Singing the Devil’s Praises

The language of the devil is lies, thus it follows that glorifying him any greater than speaking his language, is that of singing him praises by our grumbling. Grumbling means to complain about something in an ill-tempered way.

The enemy seeks to destroy our faith by speaking lies directly to us, often in a first-person form of speech. For example, I may be asking the Lord in prayer to heal me of a certain condition. The enemy will try to input thoughts into my mind by saying things such as:

¤ I don’t know why I’m wasting my time, I’m not going to get healed.
¤ Look how much good people died from sicknesses, why would I be any different?
¤ Maybe I should just accept this as my own reality and stop fighting it.
¤ Maybe God really doesn’t exist, and if He does; maybe He just doesn’t care.

This is exactly what happened to me when I was struck with an unknown and incurable condition. This is how the enemy injected doubt into my thought process, which became the very things I meditated upon, and therefore had spoken.

People would ask me, “Haven’t you prayed?” I would grumble by saying “Yeah, I prayed and God didn’t heal me.” Some may not see the sin of grumbling in this statement, but if you ponder it a while longer you will recognize that not only am I speaking doubt into others, but I am also solidifying the doubt I already have about God within myself. Lastly, I am speaking ill against the Lord.

I am basically saying:

– I, Philip McKenley, am a good person.
– I prayed
– God, ‘the bad person’, refuses or withholds His healing.

The Bible speaks of the Israelites grumbling in 1 Corinthians 10:8-11 in the wilderness in which God sent the destroying angel to kill every one of them. The thing with grumbling is that it’s very cancerous and it spreads like wildfire. Once the sin of grumbling is conceived by believing in the devil’s lies, they have basically accepted their defeat and only through sincere repentance may again find favor with God.

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A Love to Die For

Perhaps the greatest hurt I could have is for you to have never come into contact with the insurmountable, purely intimate, indelibly intricate, passionately potent, all-encompassing love of our Magnificent God.

If I could impart the feel of His presence, all other contact and life experiences would pale in the awesome wonder of overflowing emotions, where words fail, knees are bended, hands ascended, tears a loose and your spirit aloft.

A Love this other-worldly cannot be sufficiently encapsulated by human words without catastrophic underestimation and so I’ll stop.

My prayer is that You; you who are reading this, will a day – even just one; treat your senses, your spirit, your entire being to the glory that is found in the presence of the LORD of all Lords.

I guarantee this one thing – One day, one moment will leave you capsized, forever broken, unendingly wanting, eternally hungry and alit with love, light & life for the first time.

When one meets God, even the world as gift is worth walking away from.

Zombie Culture

Zombies we are empowered by flesh,
With a need to feed;
Seeking for a higher threshold,
With an endless greed achieved.

A world built on sin, self and the grave –
Many reject Christ but seek a way to be saved.
The one path He paved – by His blood made a way;
Yet, as zombies we crave a different blood and lifelessly we walk away.

Zombies we are carved in sin,
With no innate need for Christ.
We choose to compete to be seen,
Than to appreciate being the apple of His eye.

A world tethered to short-lived happiness and pleasures that only lead to hell.
Even if one were to return to earth to warn us all, we would just ignore the bells.
The life we live it so important until it’s not;
The dreams, talents and all we have, yea all is given by God.

Zombies,we grovel and suffer,
When we were made to have dominion and power.
As we watch the deaths of our sisters and brothers,
We unconsciously take the same path that led to the demise of the others.

And if a beacon, a loud-speaker, a scream begged us to turn,
We would not even listen, just hear without the learn.
And if fellow zombies saw the light and told us of this truth,
We would just laugh and say “We are not yet ready for that may we please be excused.”

Sinners, like zombies we all were at some time.
Some gave Jesus a chance, the others kept their idols and shrines.
Sinners, like bondage we were all chained to believe the lies,
Some made them gospel, others Accepted the Gospel and Love of Christ.

I encourage and empower you all to make this change.
There is a powerful and prosperous life if we trust in the Ancient of Days.
He is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Most High God, forever worthy to be Praised.
Taste and See that the Lord is good and your life will never be the same.

 

Now that We Are Saved, What’s Next?

It’s been said that ‘The Body of Christ is not on a pleasure-cruise on its way to heaven, but a battleship stationed at the very gates of hell.’ Let this analogy wrap around your imagination for a minute.

In other words, now that we are saved and assured of our salvation; we now have the honorable responsibility of saving others, including our family, friends and world around us.

The Bible asks us to freely give as we have freely received. It also states that the harvest for souls is ready but the workers are few. Let us each, one by one, be the T.D. James and Billy Graham in our own circle of influence.

Reach out, Be Bold, Die daily; Remain humble, Seek souls and Live freely. You have now received power and authority from the God from Whom all power flows. Grow your faith, stay in the word, speak to your mountains, rebuke sickness and disease and most of all, love unconditionally.

I believe that if I could give so much for myself, then how much more am I willing to give it all for Christ. It’s even easier knowing that we are on the winning side. The battle is already won in Jesus’ Name!!!!

How to Know You’re Saved?

[cont’d study: 2 of 3]

1. Can you know for sure that you are saved?

There are multiple signs that accompanies us when we have successfully become children of God. They are:

i. A complete removal of all condemnation and guilt. 📖Rom. 8:1
ii. An over-powering feeling of freedom. This is also from all fear including the fear of death. 📖John 8:36 & 1 Cor. 15:55
iii. You feel as if the lights have just been turned on for the first time in your life; that is, overwhelming wisdom and clarity. Prov. 9:10
iv. Power that comes from indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This power also translates to power to overcome sin inclusive of your past addictions.
v. Clearer more consistent communication with yourself and God. 📖 Rev. 3:20
vi. Joy unspeakable, peace that surpasses all understanding and the fruits of the Spirit. 📖1 Peter 1:8
vii. A renewed conscience that is repentant and aware when sin has been committed. 📖Ezk. 36:26
viii. New desires and ambitions to do the things that will please the Lord. 📖 Ps. 51:10
ix. A passion for reading the Word of God, especially in the early stages. The devil will attack this area primarily.
x. Miracles, signs and wonders will follow. 📖Mark 16:17

There are so many other signs that follow when we give our lives to the Lord. These are just some of the main ones.

2. Is it Possible to be Deceived that You are Saved when You are Really Not?

It is very possible that one may believe they are saved when they are not. Let’s review the following verses.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Philippians 2:12b
…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

There are some today that preach another gospel than the one preached in the Bible. They preach a God of love and grace without teaching a God of justice. To preach one and not the other can be very catastrophic for new believers. Holiness is a major key of salvation and eternal life. As such, many may be deceived into believing they may live anyway the wish, whilst being ignorant of how much God detests sin. Revelations chapters 2 & 3 represents this truth more in-depth.

Tomorrow, we will look at the most important question of this study:

Now that I am Saved, What’s Next?

How to Know You’re Saved

Why Do You First Mean by ‘Saved’?

Saved means your life is safely given over to God. In order to do this we must
i. Confess with our mouth that ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ and
ii. Believe in our heart that Christ was raised from the dead. 📖Rom. 10:9
This involves confessing our sins to Jesus, Our Savior and in faith, receive His forgiveness. Lastly, it also means to accept Him into our heart as Lord & Savior and follow after Him.

Luke 9:23
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

What Are We Getting Saved From?

It’s been said that “Only he who sees the disease will appreciate the cure” but I say “He who sees the disease of sin will appreciate and appropriate the cure of Jesus Christ.”

¤ We are firstly getting saved from a sinful lifestyle, bred on short-lived happiness leading to fleets of anger and depression. 📖Eccl. 1:14
¤ We are getting saved from our ‘self’, our flesh, which has nothing but hatred for God. 📖Romans 8:7
¤ We are getting saved from a devil who only has power over us while we abide in sin, but is a defeated foe once we step into our dominion authority as children of the Lord, Most High. 📖John 10:10
¤ We are getting saved from an eternity in hell where there will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. 📖Matt 13:42

I encourage each person reading this to take a look at the scripture references given.

In the next 2 days we will examine the following questions:
i. Can you know for sure that you are saved?
ii. Is it possible to be deceived that you are saved when you are really not?
iii. After being saved, What Then?

Why Does God Allow Evil?

I’ve been asked a number of times in my life questions such as:

If God is so good then why does He ‘send’ people to hell?

Or

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Both questions sound the same but are not, as one deals with eternity whilst the other is referring to those alive on earth today.

These questions can be answered very bluntly, by me saying that 1) God does not send people to hell, they simply choose to go and 2) God does not want bad things to happen to anyone, but sin and the devil most assuredly do.

There are those who make God their enemy in their inability to understand His ways, but the truth is that the real enemy is the one promoting this confusion, catastrophe and delusion.

Satan, is the author of lies and deception, as well as the source from which evil is produced. Our God by a simple word or snap of a finger can remove free-will and create a world of peace as we would have no other choice but to obey Him, yet love is not manipulative or domineering. God who is Love, therefore gives us the freedom to serve and obey Him as well as the freedom to disobey and rebel.

Who can be blamed for the evil in this world? I can only blame myself, for if sin is within me then I must banish it from my thoughts, my lips, my heart, my life. If we all take responsibility for abolishing all sin without compromise, imagine the world we would be living in today.

Unfortunately, as the Bible states, “Many are called but the chosen are few” and few there maybe thay read such a post as this and fewer thus that will take action.

Loneliness Has Friends – cont’d

In going through moments where we struggle with the feeling of loneliness it is noteworthy to be cognizant of the following:

1. There are other brothers and sisters across the world that may be in the same situation as you.

2. Jesus, himself suffered from this feeling of abandonment upon the cross (Matt. 27:46).

3. He sent His Holy Spirit, Our Comforter, so that we would never have to suffer alone and that we would have the power to overcome.

4. Finally, if we allow loneliness to takeover, it may lead to self-pity, bitterness, depression and so forth.

I find it very comforting when being in a situation, that I am able to get advice or comfort from someone who went through the same thing. When Jesus took on the sins of the world, He felt abandoned by God, yet we have to remember one thing – God promised that He will never leave nor forsake us.

So the question is this:

If God promises to NEVER leave nor forsake, why would Jesus ask “…my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”

I believe the reason Jesus asked this question is based on the truth that He lived an entire life without sin. Once He took on all the sins of the entire world, generations gone and those to come, He felt the most powerful effect of sin; SEPARATION FROM GOD.

Sin separates us from God and not God from us.

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59: 1-2

Sin is the severance of an electrical item from its power supply. Remove a bulb from its socket and all you’ll have is glass. Removing ourselves from His presence via sin only open us up to a devil who not only want us to feel lonely, but to be lonely for eternity. For if Hell is one thing assured, it is an eternal separation from God.

Loneliness Has Friends

“It’s not good for man to be alone” saith the Lord at the beginning of time. This truth has never changed in any creed, culture or generation. Being alone is different from being lonely. In fact, it is very possible to be lonely in a crowded place. Therefore, it is not a lack of numbers, but a feeling of abandonment.

We must be very careful how we interpret and accept the feelings we have. Feelings, first of all are easily changed and based on one’s disposition. Thus we can safely say that feelings and reality are not the same thing. For example, I may have felt quite lonely years ago at the passing of my father, yet, remembering that God declared His love for us in a promise that He will never leave nor forsake kept me grounded and comforted.

God’s Word is more proof, fact and truth than this reality itself. We have to elevate the Word of God to be more liberating than the word of a judge, more dependable than the word of a bank and more powerful than the word of a doctor. He uses an absolute word such as ‘never’ then that simply means, NEVER! Through consistent meditation and declaration of this spiritual medicinal truth, all feelings of loneliness shall depart.

I praise God that we doesn’t use words like could, should or maybe. He promises that if you do this He shall do this. At times, He does not even promise – where a conditionality is required; He just gives us pure truth, such as:

♡ I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Deut. 31:6, Matt. 28:20b, Heb. 13:5)

♡ The punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5b)

♡ Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13)

We will continue this study tomorrow, in the meantime, let us meditate on His promises toward us.

Uncertainty

Life. Is it more filled with certainty or uncertainty? Life, is nothing but a seeming never-ending episode of uncertainty, leading to other uncertainties.

We get an education yet we are uncertain of the challenges we will face at school. We get qualified yet, are uncertain if we will even get a job that best suits our area of expertise or our passions. We get a job but even then, there is uncertainty of our level of success, mobility, the obstacles we may face and so much more. We may meet someone we fall in love with yet, we are never certain if they are the one we will marry, and if we do; we are never certain of how things will work out.

Amidst all these forms of bewilderment, the greatest of all that I ask myself is “When will I die?Will it be a peaceful death?” Maybe you don’t ask these questions but I most certainly do.

Life can be very uncertain. In fact, no one can ever be truly certain of exactly how life will turn out. We may have hopes, dreams and ambitions; we may even work as hard as possible to ensure a specific lifestyle, yet amidst it all, uncertainty is still present.

Life is filled with uncertainty, but of these things I am truly certain – God is real and His Love is even more so. This certainty, causes all other uncertainties to become blurred and thus out of my focus. There is a scripture that states, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It’s a powerful question and statement even. It’s saying that having full knowledge that our God loves and cares for us, it matters not who may stand against us, be it principalities, powers, sickness, disease, death etc.

God is for us!!! This is the most certain statement that we can make. Death is certain, but because I have given my life to God, the uncertainty of time here on earth is not such a problem anymore. The focus now is to love as much, while there is such time to love as such.