Saturday, September 19, 2020
Beware of those who call evil, good
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
It is Satan's practice to convince people that what God calls good is actually evil and what God declares evil is, in fact, good. Satan persuaded Adam and Eve that their disobedience, rather than their obedience, would guarantee a full life. They believed him and immediately began to experience sin's consequences! Despite the absurdity of Satan's logic, he continues to deceive people into doubting what God has clearly said.
King Saul sought Samuel's affirmation for the sacrifice he had offered, even though he had acted in direct disobedience to God's command (1 Sam. 15:13). Ananias and Sapphira expected praise from the early church for their offering, though they were blatantly lying (Acts 5:1–11). An Amalekite soldier sought David's gratitude for killing Saul, God's anointed king (2 Sam. 1:1–16).
We, too, will face the temptation to call something good that God has declared wicked. We may be persuaded that we can accomplish more good by lying than by telling the truth. We may claim that we are mobilizing Christians to pray for someone in sin when, in fact, we are spreading gossip. We may assert that we are following God's will in our job when, in fact, we are striving to pursue our own ambitions. We will also be tempted to call evil that which God declares is good. God says it is good to love our enemies, yet we might decide our task is to hold them responsible for their actions. It is so important to hold ourselves accountable to God's Word. God does not need us to find exceptions for His commands. He requires our obedience. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
A second post for today...
Oh what the main stream media strives to do. They fully engage in the practice of trying to call good, evil, and evil as good. Look for the explosive blowups caught on video of reporters lashing out at people saying it's their job to tell you what to think. Go ahead and look for it on YouTube then come back here.
Satan has but one goal: to usurp God and sit on His Throne. He cares not who in all God's creation he has to lie, cheat, steal or destroy to get there. Even though even he knows he has not been able to stop the Word of God from happening he will not stop until God stops him. Read Revelation. Michael the Archangel binds him in chains for a thousand years in a bottomless pit. That's Satan's future.
Yet in that thousand years of Jesus Christ ruling on this world Himself, mankind will bide their time to wait for Satan's return.
Think on that.
For over 2,000 years we have awaited Christ to return, as the Bible says is going to happen, yet most today don't believe it will happen.
During that Thousand year reign of Christ, mankind WILL believe in the return of Satan to 'save' them. At the end of the thousand year reign, Satan is released, as the sand of the seashore mankind will join him in attempting an assault on Jesus. Their once thought hidden rage against Jesus joined with Satan's rage at being imprisoned for a thousand years. Yet Jesus will stop it all with a word.
Political views are chaotic. It's difficult to, at times, discern truth. Yet, in what you do as Christians in regards to living life, what you believe, needs to be filtered through God's Word not your opinion. Only Scripture is defined as God's truth. If people preach or teach contrary to it, then they are false teachers and liars, pawns of Satan. If they support abortion, they are on the side of Satan. If they support homosexuality they are on the side of Satan. If they advocate sin as right and good, they are on the side of Satan. You cannot go contrary to the word of God and say that it's ok, God will understand. God wouldn't have said it the way He did in the Bible if He wanted it understood any differently. Thou shalt not steal is fully explanatory. Thou shalt not murder is completely self-explanatory. Thou shalt not lay with as man as a man does with a woman. Self-explanatory. A woman should not lay with a woman as she would with a man, again self-explanatory.
Jesus, in writing the whole, infallible, Word of God, did not make anything that complicated. Yes, upon deeper examination there are deeper truths, but what is explained on the surface is meant to be understood by all. Jesus said that to come to Christ you come as a child. Children fully understand, when explained to them, not to steal. They get it. Some, due to their sin nature, still choose to do it, but they know what it means. They may be self-deceived in that they also believe that there won't be consequences. But there will be.
Beware of what you choose to stand on. Jesus gave the example of building a house upon sand or the rock. You are going to need something to hold onto when the storms come. Plenty of videos you can watch of the aftermath of hurricanes. What is built upon sand is wiped out. What was not, was not moved.
You have before you both good and evil.
You, not your political affiliation, will stand before Christ to explain you. You need to seek truth. Not just believe what you are told by a world where in ever increasing levels truth is being touted as lies and lies they try to convince as truth.