Today’s Devotional – October 13th (The Devil Made Me Do It!)

By admin On September 12th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – October 13th

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 1

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There was a popular saying back in the 70’s, which said in a mocking tone, “The Devil made me do it! The Devil made me do it!”

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And this worldly saying, The Devil made me do it! The Devil made me do it!”, has had its affect on us for over four decades, making us ashamed to give any credit to Satan, for the evil in the world!

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But the truth is, this saying, “The Devil made me do it!” is a very true statement, in many instances of everyday life! Yes, the fact is, the Devil makes a whole lot of people do a whole lot of things in this, his satanic majesty’s kingdom!

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Martin, John – Satan presiding_at the Infernal Council – 1824 – Wikipedia – public domain

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A HARD WORKIN’ DEVIL!

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One thing that Satan can never be accused of is “laziness”! No, the Devil is a very hard worker! And so are his countless minions, both fallen angels as well as human instruments!

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Yes, the Devil and his “workers of iniquity” are busy around the clock, making things happen! 

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And so, it would be wise to look upon him “narrowly”, and try to discover just how intimately involved in the affairs of Mankind is the, “Prince of this world”

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PEOPLE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM

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The Bible says… “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

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As this above passage reveals, it is not flesh and blood that causes us problems! No, it is the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual wickedness in high places, who are causing many or even most of the problems in this world! Oh yes, the evil agencies mostly work through unbelievers and apostate Christians. Make no mistake about that!

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And we must not be deceived by this Anti-Christ world into believing that everything is due to natural causes! There are many demon-harassed persons who are merely being used by evil angels to do crazy things, who are not chemically imbalanced, but victims of satanic forces dwelling within!

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Listen again… Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”  

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DEMONS -wikipedia-US-public-domain

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DEMONS: THE TRUE MOVERS & SHAKERS!

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But these so-called “mentally imbalanced” ones are not the only victims of satanic forces!

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On the other hand, there are also many rich persons, who seem to have a “Midas-touch”, who likewise are merely “useful pawns” of Satan!

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Yes, it is not mere humans who are the “movers & shakers” in this world! But it the spirit of Anti-Christ that works in unbelievers and false brethren to make things happen!

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Listen… “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2

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So now we see that there is an underlying power that works in, “the children of disobedience”, both within the Church and without!

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And so, those who are, “true worshipers of God” must ever keep in mind that when assailed by others, it is not mere humans who are causing them problems! No, but it is those “rulers of darkness”, spiritual forces working through humans, causing problems in the world!

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Whether we’re talking about problems caused by unsaved friends and unsaved relatives, or even unsaved world leaders, evil angels are working in them and through them, to cause those problems.

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But of course, we can take comfort that God is ultimately working all things together for good, to those that love Him, as it states in Romans, Chapter 8!

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Saint francisborgia exorcism – Wikipedia -Public-Domain

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SATAN’S ANTICHRIST WORLD!

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This truth concerning the prince of the power of the air, is why the Bible tells us, “this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. They (Anti-Christs) are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the worldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paradise_Lost_12.jpg heareth them.”  1st John 4:3, 5

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And so, armed with this knowledge, how can we possibly be angry at those around us, who assail us? How can we blame mere humans for causing us trouble? Our true enemy is not people! No, our true enemy is those unseen spirits which come against us through unsuspecting people, who are unaware that they are being used by Satan!

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And we must also keep in mind that whenever we ourselves are not fully consecrated to God, those same unseen powers may come through us, to persecute others!

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Lucifer Fallen Gustave Dore Wikipedia US public domain

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PETER’S PROBLEM WITH SATAN

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Peter was a perfect example of how Satan can use a true Believer, to do his dirty work. Yes, Peter came like a true humanitarian, and scolded Jesus, for wanting to die on the Cross!

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And how did Jesus respond?

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Listen… “But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:23

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And so, Jesus knew perfectly well who was coming against him! It wasn’t Peter! It was the Devil!

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Get Thee Behind Me, Satan by James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum & Wikipedia – US Public Domain.

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GOD ALLOWS SATAN TO SIFT US

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Now, there is a truth which must be understood, as to why we are suffering. Yes, our problem really isn’t with the Devil. Our true problem is with God! That’s right! It is God who is ultimately in control of all things! And if God sees an inward wickedness in our heart, he may allow Satan to sift us as wheat, just as Satan did with Peter.

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Listen…. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” Luke 22:31

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Yes, both Peter and Job are two biblical examples of how Satan comes against God’s people, with the purpose of sifting us as wheat! And in Peter’s case, Satan came through several people, and tempted Peter to deny his Lord.

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In Job’s case, Satan came directly through the Sabean thieves, through the wind and through physical disease to oppress Job. 

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St Peter Brandl 1724 National Gallery Prague wikimedia commons

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VERY GOOD NEWS!

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The Good News in all this, is that God wants to help us put on the armor of God, so that we can withstand all the attacks by the evil one!

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And so, knowing the perilous situation that we all are in, every one of us must put on that armor of light, and be ever-so watchful and vigilant!

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Because our adversary is constantly watching and waiting to use us for his own evil purposes. And he is constantly begging permission to sift us, just as he did to those two wonderful servants of God, Job and Peter.

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So let’s put on that armor, and stay in continual prayer and Bible contemplation! OK?

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…AUGUST 4 (The Devil Made Me Do It!, Part 2: That Other Guy Named Shakespeare!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully understand just who it is that is causing me troubles. Let me not grow angry with people! But help me to be fully armored up against the fiery darts of the Devil…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction” or you can also read… January 31st (You Can’t Fix Hell!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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Peter let down his Lord by denying him thrice. But God allowed this to happen, knowing that Peter would repent, later to become one of the zealous Followers of Jesus. Probably many Christians have let their Lord down in a big way in the past. And like Peter, they have repented, likewise to become even more ardent Followers of Jesus.

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The Church, in these last days, has been flooded with every device that Satan could possibly conjure up, to cast across our pathway, and lead God’s sheep astray. And though the Church has been greatly hindered, God is about to purify His sin-laden people, who will finally lift up the Cross of Christ with such power and glory, as this world has never before seen.

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And the Reader may just discover the way that he or she might also help lift that Cross up. And God has inscribed in the heavens, a picture of how the Church lifts up the Cross, as they imitate their Lord. So please read this very important article. And though it may take 30 minutes or so, it will be well worth the read.

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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This phenomenon begins in October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chartThis Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW:

“October 14th (Don’t Eat Your Pork!)”

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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