So, you say you believe there is a God?

Believe it or not, saying you believe in God is not exactly going out on a limb.

Satan knows God exists.

All of Satan’s demons know God exists.

All of the myriad of souls currently occupying Hell, now, know that God exists.

And when I say “God,” I’m referring to The God who created all things and gave us all of The Books in The Bible.

And this is in addition to all of the souls who believe in The One True God, and in His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and those souls who believed in The One True God, and in His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, before leaving this world for their heavenly home.

So, you are definitely not a member of some kind of special minority who believes in God.

The only people who don’t believe in The God of The Bible, don’t believe only because of ignorance, miseducation, or deception. All of which are perpetrated on humans by Satan and his minions.

And even those who are unaware of The Bible and The God of The Bible (the ignorant), the miseducated, or the intentionally deceived, believe in some kind of god, gods, or some other kind of natural or supernatural power.  

We are then left with atheists, who are the only true and complete idiots. They believe everything, and I mean everything, came into existence by accident, progressed via evolution, and that when we die we are just fertilizer to be returned to the ground.

It takes a person with a truly impressive level of confusion to actually believe that the trillions and trillions of galaxies and the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of trillions of stars and the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of trillions and trillions of planets all came about out of nowhere and by accident. Not to mention the miracle of life, in all of its forms, on our own planet.      

Some of the miseducated and deceived people worship Satan. This puts them into the idiot grouping as well. How can you worship The Devil, or The Evil One, without also acknowledging The True God, and that Satan exists by God’s will, just as we do.

Jesus did not just dismiss Satan’s power, here on Earth, however, and nor should we.

Jesus prayed “… and deliver us from evil (which some translate as ‘and deliver us from the evil one’).

Satan, or Lucifer, in The Bible, is referred to by many names and many titles. Those names and titles include: the tempter, the ruler of demons, the evil one, the enemy, father of lies, the ruler of this world, the god of this age, the adversary, the deceiver of the whole world, and the accuser of God’s people, among other names.

In the desert, when Satan took Jesus up on a high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Jesus responded, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Jesus did not dispute Satan’s authority to offer these earthly things to him, however.

As we approach Easter Sunday, and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it is a good thing to believe in God, but it is also necessary to acknowledge Jesus as our Savior, who was sacrificed on The Cross, to pay for our sins and the sins of the whole world, so that we may receive The Lord’s saving grace.

But it is also more than just an acknowledgement, it is about having a loving relationship with Jesus. By doing this, when we die, and our soul begins its journey from this world, Jesus will know and recognize us, and us him, so he can guide us to our heavenly home, and not become lost and misguided by the evil one.

And finally, when we stand before God to answer for our sins, to which of course there is no acceptable answer, that is when our friend, our Savior, Jesus, will intercede on our behalf, reminding His Father that He has already paid for these sins on our behalf.

Thank God, thank God for that, and thank you Lord Jesus.

Amen.

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Don’t worry, be happy!

That doesn’t mean be blissfully ignorant, however.

We need to keep the faith, and we need to use our brains.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally trying to get others to worry.

There are a lot of people out there intentionally and knowingly pushing false narratives and pushing fake news in an effort to cause worry and anxiety in our lives.

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Jesus talked about worry and anxiety more than a few times, and he reminds us of how much God loves us, and how He can give us peace.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, Jesus’ words are worth our consideration.

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Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “

Luke 21:14-15, 18-19 “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict….  But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Others have had some wise words regarding worry and anxiety as well.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

“A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.” – George Herbert

“Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner

So Jesus is saying He’ll help us with the worrying part…, but it’s up to us to be smart…, think for ourselves…, find the truth…, and see things for what they are and not what we’re told they are by people that may not have our best interests at heart.

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The other day I ran across Bishop T.D. Jakes addressing this exact topic while I was flipping through the channels.

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I was impressed by his message, and it was the inspiration for this blog actually.

“I came to tell you this mornin’ the devil is after your mind. He’s after your mind, brother. He’s after your mind, and let me tell ya somethin’: That’s why the car broke down. That’s why the roof started leakin’. That’s why they threatened your job. Let me tell ya somethin’: The devil don’t drive, and he don’t wanna go to work, so he doesn’t need your car, and he’s not after your job. He’s just usin’ that stuff to go after your mind ‘cause your mind is your power.”

If you acknowledge that evil exists…, that “”he” the Devil, the enemy, Satan, exists…, then you have to ask yourself, “Who and what is Satan using on the earth to help him deceive us?

Think about it.

Who is propagating lies and deception on Satan’s behalf?

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“He don’t want your kids. Sometime, you don’t want ‘em! You know the devil don’t want your kids. He’s just usin’ what you care about to drive you crazy because he’s after your mind so that you will lose your power. Your mind is your power. Your power is your mind.”

“So Jesus says, ‘Take no thought.’ I’m goin’ to go deeper. Can I go deeper? So when he said, ‘Take no thought,’ I was uncomfortable with it because I didn’t really wanna preach it, and I thought, you know, because I’m really tryin’ to get us to think, and he says, ‘Take no thought,’ and I had to really look into it to understand that he’s not telling us to be mindless. You know what I think? He’s actually tellin’ us not to be distracted. Do you not know, you can be so into the possibilities of what could happen tomorrow, that you miss the pleasures of today? You could be so engrossed trying fend off what could happen that you don’t embrace what is happenin’?

“Worry is a computer that keeps buffering. Worry is when you keep thinkin’ the same thing over and over and over again without resolution. He’s sayin’, ‘Do not buffer, do not buffer, do not buffer.’”

Amen, Bishop Jakes…, Amen.

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