Friday, June 19, 2015

Husband's First Father's Day

     He comes home, and is filthy.  Not just a little filthy; but, a LOT filthy.  Before he takes off his cap, you would think he had become ten shades darker.  Then, you see where his cap protected part of his forehead, which shows quite a stark contrast to the rest of his exposed face.
     His arms and hands look the same.  You can see that he is getting quite a nice tan, thanks to good DNA. :-)  Yet, before you see the tan, you see the filth.  And, when you glance back at his face, you see a gleaming row of white teeth:  showing from that irresistible smile, that always captivates your heart.
     The clothes... Oh, my.  That is not water that drenches them.  The blue jeans used to be a solid denim blue, too.  Now, they are transforming into a darker shade, mixed with lighter shades (where they are getting worn), than what you remember seeing them as, when first purchased.  Oh, and the holes.  Well, people actually pay lots of money, to get the look that he earns naturally.

Ahh, married to a hardworking, God-fearing man.  Not just any man, though.  My man.  The father of our baby.

     My son will never have to doubt his father's love.  He will know that his daddy works hard, because he loves his God, and his family.  He will know that his daddy sees his work as a labor of love.
     He will never have to wonder if his father delights in him.  He will feel safe in his daddy's embrace.  He may want out of it from time to time, (especially if they are "wrastling"); but, he will never fear harm from it.
     He will delight in seeing daddy come home.  Daddy will be his hero:  the best man there is; the strongest; the most handsome... Daddy will simply be the greatest!
     He will want to be with his daddy:  to learn to be just like him.  Daddy will probably get swamped with lots of artwork, from an adoring fan.  He will want his daddy's approval, and will most likely get it. :-)  
     When Daddy comes home from a long day at work, our son's joyful laughter will rejuvenate those sore muscles.  That hug around his neck, from his mini-me, will melt his heart... Every time.
     Our son will excitedly await Daddy's Bible time with us.  Daddy always does it best!  He can amazingly transport us to Bible times, with his wide array of voices and imagination.
     Our son will enjoy having Daddy sing to him.  His strong bass, and love for the Lord, make hymns and spiritual songs all that more potent.  He will probably join in with the singing, giving it all he has!
     Oh, how I cannot wait to see my beloved, holding our only begotten, in his strong arms.  Arms that are strong, yet can delicately hold a newborn.  Arms that lovingly embrace his wife.

Happy First Father's Day, Dear.  I love you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

PART 3: Keeping Our Wits About Us

     Who was the first person deceived by Lucifer?  If you answered Eve, you would be correct.  The man, Adam, was not the first to be deceived by him.  No, it was Eve...A woman.

"And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." 
1 Timothy 2:14

     I do not share this fact, in order to berate or belittle my fellow women.  I share it, because it is a fact.  It is also a fact that we women are more easily deceived than men; and, due to our influence upon them, we can lead them astray, if we are not wise (according to God's wisdom).
     Yes, Adam sinned.  However, he did so with complete knowledge of what he was doing.  Eve, on the other hand, was beguiled by the deceptive, alluring, and seductive words of Satan.  

"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die...Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." 
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-6

     Corrupting the word of God.   Lucifer did not wait long to do so.  He just waited until he could have Eve to himself.
     Oh, the offer to be as gods.  Ever since that day, we can see that mankind has been obsessed with being "as gods."  Study mythologies, for example.  You have mankind always seeking the "food of the gods," or other ways in which to reach the status of godhood.  You have the gods offering immortality to the mere mortals, in exchange for some great fete, or some other great sacrifice.
     Even today, we all seek to live in such a fashion, as to avoid death.  There are "miracle" drugs, supplements, and the like, promising longevity.  Scientists are constantly seeking advancements, for the elusive immortality.  However, no one has been able to cure death.

     Now, what about the corruption of God's word, today?  Again, the devil is not slack regarding his corruption!  Without fail, he is apt to start with the women.
     Why women?  Well, generally, we are motivated more by our hearts than our heads.  I mean, we do have intelligence, but God gifted us especially with a malleable heart.
     With that knowledge in mind, Satan easily can creep in unawares, and subtly seduce us...Particularly in regards to spiritual matters.  Women do tend to be more receptive to spirituality.  Look at Mary, at Jesus' feet.  Look at the women at the cross, and at the tomb.  Look at the witch of Endor.  
     Look in today's "Christianity."  Oh, my.  What a field day the devil is having!  So many Jezebels, running the show amongst the churches.  How is this possible?
     There is a time and a place for women to teach, share the Gospel, and so forth.  In the church meeting is not one of them.  Yet, much to the displeasure of our Lord, many women are saying that they have been "called" to preach, "called" to pastor, "called" to be in church leadership.
     It is not my opinion, that says that women are completely out of order, when they seek to fulfill positions that God ordained are only to be qualified by men.  Hey, I am a woman.  Does it offend me?  No.  It is simply the way God wants His institution of the church to be delegated.

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." 
1 Corinthians 14:34-35

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." 
1 Timothy 2:11-12

"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." 
1 Timothy 3:1-15

     These are the words of our most gracious, loving Lord, through His apostle, Paul.  Many women do not like Paul, for these very reasons.  They believe he hated women, or some such garbage.  Yet, an apostle he was, and these are the words God wanted recorded, for all the saints' benefit.  For those who would challenge the authority given unto Paul, here is what God had him say:

"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." 
1 Corinthians 14:37

Yet, I digress.

     I share these verses, because they seem to be predominantly ignored today.  I am so thankful for churches who do not ignore these words of our Lord; who do not label them as "antiquated; misogynistic; chauvinistic;" who do believe that God was capable of recording what He wanted to be established, regardless of era, culture, and the like.  It seems to be rarer and rarer.
     This is one reason that we, as professed believers in Jesus Christ, must keep our wits about us.  Ladies, are we studying as we ought?  Are we readily receiving the preaching of God's word, and searching the scriptures, to see whether those things be so?  Are we gladly respecting the structural plans established by the Lord; or, are we seeking to circumvent them, because we "feel" a certain way, or experienced a certain "divination?"
     Are we filling our minds with sound teaching and preaching?  Are we filling our minds with the word of the Lord?  Are we allowing His word to trump our emotions?
     Believe me, it does not "feel good" to be the odd ball.  Well, partially.  It actually feels great to know you are in alignment with God; it just does not feel all that spectacular, to be a spectacle in the eyes of the world, or even churches.

     Do you have a godly husband?  Do you seek out his God-given wisdom?  I cannot emphasize enough, what a wealthy woman you are, if you have a man who loves the Lord.
     Maybe he is not as studious of the scriptures as you are.  Are you asking him questions at home, as the scriptures say to do?  Or, are you seeking out others all the time?  Just maybe, by sincerely wanting his position on a matter, he will be encouraged to give you a studious, Biblically-accurate answer (to the best of his ability).
     I often wonder what might have happened, if Eve told that old, wily serpent:  "Let me go discuss this matter with Adam.  I need to know his mind about it.  Or, better yet, why don't you ask him, yourself?"
     Do not yourselves the great disservice, by not seeking your husband's mind on the matter.  In fact, you will be doing you both a great disservice.  You are called to help him.  Whether or not you, or both of you, realize it, by truly wanting his heart on a doctrinal matter, you are helping him be a better student of God's word.

     "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 
2 Timothy 2:15

     Before you know it, you will be a student with your husband.  Oh, the protection that affords, too!  When Satan seeks to twist the word of God, you are both on better guard, one for the other.  

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." 
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

     Ladies, we must protect our minds.  The only way in which to do so, is by filling our minds with God's precious word:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

How do we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, if we do not know what His word says?  Is that not where we learn obedience?

     Let us not be, as is described in 2 Timothy 3:6-7, "...Silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  I see a lot of those women.  They are not being students of the Bible, comparing scripture with scripture.  They are not seeking to rightly divide the word.  They allow their thoughts, their emotions, their teachers, their preachers, their fill-in-the-blank-anything-else-than-the-proper-use-of-the-Bible, to guide them.  
     Many times, I cringe when I see such behavior.  Some of it is downright embarrassing.  Much of it is frustrating.  Having learned the great importance of letting God lead me through His word, rather than another, I cannot stress this issue enough.  Struggling for years, due to heresies and neglect of proper Bible teaching and preaching, I can now appreciate the good study of God's word, and the filling of it in my mind.  

The next question is, "What will you do with the knowledge, once you receive it?"

     It simply is not enough to have the information in our minds.  Are we going to let it rot in there?  Or, will we properly utilize it?
     It is not enough to know we are to dress modestly.  Are we going to apply it to our lives?  Are we willing to take our wardrobe unto the Lord, and allow Him to say "Yea," or "Nay?"
     It is not enough to know that salvation comes to us in no other way, than the Lord Jesus Christ.  Are we willing to defend that truth, in the light of those who say it can come another way?  Are we willing to graciously, but confidently, speak the truth (in the midst of temporary discomfort)?
     It is not enough to know the liberty and rest we have in Christ Jesus, thanks to the new covenant in His precious blood!  Are we willing to live in them, in spite of those who would seek to keep us chained unto the old covenant, or self-righteousness?  Are we able to show the proper division of the old and new covenants?  Are we able to show the futility of establishing one's own righteousness before God?
     It is not enough to know we are to love our brethren in the Lord.  Do we know how to apply true charity?  Are we willing?
     It is not enough to know how to interact with those who share not our faith.  Do we know how to share with them the glorious truth, that they might be saved?  Do we actually believe that if they are not born again, they will be destined for Hell, then the Lake of Fire?  Does that belief motivate us into proper action?
     Are we filling our minds with the word of God?  Are we challenging everything we hear?  Do we seek to ensure that what we read/hear, is indeed the proper teaching(s) of Christ?
     Are we relying upon others to be our spiritual gurus?  Or, are we reliant upon God to be our guide?  Are we able to protect our minds against the attacks of the devil, or are we easy prey?

     We have no excuse as to our lack of study, save our own selves.  We must take personal accountability.  Oh, blessed soul liberty!  Yet, with liberty comes responsibility.
     Ignorance can be cured; being willingly ignorant; well, let us not even attempt it.  Do we want to be "dumb on purpose," as one evangelist coined the phrase?  Oh, how sad!
     What happens when doubts and fears assail us?  What happens when confusion comes?  What happens when challenges arise?  What happens when we sit, day by day, year by year, listening to teaching/preaching, and never study to make sure that what we hear is indeed truth?  Oh, trouble, let me tell you!
     Yet, a warning.  Do not allow your knowledge to ignite pride within you!  Do not lord it over your husband, your children, your friends, your foes...ANYONE!  Use the knowledge God gave you, according to the purpose He gave it to you!  If you are in a position in which you know something, but cannot speak or do, pray.  Trust me, God can do much more, than we ever could.  Maybe He has imparted that knowledge unto you, for the sole purpose of your prayers!

     I pray that this latest installment in the "Spiritual Warfare Series" has been an aide to you.  I pray that it encourages you to be a student of God's word.  There will be times in our lives, in which we are better students than at other times.  Study as you can.  Try to make it of importance.  Even if you are only focused on one verse, one chapter, one book...let it fill your mind.  Let God guide you from His word.  He promises to give wisdom unto those who so ask of Him, without rebuke.  Why not take Him up on His offer?
 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." 
James 1:5



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PART 2: W.o.W. Wednesday--"Witchcraft And The Spirit Of The New Age Movement, Pastor Charles Lawson"

     Continuing from Monday's post, I am sharing a video that, really, upon which cannot be added.  I cannot strongly urge you enough; to take the forty-five minutes and fourteen seconds, that is the entirety of the message, and listen to every whit of it.  With all that has been happening as of late, (Charlie-Charlie; youth killing youth/adults/parents; professionally documented devilish activity; morality and sound reason going down the drain; etc.), taking less than one hour to listen to sound Bible teaching on our current state of affairs, is the very least one can do to be better prepared and aware.

**Missed part one of this series?  Click on the link below!**

Monday, June 1, 2015

PART 1: Do You Know Your Enemy? He Knows You...

     This article is part one of a series, of which I honestly do not know how many parts it will contain.  I am going to approach a subject that, in my honest opinion, is not discussed enough.  Yet, it is one of which the Lord warns consistently...We are in  spiritual warfare.
     Saved or lost, we are battling spiritually.  If you are saved, thankfully, you are on the winning side.  Yet, that does not mean that we are to live our lives non-chalantly.
     I know many professed believers, who are content to view Lucifer as a benign creature.  They view him as essentially powerless.  The most power they might attribute to him, is that of enticing you to eat one too many bonbons.
     Yet, the Lord does not describe him as such.  The Lord Jesus Christ makes it very clear that Satan is the god of this world:  "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.-- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
     The "god of this world" is a very intelligent, brazen, and beautiful creature.  He is not, as many would like to portray him, a powerless, ugly, nearly stupid being.  How does God Almighty depict him?

"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 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. 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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." 
Ezekiel 28:11-19

He does not sound anything like the way he is normally depicted, does he?

     As for being bold and arrogant, how about the fact that he sought to subjugate God Almighty, manifest in the flesh?  

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." 
Matthew 4:1-11

Did you notice that these were not benign temptations?  Christ Jesus had been fasting, for forty days.  The devil decided to tempt Him with food.  The Lord's very authority and Person was challenged.  And, the very world for which He came to redeem, was dangled before Him.

     If Lucifer is unafraid to tempt God, face-to-face, what makes you think that he would leave you alone?  What makes you think that he just occasionally throws Twinkies in your path, to encourage you to gluttony; but, that he would not be more active than that? 
     Do you not realize that he wants to deface God?  Do you not realize that part of his warfare, is to destroy the testimony of God in the lives of His children?  The moment you left Satan's parentage, and were born again into the family of God, you became a prime enemy to him.
     He will go after your marriage.  Already, I have witnessed many a marriage, amongst professing believers, destroyed by the influence of the devil.  What better a tactic, than to mar the image of Christ and His Church, than seeing Christians divorced?  That way, no one gets to see the glorious redemption that the Bridegroom bestowed upon His Bride, nor the amazing love between the two.
     He will go after your family.  Endless selfishness, endless hypocrisies, endless bickering.  Instead of folks seeing redeemed sinners seeking to serve, in Christ's love, one another, they see a constant barrage of self-serving individuals.  They do not see what is supposed to be true charity.  If that image is what is portrayed, who do they see?
     He will go after your testimony.  Playing loosey-goosey with the world is dangerous; trust me, I know.  I have many friends, foes, and family members, ready to point out my sins from the times of my wandering from the ways of God.  Gleefully, they point out how I "said" I was a Christian; yet, I did "this, that, and another thing;" or, I neglected some duty; or, I said "this, that, or another thing;" or, I neglected to say some thing. What better opportunity to besmudge God's power in a true believer's life, than to entice them to be lazy, carnal, licentious Christians?
     It is but for the grace of God, that I am where I am today.  It is but for His grace, that I am even accounted worthy of being able to minister, once again, for His good pleasure.  I can claim no goodness of myself.
     We should not look lightly upon our enemy.  God warns us, and gives instructions on how to withstand Lucifer.  Christ gives a prime example, when He was tempted in the wilderness.  Again, if Satan would not stop at tempting God Almighty, what makes you think he will leave you alone?
     We are being foolish, if we think that he is not a subtle, wise, intelligent, deceptive, seductive creature.  If he cannot entertain you out of a productive Christian life, he will tempt you another way.  He might even scare you away from even attempting to do anything worthwhile for Jesus Christ.  Any thought of spiritual warfare frightens you.  Why?  It is out of your control.  There is a world, unseen, that is more powerful than your wildest imaginations.
     We cannot take on the devil, on our own.  The Lord Himself makes that clear.  Just read the book of Revelation.  Satan is pretty powerful.  Yet, only one name is able to make him powerless:  the blessed name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
     Remember when the archangel Michael disputed over the body of Moses, with Satan?  He raised no railing accusation, but rebuked him in the name of the Lord:  "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee."--Jude 9
     We should not be afraid, though.  If you are born again, we rest in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  We stand in His strength.  He is our advocate.
     And, He has given us instructions, while He is away.  He has not left us without hope, or without comfort.  We have His Spirit within us.  We have His word beside us.  We have Him ever with us.  If He has warned us, and instructed us, would it not behoove us to listen and apply what He says?

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." 
Ephesians 5:1-17

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" 
Ephesians 6:10-18

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." 
James 4:7

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." 
1 Peter 5:8-9

     With this knowledge in mind, what shall we do with it?  Shall we run, in fear? Shall we dig our heads in the sand?  Shall we seek to block it all out?  Nay, we shall live circumspectly.  We shall stand steadfast in Christ!
     The choice, ultimately, is up to you.  You can choose to continue living as though the devil is some benign being, that occasionally tempts you.  You can pretend that he is not the god of this world, and is not in charge of a massive spiritual kingdom, whose sole purpose is to dethrone God.  You can go about your merry way, entertaining yourself into a spiritual stupor.  Or, you can wisely follow the Lord, as He directs our steps through this wicked, tempestuous world.  

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