No one will breeze through this life into eternity. Jesus said there will be sufferings and trials on the narrow road leading to life. And only a few will ever find it. (Luke 9:23-24 Matthew 7:13-14) There are many ups and downs on this journey. Many bumps in the road. It will be a ride. But it’s a ride worth taking.
Please Read 1 Peter 5:8-9
The evil one would love to harm us. He builds bridges to have direct access to us. He uses vessels. It’s harder to discern it’s him speaking when we’re looking at or listening to an object, especially a beautiful one. While the mind is enjoying what it sees and hears he whispers all sorts of things in our ears. Because the experience is pleasurable it’s easier to overlook evil and just take it in. What is our pleasure? What do we really want? Be careful, that’s what Satan will use to tempt you with. (James 1:14-15)
Humans have always been easy to program. Today music and television are powerful tools for that. By the click of a button you can tune into whatever visions you choose. The experience is mesmerising. I bet the Devil was excited when radio and TV was invented. What a convenient way to control the masses just by using a few. I wonder how many songs and movies can be stored in the mind? How many file cabinets does the human brain have? Information (data) stored there can be retrieved at will for later use. These stored images and sounds we call entertainment is embedded in the human psyche. They help make up our synthetic reality. And through them we are controlled. (1 John 5:19)
Please Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 1 Corinthians 1:10 Matthew 18:19-20
The Devil knows he can’t win where there is unity. And it only takes two or more to be in agreement Jesus said. Hence the serpent must create divisions. Who can he use to start trouble and keep it going? (Galatians 5:15) When a Christian becomes isolated; feels all alone, unloved, depressed, etcetera, they’re in trouble. It is critical that we love all of our brothers and sisters, and let them know just how much we love them. All parts of the body of Christ are important. Especially those parts who are weak the Bible says. (1 Corinthians 12:21-25 1 Corinthians 9:22 Romans 15:1-2)
Please Read Matthew 4:1-11
Anything the Devil plots against us can be defeated by the word of God, anything! When God tells us to strictly obey Him He’s not ego tripping. He’s telling us how to win the same way Jesus won. He’s telling us to arm ourselves with the only thing that defeats evil, His powerful word. As I was pondering and writing this I said to myself (or maybe someone else whispered in my ear), “Boy you sure write about this subject a lot.” Then I tried to force myself to write about something different and quickly saw that I couldn’t. Then the thought occurred to me (or maybe someone else whispered in my ear), “Is it I write about these things a lot because we, or I, need to be reminded of them?” Hmmmmm. I just hope something here encourages you today. Our race is almost over. Please hold on to your faith and watch out for the schemes of the evil one. Our reward is too great to give up such an awesome faith.