend October 29th & 30th 2016

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  2 Corinthians11:3

As we enter into the fall season, the day of Halloween is swiftly upon us.  Many children will go from house to house proclaiming the words “trick or treat” and will receive candy as they are dressed up in their favorite character. Receiving candy is an innocent thing in itself and dressing into character can be harmless, but let us not forget about the tricks the enemy can play upon us.

In the garden of Eden, the serpent was more subtile than any other beast of the field.  (Genesis 3:1) The serpent hid and waited for an opportunity to attack.  The very nature of a serpent is to destroy.  Jesus said that Satan comes to kill, still and to destroy.  John 10:10. When he comes to attack us, his intentions are always to take precious things but his ultimate goal is to take souls with him to an eternal Hell. 

Satan schemes are much like a common mouse trap.  The treat lies within the trick.  Much like the cheese on the trap, Satan lures us with things he knows we desire to use it to draw us into his traps.  Once a person is drawn into the trap, he secures them.  Paul declared to Timothy that pride and a bad report in the world would cause him to fall into a snare of the devil.  (1 Timothy 3:6-7) He also declared that riches can be used as temptations and snares.  (1 Timothy 6:9) Satan truly has no treats.  Although his temptations come with a perception of pleasure, they result in spiritual bondage and eventually spiritual death.  

As children of God, we are still susceptible to the devil’s tricks.  Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you will not suffer sin’s consequences.  If you are an unbeliever, then the devil has entrapped you through the lusts of the flesh, but Jesus will deliver if you call upon him. Even though Satan has trapped many people and continues to do so, Jesus is always able and willing to deliver from those tricks.  The Psalmist said “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  (Psalm 91:3) If you’ve found yourself fallen into one of Satan’s schemes, call out to the only one who can deliver.  His name is Jesus.

Healing the Hurting – Daily Devotional for Friday October 28th 2016

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Healing the Hurting

Daily Devotional for Friday October 28th 2016

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted…Luke 4:18

Every person is born with such a tender heart of God-given love, care and concern for those around them.  When a family member is struggling, the family comes immediately to support them in their time of need.  To the child of God, the love toward fellow man is magnified because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts.  Jesus even said Love the brethren, by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples.  John 13:35

We do however, live in a very cruel world.  The greater majority of hurts come from people that we live the most.  Even though the hurt may be unintentional, the hurt is real nonetheless.  Some people go through their entire lives living with a past hurt that they never get over.  That hurt causes them to forever after struggle with friendships declaring that they will never allow anyone to get close to them in order to prevent future hurts.  What’s worse is that tender heart can turn into a cold calloused heart of bitterness if left untreated.

Fleshly wounds heal automatically.  Inner hurts do not.  They require the touch of the Master.  Jesus promised that the Father had sent him to heal the brokenhearted.  The world may have devastated you.  A dear loved one may have passed away leaving you to struggle with that pain alone.  Someone may have taken advantage of you.  You may be the victim of an unfaithful spouse.  Whatever the cause of your broken heart, Jesus has come to heal. 

There is hope for your brokenheart.  Instead of limping along through life with your heart crushed, ask Jesus today to come mend, bind up and heal your heart.  He promises healing if you will come to him today.  A broken and contrite spirit He will in no wise cast out.  Place the broken pieces of your heart on Him today and watch as He heals and gives victory! 

The Value of Your Soul – Daily Devotional for Thursday October 27th 2016

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The Value of Your Soul

Daily Devotional for Thursday October 27th 2016

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31

Contrary to what many may believe, each life is very valuable to the Father.  Our world places very little value on unborn babies, elderly people, and those with special needs.  But God our Heavenly Father knows the value of each individual because He created you; and that for a purpose.

As Jesus taught the people, He revealed unto them that our Heavenly Father provides for all of His creation.  Although two birds are sold for a small amount of money, not one would fall without God taking notice.  God loves His creation.  He feeds the sparrows.  He clothes the fields.  His greatest creation was/is you. 

Not only did Jesus reveal to the world that His Father placed much more value you people than sparrows, He also proved it by what He did.  God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Sin will take multitudes and multitudes to an eternity in Hell.  But God sent Jesus to be the payment for your sin. 

Your value was enough to God that He spared not His own Son, but gave Him up for us all!  Never allow the enemy to deceive you into thinking that God is not concerned about you or what you’re going through.  Don’t allow the devil to convince your friends or loved ones that God does not love them either.  God has shown in every way imaginable that He loves you and the rest of the world.  The only thing we need to do is come to Christ and ask Him to be the Lord and Saviour.  Once we do this and receive Him by faith, we will plainly see the work He will perform in our lives and prove to us the value of our souls.

God is gone forth before you – Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 26th 2016

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God is gone forth before you

Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 26th 2016

And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines. 1 Chronicles 14:15

The Christian life is truly exciting. We start out our life by trusting Jesus to save our soul.  That faith in Jesus brings forth the grace of God into our lives and He forgives, cleanses, redeems and makes us His sons and daughters.  Our communion and fellowship with God in the Spirit is so wonderful that it establishes God’s faithfulness that He will be with us in everything we will afterward go through in this life. 

When the Lord increases in our lives, the enemy will stop at nothing to keep you from maintaining that spiritual momentum.  Many times in this Christian life we will encounter spiritual attacks that seek to tear down our faith in God.  The devil wars against us steadily attempting to remove us from God our strength so that we seek to fight him with our own methods.

The Philistines represented a characteristic of our adversary in that they seemed to be tenacious in opposing the people of God.  David had fought and won against the Philistines many times.  The Lord told David that when he heard the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees that he would know by that that God had gone before him. The secret to David’s victory was his reliance upon the leadership of the Lord.  He absolutely refused to face a battle without asking the Lord.  How many times do we find ourselves jumping ahead of the Lord attempting to fight a certain way when God’s way to victory may be a different direction? 

When God goes before you, He will prepare the way to victory.  The Lord has the plan to victory; we need only to trust in His direction.  Are you facing a circumstance where you do not know how to proceed?  Enquire of the Lord.  The Lord will give you specific direction on how to fight the battle.  When we enquire of the Lord, we are submitting our will to His.  Once we do this, the Lord will go before you, fight the battle, and give you the victory.  He will go before you!

After Gods Own Heart – Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 25th 2016

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After Gods Own Heart

Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 25th 2016

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.  Acts 13:22

In a generation where the overwhelming majority seek for wealth, influence and other gains, desiring the things of God has never been more important.  The Lord truly has blessing in store for each of us, but if our hearts desire is for what God can give us, then we have totally missed the point of God’s redemption plan.  Jesus suffered in every way humanly possible to give us the opportunity to enjoy relationship with God above all other things. 

Joy and happiness is not based upon material things we possess, or even the blessings that God provides to us, but as David declared, “In thy presence is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11) It’s one thing for a man or woman to speak well of you, but God speaking for you is totally different.  The Lord Himself had testified that David was a man after His own heart and would fulfil all my will.  It is not those who seek just for blessing, but those who are after the heart of God shall fulfill God’s purpose in their lives. 

God is Love.  If you are seeking to love the world without partiality, then you have taken upon you God’s heart.  If you can look beyond someone’s faults and love them regardless, then you have tapped into the heart of God.  God’s desire is to win the lost souls that are headed for destruction in Hell.  If you are seeking to win souls, then you have taken upon you the heart of God. 

Is your heart drawn to know God and His heart?  Does your heart beat after the things of God?  Do you hurt for the things God hurts for?  Do you long, not just for blessing from the Lord, but to be in His presence?  If so, then you are becoming a seeker of God’s heart.  Knowing God; His character and all that He is, is truly the greatest blessing of All.  Be a man or woman after God’s heart and your ultimate desire will be to fulfill all His will.

Forever Reminder of the Cross – Daily Devotional for Monday October 24th 2016

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Forever Reminder of the Cross

Daily Devotional for Monday October 24th 2016

And one shall say unto him, what are these wounds in thine hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.  Zechariah 13:6

It’s amazing how God knows the end from the beginning.  He knows those who will turn to Him for salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ and those who will reject Him.  Regardless, the work Jesus finished at Calvary included everyone.

The Lord revealed to Zechariah that Israel will one day ask the Son of God about the nail prints; the scars in His hands.  Jesus will reply “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”  How could the Lord call Israel His friends who had plainly seen His miracles, heard His teaching, saw Him feed 5000, hear His claim that He was the Lamb of God, but yet they openly rejected Him?  But yet Jesus called this place the house of His friends. 

Although this verse is a prophesy and yet to be fulfilled, it speaks so clearly to us today.  Many times, in our enjoyment of this wonderful salvation, we focus on our victory, liberty and joy, but do we forget the horrible price that was paid so that we could enjoy it so freely?  Some people go throughout their lives offering up selfish requests for God to give them material things or bless their lives without ever offering their lives to Him in return. 

Even though God has promised blessing to us, let us never forget the price Jesus paid at Calvary that opened up the door to God’s wonderful blessings.  When the Lord hands out His blessing to us, to we see the nail scars or is our eyes focused only on the blessing?  Truly God has promised many great things for us, but never forget the scourging He took for your healing, the nails that were driven in His hands and feet for your transgressions, the six long hours alive suffering in anguish on the cross so that you could have peace, and His life’s blood that was shed so that you would have the opportunity to accept His payment for your sin to be saved.