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COMMON DELUSIONS

            Satan is the master of lies, deceit and hatred. He hates all God has done, he wants to destroy every Christian by means of lies, hatred, animosity and enmity. Hence, as Christians, we must be aware of Satan’s devices, and do all we can to help one another get to heaven. Souls are at stake. 

            What are some ways Satan uses to deceive and cause hatred among Jesus’ followers? Consider the list below.

THINKING THAT SIN WILL GIVE FULLNESS OF LIFE

In Genesis 3:5-6 the Bible says, “He (Satan)  said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened . . . “

As we look at this passage we see that God did NOT say “neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” I have often thought that Adam may have told Eve that; unfortunately, like parents dealing with children today, they will have to try it BECAUSE SOMEONE TOLD THEM THAT IT WON’T HURT YOU; THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. But God meant what he said. EVERY CHRISTIAN needs to remember that when God says for us to do something, we should do it; when God says “NOT” to do something we best not. How many lives could have been saved if all of us would simply ignore Satan and his lies, and follow what we know to be the truth. Parents, make sure you teach this to your children and grandchildren. ABOVE ALL – MAY WE LIVE IT OURSELVES.

TRUSTING IN FAMILY CONNECTIONS FOR SALVATION

In Matthew 3:9 John the Baptizer preached to the people that came to him and emphasized the importance of repentance and baptism. Notice that they were coming to his baptism, and they were baptized in the Jordan, confessing their sins (Matthew 3:6). John made it clear that they should also do away with the idea that said, “We have Abraham as our father.” John emphasized that God could make descendants of Abraham with stones. Family relationships, even in the church, are no guarantee that one will be ushered into heaven. 

VAIN REPETITIONS IN PRAYER.

In Matthew 6:7 we read,  “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think they will be heard for their many words.” Many people today claim to pray, but often those prayers are nothing but repetitions that do not come from the heart, but from the desire to impress others with their long prayers. Do we really think about what we are praying when we talk to our Father? How much of our prayer time(s) is spent on us and our family? Do we pray for the missionaries that are on the field far from home? Do we pray for the elders and the struggles they may have in making the best decisions for all of the church? Do we pray for the preacher as he prepares his lessons? Do we pray for the sick, the homebound, the needy? More importantly, do we put our shoes on and try to help others that need help?

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