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Has your life been radically changed?

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What an awesome miracle salvation is. Jesus died on the cross for the sin of every person and bridged the gap so that man could reach God. We can never do anything to pay him back for what He did for us.

Now we can pray to our Heavenly Father personally and know that He hears us, with Jesus interceding on our behalf. What an awesome God that can totally wash away our sin and make us clean, pure, and holy.

Oh that we could really comprehend what Jesus did for us on the cross; it would radically change our lives forever.

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Sin can make you fall into a trap quicker than you think!

This video is a great illustration of how quickly Satan can snare you when you flirt with sin. The boy intended to do harm to the wall, but the wall fought back.

Satan has a huge amount of patience. He sits back and waits until you carelessly leave a door open, and He slowly comes inside to do his dirty work. Many times we don’t even realize he is there until he has already done a lot of damage.

There is an old Caribbean song that sums up everything very well: “Shut the door, keep out the devil. Shut the door, keep the devil in the night. Shut the door, keep out the devil. Everything is gonna be alright.”

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Do you Pray for the Salvation of Others?

We love to dwell on the goodness of God. It is true that He wants to bless His Children, but in the First Chapter of Acts He calls us to be missionaries wherever we are and spread the Good News about what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Every Christian knows someone who has never believed in Jesus as His personal Savior, and most of us have someone in our own extended family. We see the same people everyday and many times they may never know that we are a Christian because we don’t talk about it.

Hell is a literal place, and every person (good or bad) will go there who has not accepted Jesus as personal Savior. This video really made me think about how I need to have a much greater passion for the lost. God expects me to live my life in a way that others will know that I have something they desperately need.

You don’t have to be a preacher, professor, or Bible theologian; just tell them what a difference God has made in your life. Let them see that you handle problems differently and have a peace and joy that can only come from your Heavenly Father.

What you do has a much greater impact on others than what you say. Talk is cheap, but actions are gold. Ask God to give you a heart for the lost and live your life in a way that truly shows how Great your God is.

Sin Crouches at the Doggie Door

My last post is called Do not let Satan Devour You. I also gave the same exact scripture reference, but I came across this article and just had to share it. It gives a wonderful word picture of how we get used to sin and even invite it in thinking that we can control it.

Many times we don’t realize that it is controlling us until it is almost too late.

Sin Crouches at the Doggie Door
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Victoria_Day]Victoria Day

My husband and I have been watching, for several months now, a little bird who has found a treasure chest of easily available dinners (our dog’s dry food) on the floor in the middle of our kitchen. He found he was able to jump through the doggie door, snatch his prize, and easily make his escape without notice.

In the beginning, the little bird was very much aware that this was the home of two humans and three dogs – dogs that have had many a fine feathered meal, and he would wait until the house was quiet and the danger less. Recently, however, there has been a change. The little bird seems to have grown “accustomed to our faces.” He has been becoming bolder – flying around our house with abandon, landing on counters, hopping on the floor and snatching a morsel right in front of our view. Recently, he has even been bold enough to land on both of us while we slept! One night, I thought a mouse was running across my back! The bird is losing his fear of us and is enjoying his easy meals – but is this wise?

Our dogs, who have thus far tolerated this aviary intrusion, are still his biggest threat. I dread the day when I awake to find nothing left of this bird but a few feathers near the food dish. If the bird continues as he is, it is inevitable. Just as it is the law of nature that the dogs will eventually devour the trusting little bird, it is the law of God that sin will devour us if we allow ourselves to be seduced by it. Sin is a snare that always awaits opportunity.

“If you do well, will not {your countenance} be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Sin crouches at the doggie door. It gives us the false impression that we can taste its fruit without fear and emboldens us to pursue it, even in the presence of the dogs! Sin is the great seducer and the great destroyer.

CHRISTIAN! Are you stealing bites out of the doggie dish? Are you sneaking in through the doggie door to satisfy your appetite for worldly pleasure? Have you succumbed to the lust of the flesh? Has your familiarity with the ways of the world seduced you into living an immoral lifestyle? Has an addiction kept you in bondage? Do you find it easy to lie, gossip, steal and justify these things?

Like the bird, we begin with caution, but as we continue to eat stolen morsels of worldly pleasures and participate in the sins of the world even under the watchful eyes of the dogs, our boldness increases. We fly freely in territory that poses a great threat to our spiritual well being. We ignore the consequences of our disobedience and care little for upholding our testimony before men. The world, covered in darkness, desperately seeks to find Christ in us.

Because it seems like we are temporarily getting away with our sin, we feel safe. But just as the bird began to feel confident that he could enter the house of his enemies and partake of their food without harm, sin can seduce us into a false sense of security. If we become too comfortable with it and eat the food of dogs, we will inevitably find ourselves the food of devils and pay the consequences for our own disobedience and lack of control.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Victoria Day is an accomplished artist and writer residing in Southern Arizona.

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The Ultimate Hate Crime

This picture says it all. I found it at Haptoon.com Christian Comics. It really makes you think about the fact that Jesus was despised but He did nothing to deserve death. He did it all for us so that He could be our ultimate sacrifice for sin. He got what we deserved.

The Ultimate Hate Crime

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Have you ever been mesmerized by sin?

This short poem really makes you stop and think. Sometimes sin looks so great at the start that it is easy to justify why you should sink deeper and deeper into it. You are so mesmerized that you cannot see it is leading into a trap.

We all have a tendency to think the grass is greener on the other side, although it rarely is. In fact, most of the time it is not as green as the spot we are standing in now.

Choose to walk in truth and let God lead you in everything you do. That is the only way you can really walk where the grass is greener.

Nature of Sin

The young housewife with

the basket of dirty laundry in

her arms hears the annoying drone

of a fly as she walks toward

the washer.

Just above the sink is

a new spider’s web that wasn’t

there last week. The sun peeks

through the garage window, shining

directly on the web, causing each

silky strand to shimmer.

As the fly circles the web

repeatedly,

this housewife realizes the

magnificent beauty of a spider’s

home has this fly

MESMERIZED.

And as a spectator, she too

is mesmerized.

Eventually, the fly comes

too close to the web and

buzzes frantically,

ensnared by the

dazzling deathtrap.

After completing her task,

the young housewife

returns to her house

convinced that

some sermons are too

powerful for words.

From the blog writeathome.wordpress.com

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This is what happens when you forget God’s Armor!

I saw these pictures and thought about how many times they ring true in our Christian life. We think that maybe we have achieved a certain maturity in our walk with God, and then foolishly and pridefully try to battle sin on our own. We might think that what we are facing is just a small thing and it won’t be a problem.

Satan anxiously awaits those times. He knows that you are vulnerable if you do not have on the full armor of God for protection.

Ephesians 5: 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 5: 14 – 18 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

The Pit Bull in the picture below obviously thought that since he was much bigger he would have no trouble going up against a porcupine, who was much smaller. He got a huge surprise, though.

Pit Bull battles porcupine

Side Shot of Pit Bull

A vet had to sedate the dog to remove a total of 1,347 quills, but he survived. I’ll bet he won’t go near a porcupine again.

Will we as Christians learn the importance of never being without our armor securely in place? You might think you are bigger than that small sin, but it can surely come back to bite you in the long run. Satan is very patient and bides his time, waiting for that perfect opening. When it comes, he pounces and sometimes we don’t even know what hit us.

Determine each day that you will proudly put on your armor. Let God help you win the battles of your life. There is nothing that He doesn’t care about that concerns you. Don’t try to overcome sin in the flesh just because it seems small and insignificant.

Like the dog realized, just because you are bigger doesn’t mean you will always win. Don’t let Satan hinder you from doing God’s work by sticking you all over with quills so that you can’t see and think straight.