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The Truth About Satan

Satan is not someone to be taken lightly.

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Satan is not someone to be taken lightly. The Bible describes him as a powerful and malevolent force, who seeks to destroy the souls of all who oppose him. In this article, we will explore what Satan is really like, using the scriptures as our source.

Satan, also known as the devil, is a fallen angel who rebelled against God. He was created as a beautiful and powerful being, but his pride and desire for power led him to defy God and seek to become like God himself. As a result, he was cast out of heaven and became the adversary of God and all who follow him.

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In the Bible, Satan is described as a deceiver and liar, who seeks to lead people astray from the truth. In the book of Genesis, he appears as a serpent and tempts Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, leading to the fall of mankind. In Matthew 4, Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness, offering him power and authority in exchange for worship. Satan even quotes scripture to try to deceive Jesus, but Jesus sees through his lies and resists his temptations.

Throughout the Bible, Satan is described as a powerful and cunning adversary. In the book of Job, Satan appears before God and challenges him, saying that Job only serves him because God has blessed him with wealth and prosperity. God allows Satan to test Job, taking away his possessions, his family, and even his health, but Job remains faithful to God.

In the New Testament, Satan is described as the ruler of this world, who seeks to blind the minds of unbelievers and lead them away from God. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Paul writes, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Satan is the driving force behind the world’s corruption and sin, seeking to lead people away from God and towards destruction.

Satan is also described as a destroyer, seeking to harm and destroy all who oppose him. In the book of Revelation, he is depicted as a dragon, seeking to devour the woman who gives birth to the Messiah. He also seeks to destroy the saints and the church, waging war against them and seeking to lead them away from God. But in the end, he is defeated by Christ, who casts him into the lake of fire for eternity.

As Christians, it is important for us to recognize the reality of Satan and the danger he poses. He is not a harmless myth or a figment of our imagination, but a real and powerful adversary who seeks to destroy us. But we do not need to fear him, for we have been given the power to resist him through faith in Christ.

One of the key ways we can resist Satan is through prayer and seeking God’s protection. In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul describes the armor of God, which includes the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. By putting on this armor and praying for God’s protection, we can stand firm against the attacks of Satan and overcome him.

Another way we can resist Satan is by staying rooted in the truth of God’s word. Satan is a deceiver and a liar, and he seeks to lead us away from the truth. But by studying and memorizing scripture, we can recognize his lies and stand firm in the truth of God’s word.

In addition to being a deceiver, Satan is also a murderer and a destroyer. In John 8:44, Jesus says, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. 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.”

Satan’s ultimate goal is to destroy God’s plan and take as many people with him as possible. In 1 Peter 5:8, we are warned to be on guard against him: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Satan’s tactics may include deception, lies, temptation, and even physical attacks. In Ephesians 6:12, we are reminded that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Despite Satan’s power and influence, we can take comfort in the fact that he has already been defeated. In Revelation 20:10, we are told that “the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

As Christians, it is important to be aware of Satan’s tactics and to arm ourselves with the truth of God’s word. We can resist Satan’s temptations and attacks by putting on the armor of God, as outlined in Ephesians 6:13-18.

In conclusion, Satan is a powerful and deceitful being who seeks to destroy God’s plan and take as many people with him as possible. However, as Christians, we can take comfort in the fact that he has already been defeated by Jesus Christ. By arming ourselves with the truth of God’s word and resisting Satan’s tactics, we can overcome his attacks and remain steadfast in our faith. Let us always be on guard against the enemy, and trust in the power and protection of our Savior.

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A Nation of Unsung Heroes

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The movie, Unsung Hero, is not only a great movie. It’s a movie that captures the struggle and hard-earned survival and eventual success of millions of Americans who have had to overcome struggles to earn their own American Dream. For two centuries, Americans have been known for their resourcefulness and resilience, and we are not done yet!

We are again living in difficult and challenging times. Surveys suggest that nearly 60% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck. Their solutions to their plight won’t be coming from politicians in Washington. Their success, as always, depends on their will and resourcefulness in overcoming daily obstacles, their ability to survive on limited resources, their scrounging for work that allows them to survive another day, and help from those who care.

That common but heart-rending struggle is conveyed in an inspiring way in Unsung Hero. The film focuses on the early struggles of the Smallbone family in the early 90’s. We watch as David Smallbone’s once-thriving music business as a concert promoter in Australia falls apart. They lose their home, their car, and their life’s savings. With no opportunities in Australia, David moves the family halfway around the world to Nashville to secure the only job he could secure. After missed flights and a long and tiring journey to Tennessee, David learns that his promised job had been given to someone else.

As their dreams fall apart, you watch as the steady faith and creativity of Helen Smallbone, played by Australian actress and mother Daisy Betts, pulls the family through one setback and challenge after another to find a way through. With six children and another on the way, every member of the family is challenged to do their part to keep them afloat. They do yard work, any work that would fill their jar of savings. They couldn’t let it be empty, and they didn’t. They kept finding a way.

They were Australians with no friends, no family, no car, sleeping on beds made out of clothes. To nurture their faith, they began attending a local church. Aware of their needs, church members found ways to help in any way they could. In a foreign country living in a city with over half-a million people, it took finding a loving faith community who cared enough to help. Watch the movie, to find out the rest of the story. Bring plenty of tissue and be ready for a few tears along the way.

America needs this movie right now. Why? Too many people are feeling hopeless in the face of growing inflation and lost jobs. They face frustrating obstacles and enormous challenges, and the answer is summed up by a quotation of Mother Teresa shared in the movie, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Luke Smallbone, the producer of the film, acknowledged the importance of that truth, “That is really the heartbeat behind the film.” It is also the local solution that has always helped Americans find their way through-the power of family and the presence and support of their local “family of God.”

Washington may send you money, but they can’t provide the flexible and persistent support needed. It’s one’s local family, friends, and faith communities who can encourage resilience and help shape a needed recovery. Solutions come from a local community’s caring and support. It used to always be that way, and it needs to be that way again.

Our nation is full of unsung heroes who are helping their family and friends, and they are more needed than ever. If you don’t have anyone helping you, stop looking to Washinton for the help that will never come no matter who is elected President. Get involved again in your family and your community. Call your family and let them know you need help. Get back involved in your church or synagogue and let God work through them to help you get back on your feet. Investing in community is an adventure that allows you to help and be helped to the glory of God and country.

When you get involved, you most likely will not make any headlines. That is left for terrorists, violent demonstrators, and other disasters and threats out of your control. But America is strong because of millions of unsung heroes who make it all work and seldom get acknowledged. This column is dedicated to you. You deserve to be honored and applauded for all you have done and will do to keep America the country it has been and must remain. May it continue to be so in your adventure!
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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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