Sometimes we don’t give the Devil enough credit.

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I think that sometimes we as humans simply do not give the Devil enough credit. He is far sneakier, far subtler and far more intelligent than we give him credit for. We try to rationalise so many things with our human intellect, and seeing things in the natural, or physical, rather than seeing things through spiritual lenses.
The Bible tells us to be wise as serpents and to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

We are told this because Satan knows every trick in the book and he relies on us not believing the things that he can do.
Remember, he has supernatural abilities because he is an angel, a created angel. He’s not some weak, dumb, ugly red faced, horn headed creature like he is depicted as being. He appears as an angel of light, and apparently was the most beautiful angel created.
Seeing him as the ugly, red faced, horn headed devil makes him appear stupid and makes us think we would recognise him when we ‘see’ him. But what about when he appears as an angel of light?
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14
Many professing Christians don’t recognise him because they don’t think he can do the things he has done, and continues to do. He relies on our human rationale/thinking and counts on us not using discernment and being wise to his wiles.

I say this because far too many professing Christians are involved in things that go clearly against the Bible, but they don’t know it because they don’t think Satan is involved in it. But Satan is involved in pretty much everything that encourages us to sin against God and to fall away from the truth.

If Adam and Eve were tricked by him in the garden of Eden, and they had direct fellowship with God, then how much more so are we susceptible to his deception if we aren’t being discerning?!

This is not to say that Satan has all power, because he doesn’t, so please don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to get across here.
I’m just saying that we need to be more aware of the lies, tricks and deceptions that Satan puts before us in order to subtly draw us away from the Truth. We need to get the rose coloured glasses off and realise, and recognise, that there is a spiritual war happening for our souls.
Satan was in the world right from the get go and he knows the Bible back to front and inside out. He was there when it was all written after all. He even played a starring role in many of the events in the Bible.

Don’t be fooled and don’t be deceived by the father of lies. He’s out to devour Christians and if we don’t give him enough credit, we are going to fall for his schemes and the consequences won’t be nice.

The only way to not be fooled is to be spiritually born again, to have the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit within us so that we can discern the lies of the enemy.

(I’m saying all this because I see so many people falling for ungodly, sinful things that go directly against the word of God, and I’m trying to warn people to be careful. To be spiritually complacent and apathetic is very dangerous ground to be on.)

Don’t forget to read this post about people giving the Devil too much credit. I know this may seem contradictory to this, but if you read it you will see what I mean.

2 Timothy 3:13 – Word study.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13

This is an interesting verse to do a word study on. I had no idea what the word ‘seducers’ actually meant until I saw it in a different version and looked it up. (It’s also important to look up words we think we know the meaning of because the world has changed many definitions over the years. Unicorn and gay are just two examples.)
It’s so important to be careful who we follow and believe, because there are many set up in churches by the enemy to deceive people.
In the Bible we are warned many times to be careful and to be wise so as not to be fooled, and it is for good reason, because we can be led away from God’s truth.

I’ll start with ‘evil men’.
Strong’s concordance #4190: “πονηρός ponērós, pon-ay-ros’; from a derivative of G4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:—bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).”

‘Seducers’ – Strong’s concordance # 1114: “γόης góēs, go’-ace; from γοάω goáō (to wail); properly, a wizard (as muttering spells), i.e. (by implication) an imposter:—seducer.”
Have a close look at this one. This one speaks about wizards and imposters who are out to deceive believers.
As I was doing this verse, another one came to mind. satan
“For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

‘Wax worse’ – Strong’s concordance #4298: “προκόπτω prokóptō, prok-op’-to; from G4253 and G2875; to drive forward (as if by beating), i.e. (figuratively and intransitively) to advance (in amount, to grow; in time, to be well along):—increase, proceed, profit, be far spent, wax.”

‘Deceiving & being deceived’ – Strong’s concordance #4105: “πλανάω planáō, plan-ah’-o; from G4106; to (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue):—go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.”

I know I go on about deception so much, but there is much to warn about. There are so many preachers, authors, singers, actors, sportspeople and the like who are being used by the enemy to deceive. (It’s not just ‘famous’ people either, it could be your pastor, your favourite fb preacher or the person who sits next to you at church.)
They have been put there by the enemy for the sole purpose of deceiving. “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matthew 13:25
It is so important in these last days that we not be deceived and led away from God’s truth lest we be part of the great falling away.
Please, I urge you to call on the name of the Lord and pray for discernment.
If you have been shown by the Holy Spirit to have followed a false christian (which I think happens more than we realise), then please repent and ask for God’s forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

The origins of Halloween.

Halloween – A Satanic Feast.

halloween-a-satanic-feast  Thanks go to Discerning the World for this article.

 

 

Preparing for Halloween

By Tillie Carson

Well, it’s that time of year again: the time when you can’t drive down the street without seeing inflatable witches and ghosts everywhere. Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over Halloween. Should Christians celebrate this holiday or not? For many, the answer is yes. Halloween is just a harmless time when the kids can dress up in fun costumes and go door to door asking for candy. But for others, it goes much deeper. Many Christians I have met simply do not know the history of Halloween. Personally, I feel that it’s an important thing to know, so I would like to take you with me back in time to find the origin of the second most popular holiday in the world.

For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Celtic priests were called Druids. It is not  possible to separate Halloween from the Druids because they originated it. These Celts were eventually conquered by the Romans. Information about the Celts and Druids comes from Caesar and the Roman historians, Greek writings from about 200 B.C., and very early records found in Ireland. Greek and Roman writings about the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human sacrifices, but detail the Druids’ use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles. By 47 A.D., Rome finally defeated the Druids in Britain and outlawed human sacrifices. The few remaining Druids went underground.

Many people today think that Halloween was just the Celtic New Year, but November 1st was the Celtic New Year. October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead. They believed that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and would be released to roam earth only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices. During their rituals they would dress in animal skins, or tree bark, hence the custom of the costumes and masks in an attempt to copy the evil spirits or placate them.

(Much of this information came from Davies*.)

Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.

The Druids believed that during the time of Samhain the division between the 2 worlds (our world) and the spirit world became very thin.  This time enabled hostile supernatural forces to wander around our world as they wished.  Because some animals and plants were dying (the start of winter), it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living.

“During this interval the normal order of the universe is suspended, the barriers between the natural and the supernatural are temporarily removed, the sidh lies open and all divine beings and the spirits of the dead move freely among men and interfere sometimes violently, in their affairs”   –Celtic Mythology” p. 127

Today neo-pagans honour the death of a god, who is then reborn (Sun god).  Samhain is one of the eight annual festivals, often referred to as ‘Sabbats’, observed by Wiccans.  Samhain is considered by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and in some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities.

The tradition of trick-or-treat started when the Druids went door to door, dragging behind them on a rope the dead body of a male slave that they had bought and killed for this purpose. At each door they demanded the same thing: food for their feast. But many of the people were poor farmers who didn’t even have enough food for their own families, let alone a feast for Samhain. In those cases, the Druids took the eldest daughter or child for the sacrifice.  After getting an offering, they would carve demonic faces into pumpkins, or large turnips, and place a candle inside them. (Today we call them Jack-o-Lanterns.)  These were left at the door as a signal to the evil spirits that this family did their share and to stay away from them. If the farmers didn’t have anything for the sacrifice (no children) or just refused, then the priests would use the dead slave’s blood to paint a hexagram on the door. This signal told the evil spirits to kill one member in this house as punishment for not doing their share. Trick or Treat. The treat: either precious food, or more often, a precious child. The trick: One person in the household died that night, although most of the time it was out of pure terror!

Druids at Stonehenge

“As darkness set in on October 31st, the clan of Druids would put on their white robes and hoods. They would carry sickles and Celtic crosses as they began a torchlight procession. At the beginning of the procession, a male slave was killed and dragged by a rope fastened to his left ankle. The Druids would walk until they came to a house or a village where they shouted the equivalent of ‘trick or treat.’  The treat was a slave girl or any female to be given to the Druids. If the people refused to a girl as a ‘treat’, blood was taken from the dead slave and used to draw a hexagram or six-pointed star on the door or wall of the village. Spirits of the ‘horned hunter of the night’ were invoked by the Druids to kill someone in that house or village by fear that night.”   –-Meyer: Halloween and the Forces of Darkness

I find it very interesting to think about how the Israelites had to put lamb’s blood on their doorposts as a signal to the Angel of Death to pass over, and here the Satanists are painting with human’s blood on the door to tell demons to enter.

The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from a Roman addiction to the Druidic New Year’s eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was the goddess of the harvest. They combined their harvest festival to Pomona with Halloween.

Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the powerful Druids, and Druids soon became important members of their monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druids’ holiday into the church. He made the proclamation:

“They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for His bounty.”

Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day. Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.

The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840’s there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America. They brought Halloween with them.

Very little archeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writing but passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect their secrets. The same is true today. Nothing is put into writing. The druids continue on secretly with much the same traditions.

The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs, poisons, needles, etc. being placed in the Halloween treats here in America is no accident. Every year the number of children hurt, killed, or just missing, rises. Testimonies of several ex-Satanists show that these children killed and injured by the “treats”, and sometimes worse, are sacrifices to Satan. Satanists throughout the world continue to perform human sacrifices on Halloween. Today, people think it’s fun to try to scare each other or be scared on October 31st, but can you imagine the pure terror if you had lived there so many years ago? It would be the farthest thing from fun!

As more and more youth of the culture are getting pulled into movies like Harry Potter, role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and computer role playing games like

World Of WarCraft – Horde Druid

World of WarCraft, they are digging into witchcraft. More and more of the youth today are becoming full witches, a little at a time, and they all know that Halloween is the best time to celebrate Satan.

I believe that many of the Christians who celebrate this “helliday” do so in ignorance. What am I suggesting? Should we be afraid of October 31st? Absolutely not! As Christians, we don’t need to fear the darkness of the devil, for we are protected by God Almighty! But I think that, perhaps, if more Christians knew the background of Halloween, they would not celebrate it. Let’s do what we can to show it to them! Let’s put it in pamphlets, hand them out at churches, and give them to trick-or-treaters that knock on your door. This year, let’s tell as many people as we can what they are celebrating. Let’s get this out!

* Davies was a 16th century writer who traced his family lineage directly back to Druid priests who fought against Caesar. He clearly describes the human sacrifices of his ancestors and the secret sacrifices still performed regularly by the Druids of his time.  In his writings, Davies indicated that he came under much persecution for putting in writing his information about Druids.

In addition, I found the following resources helpful as well.

  1. Celebrations – The Complete Book of American Holidays, Robert. J. Myers, (Doubleday & Co., 1972).
  2. The Famous Druids, A. L. Owen, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1962)
  3. The American Book of Days, George William Douglas, (H.W. Wilson Co., 1948).
  4. The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, (Chick Publications, 1998).
  5. The Force, Dr. Alberto Rivera, (Chick Publications.1984)

* Complete Book:  Davies – The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids  (1809)

Hosea 4:6 (a)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

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Druids were recently recognised as a religion in Britain:  http://www.discerningtheworld.com/2010/10/03/britain-recognises-druidry-as-a-religion/

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Notes:
1) Images: Pumpkin
2) Images:  Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise
**Please note. I have not read all of the articles on the above website so I might not necessarily agree with all of them, the comments or the links on the website. If you choose to read any other links, please do so prayerfully. Thanks.**
God Bless.  🙂
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Deception. Have you been deceived and don’t know it?

I know not everyone agrees with what I post and I understand that it may upset some people.

But, I am just trying to show how some things are so very deceptive so as to keep you from seeking God. If we humans believe we are gods, then why would we need one to rule over us?! It’s so easy for us humans to think we run the show and to not have to follow certain rules and mandates that are in the bible.

That’s why it states “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13,14. This means what I said, people think it’s too hard to follow God’s rules and they think it’s easier just to follow their own and be ‘good people’.

The New Age religion is very deceptive in making people believe that we are our own gods, that we control everything that happens in our lives. The truth is, if we believe it’s going to happen, then we unconsciously make decisions to make these things happen. It’s the same as going to see psychics. We listen to their predictions and unconsciously fulfil the predictions ourselves. Ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy?. . I ask you, who are they really listening to? There is a whole other realm out there which has good and evil in it, and if you or your astrologist/numerologist/psychic/medium/tarot card reader/aura reader etc are tapping into the wrong spirits (which they are, they just don’t know it) then you are opening yourself up for a whole lot of trouble. Once you open the doorway to these evil entities, there is no getting rid of them (unless you turn to Jesus). Satan came to rob, kill and destroy us. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10    That could mean physically and/or sprititually.

The whole plan of Satan is to lure you away from God and so far, he’s doing a bang up job. There is a saying and it goes something like this: Satan’s biggest achievement is making people believe he doesn’t exist.Satan looks around for people to deceive. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8.

Are you going to let him devour you, or are you going to choose to let God look after you?

Watch this youtube clip, go on, it’s only 1 minute out of your life. It explains how Jesus stands in the gap for us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-c1E5j3xD0

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.   🙂