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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

 Saving People from Hell

Did you know that our earthly experience is our heavenly resume?  So what are you doing here as you dwell on earth?  Are you just floating through life, taking the good with the bad or are you helping to advance the kingdom of God?

Witnessing the gospel is one of the key tasks that Jesus wants us to complete.  Since we possess the benefits of living a saved life, it is His desire for the entire world to experience it too.  Did you know that Christians are designated ambassadors for Christ and should represent the kingdom of God?  Christians should be compelling people to come back to Him.

The Deception

Funeral homes are packed with people, many who have died without salvation.  The devil would like us to think that we have lots of time, but the fact is, Jesus could return at any minute. 

Hell was never intended for humans to dwell in.  Originally, it was a place created by God for the devil and his demons.  In Hell, there is no peace, joy or direction.   It is a horrid abyss where pain is intensified and never stops.  It’s true that the people in Hell are experiencing not only physical pain but the pain of regret for not choosing Jesus (Luke 13:28, Revelation, 20:2, Revelations 14:11).

God’s Treasures

The Lord loves all people.  Let’s be even more determined to share the good news of the His kingdom.   We have to learn how to love God’s people and have a desire to win them.  One of the greatest challenges that people have is forgiving those that have hurt them.  Un-forgiveness is a dangerous wedge lodged in relationships to keep people out of Heaven.  It’s one of satan’s oldest tactics.

God has placed special gifts in every one that He has created.  The gifts were put there to glorify Him.  But the unsaved people—yet who carry His gifts—will perish to damnation if we give up on them.  One person has the ability to change the world.  The Lord wants us to change the world for the sake of His kingdom.  Who is in your world that if you talked to them about Christ could change the world?

Love,

Pastor Joyce

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The Occult

Secrets of the Occult Revealed

 Fact:  There are only two kinds of power—the power of God and the power of darkness.

 Have you ever thought about certain traditions in your family—things like making wishes over a birthday cake or lighting candles at weddings?  These practices are not negative.  However, we must be mindful that many cultural customs that we consider harmless are quite the opposite.  Many everyday traditions are rooted in demonic spiritual origin; what you call innocent and fun could be ushering satanic activity in your life.

 Deuteronomy 18:9 (The Message Bible) states:

   9 -12 When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t take on the abominable ways of life of the nations there. Don’t you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire? Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God. It’s because of just such abominable practices that God, your God, is driving these nations out before you.

 Utilizing the occult is when a person seeks to know and operate in a power other than that of the one true God.  Further, the occult includes a person using this dark power for negative and selfish purposes.  Participating in occult activities is a prime example of people try to get to God’s power outside of the way He taught us.  America is a large and accepting melting pot for culture.  In efforts to be inviting and politically correct, we have encouraged a significant amount of influence from unknown and often wicked religions.   

Recognizing Occult Practice

Listed below are some common areas where occult practices are found.  The occult again involves partaking in false religions which is the failure to acknowledge the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Animism (A belief that states that souls exist in animals and nature.  Further, humans have the ability to contact these beings.)

  • Astrology (The guiding of life by positions of the stars.)
  • Calling the dead (No need to visit the cemetery anymore.  Your loved one’s soul is in eternity, not the grave.)
  • Palm readers, Horoscopes and Ouija boards (Ask the Lord for wisdom and what His will is for you Jeremiah 10:2, Isaiah 47:3.)
  • Wicca
  • Idolatry (Worshiping man made gods and praying to Buddha and religious saints.)
  • Sorcery and wizardry (Watch out for Harry Potter! Deuteronomy 18:10.)
  • Voodoo, Superstitions, Conjuring up spirits and Casting spells
  • Consulting with Spiritists and Mediums
  • Jumping the broom (It’s not just an old African American tradition.)

1 Corinthians 10:20 (The Message Bible) states:

   19 -22Do you see the difference? Sacrifices offered to idols are offered to nothing, for what’s the idol but a nothing? Or worse than nothing, a minus, a demon! I don’t want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself. And you can’t have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won’t put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?

Halloween, A Favorite Holiday

Many parents love Halloween. They get so excited to dress their children up in animated costumes and those of their favorite heroes.  Open your spiritual eyes.  Those fuzzy black cats, jolly jack-o- lanterns and grinning witches are symbols of demonic worship.  Halloween holds strong roots in the worship of false gods. Halloween is the universal socialization of demon spirits walking about.   Further,  it is tied to celebrations of the dead.  Therefore, when parents let their children participate in Halloween, they are unconsciously introducing them to the occult. 

The Brother and Sisterhoods of Death

Secret societies, like fraternities, sororities, gangs and even free masonry (along with the Eastern Stars) involve dark ceremonies, humiliation, intimidation, violence,  and rituals of swearing of life to ungodly supernatural beings.  I even consider gambling to be of occult practice because it is a belief based on luck, and looking to a random power for provision instead of looking to God. 

These are the last days, and the devil is playing for keeps.  Do not be ignorant of his ways.  The Lord would have us to use wisdom in everything that we do.  Being liked and being politically correct is never worth loosing souls and missing out on living the kingdom life.   Remember to always ask the Lord for wisdom in everything that you do.

Love,

Pastor Joyce

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