No, the Devil Didn’t Make You Do It!

The devil doesn’t make you do anything. The devil can’t make you do anything. What the devil does is whisper negatives in your ear and suggestions of what to do. You are the one with God-given free will. You make you do it. The devil just whispers and, when you start listening, he even shouts. Continue reading “No, the Devil Didn’t Make You Do It!”

The Devil Tries to Throw You Off Your Path

You have a path to God. It’s that road less traveled that, regardless of what life presents, leads to God. The devil tries his best to throw you off that path. He whispers in your ear anything that will make you doubt your direction in life. He’s great at telling you to turn right or left when the path leads straight ahead. His reason for being is to keep you from God. That’s because he knows that only with God will you be truly happy. Your unhappiness is his goal. Continue reading “The Devil Tries to Throw You Off Your Path”

Get Real—The Devil is for Real!

I don’t live life obsessed with the devil. But I also don’t live it ignoring, or not believing, that the devil is for real. Open your eyes and see that evil is across the globe, a daily reality of life. And those whispers in your ear, especially the ones of doubt telling what you can’t do, are not from God. Get over it—the devil is real, alive in the world. Deal with it by acknowledging the reality and staying close to God, listening for/to him. Continue reading “Get Real—The Devil is for Real!”

Is the Lord Among Us or Not?

“What kind of question is that? It’s the question (Exodus 17:7) that the Israelites asked all the time as they wandered the desert for 40 years. It’s the question buried in the devil’s temptation of Jesus in his desert of 40 days. It’s the question that we ask as we wander the deserts in our own lives. There’s a consistent theme at play here—wandering and questioning. As long as we wander our deserts we will ask the same question—Is God really with us, if he’s real at all?—or simply stop asking because God is nothing to us.  Continue reading “Is the Lord Among Us or Not?”

The Power of Negative Thinking

Positive thinking has a lot of power. That’s because God wants you thinking positively. Nothing—and I mean NOTHING—negative comes from God. However, negative thinking has even more power. That’s because it grows like a cancer, starting out as a small negative thought and, in the extreme, ending up being all-consuming. Am I saying something is more powerful than God? Continue reading “The Power of Negative Thinking”

Ready for Christmas or Christ?

I’m trying to answer that question. In my case, I think the answer is neither. I’m not finished with the Christmas shopping and between that and work I’m not ready for Christ. Sad—I know. Continue reading “Ready for Christmas or Christ?”

The Darkness Getting Darker Before the Light

When we hit dark periods in our life it often gets darker before we see any light. In this season think back to Mary and Joseph fleeing the country with a baby on the way and then finding no place to deliver except in a barn. It had to get really dark for them before the brightest star in the night shone its light on them and the infant Jesus. Continue reading “The Darkness Getting Darker Before the Light”

Halloween’s Over But the Devil is Still Here

The little red devils trick-or-treating may be gone but the real devil is still around. He’s very much at work in this world but he doesn’t go announcing himself door to door. In fact, he doesn’t want anyone to know that he really exists because he does his best work totally unnoticed.

If you’re like me, you have big doubts about Continue reading “Halloween’s Over But the Devil is Still Here”

Is Satan Real? Ask God.

Yes. Satan is real. He’s not some red devil, cute or otherwise. He’s not the invention of Hollywood. Satan is real. He’s evil incarnate—the exact opposite of God’s love.

What you need to know is Continue reading “Is Satan Real? Ask God.”

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