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Opportunities are all around us to act upon, out of a heart of love with actions that gain us a great reward in the Kingdom of God. Without them, the depth of character one has would not be refined -1Peter 1:7. Life is to be a 'pressure cooker', and also to have many joys too. And God promises that you can take it -Romans 8:28; 1Corinthians 10:13. Daily we all get our share -Matthew 6:34.

God is concerned with His plan for man. He has great plans for man -1Corinthians 2:9. In His plan there is at present a place for the devil. Because God can't even look at iniquity, as He's that pure, God uses the devil in His workings upon us (Luke 4:13; 2Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9) causing all sorts of bad things; causing people to be liars, deceivers and to want control over you (John 8:44), causing some to pursue what seems like the right way. The devil is a necessary part of God's plan for mankind -John 6:70. He was created a certain way and continues from the beginning for a definite purpose -1John 3:8; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 2:8. God uses him to destroy -1Corinthians 10:10; 1Chronicles 21:15

The purpose in Christ was to turn around this alienation from God, this being on the devil's wavelength (Acts 26:18) which involves his most effective work (he's had so much experience over so very long a time) of getting you against yourself and against others and corrupting everything that concerns you.
    His main thrust is to 'take you down'; his main thrust is to turn your problems in on you with even heavier weights. His main thrust is to focus your mind on "what's wrong with me, that my life is such and such?" "What's wrong with me that so many negatives have occurred?" "I guess I'm just worthless." "I might as well give up and die." "The world would be better off without me anyway." "I'm so far in, there's too little hope to go on." Jabez was like that but found a way out.
    God is in absolute control over the devil (and in absolute total control over everything, but much He allows and doesn't intervene, as long as His ultimate purposes are on track -Ecclesiastes 7:29).
    He has given all responsibility to Jesus Christ -1Peter 3:22. Evil is part of the good/evil equation that has a purpose here -Isaiah 45:7. One day evil will not exist. People whose hearts are hearts of love are progressing toward this now, learning by living both the evil and good -Hebrews 5:14
    The devil does not want you to live safely and in comfort -Luke 8:12. He has power to take us to death (Hebrews 2:14) through many ways, including emotional hurts, wrong food, wrong living, decisions usually based on selfishness, etc.
If we had a relationship with God that was a vibrant relationship, the devil would have little to accuse us of -Revelation 12:10
    He can't now accuse you of ever being unrighteous, unholy and not in perfect stead with God. He can however accuse you (Revelation 2:10) of being unfaithful (by how you live – see 'Compassion' and 'Study') to a relationship with God. The devil is also allowed to influence those who open themselves to his ways -Matthew 13:39.
    When we get off the track of love for ourselves and others by getting discouraged and depressed, bicker with others (Ephesians 4:31) and generally negative, we open the door for more. 
    The devil is always waiting to take you down a step further -1Peter 5:8; James 4:1,2. That's his job! He's out to destroy you and all that concerns you. And he knows just how to do it. He's extremely adept at getting you against yourself
    Vigilance is critical -Hebrews 12:15; 2Peter 1:10.
    Each-thought and impulse must be run through your computer – your brain, and if it proves incompatible with your basic operating system (hopefully love is your basic operating system) then a decision not to incorporate it must be made. 
    Microsoft's breakup started long before the court's decision. Only adherence to principles revolving around love will ensure lack of severe problems
    The most important thing a corporation should consider when hiring people is what motivates them? Selfishness and greed? Care and concern?
    According to Warren Buffet, there are three most important qualities to consider in an individual.-...continues


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