Lies, Deceit, and a Greater Darkness
Yes, there is another dimension in our existence – it is spiritual, and known by faith as it brings a new perspective. Yes, this sounds simplistic, perhaps insignificant, but it isn’t. Faith can move mountains.
There are those who seem to have greater insight into spiritual things. The Bible explains it this way:
1Co 2:13-14 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
In the spiritual realm there is God (love unto goodness) and Satan (hatred unto evil). They each have agents amongst us whose visions are intriguing and luring. Unfortunately, many people are pursuing a greater connection with evil. It is the prominent voice heralding from Hollywood.
A new movie is being released based on the writings of one with spiritual discernment of Satan’s realm. In the movie Satan is called the Crimson King, and there is an invitation to worship him, the power of evil.
Lies: “Death always wins.” It has grieved me to hear this lie repeated frequently, coming from my television that displays the movie trailer. They are few and simple words, but powerful. I don’t ask for this propaganda, am opposed and offended by its statement, and yet I am still exposed to it, the words echoing though my home and heard by ears more innocent and vulnerable than mine.
Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Heb 2:14-15 Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.
1Co 15:24-26 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Deceit: Evil is going to win the battle of the ages.
Jam 3:15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
1Jo 5:4-5 …because every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Rom 16:19-20 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
Greater Darkness: An alliance with evil empowers. Such an alliance causes lust, a craving for more. It is a powerful magnet.
It is the campaign of evil to entice and lure a soul away from God. Once the person takes the bait, he is in grave danger of the snare, becoming trapped, and even imprisoned.
Is there a light shining in your life? Turn away from the shadows and face the intense illumination of truth that will purify and protect. There is no darkness in the light of Christ.
Joh 3:19-21 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God."
Beware, weary pilgrim, of the lure of entertainment. Remember, God will not be compromised.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Rom 12:21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
2Ti 2:26 …and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
1Jo 5:11-13 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
There is a song that has spoken to me recently. Here is a link to the page where I include it on my web site, TheContemporaryChristian.us : CLICK HERE for the song. Listen for these words in the lyrics:
“The fear that held us now gives way
To him who is our peace.
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me.”
“By Your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat.
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me.
In Your name I come alive
To declare your victory.
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me.”
“The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days.
His body there would not remain.
Our God has robbed the grave,
Our God has robbed the grave!”
Artist: Elevation Worship
Album: Here as in Heaven
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...relinquish your control.
When life wasn’t fair, God was calling his name.
Robert Love experienced great loss. His grandmother died under a cloud of suspicion. Memories of better times became miserable haunts as the skeletons of his past continued to rattle in the closet of deceit.
On the ropes emotionally, fate (or was it God?) intervened to bring Love a new friend, a mentor and wise sage of sorts, with provocative insights. His name is John Wright.
They were perfect strangers when they met but allowed their lives to intersect and in the end each was instrumental in saving the other. But for Love, it was complicated, much like his life.
Upon becoming better acquainted, it seemed that Wright’s credibility was sketchy at best. Once exposed, Love learned that his new friend was terminally ill. So why had he stopped fighting for his life? Wright has a mysterious past.
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Truly alone, his head hanging low, tears are dropping onto his lap. Already disgraced, this pastor feels no need to defend himself.
There have been many arrests of the clergy in recent times, the institutional church is weak, and the public is hungry for revenge. The police are ordered by the District Attorney to bring him in, to answer his accuser for the crime she alleges.
Robert Love, the clergyman accused of sexually assaulting a minor female, searches his memory for a clue. Had he mistaken the events of his life, the way he saw God working and leading him into the ministry?
His divorce and aggressive response to the false allegation of infidelity brought by legalistic Christians is in his past. More recently there was the baby’s funeral and the unexplained reason for its death, as well as the demise of the mother, to cancer. She had refused radiation treatments, sacrificing her life for another, the unborn child that didn’t survive.
Thrisa is the only bright spot in this pastor’s otherwise dreary work at the parish and she is found in a dumpster, left for dead. Then, answers to the mystery are suddenly revealed at the bedside of a man even as he exhales his last breath. The final verdict: “not guilty!”
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Young adults and siblings, James and Steffanie Wallas, who tragically lost their parents in a train wreck, are struggling to continue with their lives.
They are grieving together until something very strange happens in the cemetery where their parents are buried. Steffanie is confronted by a strange being which resembles her deceased mother.
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Rumors leak and their town goes crazy! A police report documents the sighting and the news goes viral.
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The Daniels men held their legacy in secret, preserved for future generations.
Levi Daniels was shot while Confederate soldiers invaded his southern Pennsylvania farm. In a small wooden box, he took his prized possession to California, seeking better fortune. But as history has it, trouble followed.
As a young boy, Darren is expected to carry the torch. From his hospital bed, Darren’s grandfather spoke reverently of the responsibility as he bypassed the birthright of the next person in line. It should have been given to Darren’s father, Joseph, but he is still missing.
Darren and his fraternal twin sister, Deidra, are able to avoid their ancestors’ haunts until engaged in the disaster. An earthquake strikes the U.S. and it falls into anarchy. Joseph returns, searching for the remnant of his family.
It is then that the secret of their past is revealed with a compelling message. America’s heritage, one of faith and unity, speaks to challenge the hearts of the faithful and the patriotic, stirring them to resist the enemy, natural and spiritual.
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