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The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled

“He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10 NLV

It’s been less than a year since I started believing the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ. I read verses like 2 Thessalonians 2:10, and shake my head and think of people that it reminds me of. People that I hear or see talking about how silly “religion” is and how can people really believe that a man in the clouds is going to take us up to heaven on streets of gold and live happily ever after. I shake my head when I think of these other people, until I realize that up until not too long ago, I was one of those people. I grew up going to church, but it was mainly to see my friends and for the youth trips to Gatlinburg, TN. Once I got out of high school and out on my own, I formed this misguided opinion that there just could not be a God. How could something as awesome as God really exist? I questioned people’s faith, I mocked and ridiculed them for their beliefs, and I straight up made fun of people that believed in this so called, “God”. Looking back on it, I never made fun of anyone for being a Buddhist, or Hindu, or even a scientologist for that matter (ok I probably made fun of scientologists) but the point is, I was singling out Christianity. Why? Why was Christ the center of my focus as far as religion bashing went? The answer to that question is in the verse at the top of this blog, deception. I was being deceived by the father of lies, the evil one himself, Satan. I heard a saying once that said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing man that he did not exist.” That saying has stayed with me ever since I first heard it. I honestly believe that Lucifer would much rather you deny he exists than to worship him, because he knows that if you worship Satan, then you must believe in God as well. And if you believe in God, there’s a greater chance that Jesus Christ will come into you life. But if you deny that Satan exists at all, then the devil is already winning in your heart. Whether you believe it or not, one day Jesus Christ will come back. And just like Romans 14:11 says, “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” It goes on to say in verse 12 that, “each of us shall give account of himself to God.” So you can keep saying you don’t believe the living word of God that is the Bible, or the fact that He sent His only son to die for each and every single person that walked this earth. I don’t care what color you are, what part of the world you just so happened to be born in, Jesus Christ loved you enough to die for your sins so that you could go on to have eternal life in Him. As long as you have air in you lungs and a beating heart in your chest, you have time to turn your life over to God. I pray to almighty God that if you haven’t received Christ, that He would lay an undeniable conviction on your heart to hit your knees and repent. Because if you don’t, it’s not going to be that eternal sleep of nothingness when you die like I so often hear about from nonbelievers, it’s going to be the fires of Hell for all eternity.

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Spiritual Strength

It seems like right after I gave my life to God, I started being tempted in ways that I never imagined. Things that I used to do before without so much as a second thought, suddenly became a struggle for me. I know in my heart what I should and shouldn’t do, but I still struggle with the temptation. Luke 4:1-2 NKJV, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” After Jesus was baptized, He was tempted by the devil himself for 40 days. It doesn’t list every single temptation, but I can only imagine what the devil promised Jesus if He would just turn from God and worship him. Power, money, fame, food, authority, women, glory, who knows what else the devil tried to sway Jesus with for 40 days straight. For over a month, the devil threw everything he had at Him. I assure you that the devil is just as real today as he was 2000 years ago. We may not see him like Jesus did back then, but he’s there. Behind every temptation we face, day to day, the devil is trying his best to sway us. He may be using alcohol, or drugs to sway you. Maybe it’s women or money, maybe it’s the fact that you have been questioning if God even exists or not. I heard a quote somewhere that said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing man he didn’t exist.” I titled this post “Spiritual Strength” for a reason, we have to be strong in our faith to resist the devil. It’s not always going to be easy, in fact, most times it will be quite difficult. The devil will tell us that if we just give in, he can make us feel better. That if we just set our faith in God aside, life would be more enjoyable. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In the beginning of chapter 4 in the book of Luke, the devil took Jesus up to high mountain top and showed him the kingdoms of the world. Luke 4:6-8 NKJV, “And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord you God, and Him only you shall serve.'” The devil is going to offer you the world to turn from God, we have to have the spiritual strength to see through his lies. I don’t know what you may be struggling with today, but take comfort in knowing that just as you and I are being tempted now, Jesus was also tempted and prevailed! Luke 4:13 NKJV, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” An opportune time, the devil will attack you when you are at your weakest. When you are beaten down, depressed, lonely, struggling, that’s when Satan will start his temptations. It says that Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and was hungry. That’s when the devil started to attack Him. When He was hungry, tired, and weak, the devil started tempting Him. The same is true for us today. The devil will wait until we are at our lows to start his attack. Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Jesus Christ knows us, He knows our weaknesses. He was tempted then just as we are now. We must have the strength to come boldly before God in our time of need, not to Satan and his temptations. God knows that we are not perfect, He understands the temptations that we face, because He also faced them.

Are you talking to me, God?

I grew up hearing about how God “spoke” to people. I would hear someone say something like, “I just felt the Lord speaking to my heart.” I never understood what that meant until recently. I always thought to myself, “You felt Him speak to you? How do you feel speech?” I just couldn’t understand what they were talking about, until now. For me the first time I truly felt the Lord was at a service up in Table Rock, SC. It was an outside service in the mountains, it was beautiful. I just felt something telling me to go to the alter call, so instead of ignoring that “feeling” I got up, went to the front, and prayed. I prayed harder that day in just a few short minutes than I have ever before, but I still hadn’t accepted Christ as my savior. A short while later I had finally agreed to start going to church with my wife. In a service that I wasn’t even paying attention to, is the second time I felt the Lord speaking to me, telling me it was time. That night I gave my life to God. Since then I honestly feel like I can hear God speaking to me all the time. After I got saved, I started praying. I started praying that God would reveal Himself to me. I prayed that I would know God’s will for my life. I prayed that God would tell me what to do with self. I prayed that same prayer this morning before I got out of bed. And when I got up I started reading my bible. I did my normal bible study while my son ate breakfast and watched morning cartoons, then I started flipping around my bible. I came to a verse that I had already highlighted a while back and it stopped me in my tracks. Acts 26:16 NKJV, “But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will reveal to you.” What most of you probably don’t know is that I have been trying to figure out what my next step is in life. Should I go back to school or should I just start looking for some kind of a job. I’ve been praying that God would lead me somewhere, that he would open some kind of a door for me. Ask and you shall receive, right? Well, this morning I feel like He revealed to me not just my purpose but what my goal in life should be also. Acts 26:18 NKJV, “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” I’m still looking for a job or more preferably, a career, but God showed me what my purpose was this morning.