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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Destroying the devils work...
 People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil... Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” ~ Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

I guess a lot of people think the Devil doesn’t exist. He’s not there!

He’s a figment of the collective human imagination.

Charles Baudelair, a French poet once said..."the finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist"

Does the devil exist or doesn’t the devil exist?

Is evil natural or invoked?

When those ISIS people cut of a person’s head on TV for the world to see are they being evil or just acting on random chance doing something that means little anyhow?

Most of us are appalled by the behaviour, and most people in the world want to see them stopped and them punished for the behaviour.

Why?

If there is no evil what does it matter?

Do we just arbitrarily decide what is wrong and what is right?

Most of us say “no”, but if asked why we say “no” we cannot really answer.

“It’s just wrong!” people say and get annoyed when I ask “why?”.

Why?

“Everyone knows it’s wrong!” comes the frustrated retort.

Do the ISIS people doing it know it’s wrong?

“Yes they must!” comes the retort again.

Really?

I think the ISIS people really think they are doing right for the world from their perspective.

This is what happens when we fail to acknowledge absolute truth. When we fail to acknowledge what God says.

The bible says...

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 1 John3

What law?

God’s law!

The law God gave to Moses and upheld through Jesus. Our hope is this...

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

There is sin and we all sin. Abraham did (he bent the truth to avoid the Pharaoh allowing Sarah his wife to be taken into a harem), Moses did (he killed a guy in anger), David did (he had a guy killed so he could have the guys wife).

In fact there is no-one without sin except Jesus. What does the bible say about this...

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Jesus is the one who stops sinning.

Who stops ISIS? Armies? Hit squads?

Not really! Here’s how it’s done...

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

We in the west need to wise up!

The reason we have what we have, the reason for our ability to live correctly is Jesus.

Yet so many of us are no better off than ISIS people. We fail to acknowledge Jesus is God. We try to ignore evil until it’s forced in our faces then grudgingly acknowledge it. We fail to see it’s a spiritual war and try and combat it with physical techniques when spiritually we need to take on the enemy.

The enemy is not ISIS. Those are people! The enemy is the devil who motivates their evil.

We can fight from our homes. We can pull out the swords of truth and pray in the spirit to thwart their plans.

Will we do that today?

Will we take the offensive in truth following Jesus into the battle?

It’s not just ISIS where evil lurks. It is hunting each of us today!

Let’s claim eternal protection and spiritual weapons and defeat the hidden foe.

Yes! Let’s be the power filled, spirit filled Christian God wants us to be.

Have a victorious day!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy marriages, and the quality of love,

Happy marriages, and the quality of love

Marriage_Mike_Belle_SML.jpg“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Psalm 74 mentions “But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth” and as Christians we acknowledge God as our king, Jesus as our Lord and Holy Spirit as guiding our life.

If you consider that, this makes the Christian wedding a royal wedding for those who are the adopted children of a king.


Christians on their wedding day are Princesses and Princes who stand there in the presence of our heavenly Father. May our Father God be given the honor and glory for establishing marriage. No other creature gets married. It is a great mystery and reflects God’s intimate relationship with the Christian church in a form and agreement that we of the humankind nature can understand.



Marriage is blessed and overseen by the God of the universe. This makes it special. Heavenly beings are in attendance and while we cannot see them there are angels around and part of the celebration.

Yet what is the love that is professed and exchanged.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) explains this

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

It provides a great advice for those entering and enjoying marriage. It is not addressing romantic but God’s type of love. Romantic love is for the movies and books. God’s love is for real life!

Love is a behaviour that we choose to exercise. Paul says “Love is patient, love is kind.”  Let’s remember that when stressed, tired and lacking energy. Let’s treat our spouse with a patient, kind disposition.

“It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

I guess we all fail here! How many times do we put our self ahead of our spouse? How many times do we verbalize this? Men... how many times do you disrespect your wife in talking to other men. Women ... how many times do you undermine or point out your husband’s failures to other women. How many times do we do it to their face?

This is not the Christian way. We should humbly trust, love, and respect our spouse.

“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Wow! Respect magnified and anger dissolved. The memory of the incident obliterated!

Isn’t our God great! That’s how he treats us!

Can we treat our loved ones the same way? We should!

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Our focus should be on the way of the Christian, the truth of Jesus, the life found in our walk with God. We need to push away the advances of the evil one in our life and relationship. Our joy should be completed by our spouse as we do God’s will.

Lets’ build one another up!


“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

We need to have each other’s backs the way God has protects us. We need to trust the other person, build future plans and joyful occasions that honor each other and God together.

When times are tough and the tough times always come...we should keep together and with God leading us through the troubled times. Our joy should be in being with each other no matter what the circumstances.

Love never fails.

This is the deep truth!

God is love and never fails!

We as we draw near to him and to our spouse link ourselves into the unending, everlasting supply of eternal love. That’s the only true source and connected in means we thrive and grow.

faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Faith in God and each other is critical for a good relationship. Hope that Jesus will come again and that we will be a part of those who joyfully join in is what motivates us, yet it is the love that is the greatest.

Love for God, for our spouses and ultimately our neighbours, our community and ourselves.

Let’s practice it today!

PS: Congratulations to Mike and Belle who it was my joy to marry this past weekend
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