by Pastor Tim Burt
When something goes wrong in your life, have you ever heard the thought creep up saying God brought this on me. or, God allowed this because of what I did. If you were to say No, I have never thought that, then you would be the only person I have ever met that didn’t.
If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you into thinking God is mad at you, against you, and doing things to hurt you. Let me show you this truth through scripture. Jesus while speaking of Satan says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
In the last days, he will work to turn many of the nations against Israel and entice them to war surrounding Israel to destroy her. This is where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.
Satan will manifest himself through a person he possesses that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ, and through one called “the false prophet.” They will be two human beings that Satan possesses and uses to draw the kings or world leaders into a war against Israel. When that happens, Jesus will literally come on a white horse with His angelic hosts of Heaven and His saints and He will defeat “the beast” and the “false prophet”—casting them and Satan into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit.
Rev. 20:1-2 (NLT) “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years…”
Okay. You are probably wondering, why did I tell you all this? I told you all this to amplify that Satan is a deceiver. He is the deceiver of the earth. He is against you. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is for you. When something bad happens, Satan the deceiver will tell you, God is doing this to you because you blew it. It’s a lie. God loves you and is always working to draw you closer to Him and wants to help you in every area of your life. It takes our faith in this truth for that to happen. Jesus responds to faith!
Jesus already paid the price for your sin. It is His love that draws you. God’s will is to bless you. Your faith which draws His blessing will never be greater than your steadfast belief that God is for you! That is why it’s critical for you to know God is for you. It is in having that assurance of His love that leads you to run to Him and not from Him. That assurance destroys Satan’s lie that God has produced something bad in your life. When you believe in God’s unfailing love, then you will become one that believes and does this: Isaiah 63:7 NIV “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.” You will because you will experience it first hand!
We are in the last days. Satan is out to confuse you, deceive you, steal from your life, and if possible destroy it. Avoid deception by living wholeheartedly for the Lord. And when you do blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it. BUT, He is for you—not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you and bless you! That is His will for your life! What will never change, even in these last days, is His love for you and desire to take you down His right path and bless you in the midst of a very deceived and confused world!
Psalms 23:5 (NLT) "You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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