Archive for January, 2013

Illumin8

Posted: January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Illuminate: To provide or brighten with light. To enlighten intellectually or spiritually.

Where’s the Light Switch?:

     If you are like me when I was young, you probably leave things laying around on the floor of your bedroom. For you, this may not pose a problem, but if you had lived in my house it would have been a different story. At least at night.

     My lamp was on my nightstand, which was the most logical spot for it since I liked to read at night before bed.

Here’s the illogical part:

     There was no light fixture in the ceiling and the light switch did not work the outlet my lamp was plugged into. This caused me to stumble through the dark to make my way over to my lamp. Here is where the real problem was. If I had things haphazardly spread across my floor, I tripped or stubbed my toe, or worse, I stepped on something extremely hard or sharp, in my bare feet.

You Can’t Fix Stupid:

     I’ve heard it said, the definition of stupid is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It this is true, I was the poster child for STUPID. Each time I thought I could navigate the debris on my bedroom floor flawlessly and turn on my lamp unscathed. Every time I was proven wrong.

5 Bucks Equals No Pain:

     I cannot count the times I said to myself “I should buy a flashlight” I could put it next to the door and use it to light my path. It’s not like they were expensive. It could have saved me a lot of pain.  Each time I convinced myself I didn’t need it. I’d tell myself I’d just keep my room clean. I convinced myself my eyes would adjust to the dark. I gave myself many reasons why I did not need the light. But in reality, I was living in denial.

5 Minutes Equals Less Pain:

     Just like 5 bucks spent on a flashlight would light my path and guide me around the obstacles waiting to befall me, 5 minutes a day spent in God’s word will lighten the path in front of you and expose the traps Satan is setting for you.

Daily Ammo:

     But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is the light that makes everything visible. (Ephesians 5:13-14)

    Today’s blog is from my new book I’m working on as a follow up to REGENER8. It is titled Illumin8. I hope you like it. Leave me some feedback. Let me know your story. What traps has Satan set for you that looked like good things at first. How did you overcome them. Your story may end up in my book. If it does you will receive a free copy.

 

 

Satan means well…right?

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jesus is tested in the wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God, ” he said “throw yourself down. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and all their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

                                                                                                  Matthew 4:1-11

 

The devil did not come to tempt Jesus is His moment of strength. When He was being baptized and His Father, God was praising Him. When the Holy Spirit was floating down on Him like a dove.

The devil knew he had no chance of getting Jesus to sin. Satan knew Jesus would not fall for his tricks. Not when He was so close to the Father. He waited for Jesus to be at His weakest moment, His lowest period in His life.

Just imagine if you had not eaten for 40 days and nights, we can’t go 40 minutes sometimes without snacking. Imagine roaming in the heat of the barren desert without food for over a month. Your body frail and exhausted, every step a monumental effort. 

Your mind unable to think straight. Your laser focus: Get Food Now!

That’s when Chef Satan makes his move. That’s when he puts out the spread, the all you can eat buffet. Prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked lasagna, and roast beef. Just the smell of the savory aroma causes you to salivate. And what’s this, an entire table of cakes and pies? You would give anything to devour this delectable smorgasbord of awesomeness. I’m getting hungry just writing about it and I just had breakfast 20 minutes ago.

This is when Satan knows he has a chance of snaring you. When you are weak and starving, craving sustenance, broken and alone. He will bring all the things YOU think YOU need to restore yourself. How can this be bad right? It’s only food. It smells so good. and you are starving. Satan is just trying to help…right? Maybe he ain’t so bad after all. People have just misunderstood him. They’ve been misinformed.

Before you know it, you are caught up in his trap. Only after you have put your trust in him, do you find the food is rotting and full of maggots.

How was Jesus able to resist the temptation? How come He didn’t fall for it? Jesus did not fall into Satan’s trap because He was close to the Father through His Word. Jesus used scripture to counter Satan’s attack. Jesus had hidden the Word in His heart, that He might not sin against God.

But how about you? Have you’ve been in the desert? You have not spent time in the Word. You have not had any quality time with God. Maybe you’ve spent “40 days and nights” in the wilderness of marital woes. Your spirit is weak and starving to death. You feel lost and alone. No one understands you. No one cares.

You just wish there was someone to talk to. Someone to make you feel loved.

This is precisely when Satan will cue the cute co-worker on the scene. The one you’ve never noticed before. The one who has never said so much as “hello” to you.

She is suddenly your new best friend . She is there to comfort you. Just someone to talk to. A shoulder to cry on. She understands. She cares, “Even if no one else does.”

She agrees with you, your wife just doesn’t get it. “She doesn’t deserve you.” She says if she was your girl, she would never treat you like that.

Before you know it, your innocent little talks over coffee, with this wonderful attractive woman, evolves into heated passion in motel rooms. You’ve told your wife you are working late trying to get that promotion. A little guilt trip never hurt anyone right?

Six months later, you’ve been caught. Your wife wants a divorce. Your kids have lost respect for you. They can’t even look at you for what you’ve done to their mother. You’ve lost your job for having a relationship with a subordinate, and to top it off, the co-worker who cared so much about you has moved onto someone else she cares about just a little more than you.

You are devastated. Your life is in ruins. You wonder how you ended up here. WHY is God doing this to you? He is suppose to love you. You just can’t believe in a God who would destroy your family let alone serve Him.

My friend, this is how Satan operates. Stay in the word.

 

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

                                                                                                              James 4:7

Remember:

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.        James 1:13-15

Note: I used adultery as an example but that is just one scenario. Financial worries or any number of circumstances can cause you to fall for Satan’s schemes.