2 Corinthians 11:13-14 False Worker Of Light

 

Masquerade masks

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerades as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Paul talked about some people being in the church acting like they were apostles of Christ, yet they were only acting like that. They were teaching false teachings and deceiving the people, all while claiming that they were doing it for Jesus.

Since that time, there are still people who claim to be a believer, yet, are just false apostles and workers. They appear to be good believers because they do know a bunch of scriptures from the bible. They can quote the bible and tell a person why they are a Christian.

Yet, while they claim all of this, they are teaching false teachings. There are many people in the world who rightfully claim that God loves them, which is true. Then they teach because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether it is a sin or not.

There are ministers of the gospel message, who lead churches, that will state it is acceptable to live as a homosexual or lesbian and still be a believer in Jesus. Others will state that is acceptable to gossip, as long as you pray for the person afterwards. Many will state it is acceptable to break a law of the land that has nothing against God’s word. All of these, and many more, are openly saying that it is acceptable to sin against God with no remorse.

This comes as no surprise, because Satan, himself, acts like he is a messenger of God. These are false prophets and preachers, who deceive people into living the way of the world and not like Jesus.

As a believer, you must work to ensure that your life lines up with the life of Jesus and the word of God. Along with that you do not want to allow yourself to be deceived into following false teachings.

The best way to ensure these things is to stay in the center of God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be led down the wrong path. The world is seeking to lead you away from God, even while inside some church.

Know the truth and live by the truth.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will not be deceived by false teachings; and that you will be a true messenger of God’s light–Jesus.

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2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Don’t Be Outwitted

 

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Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11

In the Corinthian church there had been someone who had done something wrong. He was punished to some point, but was then forgiven. Paul points out that he wanted to forgive so that Satan would not outwit them, knowing how he would scheme.

Forgiveness is something that most people want, but are not willing to give. They want to have revenge or punishment brought upon the person who has done something wrong to them.

Unforgiveness is something the Satan uses to trap people. It harms people in a variety of ways, though many do not believe that it is really harming any one. When a person does not forgive, God does not forgive, is the first and greatest harm done to the person who was wronged.

Along with not being forgiven, it creates bitterness and hatred. There is no real love shown. There has been people, who are believers, who have refused to forgive someone for something that was done wrong when they were a young child. As an adult, thirty-forty years later, they are still angry about the situation and refusing to forgive the person. This plays right into the schemes of Satan.

Satan does not want a person to forgive anyone else. Forgiveness brings about healing, restoration, love, life and a good relationship. Refusing to forgive brings about hatred, anger, separation, and death, things that Satan is desiring. He will strive to get people to refuse to forgive, so that it can cause God to stop forgiveness and death will be the result.

You may have some struggles or pains from the past with another person. Ask God for the strength to be able and willing to forgive that person from the heart. Do not allow Satan to have a foothold in your life and destroy you and the other person.

Forgiveness will bring about a beautiful restoration in your relationship with that person and with God. Both are things that Satan does not want you to have.

In order to forgive someone, just think about how much and how many times God has forgiven you for what you have done wrong to Him. It will be worth it.

I pray today that you will know what God has forgiven you of; that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will strengthen you to forgive others; and that God will open your eyes to what Satan is doing. 

Job 1:12 Only With Permission

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12

While in a meeting in heaven, God bragged to Satan about Job being an upright and righteous man who served Him. Satan points out that Job served God only because God protected him and made him wealthy. God then gives Satan permission to touch anything Job has, but he cannot touch Job himself.

The bad characters in movies are almost always portrayed as almost as powerful as the good guy, and sometimes even more powerful. This is even seen in the real world. Bad guys, or groups of people are often seen as just as powerful as any other good group. It is rare for people to see how other people have their power.

In the spiritual realm, many believe that Satan is almost as powerful as God and can do anything he wants. This is believed by the world and by many believers. Believers see the sin that Satan has brought into this world, and the suffering believers have to go through and think he has real power.

Many believers live in fear of Satan because they think he is very powerful and in control. It is true that Satan wants to destroy you, but it also true that he can only touch you with God’s permission. There will be times when God does give Satan permission to do things, but it is only with boundaries. The reality of Satan’s power is that he can only do what God allows him to do.

God may allow Satan, or the world, to take everything you own, because He knows your trust is not in the things you have, but in Him. As with Job, God may know that you will not deny Him when troubles come because of Satan or this world. At that point God may allow Satan to try to trip you up.

Your trust needs to be in God and His power. He is the One who is in absolute control of everything. Satan has no real power. All that he has is what God has allowed him to have.

Do not fear Satan. Trust God and know that He is on your side today.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s protection of you; that you will not fear this world; and that your heart will be true to God.

Job 1:8 Being Watched

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no ono on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8

At some point in time, Satan comes before God from wandering around the earth. Satan was known for trying to seek out people to get them to turn away from God. God asks him if he ever considered trying to attack Job. God calls Job a blameless and upright man. Satan had seen Job, but believed he was protected by God and could not touch him.

One of the greatest fears many people have is that they are being watched by someone else. People want to have their privacy, both in private and in public. Many are concerned about privacy on the internet, knowing that all their websites they see can be tracked and known by others.

The truth is that people are being watched all the time and that there is nothing that can be done about it. People watch other people in stores, on the street, in a church, everywhere they go. Along with people watching others, both God and Satan are watching people also.

Satan is watching you to find a way to get you to sin against God. He is looking to see where he can find your weakness to sin. His goal is to tempt you to sin and get you to actually sin.

God is also watching you. He wants to see you live for Him. When you dedicate your life to Him, He is watching. Sometimes God sees that your heart is truly dedicated to Him, so He chooses to let you be tempted by Satan, believing that you will make the right choice. God sees that you are blameless in Jesus and turn from evil.

It is then that God may give Satan permission to look at you and tempt you. God is testing you to see if you are strong and faithful to Him. Satan will test you to see if you are weak and unfaithful to God.

Are you living your life in such a way that God is willing to put your life on the line with Satan?

Keep your eyes and life focused on God. Make sure you are living faithfully for God. God and Satan are watching how you are living. They both want you.

I pray today that you will live for God; that God will give you strength to be faithful to Him; and that you will bring honor to God in all you say and do.

Genesis 3:4-5 Knowing Good And Evil

“You will certainly not die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

God had made a beautiful garden somewhere on the earth. Then He had made man and woman, Adam and Eve, and placed them in that garden. Only one negative rule was given and that was to not touch a certain tree.

Satan comes along and tells the woman that if she eats of that tree she will be like God knowing good and evil. He also stated that she would not die. She believed him and ate of it, bringing sin into the world.

The words of Satan were partial truth. They did not physically die immediately, but they did die spiritually immediately, and later died physically. They also learned what good and evil was. They knew that they had done something wrong immediately.

Thousands of years later, Satan is still using that same argument with people. Throughout the Bible God’s Word says that sin will bring about death. Yet, the world says “look at me, I am sinning, and I am not dead.” People do not believe that there is a judgment for sin.

Many also feel that they need to understand what sin is. How can you know it is bad unless you try it? It might not be as bad as you think.

Some believers study sinful habits and teachings to “understand” them better. They want to know good and evil more. Yet, Jesus said that you are to be innocent about evil. Paul said not to even mention what the sinners do in private.

Knowing evil opens the door to temptation. Satan is standing there waiting for you to look at some evil practice to tell you that doing it will make you more like God and you will not die.

As a believer you are to flee all sin. Do not have your eyes opened to sin. Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow Him, and Him alone.

All sin brings about separation from God, who is Life. It brings about death. Do not take a part in it. Follow Jesus.

I pray today that God will help you to flee all sin; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will protect you from all temptation; and that you will see the lies of this world being said.

Mark 8:33 A Harsh Rebuke

“But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. Get behind me, Satan! he said. You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:33

Jesus had just told the disciples about how He was going to suffer. He told them how He would be rejected and then killed. He also mentioned about His rising from the dead.

Peter heard all of this, except the part about rising from the dead. He could not believe Jesus would be rejected and would not allow for it.

Immediately Jesus says something that seems very harsh. He rebukes Peter as Satan. Jesus points out that Peter is only thinking like man, not like God. God had a plan that He knew would work, and Peter was not willing to follow that plan.

In this rebuke, however, Jesus does see the source of the problem. That source is Satan. He is the one behind all lies and deceit. Satan is the one trying to blind the eyes of Peter from seeing what God was really doing and needed to do.

Now comes the hard part, applying this to your life today. Many times a person will go through some major tragedy in his life. Often as he is going through the tragedy, he will blame God and get very angry with God. Many people cry out to God–Why? Often they will try to change God’s mind.

Jesus went to the cross willingly and knowing what was going to happen. Imagine the pain He knew that was coming, yet still going forward because it was the Father’s plan and will.

In your life, God may have you going through some major situation. It may seem to take forever for it to end. It may seem like it will never end.

You need to trust God in it. Do not try to run from the situation, embrace it as the will of God. Satan cannot do anything that God does not allow. Everything God allows is to build you up more like Jesus and for you to be His witness to the world.

This does not mean that things will be easy or fun, but it is God’s desire. Allow God to use you and make you more like Jesus. Keep yourself from having to be rebuked for not following God’s plan.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will know the love God has for you; that you will embrace the plans God has for you; that you will grow to be more like Jesus; and that God will use you to draw more people to Him.

Matthew 16:23 Concerns of God

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

Jesus had just told the disciples about how He was going taken by the chief priests, abused, killed, and raised to life. Peter hears this and pulls Him aside stating that he would never allow that to happen. Jesus then rebukes Peter very sharply.

The rebuke links Peter with Satan. Peter was not following the will of God. If a person does not follow the will of God, he has to be following the will of Satan.

Notice that Peter did not listen to everything Jesus had just told them. Jesus stated He would be raised to life again. All Peter caught was the suffering and death.

In life, even today, you must hear all of what God is saying to you. Do not take just a part of it, you may miss out on the best part.

As Jesus rebukes Peter, He states that he is a stumbling block because he is not concerned what God is concerned with. Peter is looking at only the short-term consequences, not the long, eternal consequences of what is going to happen.

Looking from a human perspective, Peter was thinking correctly. How crazy is it for a person to purposefully go to what will be guaranteed death? Why would anyone want to do that? Why would God ever want someone to do that?

God may never ask you to go forward to what is going to bring about your death, but He may ask you to do some other crazy thing. Every day you are called by God to trust Him in and for everything.

He may lead you to be a witness to someone who hates Christians and has been known to bring about harm. You may be asked to step out in faith in giving more than ever before.

God is concerned about here and now, but He is also concerned about eternity of the soul. Everything God does and has you do is with the purpose to build you more like Jesus and save your soul and to save everyone else.

Where are your concerns today? Are you concerned with what God is concerned about? Or are you just concerned about yourself and today? Focus on God and trust Him.

I pray today that God will reveal His concerns to you; that you will trust God in following Him; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you; that you will not be a stumbling block for God; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.