It Explains So Much!

He is roaming the earth…going back and forth on it.

He has a very large team of spirits who watch us….figuring out when we are weak so they can whisper lies and temptations into our ears.Sept 8 2014 it explains so much

They tell us just enough truth to make it sound good and then they twist some lies into it.

These evil spirits help us rationalize away our sins of our lives.

They help us blame others instead of taking personal accountability for what we say and what we do.

They make bad things look ok (as long as we don’t think about it or pray about it too much).

By appealing to our rebellious side with its sinful desires, they can make darkness look like light and selfishness look like self-preservation.

When we read the book of Job, we get a front row seat to the spiritual battle which is going on right now in the heavens.  It starts to make sense that several of the angels who are mentioned in the Bible by name are leaders of the heavenly army.  They are in a constant battle for us – defending us and pushing away the darkness.

I’m sure Satan doesn’t like it whenever we read the Bible but especially the book of Job.  We read how he challenged God directly and was SO WRONG about Job.  I’m sure Satan loved the parts where Job’s friends were so confused.  They thought this was all happening to Job because of unconfessed sin in his life.  Wrong!

And Satan really liked it when Job’s wife gave up, told Job to curse God and die.

Satan won a couple of battles but he lost the war.  And that pattern will be repeated over and over until the end of time.  We see evidence of Satan winning some battles today – child pornography, homelessness, human trafficking, starvation and terrorism, etc.

But he will not win the war!

Because Jesus has already defeated Satan!

Jesus is victorious!  And through faith in him, we also become victorious!

When we are obedient to him, he can help us win our day to day battles with Satan’s team.  Through our obedience, he is also able to continue the process of transformation – turning our sinful desires into a stronger desire for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

When we put our trust in Jesus, we are in a win-win situation!

Thank you, dear Jesus!

When the Wicked are Winning

I don’t understand it.August 10 2014 Wicked are Winning

When bad things happen to good people.

When it looks like the wicked are winning.

We read about the Great Deportation in 2 Kings.  Nebuchadnezzar took all of the people of Jerusalem to Babylon.

Into captivity.

God’s chosen people.

Satan had to think he was winning at this point.

Nebuchadnezzar stripped the Temple of the Lord of all of its treasures and put all of it in the temple of Babylon.   The treasures Solomon had dedicated to God were now being used to honor and worship a wicked, pagan god.

Now Satan really had to think he was winning.

We know there were faithful believers in this crowd of Jews that went to Babylon – we just read about Daniel and his friends.  We can safely assume these believers were praying and repenting all of the way.

But God’s plan had been put in motion a long time before this actually happened.  We just read through many of the prophecies that predicted that this was going to happen.  It was the consequence for Israel’s habit of repenting and then rebelling again.  Over and over, generation after generation.

When it looks like the wicked are winning, the only thing I understand for sure is that God’s ways are not our ways.  His thoughts are not our thoughts.

And my faith stands firm  on God’s promises to us –

he loves us,

he wants the best for us,

and he is working it all out for our good.

God’s got this!

Hallelujah!  Amen!