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God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

—1 Corinthians 10:13

Over the years, as I have read Genesis 3, I have often asked myself a very obvious question. Why was Eve just hanging around and talking to the serpent? I’m not really sure why she was there, but hanging out by the forbidden tree was not the place to be that day!

When Satan tempts you and me, the Bible is very clear as to what we are supposed to do:  Run!  The Bible says to flee the devil and his temptations. We shouldn’t try to debate him. We just need to get out of there!

Getting into a debate or discussion with Satan is a losing proposition. We aren’t smart enough or powerful enough to outwit him. And Eve learned that the hard way!

It really comes down to personal choice. The devil will always come at us with the same lies. And God knows that we are weaker than Satan, and that’s why He gives us a “back door” of escape in every temptation.  And it’s our choice whether we resist him or engage him.

But unfortunately, we can sometimes let our pride get the better of us and we end up doing things our way. I encourage you today, when Satan throws temptation your way, turn to God and ask Him to show you that way of escape.  And when He does, take it and run as fast as you can from that enemy of your soul!

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You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

—John 8:44

In this exchange with the religious leaders of the day, Jesus unfolds for us the true nature of the devil.  He is a liar.  In fact, lying is at the very core of his nature.

One of the areas he lies about is doubt.  He loves to place little deposits of doubt and questions into our minds. Now, doubt isn’t necessarily wrong in itself, but there is good doubt and bad doubt.

For instance, having questions about what it means to truly believe in Christ is fine, as long as we bring these doubts to the Lord and seek the truth. But the enemy will try to rob you of your faith by causing you to mistrust God and His Word…and when you allow him that victory, that is “bad doubt.” Because this is exactly what Satan wants you to do.

I’ve heard of many young people who were raised in church, but when they went off to college, they dropped Christianity like a bad habit. They turned away from the faith because of the doubt raised by others around them.

Let me remind you that Satan is just the same today as he was in Genesis. He puts questions in your mind, and tries to get you to reject what God has said. And the more you understand this truth, the more effective you...

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He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  

—Genesis 3:1

From the beginning of time we find Satan actively at work doing what he does best…deceive and destroy.  Make no mistake, Satan is real and he’s out to destroy you and your faith. In fact, Satan is the ultimate terrorist…the terrorist of your soul!

I find it fascinating that many people blame God when tragedies occur. They say, “Why would God allow this to happen to us,” or “Where was God when this happened? Doesn’t He care?” But these questions omit the fact that Satan and his evil work are real.  And that he is still active today deceiving and destroying.

Evil is real, and Satan is the author of every bit of it. That’s why he shows up when he sees an opportunity to trip you up. Have you ever noticed that many temptations seem to just come out of nowhere? Everything is going well, and suddenly you’re faced with an incredibly tough temptation to sin.

That’s because Satan is an opportunist. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows exactly where to hit you…and the kind of evil suggestions that will tempt you most.

So be careful to not blame God for your struggles, because they come from our adversary, the devil. Instead of blaming God for the temptation, you need to turn to Him for the strength to resist the devil.

Our world wants to blame God for evil—but we know who is really to blame. Your calling as a believer is to stand in Christ strength against the devil’s temptations and to not allow him the victory...

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

—Jeremiah 29:11

God has a good plan for you, and He has had it right from the beginning! That’s right; even before He laid the foundation of the world; God wanted your life to accomplish something wonderful for Him.

God believed in the plans He had for you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross, so that you may be able to succeed for eternity. Because of that sacrificial gift of love, you can live your life according to the great hope and joy that He has planned for you.

None of us are perfect, and we will fall short from time to time.  But we can always get back on the road that the Lord wants us to be on.

God has a wonderful plan for you…and a wonderful destination.  But you must choose if you want to fulfill those plans. Make the choice today to live for Christ and walk down whatever path He takes you. And when you run off the path, stop, look to God for guidance, and get back on the right path.

God has great and unimaginable plans for you.  Plans for a future and a hope!

Thank God today that he has a plan for your life.

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

—Jeremiah 29:11

God has a good plan for you, and He has had it right from the beginning! That’s right; even before He laid the foundation of the world; God wanted your life to accomplish something wonderful for Him.

God believed in the plans He had for you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross, so that you may be able to succeed for eternity. Because of that sacrificial gift of love, you can live your life according to the great hope and joy that He has planned for you.

None of us are perfect, and we will fall short from time to time.  But we can always get back on the road that the Lord wants us to be on.

God has a wonderful plan for you…and a wonderful destination.  But you must choose if you want to fulfill those plans. Make the choice today to live for Christ and walk down whatever path He takes you. And when you run off the path, stop, look to God for guidance, and get back on the right path.

God has great and unimaginable plans for you.  Plans for a future and a hope!

Thank God today that He has a plan for your life.

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Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

—Romans 5:12

Reflecting on the horrific attacks that forever scared our nation fourteen years ago today, it reminds me that tragedy can strike without warning.  When it does, it often leaves people and even nations devastated.

The first tragedy in history occurred the day both Adam and Eve ate the fruit God had forbidden.  I that moment, the tragedy of sin struck with full force bringing evil and destruction into the world.

And the impact of that tragedy is still being felt today as their sin has been passed from generation to generation to every human being. 

As I look at this greatest of all tragedies, it reminds me that when someone sins, it usually impacts others. It’s almost impossible to think of a sin or anything evil that does not affect a larger group than just the person involved. Unfortunately, the tragedy of sin is that it is often felt from generation to generation.

There is a word of hope, though, that is given to us by the apostle Paul when he tells us in Romans 5 that Jesus conquered sin by His obedient life and atoning death. If you are in Christ, you don’t have to allow sin to get an iron-clad grip on you. Even though your life is continually impacted by the devastation of Adam and Eve’s sin, you can stand victorious over it and be a beacon of life and hope to others who have felt the tragic effects of sin in their life.

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He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  

—Genesis 3:1

From the beginning of time we find Satan actively at work doing what he does best…deceive and destroy.  Make no mistake, Satan is real and he’s out to destroy you and your faith. In fact, Satan is the ultimate terrorist…the terrorist of your soul!

I find it fascinating that many people blame God when tragedies occur. They say, “Why would God allow this to happen to us,” or “Where was God when this happened? Doesn’t He care?” But these questions omit the fact that Satan and his evil work are real.  And that he is still active today deceiving and destroying.

Evil is real, and Satan is the author of every bit of it. That’s why he shows up when he sees an opportunity to trip you up. Have you ever noticed that many temptations seem to just come out of nowhere? Everything is going well, and suddenly you’re faced with an incredibly tough temptation to sin.

That’s because Satan is an opportunist. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows exactly where to hit you…and the kind of evil suggestions that will tempt you most.

So be careful to not blame God for your struggles, because they come from our adversary, the devil. Instead of blaming God for the temptation, you need to turn to Him for the strength to resist the devil.

Our world wants to blame God for evil—but we know who is really to blame. Your calling as a believer is to stand in Christ strength against the devil’s temptations and to not allow him the victory...

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 —Genesis 3:1-4

In order for us to understand what happened when sin entered the Garden of Eden, we must understand that there was someone else there besides Adam and Eve—Satan, the tempting serpent.

And today, Satan is alive and well…and has been tempting human beings ever since this moment described in Genesis 3.

A lot of people wonder where Satan came from. He was part of the angelic hosts that God created before He created humans. Originally, Satan was named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12, King James Version), and he was a great and mighty angel. Unfortunately, he wanted the power and worship that belongs to God alone, and rebelled against God. God judged Satan’s pride by expelling him from heaven and dooming him to hell, which Jesus said was made for the devil and his angels.

We must understand that it was the pride of Lucifer that caused his fall. He rebelled and lost, and will one day lose for all of eternity. But in the meantime, he is active here on earth.

There are two common mistakes we make concerning the devil; we either overestimate, or underestimate his power.  Both of these extremes are dangerous, because the devil is...

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She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
 —Genesis 3:6

 
Our world is certainly not a perfect world. You don’t have to go very far or listen very long to be reminded of the evil and sin all around us. And it’s easy to wonder why there is so much fear, hatred, wickedness, and terror, and they’re looking for some answers.
 
The secular humanist has no real answer to the philosophical question of the existence of evil. Humanists believe falsely that humans are basically good in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
 
One chilling example is a study done by the late professor Allen Bloom, who asked his college students, “How do you identify an evil person?” His question was met with silence. Not one student could give him a determining factor of evil! Bloom said that our inability to identify and recognize evil is a sign of grave danger in our society.
 
Our society has become so perverse that we can’t even recognize evil or wrongdoing. Since 9/11 and the subsequent rise of ISIS you probably won’t find very many people who would say there is no such thing as evil. But you probably couldn’t find many who know what evil is or why it is so prevalent in our society.
 
The Bible has the answer to the problem of evil. It all goes back to Genesis 3 and our first parents, who yielded to temptation.  Sin came into our world at that point, and it’s something we all have to deal with since.
 
But, according to the Bible, we do...

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Happy Mother’s Day!
By | May 9, 2016

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…

—Deuteronomy 30:19

One of the most remarkable mothers in Scripture is Jochebed, the mother of Moses.

Jochebed gave birth to Moses while living as a Hebrew slave in Egypt. But while Moses was still a baby, Pharaoh began to fear that the Hebrews might one day outnumber the Egyptians. So he demanded the slaughter of all newborn Hebrew baby boys.  

Jochebed had great faith in God, and she went to incredible lengths to secure the safety of Moses. She built a floating cradle and hid him in the bulrushes where Pharaoh’s daughter could find him and “adopt” this beautiful child as her own.

God blessed Jochebed’s efforts and made it possible for her to become Moses’ nanny and to raise him in the ways of God. This is how the seeds of faith were planted in Moses’ heart, and how God prepared his heart to become the liberator of his people.

And later, when Moses was grown, look at what happened. Because Jochebed had chosen life for her son, Moses learned what mattered most in life. He stood before the children of Israel and said, “Choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”  

Never underestimate your importance, mothers! Not every child may be a “Moses,” but God has an extraordinary destiny to be nurtured for every boy and girl.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR IMPORTANCE, MOTHERS!

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