“Are You As Smart As The Devil?”– A Sabbath Day Message

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Let me tell you how smart, sleek and ingeniously clever the devil is.

[The pronouns used in this post are meant to be understood as referring to the devil and his ministers.]

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“She” will ease up to you and pretend to be interested in being your friend. Now once she become your friend or once she has your confidence or once she has gained your attention, she then begins to go to work on you.

“He” will patiently listen to your most private thoughts and encourage you in your most tearful times. He will be there for you whenever you need him.”

“They” will give you money, stroke your ego and take your side in a disagreement, especially if it brings them closer to you.

“She” has no real concern for righteousness or your soul. Her main concern is to manipulate you into accepting her as your friend. It is only a bonus for her, if in the process of her deception, you fall in love with her and take her as a lover, a comforter and a companion.

We barely, if ever, notice the subtle way in which she is always agreeing with us whether we are right or wrong. We barely, if ever, notice the way she has made us see life through her eyes; adopting her attitudes towards parents, laws, God, Salvation, Obedience, Purity, Blessings, Heaven, Hell, Righteousness and the genuine fear of God. We barely, if ever, realize how far we have drifted away from our God, our godly parental example, our moral consciousness, our sense of honor and respect for our parents and elders and those who would gladly lay down their lives for us.

Yes! We barely, if ever, notice the changes that have taken place in our lives, in our nature and in our character because of our relationship with her. (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Yes! The devil is powerfully deceptive and he has had millennia and time immemorial to perfect his skills, talents and lying nature. God created him and gifted him with matchless beauty, wisdom and knowledge.  He was one of the bright morning stars numbered around the throng of God.  The Bible says that he transformed himself into an angel of light.  She is never who she appears to be.

One of Satan’s most insidious attacks and deceptions is to turn a heaven bound soldier into a hell bound sinner by pretending to be their friend.

He does this subtly through our human need for companionship; through those whom we love; through those whom we trust; through those whose opinions we value, through those whose company we keep.

Let’s be honest about this.  Without God’s help, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between friend and enemy. 

Now I can’t speak for you but I am not as smart as the devil.  I need God.  I need a savior!  I need the One who created the devil to protect me from the devil.  And I know that His protection Is Sure.  His Blood Has Never Lost Its Power.  His Name Is A Shelter for the Righteous.  He can’t be defeated!  He never fails!  His very Word is so powerful that when He speaks, His Word produces His will and always returns to Him fulfilled.

If you want the Word of God to dwell in you richly, if you want access to the most powerful weapon known to man, if you want a superb lie detector, a deception destroyer and a life protector and eternal soul keeper, then I strongly recommend Christ Jesus our Lord!

REPENT!

[Pray this prayer with me.]

“Lord please forgive us when we choose friends that lead us away from you.  Please forgive our trespasses.   We want you, our Father, to choose our friends for us for you know who is best for us.  Help us to live so that we may be the godly choice that someone else may choose for their friend.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen!”

~ Bishop O.W. Prince

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“Jimmy, Raymond And Their Sick Friend”– A Sabbath Day Message

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Jimmy Carolina and Raymond Shaw and I became friends years ago. And while we were children, we had different beginnings but we became tight friends, at least that’s how I feel about us.

I seemed to have always had asthma or some kind of breathing problem that kept me sidelined a lot during my very early years.

When we were about 12 years old, Jimmy, Raymond and I, set out on an adventure without our parents’ knowledge or permission. On one Sunday evening after church and dinner, Jimmy, Raymond and I rode our bicycles about 3-5 miles outside of Mayesville. We took a secondary road that carried us by Raymond and Jimmy’s former residences as they now lived in town.

While cycling, I had an asthma attack and had to stop and then it struck me that I was the only one that couldn’t breath and we were miles from town out in hot, humid conditions, surrounded by cotton fields and corn fields and no one knew where we were. I had brought my inhaler but it wasn’t enough. So we stopped riding our bikes and walked the rest of the way home—only riding for short moments when I felt up to it.

These guys could have left me down that old farm road but they stuck with me until we made it .home.

Although life and years have separated us, there is still a shared bond that we have even to this day.

As I thought about the experiences we have shared as boys and me not being left out because of my limitations, I begin to thank God!

The Lord Jesus Christ is recorded as saying  in Matthew’s Gospel the 18th Chapter verse 3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

We are instructed to become like little children.  And therefore we are to love like children love.  Forgive like children forgive. Trust and Obey God like we are His children.  

A child’s love doesn’t see imperfections and limitations as much as it feels love and bonds with those who love back.  A child’s love is not condemning but encouraging.

But we must ask ourselves, “where did we, as a civilization and a people, lose our love for fellow man and neighbor? Who told us that we had to stop loving each other with a child-like love?” 

Do you have friends from childhood?

Do you have someone who will stick with you, no matter what you are going through, until you get home?

Do you have someone who will not shun you because you have a short coming or some limitations?

I know someone who will stick closer than a brother and never forsake you. His name is Christ Jesus.

For he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Learn more about Christ Jesus on the O.W. Prince Ministries & Keep Looking Up!

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