We must always be diligent in protecting our minds against the lies and
deceit of the enemy. The devil is a liar and the father of all lies and
he is able to make the most harmful things seem to be safe and even fun.
What we must do is recognize the enemy’s traps so that we do not fall
victim to his devious plans where heartbreak and ruin are at the center of
his wishes for our life. The Lord knows of the enemy’s deceit and has
warned us to be wary and on guard. The Bible declares in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” The Lord has given us His Word
and His Spirit to defeat the enemy so we must recognize our authority and
stand strong against every wile of the enemy. (John 8:44) (Ephesians 6:10-18)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to be conscious of the enemy’s
subtle approach to sin and know that sin when it is finished brings forth
WHAT LIES AHEAD
Jessica knew she wasn't supposed to be at this party. But it wasn't her
fault --- not really. She was on her way to the movies, just like she told
her parents, when she and Kathryn ran into a group of friends who invited
them into the party. “Let's go!” Jessica said to Kathryn. “I've always
wanted to go to one of these parties.” Jessica was surprised at how easily
the lie left her lips. At Jessica's insistence, the two followed their
friends to the abandoned warehouse. The party was already in full swing.
Later, when it already became apparent that Jessica was going to be late
getting home, she found a pay phone and called her parents. “Mom? Kathryn
and I decided to stop for Pizza after the movie and ran into some friends.
I'll be late, OK? Oh, yes, the movie was great. You need to see it. Yes,
I'll see you soon, Bye.”
It was just a little white lie. What could it hurt? And what could it hurt
to take her first drink of alcohol? She hated the taste, but the lie in her
smile said she loved it. And what could it hurt to dance with this great
looking guy? And what could it hurt to take another drink that he offered her?
When Jessica woke up the next morning, still groggy from the drug the cute
guy had slipped into her drink, she realized that her lies had hurt more
than she could have ever imagined.
Jessica found out the hard way that lies are a stairway that goes only one
way: down. She lied to her friends. She lied to her parents. She lost the
trust of her parents and her best friend, and she lost her innocence to a
guy she never saw again.
...Jesus explained that Satan is the father of lies. His tactics are so
sly. If he can just get you to tell one little white lie today, then
tomorrow he can take you one step further down the stairway with a bigger
lie. Before you know it, you find yourself some place where you never
intended to be, and Satan is laughing all the while.
...Don't hold Satan's hand and start down that stairway. Run to Jesus, hold
His hand, and always speak the truth.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:13-15 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every man
is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when
lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears.”
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let
your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for
nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: FROM CRACK TO CHRIST
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry