The Messenger

Our Weekly Bulletin

September 20, 2023
Volume XXXXIII –Number 34

More people it seems today question the idea of a real literal active devil, but Scripture is very clear in reminding us that Satan is real, and his goal is to draw people away from God, to thwart His purposes, and to cause division, and create discontentment. The devil is always ready to interject his ideas into our minds and lead us astray by convincing us that there will be no consequences for our sin. All you have to do is look around and you will see a world that seemingly does not believe that there will be any consequences for their lifestyles and their choices. Satan is a liar who stands against the truth of God’s Word. Yet for those of us who belong to Christ and believe His Word, it is our greatest protection against his lies. When we fill our minds with Scripture and live according to its principles, Satan’s schemes lose their power over us. Satan’s goal is to destroy us. If he can convince people to doubt a portion of Scripture, he can then persuade them to reject even more of it. In fact, the verses that address the area of their temptation are the first ones they begin to doubt.

Satan’s biggest target is the Word of God. He wants people to rationalize themselves into disobedience by misinterpreting verses or taking them out of context to support their sinful lifestyle and sinful attitudes. Once the devil gets people to doubt the validity of any part of the Bible or to declare those parts irrelevant or outdated, he gets a stronghold on their lives from which he can cause them to sin. He’s always ready to interject his ideas into our minds and lead us astray by convincing us that there will be no consequences for sin. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He always responded the same way by saying, “It is written,” followed by a passage of Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). God’s commands are not given to keep us from something good but to protect us from the self-destruction that sin brings on us. You can be assured that Satan is interested in persuading faithful Christians to question and doubt God’s word. He is actively engaged in creating discouragement and dissatisfaction in our lives. Have you been listening to his schemes, has he drawn you into dissatisfaction with the Bible, or the Church or other brothers and sisters. Don’t let Satan get a hold of your thoughts. (James 4:7,10) “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” God Bless -Todd

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