Monday, November 29, 2021

ON YOUR KNEES!

ON YOUR KNEES!

 

Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to open the heart of a lost person? Have you fallen on your knees and prayed earnestly about him/her? Have you ever fasted and prayed about that soul? 



The Apostle Paul so loved his fellow Hebrews he offered the most astounding invitation in all of God’s Word:


“At the same time, you need to know that I carry with me at all times a huge sorrow. It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’m never free of it. I’m not exaggerating—Christ and the Holy Spirit are my witnesses. It’s the Israelites . . . If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they could be blessed by him, I’d do it in a minute. They’re my family. I grew up with them. They had everything going for them—family, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Oh, yes!”  (Romans 9:1-5, MSG)


Paul, who now had met Jesus and surrendered his soul 100% to the Messiah, still  loved his past Hebrew companions so much. He knew they were lost unless they became Christians and then made his incredible plea: If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they could be blessed by him, I’d do it in a minute.” Would you make such a plea? “Lord if you’d give these dear lost friends my eternal life home please do it”? 


A most unique church prayer happened when Minister Gary Strubhar closed the service with prayer that had something really extra. In the middle of the prayer Gary specifically named a couple to whom he was teaching the Gospel. He prayed that they would yield to the Lord Jesus Christ. The uniqueness was that the couple was sitting right there hearing every word.


Along life’s trek I’ve cared deeply for many people. Dwayne & Marge were really earnest. He and I worked in the same plywood mill where my right hand lost the three middle fingers in a freak amputation.  But my friend Dwayne and his sweet wife reached out to us. In appreciation I invited them to have a Bible Study as I knew they were members of a cult. 


We spent 5 Thursday nights in their Mobile Home. But we were so disheartened that they remained in the cult. We still prayed for them over the passing years, though we lost track of them. But my heart never quits aching for anyone who doesn’t respond to the Alpha and Omega, the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God who died for our sins.


The calendar pages flipped in the winds of time and we moved out of state and settled with a growing church where my Christian Counselor sign invited people to phone to make an appointment. I got pretty busy over several years. I just loved it and then one day the church secretary told me I had a phone call.


“Hello, Larry, this is Dwayne ~ ~ Do you remember me and Marge?”

 

I couldn’t have been any more pleased. I thought of that awesome verse in Isaiah: “So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it.”, Isaiah 55:11, NASB)


Then my pleasure turned to tears ~ ~ gushing tears of joy as Dwayne continued, “Thank you for all those years ago for helping us better understand the Bible. Marge and I are living here in town, we left that cult and are helping the Lord’s Church right here. Yesterday we happened to see your sign when we drove down Ash street.” 


17 years had gone by. Seventeen.


In my first ministry I met Wayne and Jean, a most lovable couple. I loved Wayne and his family all my adult life. For more than 50 years my soul has been praying more earnestly for Wayne.


One night, a year or two ago, the Holy Spirit laid Wayne on my heart like a heavy, heavy load. I felt the Spirit speaking, “Write to him this time.” I prayed earnestly and opened a pad and began writing. Suddenly tears were dancing down my cheeks and dropping on the page, somewhat smearing the words. The Spirit spoke to my heart, “Don’t start over... he needs to see your tears.” 


REJOICE! After 50 years he just asked me to pray for him in his final days. Then he said he wants to play golf with me and our families in Heaven. Oh how true that passage is in Isaiah 55.


Ezekiel 3:16-21 actually challenges God’s children to make every effort to save the lost. Tragically the soul of the sinner shall die if they remain unfazed by the message of salvation but the Christian will be spared for spreading the Gospel. 


Hold on, I know all of us are just tools like the Apostle Paul explained: After all, who is Paul? Who is Apollos? No more than servants through whom you came to believe as the Lord gave each man his opportunity. I may have done the planting and Apollos the watering, but it was God who made the seed grow! The planter and the waterer are nothing compared with him who gives life to the seed. Planter and waterer are alike insignificant, though each shall be rewarded according to his particular work.” (! Corinthians 3:5-8, J.B. Phillips) 


Yes it is God who gives life to the seed. Each of us workers is just a tool which is only a part of the soul-winning process. 


Even more exciting, our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, said there’s one extra thing we can do as His servants. 

 

“When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples.How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (Matthew 9:37-38, MSG)


In His Eternal Kingdom He wants each one of us to answer one prayer. We are to pray to the Father to send out ministers to harvest lost souls. After praying those words each of us can go to work harvesting the lost.


You may get anxious, nervous or fearful of trying to reach your lost friend. Remember, the Lord  brought him/her to you and He promises you all that you need to accomplish His will. 

 

In Psalms 46:2 David wrote: “Be still and know that I am God.” The Psalmist described this quieting stillness as being like a young child safely resting and glad to be in his Mother’s arms. He’ll give you all the strength you’ll need.


There’s a song that expresses the enjoyment that each of us has ~ ~ ~ just over the horizon:  

 

 

 Knowing You’ll Be There (Live)

Guy Penrod & Others


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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

“Keeping Yourself in the Love of God” – Manifesting Love in Our Lives

“Keeping Yourself in the Love of God” – 

Manifesting Love in Our Lives


Supplement to “Keeping Yourself in the Love of God” posted Oct. 11, 2021

     I have a dear Australian friend who is also an author. She has taken me under her wing and mentored me more times than I can count.  She sent a generous comment about my last story along with a superb story which provides  a superb exposition of two chapters in 1st Corinthians.  Feast on Eva Peck’s narrative.  She and I are like any other Bible authors ~ ~ we don’t agree on everything but both of us love the Lord with all of our being ~ ~  and we each appreciate and love one another!

“Hello Larry,

     I was meaning to let you know how I enjoyed your latest story.  The Jude 21 verse "Keeping ourselves in the love of God" inspired me to write an article, which I'll share with you below.

     I am still thinking of Jennifer and keeping her in my prayers.

     Sending you love and light,

Eva

“Keeping Yourself in the Love of God” – Manifesting Love in Our Lives

     Jude exhorted fellow believers: “Keep yourselves in God’s love.” (v.21).  How is love manifested in our lives?

     Not long ago, someone mentioned the example of Father Damien.  I hadn’t heard of him before, so I looked him up and for those who wish to know more, here is a Wikipedia link.  He certainly was one of many inspiring Christian/Catholic missionaries that were true servants of God and those who they served, laying down their lives in the literal sense of the word. Mother Teresa, of course, was another one, and she had many equally dedicated assistants and successors, who still carry on her work under to Order of Missionaries of CharitySisters of Mercy is another such group and there are countless others.

     Based on my reading and own experience, people can and do have God’s love in their souls without understanding it or formally praying for it.  Their souls may be yearning for it without their conscious awareness.  I would venture to say that many/most of these dedicated servants of God and humanity are on the Divine Love path, which is being transformed at the heart level by God's Essence.  It is the New Heart, New Birth, becoming a new creation/creature which is a necessary process to enter the Celestial Kingdom.  The actual transformation is more important than the intellectual understanding thereof, because it is happening at the soul level.

     As to the expression/manifestation of love, outwardly there is little or no difference between Divine Love (imparted by the Holy Spirit – Rom. 5:5) and natural love (that we cultivate naturally since birth), and in most instances, we can't distinguish those who are on either path.  However, in all cases, love is manifested through care, service, outgoing concern, kindness, helpfulness, compassion and similar qualities.  The specific expression of love flows from people's gifts.  Some are called and gifted to be missionaries and serve the sick or underprivileged.  Others are gifted in different ways.  The book of First Corinthians is instructive in this way, giving some examples of gifts and service:

1Co 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  

1Co 12:5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

1Co 12:6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  

1Co 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  

1Co 12:8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,

1Co 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,

1Co 12:10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

1Co 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

     The purpose of different gifts is to complement and serve each other as the different parts of a body do.  The chapter continues:

1Co 12:12  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.  So it is with [those who are in] Christ.  

1Co 12:13  For we were all baptized [immersed] by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit [the Holy Spirit imparting Divine Love] to drink.  

1Co 12:14  Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.

1Co 12:15  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.

1Co 12:16  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.

1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

1Co 12:18  But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

1Co 12:19  If they were all one part, where would the body be?

1Co 12:20  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

     So we are all called to express the love in us, whether natural or divine, in serving one another.  This service will depend on our gifts which vary from person to person.  We should use our own unique gifts to the best of our ability and not compare ourselves unwisely with others and want their gifts to the point of feeling jealous or dissatisfied, as these are not emotions of love.  We should however, desire and long for and pray for more and more Love to better express our present gifts and even be given new ones according to God's will.  

     Paul's conclusion in the famous 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians is beautiful and puts everything in perspective. Starting at the end of Ch. 12:

1Co 12:27  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  

1Co 12:28  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.

1Co 12:29  Are all apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?  Do all work miracles?

1Co 12:30  Do all have gifts of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?

1Co 12:31  But eagerly desire the greater gifts. 
 And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1Co 13:1  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

1Co 13:2  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 have not love, I am nothing.

1Co 13:3  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1Co 13:4  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

1Co 13:5  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  

1Co 13:6  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  

1Co 13:7  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  

1Co 13:8  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.

1Co 13:9  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

1Co 13:10  but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears....

1Co 13:12  Now we see but a poor 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.  

1Co 13:13  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

     So service, even self-sacrifice, as well as all-encompassing knowledge and great gifts and talents, amount to little if not accompanied and motivated by love.

Other Free Writings From Eva
https://universal-spirituality.net/about/free-publications/

Eva Peck
10-26-2021"



Monday, October 11, 2021

Castaways and Keepsakes

Castaways and Keepsakes

     Mickey Mantle was a switch hitter.  When batting left-handed it took him 3.2 seconds to run to first base.  When batting right handed it took him 3.3.  Ted Williams always hit towards right field to where the opposing team would shift the left fielder and center fielders away from left field and the shortstop behind second base and the third baseman to shortstop position.  Ty Cobb, in practicing for the new season, always ran bases slower than in the previous season because he practiced with a ten-pound weight on each leg.  The pitcher’s mound is 60’ 6” from the tip of home plate.  Ad Liska who pitched 111 games in the Major League completing his 20 years pitching for the Portland Beavers.  He was one of the most unique pitchers ever as he leaned to the right so far that his pitching arm nearly dragged the ground.  This gave him the distinction of having a fast ball that would drop as it approached the batter instead of rising like 99% of pitchers today.
 
 
     My mind is full of these baseball trivia because I loved it so much.  But when I became a Christian my love transferred to Jesus and His holy Bible.  Though I’m pushing 79 I still can remember sections of the Holy Scriptures I learned over 60 years ago but these are not trivia; these are the words of Eternal Life.   “Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’”  (John 6:68, NASB)

     The Lord’s brother (James) guaredly urged: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”   (Jude 20, 21, NASB)

     As I’ve tried to “keep myself in the love of God” I’m compelled to say ... I want to say “Thank You” to continuing Christian-faith mentors and  faith warriors.  Plus an especial “Thank You” to the Holy Spirit for the ones who’ve gone on ahead of me because of how they made my Christian walk begin or continue to this point.  Now at age 78 I’m just so appreciative I sometimes recall these faithful loved ones at night and pray about them to the Lord.  Hebrews 13:17 points out that Leaders will give an account of the congregants with which we minister, and or partner in our lifetime, so I pray for them as they meander across the screen of my mind.  Scripture abounds with person after person who mentored others.  One entire chapter, Hebrews 11, is devoted to superb examples.

     Some key mentors for me were: Don Rodda was my girl friend’s minister and urged her to challenge me to be a Christian.  Then he taught me the plan of salvation ~ ~ in a barn.  Don Rodda also urged me to go to Bible College to become a minister.

     Archie Word Sr. taught me several Bible College classes and later took me under his wing of support and encouragement.  When I preached in Missouri, he preached a 4-week revival where 126 new visitors attended.  Brother Word did many things far beyond which I expected and/or hoped for.  Exempli gratia in that Missouri stay he bought me a newer auto (complete surprise).  As life advanced he often dropped into my varied places of employment on his visits into the area.

     As he aged into his 80s many judged him too old to hold anymore Revival meetings.  But the leadership at Sunrise Church in Spokane, WA approved my recommendation to have him preach for us.  It turned out to be his final Revival meeting.  He was tremendously effective to the point that a Spokane Newspaper featured him with a comparison looking picture of Colonel Sanders from KFC with the caption, “Colonel Sanders Look-a-like Aint No Chicken In The Pulpit."  This photo was taken by the daily Spokane, WA newspaper the opening night of the Revival and later became the cover photograph of his heart-touching biography by Victor Knowles:
 

     During those Thanksgiving days the reporter even attended the first night of the Revival and wrote a lengthy, complimentary review.  I received sad notice that back home in Nebraska, Brother Word’s wife had fallen critically ill.  The Leaders made arrangements to fly him back home to be with Mrs. Word.   But, in what was probably the most dramatic moment I’ve ever seen in any church service he listened to the offer and marched to the stage and thundered, “We’re not shutting this meeting down for any reason.  I’m here to preach about eternal life.  Mom has family that will help her.”

     In preparation for his Revival meeting I had asked a local TV station to interview him.  They featured him for 30 minutes during lunch and it increased the audience size.  It has been stated that he never appeared on TV; yet I sat right there as he touched the souls of TV station staff and community-wide viewers.

     His influence impacted many, many people but perhaps for the most part there have been a number of young preachers who benefitted from his charisma.

     Charles Dailey was also on the staff at the Bible College.  He holds my salute as being the teacher of the two best classes I’ve ever taken:  Life of Christ 1 and Life of Christ 2  He also was a master at speaking and writing succinctly.  Joyfully, Charles is still teaching as many people as he can.  In fact here are two comments:

     On July 12, 2012 Charles wrote: “Life is such an ongoing joy.  I awaken each day with slightly improving health and enough memory to realize how wonderful the present truly is.  Thank you Lord.”

     Just a few weeks ago, July 2021, Charles posted this update: “Now, at 90, this is still true.”  This Faith Warrior, though his wife has gone on ahead, still has a keen and analytical mind, clear values, deep faith and tenacity beyond his peers.

     This is a few years back of Charles and Lois Dailey:
 
 
     Warren Bell was another preacher who taught at the Bible School.  I loved his rich, deep voice.  It seemed like the voice was coming from below his knees.  In my God Applause stories Warren Bell is mentioned in: Erasure Danger posted on Jan. 4, 2021.  Along life’s Pilgrim’s Path other significant people positively impacted my life and work for the Lord.  Some of them were: Myron Wells, George Kennedy, Paul Douglas, Faye Ballard, Donald Hunt, Gary Strubhar, and Tom Burgess.

     Here’s a lyric Gospel song that speaks to the hearts of people who are “keeping themselves in the love of God.”


Loving God, Loving Each Other
 
 
Gaithers, Oak Ridge Boys, Gatlins

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Finally a book form of God Applause is available 

with more than 150 pages for just $12.95.

God Applause

True Stories Of His Wonders 

 

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After my Father tried killing me on my 13th birthday I found a Heavenly Father to whom I have given my whole life to serve. Now as I look back more than 60 years have passed. Many of those years I ministered and counseled trying to heal hurting hearts and mending broken dreams. I’ve lost track of the numbers who responded but know it was in the thousands. A few years ago, my health degenerated to the point I could not continue. I found myself housebound without a way to continue my former work for my Lord. I prayed that the Lord would direct my path to find some new way to still share His gracious love, forgiveness and grace. Nothing happened. I continued praying because His eternal word says, “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Is 40:31, NASB) 

I continued praying for His direction. Please Father help me find a way to still share You with others. More time elapsed. Until – He laid an answer in my soul. Why don’t you do what I told Israel to do? Presto! Then a story I had often read penetrated my dull gray matter. Build a monument. A stone monument. “And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So, these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5-7, NIV) 

So, just as the Israelites were told to build a stone monument for future generations, I felt called to do likewise but in a much smaller scale. The Lord spoke to my heart saying, “You’ve seen Me work wondrous miracles for hundreds of people over 60 years. Build a storybook monument. Give Me the credit so that future generations can see what you saw and experienced.” So that is why I’ve written this book.

I felt unworthy to call my work a stone monument. So, I refer to each story as a tiny piece of stone ~ a Pebble. As I began writing these true stories of God’s wondrousness I happened upon Psalms 105: “Go ahead and give God thanks for all the glorious things he has done! Go ahead and worship him! Tell everyone about his wonders! Let’s sing his praises! Sing, and put all of his miracles to music!” (Psalms 105:1-2, TPT) 

Never do I recall reading a book of true stories about God that included songs of praise. But the Holy Spirit led me onward. This gave me an exciting challenge. I spent hours praying over my stories and seeking a song of praise to complement the message each “Pebble” conveyed. As you read these stories please also click on the link to the praise song. Each song has been selected to fit like a glove the message of the story. The mini concert will cement the story to your soul. A third portion of writing this monument of praise pebbles was to use images and or videos to embed the story more deeply. So what you are opening now is a Book full of true stories, with praise songs and occasional pictures all of which are designed to honor our Faithful Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Truly this is a God Applause book. 

Blessings 

Larry Ade Smith 

Feb. 20, 2020

Note: This book is the paperback edition so you'll need to copy the song link to your computer and feast on the individual songs. 

 



 

 


 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Most Terrifying Fall Ever

Most Terrifying Fall Ever  

     Acrophobia: The fear of heights ~ ~ ranks in the top five most serious fears of mankind. This fear permeates many scary nightmares, transportation methods, and unsettling activities. The Boeing 737 MAX recently was grounded nearly worldwide because of terrifying crashes seemingly caused by design flaws. Even reading about the deadly-nose-dive crashes terrifies most people, let alone seeing video recreations of it.

     Some roads climb very steep hills or treacherously narrow mountain passes.  Gondolas often ascend eerily almost into the clouds causing heart-pounding nerves.  Oregon has a Dead Man’s Curve, on Highway 6 near milepost 29, as do many other states.  Oregon has recently blasted through the stone providing a safe passage that dodges the treacherous pass. 



     More than 60 million people have visited Seattle’s 605 foot tall Space Needle since it was built in 1962.  Yet a great number of fearful visitors refuse to ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top.

     Interviewing a pilot I was surprised to learn he also had acrophobia.  “How can that be?”

     “I know that I’m in control and I won’t let anything go wrong,” he said.  It was hard to fathom just how that could be.


     Since we’re focusing on horrendously scary falls let’s consider the greatest fall in the past and the worst fall ever that is just ahead.  The Bible both introduces the one who fell and warns us about the worst fall ~ ~ just ahead ~ ~ that awaits Satan and his wicked companions.  The Lord Jesus Christ affirmed this, “And He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning,”(Luke 10:18, NASB)
 

 
 

     The Bible has many dual prophecies.  In regards to the most diabolical, evil, mighty previous archangel … Satan… the Holy Spirit inspired many Bible writers to write prophecy after prophecy in such a way that each prophecy had a fulfillment shortly after it was penned.  But to forewarn us, the Lord’s people, about how horridly, terrifyingly powerful this monster soul killer is the inspired writers’ second fulfillment is clearly the Devil.

     Examples of two lengthy prophecies that are clearly dual are Isaiah 14:8-19 and Ezekiel 28:1-19. In these two dual prophecies a great deal is learned about Satan. Metaphorically these picture Satan’s creation, purpose, appearance and fall from heaven.  These passages describe why Satan fell, but they do not specifically say when he fell.

     Job reveals that all the angels were created before the earth was (Job 38:4-7, NIV).  “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.  He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?  Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

     Since Genesis identifies the Tempter of Eve as Satan it is clear that the Devil’s fall from Heaven must have occurred after he was created but before the creation of Adam and Eve.

     Revelation the 12th chapter depicts warfare in Heaven between the great dragon and his wicked angels versus God’s archangel and other angels who fought to protect God’s children on the Earth. In describing the Dragon it is obvious that it is the Devil.

     These Old and New Testament verses, as well as others, provide significant clues as to why the Devil was cast out of Heaven:

     1)   Satan was perfectly beautiful from his creation with an appearance as dazzling as many jewels and  he started out as sinless. - - (Ezekiel 28:13-14, NASB)

     2)   Satan was an archangel responsible for being on God’s Holy Mountain - - (Ezekiel 28:14, NASB)

     3)   Satan was anointed by God to be a “Covering Cherub over the Mercy Seat".

     4)   But  then he sinned and ruined God’s plan for him - - (Ezekiel 28:14, NASB)

     5)   Satan tried to usurp God’s sovereign position - -  (Isaiah 14:14, NASB)

     6)   Satan was prideful and detested God’s decisions  - -  (1 Timothy 3:6, NASB)

     7)   Satan was incredibly intelligent and schemed against God - - (Ezekiel 28:3-5, NASB), Isaiah 14:13-14, NASB)

     8)   Satan is so powerful that even the Lord’s Archangels resist fighting him single-handedly. Instead they said, “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 9, NASB)

     Hades (Sheol) is eagerly awaiting Satan and mocking his fall. His bed is of maggots crawling with worms - -  (Isaiah 14:11-14, NASB)

     Satan and his followers have a date with eternal destiny:  “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels”  (Matthew 25:41, NASB)

     The Book of Revelation leaves nothing to the imagination about the Devil’s future.  He will be permanently cast into the Lake of fire and brimstone

     WHY HAVE I SPENT THIS STORY TALKING ALL ABOUT SATAN, WHO IS ALSO CALLED THE DEVIL AND THE DRAGON IN SCRIPTURE?   What’s the answer?  Why have you been asked to read all this about Satan?

     As tearfully and sadly as I’ve done this it’s because many doubt his existence.  They joke, “Oh sure you’re one of those old fashioned Hellfire and Brimstone believers aren’t you?  And the sneers, mockery and ridicule cascade off all the walls.

     Dear Reader ~ ~ I beg you ~ ~ ~ take the time to ask yourself some questions.  What if this story is right?  What if there is a Satan?  What if he is trying to grab as many souls as he can?  What if he is going to lead them with him into a lake that burns with fire and brimstone... where there will be darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth?  Ponder the fact that Jesus uses the exact Greek words for eternity for each Heaven and Hell.  Each is as long as the other.  “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46, NASB) So - if you believe in a Heaven...Hell is real also.

     There is another terrible fall that I hope you never experience. Once you’ve become a Christian and were refreshed by the awesome grace of God some foolishly walk away as if they’re spitting in their Savior’s face.

     It scares the tar out of me. King David after having taken Uriah’s wife and impregnating her had to have him murdered trying to hide her pregnancy. Then the Lord sent a prophet who pointed his bony finger in David’s face and accused him of the whole messy ungodly acts.  David wept and said, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Ps. 51:11, NIV)

     King Saul (1 Samuel 16:14) and Samson (Judges 16:20) had serious matters where losing the Holy Spirit and the Lord’s presence in their lives became reality.

     Ephesians 4:30 warns us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit.”  And 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says that we can “quench the Spirit.”  PLEASE THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT YOUR SOUL.

     If it is an addiction that has you snagged, get some help.  Addiction is giving up everything for ~one ~ thing.

     Recovery is giving up one thing for everything.

     "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,  keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” (Jude 20-21, NASB)


Lauren Daigel
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