Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 17 (A Form of Godliness, Part 4: “Satan, The Original ‘Candy-Man’!”)

By admin On March 5th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 17

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A Form of Godliness, Part 3: “Satan, The Original ‘Candy-Man’!” 

To read part 1, click here…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 20 (A Form of Godliness: Humanitarianism)

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_Stranger_from_Somewhere.jpg.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hershey%27s_Kisses_and_Cherry_Cordial_Creme_Kisses.jpgWhen you were a little child, did your mother ever warn you “Never take candy from a stranger”?

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Did she tell you to “flee away as fast as you can”?

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Of course she did!

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A Stranger from Somewhere – courtesy Burton Rice for Wikimedia – US Public Domain

Hershey’s Kisses – Ivo Shandor for Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (The Hershey Company does not endorse this website, and this website does not want to impune that very fine tasting candy in any way!)

 

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“The Kisses of an enemy are deceitful!”

Proverbs 27:6

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But now that we’ve grown up and matured, we no longer have to worry about being scammed so easily!

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Naw! Only simple-minded little children get fooled so easily!

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Right?

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A Stranger from Somewhere – courtesy Burton Rice for Wikimedia – US Public Domain

Hershey’s Kisses – Ivo Shandor for Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (The Hershey Company does not endorse this website, and this website does not intentionally want to impune that very fine tasting candy in any way!)

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_exclamation_mark.svgBut wait a minute! 

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Maybe we’re not as savvy as we would like to imagine! 

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Exclamation Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“…speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits…” Isaiah 30:10

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The Bible tells it like it is! Yes, God pulls no punches (as the saying goes), when presenting truth. That’s why the Bible is such a despised book! Even God’s own people don’t always like to hear the plain unvarnished truth, “…Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits…” Isaiah 30:10

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Yes, God’s very own people were dissatisfied with God’s Word because of its often harsh sayings. They wanted to be fooled. They only wanted a smooth, non-judgmental gospel.

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A Stranger from Somewhere – courtesy Burton Rice for Wikimedia – US Public Domain

Hershey’s Kisses – Ivo Shandor for Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (The Hershey Company does not endorse this website, and this website does not intentionally want to impune that very fine tasting candy in any way!)

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“…by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple”

Romans 16:18

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGNow on the other hand, Satan is like that proverbial sinister-stranger offering candy to a naive little child.

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That is, this diabolical soul-murderer likes to hold out his own version of candy to gullible people who naively imagine the world to be filled with many, “good, upright, and moral people”, all because there exists an outward facade of good works in this, his very evil and deceptive kingdom.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Castillo_de_Disneyland.jpgThat’s right, the Bible warns us…“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”  Proverbs 27:6

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Yes, this world has so many seemingly good things. Happy things! Things that are harmless! And fun! And intriguing! And hopeful! 

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

Castle of Disney – Wikipedia – Public Dom

 

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“O Lucifer…the man that made the earth to tremble…that opened not the house of his prisoners? 

Isaiah 14:12, 16, 17

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After all, it’s amazing how easily he deceives us by merely putting an outward veneer of good works and nice things on all the evil and sorrow and suffering which exists around every corner of this tragic world!

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Almost every household around this world witnesses sorrow and suffering and tragedy in the lives of friends, neighbors, and relatives. The daily news is so absolutely tragic and sad, that it’s a wonder that so many people act so cheerful and upbeat on a daily basis.

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But make no mistake! The “Prince of the power of the air, that spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” makes sure to keep this world as upbeat as necessary, in order to keep his captives from escaping his deadly clutches! (see Ephesians 2:2)

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TV – ABC-Good Morning America – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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“Good news from a far country!”

Proverbs 25:25

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Study_for_The_Cross_and_the_World......_-_Thomas_Cole.jpgWell, in spite of all this doom and gloom report, there remains some very Good News!

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Yes, our great God and Savior is still offering a way of escape from this doomed planet! 

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And those who begin the Heavenward sojourn away from this sorrowful world, will soon cross the river into the Promised Land in which all will find true happiness and contentment, and everlasting joy!  

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Pilgrim enters Heaven – Study for The Cross and the World…… Brooklyn Museum Thomas Cole US public domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be wise as a serpent regarding this very deceptive world. Let me not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, nor of his power over this world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…DECEMBER 14 (A Form of Godliness, Part 2: When Evil Wears A Smile!), or you can also read this next article…January 2 (This Vanity Fair Dream-Machine! Part 2: It’s A Disneyland World!), and also…May 27 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 18: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow?”)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3

.Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not.

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But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars.

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The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon). 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

 

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TOMORROW…

January 18 (Don’t Eat Your Pork! Part 2: Yes, Do Eat Your Pork!)

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