Folks, I rarely speak about the devil, am more in my element speaking about God but please indulge me today. Today while studying I got thinking about him and his ways. Did you know that the devil is very legalistic?

 

Job 6-7One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. Why did Satan come to this meeting? Could it because Angels were summoned and he considered himself to be one of them?

 

“What have you been up to?” the Lord asked him, interesting conversation this is. Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”
Hehehe I would hate to be checked out by Satan. The conversation continued.
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”
This is a fairly decent conversation as far as am concerned. Reminds me of someone who told me that its wisdom to respect Satan as you deal with him.

Satan retorted, “So do you think Job does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him or his family or his possessions, bless everything he does—he can’t lose!

“But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.

Interesting conversation this is turning out to be. Do you notice how Satan is looking for loopholes to use to justify Job’s faithfulness? Do not be deceived this is the same way he treats you and me.

God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God.

Satan brought a legal argument before God and he got his day in court. I shudder to think of the legalese he uses to accuse you and I. God listened to him and gave him his day. I have never brought my small mind to grasp how that happened. This is one of the many questions I will ask in heaven may be over breakfast. This brings to mind another conversation this one with the son of God.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
Far too many conversations if you ask me. On this one still Satan got his way and truly Peter got his sifting.

My friend 2 Corinthians 2:11 comes to mind – lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. Satan has ways and devices to get to us. He is such a strategist and a legalist and to think any less of him puts us in trouble.

My friend don’t just jump up and down binding and loosing Satan without a plan and a strategy. Many times it ends up being just empty noise while he continues having his way with you. Picture a scenario where an enemy is going to war, a lot of planning and strategy is done even before the actual battle. This is no different. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you! Think about this as I finish, even the archangel knew when not to accuse the enemy and instead asked the Lord to rebuke him on his behalf.

Treat the devil wisely and you will be better for it.

Have a victorious day.

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Do I Have to Go to Church?

By: Barry Cooper
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I have better things to do than go to church. Do I have to go to be a Christian?

Church attendance in the West, even among Christians, is falling. According to a recent study, attendance at church services in any given week has declined among Christians by 9 percent since 1991. Now only a minority of Christians (47 percent) can be found at church during a typical week.1

In a culture that sees independence and self-reliance as hallmarks of a truly successful person, church can feel like an imposition on our time and energy. We ask if we have to go to church in the same reluctant way we might ask, “Do I have to go to the dentist?”

But what if followers of Jesus only truly flourished when in community with other like-minded believers? What if…

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Soren Kierkegard, the 19th century Danish religious philosopher, told a story about a town where only ducks live.

Every Sunday the ducks would waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible.

He reads to them “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fence can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds.”

All the ducks shouted “AMEN!”…and they all waddled home.

Corruption mentality doesn’t begin when you start working at NYS or when you are posted to Afya House.

It starts when you start bribing your baby with a sweet/biscuit so that he can stop crying. When you give your son 5 Shillings so that he can go to the shop and buy a kilo of sugar which he will also use!

When you bribe so that your child can join the Police Force, what do you expect once he gets there AND he knows he should not be there in the first place?

If you didn’t know that is many a time the genesis of believing that you have to get “paid” do what you are supposed to do, or that you are entitled to “something” for doing something.

Then our youngsters watch in admiration as glorified THIEVES drive around in big cars and stay to the West of Nairobi.

“Working” smarter takes a whole new dimension.

CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY!

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Source: I will enter His gates with thanksgiving 

We signed up for a hike with a ranger, who told us a remarkable thing: when a tree’s life is threatened, stressed by the elements of fire, drought, or other calamity, it twists beneath its bark to reinforce and make itself stronger.

On the surface, this new inner strength may not be visible, for the bark often continues to give the same vertical appearance. Only when the exterior is stripped away, or when the tree is felled, are its inner struggles revealed”

Inner struggles for folks like you and me can also make us stronger if we so choose, and face our difficulties and challenges with courage and determination and not allow them to defeat us.

— Marilyn J. Abraham

Just because you serve, doesn’t mean you’re saved.

Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

There is more to the church than serving. And until you realize serving is an addition, not your foundation, you are headed down a road paved by a false sense of security.

I know plenty of people willing to serve the church, but who aren’t willing to seek God. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.

God is looking for more than servants. He is looking for seekers. People who go to extreme lengths to seek his face. And although serving is an incredible catalyst in learning the importance of being a bond-servant, it is not meant to be your only avenue for divine wisdom. It’s meant to be an addition.

Don’t let the false security of servanthood get in the way of your relationship with God. Heart work is just as important as hard word.

Matthew 6:33 – Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

At times we tend to grumble that what we are engaged in is perhaps not bringing in enough money, is not comfortable enough, is stressful, etc, etc…..

 

This morning as my neighbor was leaving for her place of work, she looked at me with envy as I stood on the veranda admiring the gray fog because of the way I am dressed. It’s soooooo cold in Murang’a, central Kenya this morning (14 C). I actually look like a Murang’a version of the Eskimos, as I have wrapped something akin to a blanket around myself. Without a care regarding my appearance as I work from the house, no intention of venturing out until 1 pm for lunchtime fellowship.

 

That made me realize how at time I complain about having to keep odd working hours writing stuff, this morning, for example, I was up at 3 am, and now i am thinking  of a short power nap.

 

My point, realize there are many who would give a finger to be where you are today! Appreciate what God has given you, for HE KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1,2,3).

 

God is good always and forever so let’s thank him again and again and again!!!

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