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Satan Is Real and Needs to be Rejected

 Revelation 2:13

I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives.

This is a reworked devotional – produced on Tuesday for Thursday so I won’t need to write a new one while I’m at Annual Conference. I will do the same for Friday.

Have we ever felt surrounded on every turn by folks that seem to be doing the work of the Devil? I mean – we can think of cities like Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible or cities like San Francisco – New York City – Chicago – Washington, DC and other havens of sin – but sin lives wherever men and women’s hearts are turned away from Jesus and turned toward Satan. Satan may live in our workplace – in our own family or in our own life at times. We may think (tongue in cheek) we are married to Satan him/herself – but in reality Satan is Satan and those who succumb to his trickery are his instruments – and they live everywhere.

We do not have to be a child molester or mass murderer to be a tool of Satan! We don’t have to be named Hitler or Attila the Hun to be a tool of Satan. Our journey may take us into the presence of many who are being used of Satan – daily. We may be used of Satan from time to time as well. Even people who present themselves as sheep can really be wolves in sheep’s clothing. Matthew 7:15 – Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Continue reading

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Putting God’s Words Into Practice

Matthew 7:24

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

112015 Ray McDonaldMan – those must be some powerful words.  In this day and age where evil and hatred are causing all sorts of reactions from people – even from Christians – we need to adhere to Christ’s Words.

If we follow Matthew’s narrative – it could be referring to the whole of what is called The Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5 thru 7.  In that sermon – according to Matthew’s narrative – Jesus taught some amazing things.  Today’s devotion will simply be a review of Christ’s Words!

Matthew 5:3-12 – Jesus shares the Beatitudes

Matthew 5:13-16 – Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world

Matthew 5:20 – For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Continue reading

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Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice

Matthew 7:24

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Man – those must be some powerful words.  What could Jesus have said?

If we follow Matthew’s narrative – it could be referring to the whole of what is called The Sermon on the MountMatthew 5-7.  In that sermon – according to Matthew’s narrative – Jesus taught some of the following.  Today’s devotion will be simply a review of His Words!

Matthew 5:3-12 – Jesus shares the Beatitudes

Matthew 5:13-16 – Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world

Matthew 5:20 – For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:21-47 – Jesus tells us that we are called to a higher calling than what we have heard in the Old Testament – the thou shalt nots – we are called to not even think about sin

Matthew 5:48 – Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 6:1-13 – begins with a statement of being righteous – not for show – as some do – but for real – on the inside – followed by what we call the Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:14-15 – 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:16-34 – is filled with teachings about fasting – abut possessions – about trusting God for our lives and what we need

Matthew 7:1-5 – 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:7-8 – 7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:13-14 – 13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:15 – Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Matthew 7:21-23 – 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Now those ARE some powerful words.  And Jesus says:

Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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