Speak of the Devil! Not something we do much of in the world today  but we should from time to time because he is the guy that can cause us a lot of trouble if are not aware that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit we become targets for his attention. Why? You ask. It is because we have potentially escaped his clutches, and that is something he would like to change.


Going back to the Garden of Eden Satan (AKA the Devil) stepped onto the world stage when he had a conversation with Eve.

Genesis 3:1-3

 Man Falls

1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Of course Eve didn’t quite get the story right, but she also was easily deceived by the snake in the garden.

Genesis 3:4-6 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And that was the cause of all the problems that followed for the next 6000 years. 

One thing we should all remember, and remember well, is that Satan is not the cute little Disney cartoon character we see today. Satan is portrayed as relatively harmless and funny. However it would be well for us to know that he has been the one to convince the world to accept him like that to cover up his real character.

Satan has done an outstanding job of getting a large portion of the population of the world to not believe he even exists. He has shifted the blame for all the problems of the world off his shoulders and on to mankind’s shoulders.

John 8:44-45  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Jesus knew his real character and understood his real intentions and purpose.

Luke 4:2-13  2 And was there forty days tempted of the devil, and in those days he did eat nothing, but when they were ended, he afterward was hungry.  3 Then the devil said unto him, If thou be the son of God, command this stone, that it be made bread. 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread only, but by every word of God. 5 Then the devil took him up into an high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, in the twinkling of an eye. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of those kingdoms: for that is delivered to me: and to whomsoever I will, I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, they shall be all thine. 8 But Jesus answered him, and said, Hence from me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him alone thou shalt serve. 9 Then he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the Temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence, 10 For it is written, That he will give his Angels charge over thee to keep thee: 11 And with their hands they shall lift thee up, lest at anytime thou shouldest dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answered, and said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a little season.

Satan’s problem was that he treated Jesus as a natural man, and not the son of God even though he knew who he really was. We see that he attempted to cause doubt in Jesus’ mind about who he was by saying to him “if you be the son of God”. Satan was asking Jesus to prove something he (Satan) already knew.  Satan treats us the same way. Always trying to make us doubt who we are. We are the sons and daughters of the living God, and we should never forget that

Jeremiah 17:7-10

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and — desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Man has a choice. To love God, or to love the material world ruled by Satan. That world includes greed, power, hatred, lust, etc. 

Man, since shortly after the creation has been led down the path of Satan’s direction. Man has been fooled into thinking he knows best. This is not to say that man has not accomplished some amazing things, especially in the last 200 years of his existence. We can look at some of the greatest inventions ever, which are the product man’s ingenuity, but so many of those inventions have been turned into tools of destruction. Man is unable to live together on this planet without wanting someone else’s land, goods, materials, and people to use for his own benefit. We seems to be always at one another’s throats over some stupid and worthless offense.

Think how different the Bible tells us the new world will be without Satans influences.

Revelation 21:3-4 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

I have called this the return to Eden, but without the snake in the middle of the garden.

We have to be mindful of Satans method of operation.

1 Peter 5:6-10 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (pride is the cause of most of our problems) 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, — make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Satan is a quiet worker, but his results are extremely destructive. He has had almost 6000 years to perfect his methods. He camouflages himself and sneaks up on people  to overtake them when they least expect it, and always attacks the weaknesses in the lives of those he targets. Just like a lion stalking it’s prey. 

Revelation 12:7-9  7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

This is the cause of all the problems. Satan wanted to rule in Heaven in place of God. He wanted to sit on a throne that was higher than God’s throne and to have God serve him.

His pride and arrogance was his downfall, and he created nothing except chaos, mayhem death and disaster. There is nothing good in Satan. The world portrays Satan as a cartoon character, or something out of a fairy tale. That suits Satans purposes very well, and probably the architect of it all. The more people think that Satan is not real the better he likes it. It leaves him free to work his chaos without having to bother defending himself. As long as the world thinks that all the bad stuff that happens is just the natural order of things and has no spiritual cause the happier Satan is.

Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

We might not think of 6000 years a short time, but in God’s time it means nothing. Satan is not bound by time as we are, and to him it means his time is limited, which would be difficult when he had the opportunity to live forever as we will.

Revelation 20:1-4

The Millennial Kingdom

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.

For us,

Isaiah 65:17

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Revelation 21:1-4

The New Jerusalem

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Resist the devil, and our reward is eternal life. Satan has his reward as we see above, and we want no part of that.




What you thought you knew about churches might not be true.

The heading of this post kind of tells the story.

“Christianity” to most people comprises of groups of people of different denominations (churches or names) that claim to worship God and Jesus Christ as their Spiritual Head.

There are multiple “churches” with different names, all of which lay claim to being “the right church” or the “right way”. There have been wars fought over this claim.

There is a serious problem with that claim as the Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Faith, From Strong’s concordance,    g4102. πίστις pistis; from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: — assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

So we see that there is only one persuasion (doctrine) which we are supposed to adhere to (stick to).

On the day of Pentecost God saw fit to begin the church by filling people with the Holy Spirit with the accompanying evidence of speaking in tongues. For about 150 years after that event only one church existed. What we see today is not one church believing one doctrine, but hundreds of “Christian” churches believing many different doctrines and all claiming to be right. Nowhere in the Bible did God say that anything was going to change until Jesus returned to gather up the true church. If there was only one church on the day of pentecost, and only one way to be saved as spoken of by Peter on that day how did things change? and if they changed, who changed it, and who gave them the authority to change things. How many times have we heard people say “well, we all worship the same God”. If that is true, then God sure is one badly confused guy!

I have asked these questions many times over the years, and almost without deviation the response is that man changed things, and that he did it without God’s authority!

So, where does that leave us today? As far as the Bible is concerned, nothing should have changed concerning the way of salvation. The churches that believe something other than what the Bible teaches about salvation are obviously misleading people, which would mean that they really are not “Christian” churches at all, and if they are not really “Christian”, what are they? They are certainly not telling the whole truth!

John 8:44
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

There would be many that would feel that I’m being overly critical when I quote this verse, but you would need to go to your Bibles and look at just who Jesus was talking to. He was speaking to the Jews, God’s chosen people. Why is he doing this? Because they were guilty of exactly the same problems the churches are guilty of today. They had misused and abused the word of God until it was largely unrecognizable. They had done it to accumulate power over the people.

Today there is still only one legitimate church, and that is the church that began on the day of Pentecost, and the salvation message is the same today as it was then

Acts 2:38
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Not some of you, or a few of you, or if you feel like it, but every one of you. And why not? When you receive the Holy Spirit, you will speak in tongues. That is what happens, it isn’t your choice, it what God does so you know that you are filled with the Holy Spirit and you become a member of the only church God recognizes. All the rest are frauds!

God’s Tithe

God’s Tithe

Proverbs 3:9-10

9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The reward is not because of the tithe, but because of the understanding & attitude in which it is given.

In John 3:16 we see God’s sacrifice, in essence his tithe or offering to the world he created. In the natural world there are those that sacrifice their lives for the lives of others and the world makes heroes out of them. War heroes are often awarded their rewards posthumously and they are never resurrected to see the outcome or consequences of their sacrifice. In civilian life we see also that there are many heroes. There is no doubting the bravery and courage of those that sacrifice their lives for others in this world and it is certainly right to recognize and respect their actions. Some survive their selfless acts others do not, but ultimately all die as a result of the sin legacy of Adam. 

Jesus’ sacrifice was real. He came as a man in the flesh he lived a life which in many ways was normal. His countrymen could not come to terms with the fact that he was a miracle worker. To them, he was just the “carpenters son”. 

Matthew 13:55-57

Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Being a carpenter was not necessarily one of the most prestigious professions (if he was). He was not a scribe or a Pharisee, not was he a member of the elite with access to the road to the priesthood. He was a nobody really. Scriptures tell us he was not even a good looking man to be desired and he was despised or without any great value in the society of his day. He didn’t marry, which would have been extremely unusual for the firstborn of a household. There were probably many that knew him as he grew up that would have thought he was a little unusual. Maybe some would have tried to provoke him with the “you’re getting older you know, when are you going to get married?” It was the expected thing of the first born son, to produce heirs to carry on the family name.  We have no idea of what kind of an answer he gave, but it more than likely left people wondering. Jesus lived with the knowledge that he was the sacrificial lamb.  Jesus did the unexpected!

Day by day the world at large becomes more and more offended by Jesus. The so called believers wait for the appearance of an AntiChrist, and yet we are surrounded by them and they think they are winning. One day he will again do the unexpected.

Luke 2:49-50

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

Jesus knew the terrible things he was going to have to go through, and we see the result of that stress when he was praying in the garden. It is called HEMATOHIDROSIS, and is a very rare condition most often caused by extreme stress. So we know that Jesus knew what kind of suffering he was about to undergo, and was probably consciously aware of it for most of his natural life. His Father also knew what his son was about to go through. For a natural father to be in the same position would be quite a traumatic experience, and worse, because there would be no resurrection. Both God and Jesus knew the final outcome of Jesus’ actions, but that would have had little effect on the pain and suffering that Jesus actually went through. Jesus asked to be released from the burden, “Take this cup from me” he asked, but knowing full well that is was not his father’s will. 

Every stroke of the whip would have been real pain, exactly the same pain that we would suffer if we personally received the same whip stroke. Roman scourgings were without pity and often those enduring it died. The flesh was flayed from the back and most times exposed muscle and bone. The mocking, the crown of thorns, ripping his beard from his face, carrying the crossbar for the cross, which was not nice smooth planed wood. It was rough and heavy. The anticipation of the nails being driven into his wrists and feet, and then actually having it happen. The people were amazed that Jesus survived to actually live to be crucified. The process of crucifixion is without any doubt the worst kind of punishment one man can inflict upon another. Everything that happened to Jesus before he was crucified was mild compared to what being crucified actually does to the human body, and it could take days to die. 

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord;

neither be weary of his correction:

For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth;

even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Hebrews 12:6-8

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Chastening, is to correct. Jesus took the correction that we were very deserving of. It has greater significance than that as it was a singularity in the realm of the spiritual world. God removed the inevitability of the punishment for sin and gave in exchange the very real possibility of eternal life. Never again will Jesus offer himself as a sacrifice for our lives. The cross was the most shameful punishment a man could have dealt to him. It was reserved for the worst of the worst. 

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 7:26-27

For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Never again!  Jesus and God willingly set out to pay the price for our lives out of their love for us. Living with the knowledge of what was going to happen must have been extremely traumatic, but knowing the result may have tempered the emotions somewhat. What knowing could not do was eliminate the reality of the pain to be endured. The pain of the moment, both emotional and physical. It was going to hurt just as it would hurt anyone else. The reality of death and the separation from God was gong to be the same for both of them. The feeling as Jesus was hanging on the cross and darkness was over the whole earth must have been horrifying. The words that Jesus spoke at that time were filled with anguish and despair.

Matthew 27:45-46

Jesus’ Death (Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-30)

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

The loneliness and despair must have been overwhelming. We can’t imagine the sense of loss at that moment, just as Jesus is about to die! How would we feel in the same circumstances?

John 19:30

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Romans 3:24-25

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Sacrificing and giving are both premeditated actions. Giving is not necessarily sacrificing, as we can give something that is surplus to our needs and we will not miss it. Sacrificing is the act of giving something that has real value to us and something that we will miss. Sacrifice has long term consequences for us, both in terms of loss and gain. Giving does not necessarily have the same consequences. 

For reflection. Do you sacrifice, or give? Or perhaps you are just a taker!

The Law, Mercy, and Grace.

The Law, Mercy and Grace.

Many do not associate Mercy and Grace with the Old Testament Law as given to Moses. Prior to the Law there was no Law, only Faith.

A number of the Old Testament patriarchs, or “fathers” pleased God because of their faith and belief, however these men (and women) were few and far between.

What I need to mention here is that the people that ultimately were given the “Law” were hand picked by God and relatively few in number (sound familiar?)

What was their purpose and what were they to demonstrate to the nations around them? God’s Mercy and Grace!

You might ask how? Through the Law! That is a most draconian piece of literature if ever there was one, but on closer inspection we see that the law was just and merciful, and was administered by a God that is full of Grace.

We might look at the penalties for the “capital crimes”. Stoning, burning by fire, banishment etc. We think of here things as being brutal and torturous, and they are taken by themselves. No one would want to be stoned to death, or burnt. Neither of those deaths wold be quick or painless.

Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter be established. A persons guilt was established through the eyewitness accounts of two or three verifiable and reliable eyewitnesses.

Deuteronomy 17:6

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

2 Corinthians 13:1

Paul’s Desire to Visit Corinth Again

This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Now we see the principle of the witnesses has been established in both the old and new testaments. Can you ask yourself how difficult it would be for anyone to be stoned or burnt under the law without at least two reliable and verifiable witnesses. A murderer or an adulterer would not be so foolish as to commit those crimes in the presence of eyewitnesses. No witnesses, no proof, no punishment. We might think that isn’t fair to the victims of the crimes, but we so often forget that death isn’t final, and judgment will take place at some time in the future.

Murderers and adulterers have been filled with the Holy Spirit. I personally have met at least one man who murdered seven people that is filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s mercy worked for him, and he is enjoying God’s grace as he receives many blessings in his life. I’m sure we have all met people that have committed “capital crimes” that God has forgiven as they repented of their sins. they are now our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Old Testament Law and it’s requirements to prove guilt is a demonstration of God’s mercy and grace to His people. It would have been almost impossible to convict someone under the requirements set out.

Even Jesus had to be convicted by false witnesses to suffer the penalty of death. there were no verifiable eyewitnesses to His alleged crime, so he was falsely accused and killed for our crimes, so that we could receive Mercy and Grace. Mercy when we repented and were filled with the Holy Spirit, and Grace as we daily receive the constant blessings that God pours out on us.

Acts 2, 10 and 19 are our verifiable eyewitness accounts of the Grace and Mercy of God as a requirement for salvation. Praise the Lord for His wisdom and Love towards his called and chosen people.

Success or Failure

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar

The greatest failure?

Some would have said at the time that this was the greatest failure in all of history.

After all that Jesus did and said it seemed at the time that this would be the last thing that anyone would have thought would happen. The so called Messiah, killed! what a strange end for such an amazing man. He was mourned by few and mocked by many.

No man has ever achieved so much with 3 nails and two pieces of wood!

11 of his disciples died violent deaths and countless others followed that example and continue to do so right up until this day.

Yet it is one of the greatest success stories mankind has ever seen or experienced. Countless lives have been saved and will live on into the eternities of time in a glorious Kingdom.

What will your life be, a success or a failure. With God and Jesus forever? or not!

It is all about choices. Jesus made his choices and although at the time it seemed that His choices were a failure, yet they turned out to be the greatest success story that has ever been told.

“The Father of Lies”


“The Father of Lies.”

John 8:43-45
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

The Truth is precious, not only in respect to God’s word, but in our everyday life.

In the beginning Satan gave the impression to Adam and Eve that if they listened to him he was going to improve their every day life, but he didn’t, he just made life much more difficult for them. If we Lie, we need to build a web of lies to sustain and prop up the original lie. Stan seems to be pretty good at that, especially in the religious world.

Man has learned to lie so well that some people don’t even know they are doing it, and they believe everything they say!

When men lie about secular things it is usually hidden and secretive (I say usually, but that isn’t always the case), but when it comes to religious lies, man is so open and apparently sincere about what they say that many believe the lies.

The political system is so bad that everyone expects politicians to lie, and we don’t believe them when they might just happen to tell the truth.

We can see what Jesus said to the religious leaders (who were also politicians) of His day in the verse above. Do we even begin to think that the majority of religious leaders today are any different? But they are sincere. The lie is so old now that it has become the truth, and that sets up another problem. The truth is now treated as the lie!

Isaiah 5:20-24
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as the — fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away — the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised — the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Judgment is coming. Make sure you always speak with a straight tongue! Don’t cooperate with the devil!