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Fame

Fame

1 John 2:15 NET “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 2:16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. 2:17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”

Let’s talk about being famous and the price for fame. That’s what caused the Devil to fall so hard. He wanted to be famous. It wasn’t enough that he was the anointed Cherub. It wasn’t enough that he had a place on the holy mountain of God, and walked among the stones of fire in the presence of The Most High. It wasn’t enough that he was clothed with every precious jewel when he was created. Just beautiful. He wasn’t made with those intimidating horns and a pitchfork like the pictures show him. It wasn’t enough that he was created with musical instruments built inside of him. Yes! This spirit being was formed by God with musical instruments as part of his anatomy! WOW! God is an awesome creator! Is it any wonder then that Satan (who is the ruler of this world 1 John 5:19) has a thriving music business? Is it any wonder that everywhere you turn there is the sound of music?

Ezekiel 28:13 KJV “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. [14] Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. [15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

The spirit being today known as Satan the Devil was not content with the many rich blessings God bestowed upon him. He wanted more. He wanted it all! He wanted to be famous. He thought to himself that he would be exalted to a position high as the throne of God! He made a serious miscalculation. And committed a terrible sin. Satan went after celebrity and fame at all cost. And it costed him everything! He cannot return to that which he lost. And will burn in the lake of fire forever just like every other enemy of God. He will not be in hell ruling with a pitchfork like he wants people to think. He’s done and he knows it:

Revelation 12:7-10,12 NET “Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. 12:9 So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of his Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down. 12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has a little time!”

Matthew 25:41 HCSB “Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”

Revelation 20:10 KJV “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Boy, the devil and his cohorts have been having a rough time of it since their rebellion. And it will get even worse for all eternity. Look at famous people today? Do there lives seem to go any different than Satan’s? The massive suicides, deaths, drug overdoses, insanity cases, depression, etcetera, is the norm for these people. Is there something to this? Is it that Satan is these folks real god, and he can only give them what he has; fear, misery, death, depression, and destruction?

Do you want to be famous? Are you willing to risk it all like Satan did for celebrity? Even your own soul? Before you do consider something Jesus the son of the true God said:

Matthew 16:26 KJV “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall man give in exchange for his soul?”

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Stealth Fighters

Jude 4 HCSB “For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.”

Just as the Stealth Fighter Jet is used for war and designed to avoid detection by the enemy, Satan has an army full of Stealth Fighters. Their sole purpose is to destroy God’s church. Only they are people. People who are skilled at working under the radar. If allowed to remain these folks can cause much damage.

THE PLAN

Revelation 12:17 KJV “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Satan has one goal: to destroy God’s church. Nothing else matters to him. EVERYTHING going on in the world (which he rules) is centered around that. (1 John 5:19 Revelation 12:9 Ephesians 6:12 2:1-2 John 14:30) EVERYTHING people think is going on is just a smoke screen to distract them, suck them into Satan’s world, and blind them from the truth. The Devil turns them into his soldiers. But not all of these are super soldiers. Yes, you’re either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. You’re either on the side of light or on the side of darkness. There is no in between. You’re either serving the cause of God or the cause of the Devil, whether you know it or not. It is that cut and dried. Jesus Himself said, ‘He that is not for me is against me.’ (Luke 11:23)

THE SUPER SOLDIER

The super soldier is one who acts with stealth. He/she can cloak themselves to look just like a Christian. Satan’s super soldiers can quote scripture, do good deeds, sing gospel songs, etcetera, all with no qualm. The goal is to deceive the real believer into thinking they’re just like him/her. This act takes a lot of work. But it’s worth it to the deceiver. Why would someone go through so much trouble to fool a true believer in Jesus Christ? Why is any lie ever conceived? Why was the first lie told by the Devil in The Garden Of Eden? To gain control over the victims. That’s what all lies are designed to do. Satan’s super soldiers desire to gain control over or influence the church. This is Jezebel style witchcraft religion. And God is ready to judge all who partake in it. In fact their judgement/condemnation was ordained long ago.

Jude 4 HCSB “For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.”

TWO SUPER SOLDIERS

Ananias and Sapphira were super soldiers/Stealth Fighters of the Devil. They slipped in among the church during the first century. They activated their cloaking devices and everyone thought they were Christians just like them. That is until God revealed to the apostle Peter and the rest of the church what was really going on. You see the Devil’s stealth technology is not full proof. Whenever the Holy Spirit decides to uncover a wicked intruder and their motives it’s very easy for Him to do so.

If you read the Bible book of Acts you will see a beautiful thing; God’s church in it’s early stages. The believers were of one mind and heart. They shared their belongings with one another, enjoyed hearing the apostles teaching, prayed together, enjoyed each other’s fellowship, shared meals together, etcetera. Not a few believers even sold properties they owned and placed the money at the feet of the apostles so they could distribute it to anyone who had a need. (Acts 2:42-47) This was true love in action. The kind of love that Jesus said identifies us as true disciples.

James 2:15-17 NET “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, 2:16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.”

1 John 3:16-19 NET “We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 3:17 But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person? 3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 3:19 And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in his presence.”

John 13:34-35 NET “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 13:35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”

Ananias and Sapphira (his wife) also sold a property and brought the money to the apostles. Only they conspired to make it appear they were giving all the proceeds to the church. This was not true as they secretly held back some of the money for themselves. To make their story short God revealed their evil hearts to the whole church and struck them both dead. Why did these two conspire to do such a wicked thing? Why was it so important for them to mislead others into thinking they were more generous than they really were? For the same reason every lie is told. To gain control or influence over the victims. By appearing to be good in the eyes of the church and the apostles they thought they could gain their trust, hence gain control over them. It is the same reason why super soldiers of Satan tell lies to the church today. When you come across people who claim to be Christians but go through painstaking efforts to look good, watch out!

Ananias and Sapphira were not true Christians at all! They were pretenders. Everyone else gave generously. They only pretended to do so. They were hypocrites! (Matthew 6:1-4) Like them modern day stealth fighters will always do their deeds to be seen and praised by others. It’s just the way that evil spirit operates. Jesus said a tree is known by it’s fruit:

Matthew 12:33 NET “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.”

Because Ananias and Sapphira committed this sin not just against the church but against God (Acts 5:3-5), they were very bad trees. We all have sinned, and fall short of God’s gory (Romans 3:23), but not all of us have committed a sin like this. Theirs was a sin against the Holy Spirit. Peter told Ananias, “Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to LIE TO THE HOLY GHOST, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” (Acts 5:3 KJV) Ananias and his wife attempted to prop themselves up (for whatever reason) to gain influence over God’s church. Their dishonesty showed who they really were. They were never with the believers in spirit, or cared about their physical or spiritual needs. They only wanted to make themselves look good.

AVOID PEOPLE LIKE THESE

Just as Ananias and Sapphira went in under the radar among the first century church some will slip in among us today, whose condemnation was ordained long ago. (Jude 4) God already knew this would happen. And it should be no surprise to us either. Only what should we do once God reveals that we have an intruder in our midst?

Romans 16:17-18 NET “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. AVOID THEM! 16:18 For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive.”

2 Timothy 3:5 NET “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So AVOID PEOPLE LIKE THESE.”

Jude 1:10 NET “But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. 1:11 Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. 1:12 These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; 1:13 wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”

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Give Me Your Heart

Proverbs 23:26 ESV “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”

When I read this verse I thought, “That’s all God wants from us; our hearts. Not our ritualistic works that have no heart in them. God wants us to be engaged with Him on a deep personal level. He made us. We have our existence because of Him. If not for God NOTHING would be here. How can we not give Him our hearts? How can we go through life selfishly deceived?”

Almighty God; the creator of heaven and earth, invites us to observe His ways and get to know Him. God is no narcissist. He doesn’t get off on how many Likes he gets on social media. He doesn’t need our friendship. He doesn’t need anything. But oh how we have a great need for Him! God is inviting us to observe and delight in His ways not only that we may know Him but also to benefit ourselves.

God is not a tyrant. Yet if He wanted to He could force obedience from us. That would be very easy for Him to do. But we’re not robots. We are created in the very image of God. He designed us with freedom of choice. How amazing! Think about it for a moment: someone creates you (gives you life), and also gives you the ability to choose whether you want them or not. Remarkable! That is not the traits of an egotistical, control freak. Yet some say that’s what God is.

WHAT’S OUR DECISION?

What have we decided? Have we chosen to give God our heart? Or are we holding back on Him? God always initiates love first. He created us we didn’t create Him. He chose us first we did not choose Him. He gave us His greatest gift; His son, to redeem us from sin. We did not make a payment to Him. Will we let Him know that he is the delight and desire of our hearts? Or are we so busy with things of this world that we’ve gotten distracted, and have no time for God? Have we made so much money that we don’t think we need Him? Are we so beautiful (like some think) we feel we’re too much for Almighty God? Are we so smart that we don’t need His wisdom? We could go on and on with questions like these. But everything we have; our time, money, smarts, beauty, etcetera, all comes from God. In other words we wouldn’t have any of these things if it was not for Him. He created us! How many have turned things of this world into gods instead of worshiping and glorifying the one true God? This is insane!

It’s a supreme privilege to have the King Of The Universe as our friend. If you read the above verse (Proverbs 23:26) that invitation is extended to you. Just remember God is our creator. It’s not the other way around. Hence he has the right to give us instructions. The reason why so many are not friends with God is because they are unwilling to be taught the truth by Him. They hate the truth. And will not come near it for fear their evil deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19-21) Let us not be that way. Let’s open our hearts to God and learn from Him. Let’s benefit ourselves:

Proverbs 2:1-8 NET “My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, 2:2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, 2:3 indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding – 2:4 if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, 2:5 then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He stores up effective counsel for the upright, and is like a shield for those who live with integrity, 2:8 to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones.”

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Knowledge Puffs Up

Proverbs 9:10 NIV “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Knowledge of God (The Holy One) is true understanding. But it’s not salvation. And It does not turn us into gods like some think. Rather we understand the only true God better, understand ourselves, we understand our world; the past, present, and future. We even get to understand some things about heaven where God lives.

Knowledge of God does not give us the right to look down on others. True knowledge of God makes us do the very opposite. It causes us to humble ourselves and lifts others up. True knowledge of God promotes Love.

1 Corinthians 8:1 NET “We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”

Knowledge puffs up people big time. It can make a person feel like they’re on a higher level than others when they’ve never left the ground. The Devil knows this and uses this trick often. He used it on Adam and Eve. He told them to eat from the forbidden tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. To tempt them he added these benefits: (1) they would become wise, (2) they would not die, (3) their eyes would be opened, (4) and they would be as gods. WOW! (Genesis 3:4-5) They fell for it hook line and sinker.

When some get a certain amount of knowledge it is often mistaken as spiritual growth or maturity. The Pharisees had lots of knowledge (so it seemed). They could quote the scriptures backwards, forwards, and upside down. Yet they didn’t know how to apply them. They didn’t know God at all.

There are people who don’t have a lot of Bible knowledge but their faith is very large. The little they know they believe it with all their heart. They can’t quote the scriptures like the Pharisees, or know where to turn to find all the verses, but they love Jesus and fellow believers. This is what matters most to God not some showy display. Jesus once told a group of religious folks that diligently studied he word:

John 5:39-40 NIV “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

They completely missed the boat, and it was right in front of them. Some (like them) study until they’re blue in the face and miss it. Satan knows and quotes the Bible as good as anybody but he too cannot apply it. He is dead as far as eternal life is concerned. And will one day be thrown into the lake of burning fire where he will be tormented forever and ever. (Matthew 25:41 Revelation 20:10) This proves it’s not about how much knowledge you have (or think you have). It’s so sad that many are falling for this prideful trap.

BY THEIR FRUIT

Galatians 5:22-23 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

If these fruit are not on the tree that tree is dead:

Matthew 7:15-20 NIV “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

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