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
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
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;
1:16,17; Hebrews 2:8.
uses him to destroy -1Corinthians
10:10; 1Chronicles 21:15;
The purpose in
Christ was to turn around this
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
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
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
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.
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
getting you against yourself.
Vigilance is critical -Hebrews
12:15; 2Peter 1:10.
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
of severe problems.
most important thing a corporation should consider when hiring people is
motivates them? Selfishness and greed? Care and concern?
According to Warren Buffet, there
are three most important qualities to consider in an individual.-...continues