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Rattling Satan's Chains
 

Greetings Little Flock,


I pray that all is well with each of you and wish that I could do more and send more to you all. They have a 'Wound Vac' on me now which has limited my time to be out of bed. I can unplug it for a little while to get my shower and it runs on a battery for a little while but without it running infection will set up in the wound cavity. The hole in my stomach and leg is about the size of a small 8 inch frying pan. So everything combined has slowed down this ministry...


Anyway, I believe that my ministry is rattling the chains of the Devil and he is behind some of these problems... And the pains, problems and suffering which some of you and I are experiencing, but for that I guess we should praise God, Well Glory! For if he, Satan, was leaving us alone I'd feel like I was doing something wrong and not serving my Lord and Saviour properly.. It just stands to reason. Why would Satan bother with someone if they weren't telling lost souls about the saving power of Jesus and trying to be a blessing to brothers and sisters in Christ who need uplifting? Besides, Satan doesn't want to lose any more souls to Jesus Christ than possible...


So I figure that by the way things are going; this online ministry must be touching lives and being used in reaching out to others with the love of Jesus... For this I am truly grateful and praise His Holy Name... Well Glory! I didn't intend for this to be a thought for today but I hate to miss this opportunity since we are on this subject and I believe we can glean from these thoughts.. (smile)


I Peter 5: 5, 11
[5] Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
[7] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
[9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
[10] But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
[11] To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


When is the last time ole slew foot jumped up in your face for trying to do something for the Lord? When was the last time you boldly stood your ground and witnessed for the One who saved your soul? When was the last time you shared with someone how Jesus saved you and told them your personal testimony? When was the last time Satan attacked you for serving Christ? Many questions for your inner self and to ponder over this morning, Isn’t it?


I believe Satan must be a gourmet devourer.. Satan doesn't always take one bite and swallow a Christian whole.. No, he takes little bites out of the Christian and mulls them around in his mouth.. Tearing away at a Christian’s faith one bite at a time until they either totally give up or become so weak that the power which lives within them is quenched.. And this is so sad, so terribly sad. And let's think about this a moment; That roaring lion is always seeking whom he may devour and he has learned every conceivable trick in the book. After all Satan has had over 2000 years to perfect his deceit and we have had less than 100 years to recognize it and defend..


We read and many use this all the time; ‘greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world’. And this is true. But? Satan is a worthy adversary and so many of his sneaky and trickery approaches catch the ones using this verse because they let their guard down.. In order for this verse to have effect against the devil the inner ingredient which lives in you must be activated. So many Christians go around spouting this verse with their defenses down and all the while the roaring lion is devouring them one bite at a time.. They aren’t wearing the armor of God and consequently fall by the way side.. And this my little flock is why we must be ever steadfast in the faith, wearing the armor provided of God, so that Our Lord may, “, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. “


(The meaning of the word, "Perfect" used here is not, 'without sin or sinless’ but rather, ‘of full age, mature, or adulthood‘.)


Well I didn’t mean to get so long winded today. (smile) But for now let us rejoice when we are persecuted by Satan for serving Our Lord. For to be counted as a soldier of the cross of Christ is truly humbling and we should ever praise God for this privilege of being His servant, His soldier, His friend, and most importantly, His child...


May the praises of God ever cross our lips and come from our hearts....
Well Glory!


Until we meet again,
May the Lord Bless,
And so; until we meet again; You all have a great week in the Lord and;
May God richly bless you in His wonderful love.

       Bro. Jim Keeling

 PS. This is shorter because I played a song in conclusion making up the 15 min. time frame


 

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