Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More than a pretty face....

Looks can be deceiving. We see something beautiful and assume it is good. "All good and perfect gifts come down from the Father of lights" the Bible says. But Satan can also disguise himself as an angel of light. He WAS the most beautiful angel God created. Just as we are told "Pride comes before the fall". So it was Satan's pride that drove him to say "I shall be like God". He was so convincing he swayed 1/3 of the angels in heaven to follow him in his dastardly plan. He was "thrown from heaven like lightening" Jesus tells us. Now he "stalks the earth like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour" You see his plans were foiled and now he knows his days are numbered. He wants to take as many people as he can with him to the pit of hell . He is very ancient, cunning, and wise. Lucifer is not one to be reckoned with except by God. Even the Angel Gabriel in battling with him would not take him on alone, he said, "the Lord rebuke you".
  Satan is still very much alive and fighting hard as he knows his days are short. The Bible tells us there is an army of heavenly host both good and bad.  There is a battle ensuing around us in the supernatural realm that is very real although we cannot see it with our natural eyes. The battle is for your immortal soul. My purpose today is not to study demons/angels, that is for another time perhaps. Today I pray to make you aware of some of Satans' tactics.
 Satans' greatest weapon is deception. If he can convince you that you are already saved, you won't look for the Savior. If he can lure you into temptation to cause you to sin and be out of relationship with God, he will. If he can make you think someone has "special powers" and that they have a "gift" from God as a psychic, a medium or "intuitive" both you AND the person are powerfully deceived.
  Measure all things against the Word of God. These practices are an abomination to God. As in the Word God gave Israel-
Deu 18:9-12"When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations..There shall not be found among you [anyone] who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, [or one] who practices witchcraft, [or] a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.For all who do these things [are] an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.
Lev 19:31

"Do not rely on mediums and psychics, for you will be defiled by them. I, the LORD, am your God
Deu 18:20But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.'You may wonder, `How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?'If the prophet predicts something in the LORD's name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message. That prophet has spoken on his own
to be continued...


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