Category Archives: Enemy in Our Midst
There are the true believers and make believers, wheat and tares, sheep and goats in the ‘body of Christ’. Galatians 1:8 -9 states, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” How important is Paul’s warning that he repeats himself! Do not compromise the gospel!
by Mike Ratliff
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (NASB)
We live in an evil time. There are large numbers of “Christian” leaders who claim to be ministers of God, but prove by their words and actions to have thrown off the authority of God. They do what is right in their own eyes while claiming that they are only following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The fact that what they say or do is unbiblical seems to trouble very few. When some point out the truth to them, they claim that God has lead them to do what they do so it must be okay and those who protest are just legalistic.
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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1Peter 5:8)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: (John 10:10a)
After talking with some Christians about afflictions they’re going through or have recently experienced, I realized that the source of our testings and trials could be reduced to the works of Satan. My sister’s husband who was well and happy one day was hospitalized the next day for pneumonia. Two friends have teenagers whose personalities underwent extreme changes and are receiving psychiatric treatment. Another friend became bedridden for 4 months, unable to use her hands or feet; she was otherwise healthy her whole life. The works of Satan can be recognized by any or all of the following:
THE ENEMY’S S’s
- SUBTIL/SUBTLE; SNEAKY
Please learn about Satan’s evil works and spiritual warfare so you can stand against him!
See END TIMES TEACHINGS ‘Spiritual Warfare’ on Tab Bar https://heulu.wordpress.com/end-time-teachings/
Read about what happened to Job. In Job chapter 1 you will find ALL of the ENEMY’S S’s! He is crafty, the Master Deceiver of all mankind from the beginning of time until NOW!
Put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:10-18); resist the enemy and he will flee from you (James 4:7; 1Peter 5:9)!
God bless you and protect you from the fiery darts of the enemy!
Over the past few days I thought whether or not I should post my reaction to mass killings, then decided that I would, since I already had written this on my ‘Sounding the Shofar’ Facebook. In the meantime I had taught a women’s group about the battle between good and evil, and between God and Satan for the souls of men and women, boys and girls. I presented many scriptures on the strategy and devices of Satan, his MO, modus operandi and how to recognize his evil work and resist him. Then my good Christian blogger friend Gordon King published his post, ‘The Spiritual World Is Alive’ which I have posted on my blog. I was convinced in my own mind that I should share the following with all of my viewers:
HOT TOPIC! (from my Facebook ‘Sounding the Shofar’, 10-3-15)
‘The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence’. (Gen 6:ll)
‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves’. (Mt 10:16)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (Jas 4:7)
The recent mass killings in an Oregon community college and Christian persecution was the topic of discussion at our Bible study recently. What would you do if you were asked by a gunman, “Are you a Christian?!” There is no time to pray and ask God, “What shall I do?”, or no time to think, “Is this what it means to take a stand for Christ?”
This is what I plan to do: I will warn my family members and everyone I know that ‘no lowlife, deranged person is worth obliging’! It is shear stupidity to lay your life on the line for someone bent on shedding the blood of innocent people just to make his mark in the annals of history and the news media in his home town, state, nation and the world.
It makes no difference to a mass killer whether you are a professed Christian or not; he doesn’t really care about Christians, but has singled them out to vent his pent up frustrations and failures as a human person, i.e., you, personally, mean nothing to him! He is only looking to blow away innocent people with a big noise and see their blood splattered. A mass murderer is a person full of the devil and being used by Satan whose modus operandi/MO is ‘to steal, kill, and destroy’. He really doesn’t care who he’s going to kill, but he is driven to violence and murder and that, he will do, whether you are Christian or not. Don’t throw away your life of serving God on someone who has lost all senses of reason and is irrational!
BUT, the case is way different in the face of obeying or disobeying CIVIL AUTHORITIES, those individuals who have the rule over you/us. Enforcing laws against what they perceive are crimes of non-compliance for example, may result in some Christians taking a personal stand on their religious convictions regarding their freedom and individual rights. But, if and when they do, they may have to suffer the consequences of non-compliance, which may be fines and/or jail time. This is where we are today as the face of society is changing with the passing of new laws that are being challenged by professing Christians, especially in the public marketplace/business arena, educational institutions, and with some religious groups in America.
CHECK OUT THE SCRIPTURES- No one was persecuted or martyred for their faith by responding to a crazed madman or idiot.
So, “Are you a Christian?” It depends… “WHO is asking?”
Post by @GDK4GOD.
Source: The Spiritual World is Alive!
SATAN IS REAL, YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!!
We are in a BATTLE of NOT FLESH AND BLOOD, but a SPIRITUAL BATTLE of the forces of GOOD AND EVIL, between GOD and SATAN for the souls of men.
Being Southern Baptists, rest assured that there was plenty of food and fellowship.
After the meal, we began to talk about what it going on around us, in this nation, once referred to as “The Shining City Upon the Hill”.
The topics of Racial Division and the murders of 9 American Law Enforcement Offices in 9 days, the rapidly deteriorating American Work Force, The potentially-catastrophic Iran Deal, the arrest of American Christian, Kim Davis, while others in power, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama, laugh in the face of our laws, and the vulgarity, and oblivious self-centered nature of Americans Pop Culture.
The conclusion that that the 11 of us came to, was the fact that America is…
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Gordon King says, “Never before has there been such a time when we need to discern “good” from “evil”. Never a time when deception in the world was so high. Ignorance is no excuse for not knowing the truth. God has written on man’s heart what is right and what is wrong.”
This post is about keeping our focus, staying strong in the Lord and what He has called us to do. We need to stay close to God and His Word. We must be wary of Satan and his evil tactics to confuse, distract, and deceive Christians with the purpose of destroying the work of God through strife and disunity.
Although written in my journal dated Jan 21, 2003, this seems descriptive of what is happening in Christian circles today. This is what the Holy Spirit impressed upon me:
“Our meat is the same as Jesus’ meat, which is to do the will of the Father. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost that they may experience life and life more abundantly. Our mission is the same. It is to those in the lost and dying world who are ignorant of the message of salvation and eternal life, who are outside of the safety of the sheepfold. The masses of the world are out there in the dark and the Lord is short of laborers. That’s why He said to pray for more to labour with Him, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to bring in the lost. We should be doing the works of Jesus and the early disciples of bringing the message of salvation and deliverance to the world. That is our job. Whereas the enemy’s job is to thwart all efforts directed at God in accomplishing His perfect plan and purpose for mankind.
We must always be careful on whose side we are working, whose purposes we are supporting. Everyone must determine in their own minds to know who the enemy is and what his agenda is. If we are not careful, we could easily find ourselves in the wrong camp and following the plan of the adversary, rather than serving in the ranks of the Lords’s army.
It is the ultimate goal of the devil to cause divisions and strife within the body of Christ to make it self destruct by pitting people and organizations against one another. Many do not recognize this, however, and think that they are helping God out by labeling and identifying ‘dissident’ groups. They are being used of the enemy and are not even aware that their zeal in doing this has been motivated by Satan himself.
When we take our eyes off the main focus of our calling, the enemy is right there to use us as his instruments to weaken the body of Christ. It is the highest form of deception when believers forget who their mission is to be directed to – the lost, the poor, the needy, etc. and they begin to attack one another. It is also the greatest damage they cause to God’s work on earth by bringing reproach and loss of credibility upon those who profess to be Christians. If we cannot impact the world with the gospel, the numbers that will come into the kingdom will be drastically reduced. And we will certainly be held accountable for our part in hurting the work of the Lord.
CHAPTER 7 Watchmen on the Wall https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/repent-return-and-remain-with-god-shofar-ebook-chapter-7/
I found this post in draft on my old iPad and thought that I should finish it. It started out on the ‘lighter side’ and follows ‘A Compromiser’s Fall’ which you should read, if you haven’t yet done so. As you will see, it ends on a serious note.
2 Peter 2:16 But (Balaam) was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
In the scripture above, Peter refers to the donkey as a ‘dumb ass’ meaning that God would use this animal, a dumb ass without human speech, to speak to a human.
But the real dumb ass was not the donkey, but the wayward prophet, Balaam! Balaam was not ‘deaf and dumb’, but just plain dumb. Balaam, in this case, was the dumb ass!
Anyone who has been blessed with God’s anointing in his life and has been privileged to have had an intimate relationship with God would be wise to value his status with God. But it is also happening today where there are many servants of God who are DUMB ASSES, who would turn from listening to God and fall for the deceptive voices of Satan that beguile them to sin against God, being blinded by the lusts of their flesh and temptations of riches and rewards.
There can be only a few possible reasons why Christian leaders fall away from God- temptation is greater than the power of God’s Word in their lives, and they would confess that ‘the devil made me do it’, both reasons given in the fall of man (Gen 3:11-13).
As it turns out, the apostle Peter had no idea that ‘dumb ass’ would become a colloquial slang word that we use to label and describe people who are:
Extremely Stupid or Foolish
These words are high on the list of definitions for DUMB ASS. So happens that frequently DUMB ASSES are hard to spot initially, because they are ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ and they look like the real stuff, but are counterfeit, false, and deceptive like their father, the devil.
In conclusion, I want to emphasize that this is a serious topic, that Satan is working overtime in the midst of the church. Some Christians are afraid of their own shadow. I exaggerate to make this point that many Christians will be deceived, will be misguided, and will lose their way because of the growing number of imposters in leadership and ministry in their churches. As an example, there are more gay ministers ‘coming out’ today and remain in their congregations. There are some who counsel homosexuals and engage in perversions with them. There are small, medium and mega-church ministers who tickle the ears of their hearers by preaching what makes people feel good, not believing that God will hold them accountable for what they’re not teaching. Hey, Folks, those are the DUMB ASSES and if they don’t repent, they will be cast into the lake of fire with Satan.
https://heulu.wordpress.com ON TAB BAR- DECEPTION HOT LINE; SHOFAR EBook- ch. 7 Watchmen on the Wall, ch. 8 The World and the Church Today.
WOW, FOLKS! YOU GOTTA READ THIS!
Pardon my French but “The shit is already hitting the fan!”
I’m just repeating how a Bible teacher expressed his feelings on this topic!
“The end times were always about forcing those who honor God and Jesus with their lips to make a real choice.”
END TIMES PERSECUTION OF THE SAINTS: The Fear and the Pit and the Snare – The London Dungeon. Guillotine. [Source: Johnny’s Picture Diary: England > London Dungeon 02/02-2002]
THE COMING END TIMES PERSECUTION OF THE SAINTS
What does the Bible Say?
THE WHORE OF BABYLON THE GREAT
The Corporate Media has been awash with talk of persecution and martyrdom of Christians.
In the Middle East.
All over the world.
Why is that?
Has the Corporate Media suddenly developed this great love for Christians–a group it absolutely despises? Is it trying to warn believers? Do they really believe that “Brotherhood of Man” stuff they’re constantly pushing on the great unwashed?
It’s all about fear.
THE FEAR AND THE PIT AND THE SNARE
The Coming Persecution – This article is a good overview of the stated objectives of the New…
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