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The ploy is obvious to those who recognize it.
Its message is relentlessly spread through media sources and whatever other channel Satan can deliver it. No doubt, it is spiritual in nature, but cloaked otherwise.
We simply can’t fall for it. The target of its dark ambition is placing human beings at odds against one another.
It pits human beings against human beings. The rampant pace at which the devil is attempting to create hatred and division among the human race is alarming. Satan will use any facet he can as a source of division and hate. We’ve got to be careful we don’t fall for his bait.
Sometimes it’s easy to get mad at people – especially with current gas prices and inflation. After all, inflation results in frustration. At least it does to people like me who live from paycheck to paycheck.
I’ll tell on myself here. Nothing gets under my skin more than seeing pump prices escalate and Great Value products at Walmart on the rise.
Just recently, my Great Value diet ginger ale went from 78 cents a two-liter bottle to 96 cents.
Don’t get me started on dog food. Previously, a 13.2-ounce can of wet Ol’ Roy dog food cost 58 cents. Now, it goes for $1.08. And the list goes on.
But you find ways to beat the system.
I resorted to purchasing an eight-pack of hot dogs at $1.17 to use as wet food for the two dogs. Each dog (animal) received four dogs (nutritious food) a night at a split cost of less than 60 cents per dog (animal). That was way cheaper than paying $2.16 for two cans of Ol’ Roy.
Anyhow, you live and learn.
But the point is that these trying times try you. I can’t let frustration with politics and politicians dictate my life. Frustration can lead to a bad mood, no peace and other negative impacts and taking it out on others.
Call on the Lord. Trust in the Lord. He will bring peace. He’ll remove the frustration. Those serving the Lord don’t need to fret or worry. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is the Prince of Peace.
As long as we’re faithful to Him, He’ll certainly take care of us.
There are great benefits in serving the Lord – both in this life and especially the one to come. We want to live good holy lives in and through the Lord.
We want to see the Lord. If so, we need to, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)
As humans, we need to be at peace with each other. That’s Bible. That’s God. Because of those factors, Satan opposes peace and good will toward and among men.
Satan is the author of confusion and the father of lies. His goal is to create animosity, hatred, fighting, killing, and division among men. He tries to direct the fight in the wrong direction.
As human beings, our fight isn’t against one another – it is against Satan, himself, and the unclean spirits with him.
Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…”
Satan attempts to make our battle against flesh and blood when it is really against him.
Each human being created by God is so special and valuable. God made man in His own image – a spiritual being who could fellowship with God.
The Lord initially created man’s body from the elements of the earth. That was the flesh part. There was no life in the man at that point. But then God breathed in man’s nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
A special living soul is encased within each human being. God made all nations of human beings from one red blood. The blood is merely the life of the flesh. But life goes much deeper than mere flesh.
The flesh is the flesh, but then there is the spirit.
Satan wants humans to wrestle against flesh and blood. He wins when we’re at odds with one another, hating, fighting and killing.
But the Bible plainly declares who God is.
God is love!
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N in Alex City. Contact him at 432 266-0154.