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If you believe the devil wears a red suit and sports horns - think again

Matthew 24:11b There will be no end to the increase of wickedness.

Evil is real, it exists here and now, it lurks around unsuspecting souls. It attacks and blinds those who love and proclaim the Lord and entangles those who are unaware or naive.

Revelation 12:9 (ESV) And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Think about everything that’s happening in our world right now. We’re seeing increased verbal and murderous racism now incited by both politicians and police, coupled with callous killing and selling of newborn life and religious terrorism on our own soil. But many don’t see it.

2 Corinthians 4:3 (CEV) If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost.

What about the unprecedented levels of socially permissible immorality? Marriage as instituted by God is no longer sacred even to those in the church.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (ESV) In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

What's our defense?

We fight back with the full armor that the Lord provides. 

Ephesians 6:11 (The Living Bible) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan.
12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world…
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
14 Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor.
15 Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet.
16 Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit.

Stay connected to the Scriptures to hear from God and stay in communion with the Holy Spirit. 

Do not back down from what the Bible says no matter what everyone says and does.

You won’t be popular, but you’re after The Only Vote that counts. 

And the Lord Jesus Christ has the saving vote. 

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These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…

Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
Ouch. It hurts. I reveal this because I love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul, but the sinner in me wins. It's the same struggle the A…