Sunday, July 13, 2008

Not Just Another Pretty Face

I really don’t know of anything that could be a greater insult to our pride than discovering that any deception or corruption within our lives is the direct result of our willing participation, the evil one cannot force us to do anything, therefore this thing of, the “devil made me do it” just isn’t true.

I realize over the past while it would appear that I’m taking up a fascination with the devil in my posts, but let me assure you, I am only being aware of him while being totally impressed with the Father’s ability to lead me into an ever greater love and appreciation for the Truth, verses the devil’s ability to keep me deceived.
Anything and everything that I or anyone else stands in need of for living and not just surviving, is going to be the direct result of His ability to make known to us the untold riches, wisdom and insight because of the life of another (His life) He places within us, as our only life-resource!

It is of my opinion that unless we not only discover experientially the liberty and freedom of
Galatians 2:20, of Christ being our reference point, our true identity, but equally, an understanding only possible through revelation that our Father wants to freely give to all, of the evil that lies within all flesh. Again this gets back to finding a scapegoat freeing ourselves from any personal incrimination, let’s take a further look.

The devil’s primary tactic and strength is based upon deception, with Satan, what you see is never what you get. We see this facet of the devil’s working repeatedly in the operation of the unredeemed world. Everywhere we look, we see lying politicians, fraudulent business practices, deceptive advertising, friends who betray and leaders who deceive. This is perfectly in character for a world that is under the control of the father of lies.
1John 5:19

What none of us ‘Saint’s’ really want to hear or discover is, that resident within our flesh are all of these ugly displays of deception.
Our innate inclination to trust in mere appearances more often than not positions us to be deceived. We think we ‘know’ what is “good” and “noble.”
This one who has been called the ‘angel of light’ has within his ability (through deception) to display all of these qualities that the world calls “good.”
The problem with Satan’s “good works” is that they are only a display. Our only trust must be in the leading of the Father to reveal the truth about the things in our lives.
Good does not always appear beautiful or does it always feel good to our soul. On the other hand, evil does not always appear ugly. Wisdom is not always discerned by the intellect. This is why the wisdom of God often appears as folly to the world. (1Corinthians 2:14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


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