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Dead or Alive?

Admittedly, it’s my opinion, an opinion born of observation. 

The Church (by that I mean people as a whole professing to be Christians) has forgotten we have a real enemy.
The church at large, for a way long time now, conducts business as though Satan is dead or at the most just a little cartoon character with neither power nor gumption to pay us any mind. 
How about this?

1 Peter 5:8  (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. source

Or this one?

John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. source

And this one?

Job 2:7  (NKJV) So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. source

Does this sound like someone we should just ignore, pretend he does not exist? 

Let’s look at another one. 

Mark 4:15  (NKJV) 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. source

Shall we ignore this? If we do, he is well at work just as described in Mark 4:15.

Am I suggesting we live in mortal fear of him? Hiding in our homes refusing to venture out, afraid to open our mouths? 
Nope. Just cultivate a healthy respect for a deadly enemy and a passion to abide in an intimate fellowship with our Father Who can right today send him cowering in mortal fear and eventually to the Lake of Fire forever. 

Here. Read this from Revelation 20 and have a delightful day! 

Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 
and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. source

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 
and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 
They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. source

How’s that for encouragement?

Example

Mark 2: 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  source

Our sins have made us sick, but the GOOD NEWS is JESUS IS THE HEALER. 

Mark 2: 10 But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority to pardon sins on earth. . ..” He tells the paralyzed man, 
11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home!”
12 At once the man got up, took his mat, and walked before them all. They were all astonished and glorified God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!” source

May each of you see things today that astonish you and cause you to Glorify GOD. 

2 Peter 2: 21 For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps:
22 “He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.”
23 When He was abused, He did not return the abuse. While suffering, He made no threats. Instead, He kept entrusting Himself to the One who judges righteously. 24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we, removed from sins, might live for righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.” 
25 For you like sheep were going astray, 
but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. source

Please be encouraged today, The Shepherd and Guardian of your soul IS. . .  .

League

In this social climate in which we now reside, what do we do with this?

Mark 16:15  (KJV) 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature source

See that word creature? It snagged my attention. I looked it up in Strong’s Interlinear Bible Search.

Thayer’s Definition

      1. to make habitable, to people, a place, region, island
        1. to found a city, colony, state
      2. to create
        1. of God creating the worlds
      3. to form, shape, i.e. to completely change or transform

And so it does! The Gospel of JESUS CHRIST when believed and He is received, He within transforms people, places, regions, islands, cities, colonies, states. 

And that is why this social climate so hates JESUS CHRIST.

And now the question is do we obey the Text or are we in league with this present social climate?  

Bliss

Mark 16: 14 Later, Jesus appeared to the eleven [disciples] themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He called them to account for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen [from death]. source

This is beautiful and encouraging and wonderful and comforting to me.  Did I get your attention?

It’s true. It is. Do you want to know why?

He called them to account for their unbelief and hardness of heart. 

I want Him to call me to account early, as early as possible, for any unbelief in my being, because when I repent I will be saved from untold horrors. A consistently repentant heart cannot be a hardened heart!  

And there’s another reason. When He calls me to account I am again assured that I belong to Him. I am His and He is mine.  Hebrews 12:7-11

Blissfully ~ ~ ~ this lovely Tuesday!

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