2 Tim 1:12 KJV) ..I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Basically deceived. Something we all need to be aware of!Many of us were, or are even depressed because we have been, are being DECEIVED, OR bullied by some others. We do not have to accept the deceptions, or the false acts of bullies quietly as well. But we can also now overcome all of these past , present hurts..(Psalm 109:1 KJV) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. 4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. 5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. 7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. 11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. 12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. 13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. 14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. 16 Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. 17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. 18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. 19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. 20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
Did you know that most people not only lie daily, and often in one form or another, but also that most people can deceive others and do even deceive themselves and often as well. They also often do live an imbalance life, filled with extreme values, false and unrealistic expectations too?
It is not just only the ordinary persons who lie, deceive are even themselves deceived, but even the professionals now as well, Cops- Policemen, Lawyers, Realtors, accountants, doctors, nurses, pastors, politicians as well lie often.
Anyone can be deceived and often now too.You can fool most of the people most of the time, some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.
Most People are generally now in one of two categories, for they are either overly submissive, slaves of others or they are overly assertive, aggressive, dictators.
Most persons (80%) are basically like sheep, they mostly are followers, but a small minority( 20% ) of the persons they are like goats, or wolves, they are real bullies themselves, and these persons should be put into a jail for all of our good now too.
And who basically is behind all of these lies, extremes, false values, bulling? Who? The devil and his followers of course
John 8:44 New American Standard Bible (©1995) "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
The apostle Paul wrote that we must be watchful that we don't fall into the "snare" of the devil. "Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil" (I Timothy 3:7). What is the snare of the devil? It is a deception, a lie! Many persons have fallen for his lies now too.
Paul also wrote that we are to stand against the "wiles" of the devil. "Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11). "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16).
We are to be careful for the "devices" of the devil. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (II Corinthians 2:11)
But he Jesus- God shall divide the sheep from the goats(Mat 25:31 KJV) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: 36 Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:42 For I was an hungered, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink:43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you visited me not.44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
" It is interesting that in the KJV of the Old Testament there are two times that the Hebrew word for a "male goat" is translated "devils". "And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations" (Leviticus 17:7). "And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made" (II Chronicles 11:15). It is also interesting that those who observe occult practices often use the head of the male goat for a symbol of Satan. Even today, the goat is used to deceive sheep in leading them to the slaughter. "
The Devil comes to us to rob, cheatl, lie, kill, destory and so do his foll Owers.. "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels." (Matthew 13:38-39 NKJV)
(John 10:27 KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.30 I and my Father are one.
The devil is also the FALSE adversary of ALL Believers. "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him" (Zechariah 3:1).
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8). The roaring lion is "roaring" out lies!
He is basically in the business of destroying lives as he knows that his time on this earth is short (and he will be judged). And he is angry, just wanting to take as many with him as possible. And that's just what he does! He als "sows" bad "seeds" in this world:
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."(2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV)
"Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”(1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV)
The devil is the accuser of Believers. "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night" (Revelation 12:10).
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (II Thessalonians 2:8-11).
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (II Timothy 2:25-26). "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:15).
What are the daily lies, spins, distortions is the enemy the Devil and his followers still too often are using to attack you?
The saddest part of all is when we are convinced that our sin is "justifiable". We lie to ourselves and tell ourselves such lies as, "well, because Im not getting what I think I should Im going somewhere else" (says the person who is contemplating cheating on their spouse). Or things such as "well, I would not have done that if that person had not made me mad". We come up with all sorts of excuses to justify our sin don't we? Now, while we do have to "own" our own sin (click here: Our own worst Enemy? If you would like to find out more about this http://pohom.tripod.com/id36.html ), we must also understand that our "adversary" the devil, does play a huge part in the problems in this life:
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."(Matthew 10:16 NKJV)
"BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity." (Ephesians 4:26-27 NASB)
2. Praise is the Way into God’s Presence – Psalms 100:4 tells us the way into God’s presence is by praise and thanksgiving. Isaiah 60:18 tells us the entrance into the city of the Lord is through the “Gate called Praise.”
3. The Purpose of God Blessing Us – God intervened in David’s situation so that his tongue could be suited to praise Him (Psalms 30:11-12, Acts 2:26). The term “my glory rejoices” in Psalm 16:9 refers to the human tongue.
4. Praise is a Garment of the Spirit – According to Isaiah 61:1-3, through the divine exchange, we are released from the spirit of heaviness as we put on the garment of praise. So, to some degree, our deliverance depends upon our actions of obeying God’s command to PRAISE!
5. Praise as a Spiritual Weapon – God has ordained praise as a weapon to silence our enemies (Matthew 21:16). Our mouths can be used as launching pads to release mighty spiritual weapons.
6. Faith is Released through Praise! – Praise is a child-like expression of faith in a world where complicated minds tend to over-analyze circumstances. Praise moves us out of human and into the divine.
7. Praise is the Way into Christ’s Victory! – Psalm 106:47: God’s intervention on behalf of his people is designed to bring forth praise and glory to His name. Colossians 2:15: Then we are able to triumph with Christ. Jesus always leads us into victory!
8. Praise is a Sacrifice Worth Giving – According to Jeremiah 33:11, a sacrifice costs us something. We do not necessarily praise because we feel like it, but rather because of what God has already done for us. Praise is the voice of the earthly bride offering “a thank offering” to her heavenly bridegroom. Let’s release the sacrifice of praise wherever we go and change the spiritual climate!
From the article: “The Symphony of Praise” by James W. Goll – Visit his site"
" We should recognize that there are many contributing factors to depression: physical disease, over work, emotional trauma, lack of sleep, too much sugar in the diet, lack of proper exercise, improper nutrition, lack of exposure to sunlight, use of alcohol, and even the use of many antidepressants. Some additional spiritual factors are: sin, guilt, doubt, demonic influence, worry, anxiety, and fear. However, there is one overriding factor. Solomon wrote, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7a). What we think determines, to a large degree, how we feel. What we think effects both chemical change in our bodies and the emotions we feel. " http://www.wholeperson-counseling.org/doc/depressi.html
David addresses the issue of depression when he wrote, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God" (Psalm 42:11) (see also Psalm 42:5, 43:5). Everyone has opportunity to become depressed. This morning as I am writing this article, I am sick in bed with a rather painful headache from a sinus infection. I would much rather be in the Sunday morning service of our church worshipping the Lord with the body of Christ. However, with the situation being as is, I decided to take advantage of the time to rest and write. I first began to learn to praise God about twenty years ago while I was sick in bed with the flu. I had my wife to purchase two books on praise, then I used the time to read the books, study the Word on praise, and to begin to praise Him. We should understand that every situation is an opportunity to praise God.
David did not deny depression by saying, "I am not depressed." Neither did he give in to it. He made a decision to do something about it. He began with self-talk. He said, "Soul, you hope in God who is the health of my mental and emotional state. He is my God." The Hebrew word that is translated "hope" means "to wait". We are not to give up hope, but we are to wait, even enduring pain, trusting that God will work all things together for our good. While waiting, we are to continue to praise God.
22. “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
27.“Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy: for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.”28. “And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.”
29. “And the fear of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of the Lord.”
6 - While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
7 - a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table.
8 - When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. Why this waste? they asked.
9 - This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.
10 - Aware of this, Jesus said to them, Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.
11 - The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.
12 - When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.
13 - I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.
14 - Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests
15 - and asked, What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you? So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
16 - From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over.