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Derek, a brother in Christ sent me this:

So the story behind this remarkably divisive coronavirus is Satan (the ultimate politician who will say anything, do anything, promise you everything) deceptively told Eve, “If you eat off that tree you can be like God” and that’s really where it started and it’s been going downhill ever since. See, in Genesis 3:5-6 Satan came to Eve in the garden and said, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” But the truth is, just because something “looks good” and “tastes good” doesn’t mean it is –– it can be more harmful than Ebola, AIDS, and the Bubonic Plague.

Adam and Eve’s decision to ignore God’s warning, (God said, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17) set off a chain of events, which resulted in pain, suffering, sickness, wars, and death to every generation. It used to be that Adam and his wife could go out for a walk without a worry in the world. They had no anxieties. Before their fall, they didn’t have to worry about bills or going to the supermarket. Everything was vegetarian in the garden (Genesis 1:30). All the animals were friendly and their food was growing all around them. There was no bad weather. It was paradise, then along came Satan with his lie (“Ye shall not surely die:” Genesis 3:4) of how much better life would be if Eve would only eat off that tree, and because of man’s decision that day, sin and death entered the world, and it was then passed on to all generations that followed.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12

Therefore, when people blame God for the mess that this world is in –– they’re blaming the wrong person. They need to put the blame where it belongs –– on MAN. It was man that brought cancer, earthquakes, tornadoes, pain, suffering and death into the world. “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) God made a perfect world and He gave man FREE WILL and man CHOSE to sin, and, in doing so, death entered in. Man’s sin is why we now die.1 Corinthians 15:21 says, “By man came death.” I recommend reading that verse again very slowly and carefully. It says man introduced death. So next time you turn on the news and the first 20 stories are about COVID, let it remind you that God made Heaven on earth in the beginning, and when sin came into the world, death and misery came with it –– so now every devastating disaster and deathly disease will makes sense from this point on.

Folks, we live in a fallen creation. Romans 8:22 says, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain.” The whole world is suffering and in fear (or at least on alert for danger). Some people now think, “Oh no, coronavirus is gonna get me.” Others fear spiders, and the spider fears the snake. Meanwhile, that snake is on the lookout for the eagle, and the eagle is hoping there isn’t a storm. I could go on, but the point is everything, subconsciously, is in fear ! That’s not the way God made it. God made a beautiful creation. No fears. And I think one lesson we should learn from this stupid lockdown is that we’re all waiting around to die. Our life is like a puff of smoke, a vapour, with no guarantee of tomorrow just as James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

The truth is very simple. God created you to live forever in paradise with family and friends in a body that never gets sick or dies (1 Corinthians 15:53-54), but everyone born after the fall of Adam and Eve inherited a sinful nature (“For all have sinned…” Romans 3:23). If God allowed us into Heaven as we are in our sinful state we would quickly ruin it. That’s why Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us from all our sin to allow us into Heaven. 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Here’s your exit question. Today man’s decision also involves a tree (the cross) on which Jesus died (“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” 1 Peter 2:24). Will you accept Jesus’ payment (cleansing) from your sins, or will you do it your way like Adam ? Please think about this + check out the video below. Love ya…..thank you for reading ! ~ Derek

VIDEO: Check This Out: Pain & Suffering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Q0cx2fNhw

How much power does Satan really have?

By Mark Altrogge

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
(Job 1:12)

Satan afflicts believers. Don’t underestimate him. He’s not an imp in red tights with a pitchfork. But don’t give him more credit than he’s due.

In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul said a messenger of Satan was given him to afflict him. Satan was behind Jobs’ suffering. The enemy can afflict us physically. He tempts us to sin. But his greatest weapons are his fiery darts – his lies about God that he launches against our faith. We are in a serious conflict with the powers of darkness.

Yet sometimes I hear Christians talk as if Satan were all-powerful. “The devil has really been having a field day in my life lately.” “Satan’s really been kicking me around this week.”

When I first became a Christian I thought demons were everywhere. (I’d definitely watched too many episodes of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits). In my early Christian years I spent lots of time rebuking and binding demons of lust, demons of fear, and demons of unbelief, anger, self-pity, and sickness. Pretty much everything bad in life was caused by a demon. I probably rebuked demons of bad coffee.

Then I found out just how limited Satan’s power really is.

He’s powerful, but not all-powerful. He is the god of this world. Unbelievers are significantly under his power, though they don’t realize it. He has blinded their eyes. But once Jesus opens our eyes to his glory and saves us, we come under his ownership. We’re no longer slaves of Satan. We’re new creations in Christ and share his victory over the enemy that he won on the cross.

When Satan afflicts believers he must get permission to do so, even as he did with Job. God determined the parameters of what Satan could do to Job. Each time Satan requested, God said you may do this and this but not this. He could only do what God allowed.

Lots of people seem to think the devil is the equal and opposite of God, like the dark side of The Force. But Satan is a created being. God is infinite. Satan is less than a speck compared to the infinite One.

If anything, Satan might be compared to Michael the Archangel, another created being. A.W. Tozer said we tend to think of created beings in a hierarchy, for example on the bottom are amoebas, then above them garden slugs and above them fish, then dogs. Above dogs are monkeys, then humans, and slightly above them are angels and then slightly above angels is God. But God is infinitely exalted over his creation. The most glorious Seraphim in heaven is closer to a caterpillar in it’s being than it is to God.

Satan is a tool of God, and when he allows him to afflict a believer it’s for God’s glorious purposes – to make that believer rely on Christ, become like Christ and display the power of Christ in him (see Stephen’s post yesterday).

So remember you have an enemy, but fix your gaze on Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords.

The painting at the top of this article shows Satan pouring plagues onto Job. It is by William Blake.

Stand strong in the Lord spiritually

I confess that this article is just as much self-help as it is written to benefit others. Much of the information in it was taken from the following biblically sound, ever-encouraging website http://www.gotquestions.org:

http://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-warfare.html

A few nights ago I had a nightmare that made me awaken disturbed and shaking. In it, demons persecuted me mercilessly. They then attempted to drown a man in my dream who was helping me. Unfortunately I tried to save the man using my own power – which turned out to be woefully inadequate – not the Lord’s.

So how do we stand against the forces of darkness? What tools has the Kingdom of Light given us to deal with them effectively? Ephesians 6:10-12 outlines the spiritual armour God has kindly provided to His followers. The first thing to note is that in dealing with evil, we must stand in God’s might, not our own. Even Michael the archangel in Jude 9 did not rebuke Satan in his own power, but said, “The Lord rebuke thee!” He rebuked Satan in God’s name and authority, not his own.

It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that Christians have any authority over Satan and his demons. It is only in His name that our rebuke has any power. As it is written:

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (ie. the belief in – and confession of – Jesus as the Son of God) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Ephesians 6:13-18 gives a description of the spiritual armour God gives us. We are to stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation (assurance), the Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God), and by praying in the Spirit.

What do these pieces of spiritual armour represent in spiritual warfare? We are to speak the truth against Satan’s lies. We are to rest in the fact that we are declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We are to proclaim the gospel no matter how much resistance we receive. We are not to waver in our faith, no matter how strongly we are attacked. Our ultimate defence is the assurance we have of salvation, an assurance that no spiritual force can take away. Our offensive weapon is the Word of God, not our own opinions and feelings. We are to follow Jesus’ example in recognising that some spiritual victories are only possible through prayer.

Jesus is our ultimate example for spiritual warfare. In Matthew 4:1-11 each temptation was answered in the same way – with the words “it is written.” Jesus knew the Word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. If Jesus Himself used the Word to counter the devil, do we dare to use anything less?

The ultimate example of how NOT to engage in spiritual warfare is the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-16). They were not relying on Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and they were not employing the Word of God in their spiritual warfare. As a result, they received a humiliating beating. May we learn from their bad example and conduct spiritual warfare as the Bible instructs.