Thursday, July 25, 2019

Satan’s Psalm

  The 91st Psalm is one that teaches us about the deliverance of God. It paints a picture of God as a protector like a bird covering its young. It reminds us that even when all seems to be falling apart around us, God is there watching out. It’s a passage that encourages us to take refuge in God and to trust in him.

  So it seems strange is the one that Satan quotes to tempt Jesus.

 Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,  and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU'; and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'"
Matthew 4:5-6 

  Satan knows Scripture.  He will twist it to make us think his lies are legitimate. The psalm encourages us to rest in God not test him. Yet the Devil tries to paint the message that way. It a technique that he and his lickspittles still use today

  Peter says as much in 2nd Peter 3:16. False teacher distorts and twists all the scriptures to make it say something it never was saying. That is why we must be diligent to make sure we are trusting in the promises of God not the skewed perception from men.

  Lots of folks will quote scripture. We have to make sure they are using it correctly.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Great Recipe For Failure

  Here is some good advice: Don’t surround yourself with people that make you feel better, surround yourself with people that make you better.

  I’ve seen it in lots of areas, business, church camp, teams, committees, work projects, you name it. People will often want to put in their friends, people that agree with them, folks that don’t challenge them, into their inner circle. Yet it is often a recipe for ruin.

  Yes men don’t help you see problems. Friends might be more interested in having fun not achieving goals. The “cool kids” might not be the workers that get things done. It might be an easy fun group but it may also be a group that goes nowhere and gets nothing done.

Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance
Proverbs 20:18

  The best friend you ever have is someone that tells you the truth even when it isn’t what you want to hear. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they are against you. The devil wants you to feel good about your sin. An enemy will applaud for you when you are failing.

  Ingredients that make a great meal are not just all the things that taste great by themselves. It is when all the parts that complement each other that can be made into something great.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

What We Want & What We Get

  The British wanted a death ray. In 1924. An inventor named H. Grindell Mathews claimed to have invented one and he said Germany had everything to make it as well. He never could prove it, however, but the idea started a panic. Soon newspapers were full of claims from scientists, such as Nico Tesla, that devices could use invisible waves to crash planes and stun people from great distances.

  So British officials turn to Robert Watson-Watt to see about the feasibility of using radio waves as a weapon. In his report, he said it was an unworkable fantasy but he said it did have a less promising possibility. The waves could be used to pinpoint the location of enemy airplanes. This possibility might just have saved the British Empire.

  This possibility, called Radio Detection And Ranging (RADAR), allowed the British to know the location of Nazi bombers during the “Battle of Britain” and gave them a critical advantage. This changed the course of the war. It wasn’t the death ray they wanted but it was the technology the needed.

  So many times in our lives we are disappointed in what we have because it isn’t what we wanted.  However, if we truly reflect on it what we get is more times than not better for us and even better than what we wanted.

  Our blessings from God are not always what we ask for but they are what need. Even our trials and suffering, something we don’t want, can be for our greater good (James 1:2-4). God knows how to give better than we know how to ask.

 So don’t be sad you didn’t get what you wanted, find joy in you got just what you needed!