Contending with trials (Cpt.1, Pt.1)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Encouraging Messages

In this series of posts, I will be presenting some of my observations (and relevant Scriptures) concerning the way that we should approach the difficult situations that occur in our lives. This is the first of several posts. I welcome you comments to each of these posts.

Satan is NOT God

(Note: for the purposes of this discussion, I consider the terms “Satan” & “devil” to all represent the same person. This is the tempter who tries to convince people to reject the grace and forgiveness that were purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and are offered by Almighty God today through His agent in the world, the Holy Spirit.)

Many of our churches once had a function in the service that we called a “testimony service.” This was a time for people to make a public announcement of what God had done in their lives. Many churches stopped this practice – not because they did not want people to give such an announcement, but because so many people used the time to “share” how they had been troubled by the devil all week. This was the exact opposite of the intended function – to glorify God for His works in our lives. Over time, I have come to realize that much of what we blame on Satan is, in reality, the normal result of our own previous decisions and actions. Satan is guilty of enough wrongs – we do not need to accuse him of those of which he is not truly responsible.

This has also led me to believe that many people have inaccurate concepts of Satan. As Christians we must always remember: Satan does NOT possess the attributes of God! From the Bible we know that God is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, eternal, trustworthy, sovereign and full of love & compassion for His creation. But Satan does not possess any of these attributes.

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About Ray

Ray Waldo is a retired pastor with a passion for sharing knowledge, understanding and (if possible), wisdom with everyone he meets. Prior to his retirement, Ray served as a local pastor and teacher to five different churches in two states. He also served as a short-term missionary, teacher, and crusade speaker to groups in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo (while Congo was still in conflict). Ray is also a widely recognized teacher, writer and public speaker. He was the top-billed speaker to groups of over 10,000 people when he visited Africa. He is currently writing two books (online) that he expects to be published within the next two years.

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