August 31, 2012
Most people would not willingly choose to trust in Satan. The Bible describes him as the father of all lies. To be deceived by Satan is put your eternal destiny at stake. To be deceived by Satan means that you will spend an eternity in hell away from God, instead of an eternity in heaven with Christ.
Yet, how can you discern the work of Satan from that of God?
Can you recognize the work of Satan by the outward appearances?
To have beauty on outside is often equated with truth and honesty on the inside.
To have great physical strength is perceived as being the protector of the innocent.
To be eloquent of speech appeals to the ear and projects the image of intelligence, education, and sophistication. Those who are confident in their speech, draw those that lack the confidence of their convictions.
Recognizing the false from the truth is not easy. Satan has been perfecting his deceptive lies for the entire history of mankind, from the Creation of man, to this day. He knows what works, and what draws man to him.
He knows that man is an inherently religious being, so he creates attractive religions. He knows that man finds certainty in boundaries, rules, and the predictability of ritual. So that is what he gives them. Yet, when man follows these religions he finds himself in bondage, bankrupt financially and spiritually, and beaten by those that would enslave them.
Listen to this podcast and find out how to discern between the work of Satan and God.
August 13, 2012
How do you decide what is true and what is false?
When it comes to salvation, how do you know the true gospel from a false gospel?
When Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden he was described as being subtle, or crafty. There are many teachers who proclaim to be from God. They cry out that they provide a gospel message of salvation. Yet these false teachers have taken the Word of God and subtly changed it to meet their own form of religion.
They apply rules to a free gift of God. They apply religious ritual to God's gift of grace. They apply legalism to the gospel message of Christ that frees man from the burden of the law.
Eve faced the temptation from Satan with two weapons, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God.
Satan attacked those weapons by creating doubt about the authority of the Word of God, then he denied the accuracy of the Word of God, then he created delusion about the acceptability of the Word of God. Satan uses these same tactics today.
Listen to this podcast and find out how to determine the true gospel message of God. Learn how Satan is currently working in our world and how to combat him.
August 10, 2012
When you are trying to judge the quality of a person, what do you use for criteria?
Is it the outward appearance of the person?
Is it the skill and polish that they are able to communicate with?
Is it the number of degrees or commendations that they have?
In this lesson Paul defends himself against the vocal minority who don't like the way he looks, or the way he talks, or even the way he writes his letters.
Listen to this podcast and learn what the apostle Paul considers to be important in judging the messenger of God.
August 6, 2012
When the world thinks of the weapons of warfare it thinks of tanks, guns, cannons, swords, and shields. They use secular weapons to fight a secular battle.
Yet the believer’s battle is not physical in nature, but spiritual. Therefore, the believer’s weapons are very different than those used in secular battles.
Listen to this podcast and learn how the believer arms themselves as they prepare to battle the powers and principalities of Satan’s world.