8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
There are many voices in the world screaming their agendas and beliefs, all trying to get us to ‘jump on their bandwagon’ and stand with them in their ‘truth’. This is a very dangerous game that people all over the world are playing. Right now it is beginning to get very difficult to speak of real truth– the absolute truth— the truth in God’s word.
In the current time we are in when you stand on the truths in the Bible, people in the world begin to persecute you and begin to exercise the newest trend of ‘cancel culture’. Basically this is a ‘if you do not believe the way I do and do not stand up for what I believe to be truth’ you are labeled a fascist, intolerant, hateful, racist, and a whole slew more of not so pleasant labels.
The Bible warns us of such behavior that in the end days the world will not know the truth and they will except lies for truth and begin to worship the antichrist.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
With all the fairly recent laws that have been passed we can see 2 Timothy 4 playing out in front of our eyes. For instance, marriage is a covenant that God created for a man and woman to become one. The Bible has a lot to say about marriage and its divine purpose for being created. However, the world is morphing the true purpose of marriage, eliminating the divine purpose of God and the facts on what marriage TRULY is.
Another example would be our leaders trying to remove God out of everything– the pledge of allegiance, prayer isn’t allowed in schools, the talk of removing God off of our currency, and the list could go on. The Bible warns us about turning from the ways of the Lord for our own selfish desires and that is exactly what our nation is doing.
28 “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. Jeremiah 7:28
The light and truth in God’s word is being snuffed out by the evil, prideful, and selfish ways of the current generations in the world. It has morphed from being about what is good and right to what makes one ‘feel good and feel accepted’.
The problem with this is that the world is teaching us all the wrong ways to achieve self happiness and self worth when in fact neither have to do with us. Our actions or feelings are not what leaves us feeling fulfilled. God created us and the ONLY way to feel complete, worthy, and accepted is to understand who we are in Him and NOT what the world says.
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
The darkness in the world is attempting to fully overtake the light, but we do not have to fear or worry God is in control and knows exactly what is happening. Remain steadfast in the faith and stand upon the rock of Jesus in truth and God will ALWAYS protect and lead the way.
Be alert when reading ‘news’ stories on social media or listening to them via a news station, ask God for discernment to know what is truth and what is a lie, and be on guard to not quickly fall into the ways of the world.
Thank you Lord for being the voice of truth and the light in a world full of deceit and darkness. I confess that there are times I do not use discernment and quickly fall into the trap of lies the world has to offer; Lord forgive me. I pray that each person that reads this will have an open heart and mind to receive Your message. God it is You who gives me these words and I pray each person would hear what You want them to and receive the message they need to hear through this article. I pray we would all be alert and on guard so that when the enemy attempts to deceive us we are ready to put him in his place. I pray you give us all the courage, strength, and wisdom to follow Your Truth above all else. In Jesus mighty name I pray.
Have you ever heard people say “Why did God let this happen? Why does God hate me? What have I done so wrong to deserve this? I am a good person, why does all these things keep happening to me?”
Lets start by defining the difference between a Plan for your life and a Plot against your life.
Plan- a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something
Plot- a plan made in secret to do something illegal or harmful
Friend you need to know that God is NOT behind the hurt, anger, suffering, sadness, loneliness, depression, illness, or any other negative feeling that is keeping you from enjoying life. John 8:44 says “..When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he a liar, and the Father of it.” This is Satan, he is the Father of all Lies! God is a Father of love, joy, protection, and eternal life.
God has a specific plan for your life and has had one before you were born, a plan for your life so great that you and I could never imagine. Jeremiah 29:11-16 says this to us.. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart…”
However, from the day you are born Satan begins forming his plot against you as a child of God, whom is chosen to prosper and grow, to be blessed beyond anything we can imagine; to live joyful and fulfilling lives. Satan does NOT want us living a life of joy and happiness and he certainly does NOT want us to fulfill our calling in the kingdom of God because that is one less soul he can “Steal” from the glory of our Father. Satan plots against us as he wants to destroy our lives it says so in John 10:10 “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
It’s very easy to fall into a trap of one of Satan’s lies and deception he is very good at what he does and he studies us thoroughly to know our weaknesses so that his temptation and plot will work in his favor; causing us to feel discouraged and unworthy, but there is Hope in the faith of Jesus. 1 Peter 5:5-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” The bible tells us we will daily be tempted and that Satan searches for ways to deceive us and wreck havoc in our lives. James 4:7 says “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If we are steadfast in prayer and our faith in God he will provide us the “ways out” of sin, temptation, and negative thinking all in which are direct attacks from the enemy to destroy us and our perception of life.
Often times we wonder why things happen in our lives; the good, the bad, and everything in between. Our perception on life is solely based on what we choose to believe and accept to be true in our lives. If we stay focused on God’s plan for our life, knowing his plans are always good and choose to have faith in his promises, accepting his grace and forgiveness; then we will live a life of joy. If we choose to believe the lies of Satan, follow worldly views, and chase plans made in the flesh we will come to find a life full of disappointment, hurt, loneliness, depression, lack of worth, sadness, and the list can go on and on. The bible teaches us that Jesus’ unconditional love, promises, and guidance is what we need to live prosperous and fulfilling lives, free from the bondage of Satan and his lies and deception.
Proverbs 19:21- “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless it’s the Lord’s counsel(plans)–that will stand.”
This tells us not to chase the desires of the world and the plans we have made within ourselves as men and women of the flesh. But to chase God and his plan as his plans are what will become true. Remembering God’s plans are ALWAYS good!
Psalm 32:8-9- “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding; Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.”
God wants us to seek him to ask him to show us the way in all things. He wants us to know His word and promises and to believe in them. He does not want us “to be like the horse or like the mule” he wants willfully near to him in times of thanksgiving and times of need.
Ephesians 2:8-9– “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, so lest anyone should boast.”
Some people feel as if they must do “good works” to achieve God’s grace and salvation and many people believe what I like to call the ultimately lie from Satan and that is that they will never be good enough for God or that God is mad at them. This is a straight lie from Satan himself as Ephesians 2 tells us it is ONLY by grace we have been saved. Grace is a gift no one deserves but that is offered to everyone FREE of charge from God. All you must do is accept the gift and truly believe and have faith in Him. God’s Plan is to save us and to bless us abundantly when we seek him with our whole heart; Satan’s Plot is to make us believe we will never be good enough for God and that God is mad at us which keeps us from running to God and seeking him daily.
Hebrews 11:6- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
Grasping on to God and his promises for your life comes with great reward. Having faith in Him and believing his word to be true will cause great change in our mindset, life, and perception. God’s plan is to bless us and reward us for seeking Him. Satan’s plot is to derail our faith, stop us from seeking, and to keep us in darkness destroying every aspect of our life and our perception of it.
Ephesians 6:12- “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
It is not man we are up against in this life it is much more. It’s the lies and deceit of Satan that is our true enemy. Satan will use circumstances, people, and objects to deceive us in to believing his lies and going astray from God. Like mentioned earlier, Satan studies us and knows our weaknesses and attacks us in the areas he knows he is most likely to succeed. Chopping down our faith in God one branch at a time and attempting to plant a new seed of deception in our minds that if we feed will overtake and become a massive tree of negativity. Poisoning our thoughts and branching out growing larger with each lie we believe from Satan. If we continue to feed this tree it will overtake our mind and leave no room for the “tree of life” blocking all the truths and promises we have in God. Satan’s plot is to chop down the tree of life in our hearts and minds; to replace it with a tree of deception, doubt, and destruction; paralyzing us from feeling God’s love. God’s plan for our life is to feed the tree of life, knowledge, and truth making its roots and branches so strong that no lie, no trouble, and no plot of Satan could even shake our tree let alone begin chopping it down one branch at a time to plant one of his own full of negativity and death.
I encourage you today to start taking notice to the attacks from Satan as he plot’s against you. For each negative thought, every untruth he whispers to you, every circumstance he puts before you to derail you from God’s plan remember to call upon God with the truth to stop the enemy in his tracks. Matthew 16:22 says “..Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” that’s what Isaiah 55:8-9 says. Trusting in God and his plans for our life is a great blessing. For He has seen all before and knows the perfect way to bring you through the storm in such a way that you grow stronger and are blessed for being faithful all while glorifying His name. Isaiah 55 tells us we can dream and hope for things in this world but God can provide us with that and much more that we have never even thought of. I encourage you to chase Gods Plan and resist the lies and deception from Satan destroy his plot against you and God and rejoice in the promises and blessings of God.
God’s plan for your life is so big and so powerful that Satan has created a plot against you to kill your faith, steal your hope, and destroy your life and salvation. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9. Therefore I encourage all to love and seek God with all your heart and refuse to allow Satan’s plot to destroy God’s great plan for your life. What will you choose? God’s Plan of life, love, truth, and blessings or Satan’s Plot of lies, deception, and death?