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A Spidery Web


I cannot tolerate spiders. In fact, I may even be what people refer to as arachnophobic. I can smash them, but I get real edgy until they’re wiped out.

The picture at the heading is one I took a few hours ago. As we were leaving a funeral home, my built in spider alarm went off and I saw this spider in the middle of its web (no, I didn’t see any fly in the web, nor did I hear some one say, “Help me! Help me!”).

Mustering all my courage, I grabbed my phone and, getting as close as I dare (you know how they can jump), snapped the shot.

What a nice web! A beautiful, spidery web. Just perfect for catching food for its family.

Great for trapping a victim it can devour, as it becomes entangled in the sticky web.

Looking at the picture, I began thinking about a spiritual application. Here’s what I discovered:

“Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26 NLT)

Traps, or spider webs (such as pictured above), are always placed in strategic places. They are located in areas frequented by the prey they are desiring.

Spiders catch flies by constructing their webs in the fly’s neighborhood. Unless the fly is paying attention and watching what it’s doing, it will become spider food before it knows what happened.

Too many flies are careless with their lives. Even with their fascinating eyes, they can only see a couple of yards at the most. In other words, because they move faster than they can see, or think, they wind up in the nice, spidery web.

People do that. I know I have.

The devil places his traps in areas you and I frequent; right in the middle of our ordinary day to day lives. And when we either move too quickly for our brain to react, or we simply ignore the truth of God’s word, we become devil’s food.

Unless we can shake ourselves out of the sticky web in time.

Every temptation is common to man. Temptations are located only in the places man lives. But with each temptation, there is a way to escape. And that can be found by slowing down the movement to allow time to really find out what we may be getting ourselves into.

God’s word will help you and I discern right from wrong, and will keep us from, or deliver us from, the devil’s web. That is, if we’ll pay attention.

Just because there are spider webs placed in strategic places doesn’t mean the fly automatically is doomed. Not every fly is caught. Some live long enough to pester me!

And no one need be caught in a spidery web.

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

Lucifer Loves Worry

IMG_7291.GIFAstrology: the study of how the positions of the stars and movements of the planets have a supposed influence on events and on the lives and behavior of people, is ALMOST as old as mankind.
Its author is Lucifer, whose name means “shining one” or “morning star”.

Lucifer, at the time of his fall, was no longer content with his position as Heaven’s chief musician. He didn’t want to lead others in worshipping the Great God and King, the Almighty, but had in his heart that HE was the one who deserved the worship and adoration.

He is STILL after the worship, in whatever way he can drum it up!

Astrology is only one of many ways he uses. As people look to the stars, planets, and birth-signs for guidance, Lucifer laps up the attention like a spoiled pet.

Though it’s kind of a back handed worship of Lucifer, he’ll take it. He figures any time people ignore the Living God it’s worship for him.

Of course, any God-fearing, bible reading, Jesus fanatic would never read the Daily Horoscope column. So for Lucifer to receive worship from Christians (unknowingly on our part, of course) he had to invent some other opportunities. He needed some well camouflaged entry points, so people like you and I could feel good and righteous with our actions.

Therefore, one of Lucifer’s favorite, and most widely used worship “tools” among the saints is worry.

That’s right. Worry.

Lucifer loves worry!

Hand wringing, nail biting, ulcer feeding worry.

You can almost hear him say, “Come now, my dear; do you REALLY think your God has time for YOU? You know, if you don’t do something in a hurry, you’re going to be in a real mess.”

“Look, my friend. You remember old brother Boogernose? He TRIED to believe his God. But his God simply ignored him. Lost everything, too.”

“Did God REALLY tell you not to worry? You realize, don’t you, it was just some man who wrote that book you say you’re believing. Word of God? Hah! God has never written anything!”

“If you’ll only ignore God and worry, I’m certain you’ll find a way to make ends meet.”

“Look what I’LL give you, if you’ll bow down and worry.

Lucifer loves it when people worry. He has his best conversations with worry-warts. His shining “revelations”, those epiphanic moments when you suddenly come to “understand” God has terminated your online connection so you’d better come up with Plan B, are guaranteed to put you right where he wants you. 

Kneeling in worship at his makeshift throne of worry.

Old Lucifer is still obsessed with his need to be worshipped. And whether he uses worry, or another of his many tools, the results are the same for those who give him the worship he craves.

Peace? Wholeness? Joy?

Not a chance.

Total, complete, emptiness.

But blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord; who delights in their God!

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)

The Quiet Lion


When are the devil and his evil compatriots the most dangerous? 

When they are the noisiest

 Or, when they are the quietest

 Maybe I’d better back up just a bit and lay some groundwork. 

 The devil is likened to a roaring lion, who is constantly seeking someone to devour. Jesus said the devil only wants to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10).

Notice how a lion goes after its prey.

The lion not only ambushes its prey, it also stalks it. In other words, it doesn’t always make a lot of noise. 

At times, it is extremely quiet.

And that’s where the danger lies.

The quiet lion.

Unless the prey recognizes it’s being stalked, it makes no effort to defend itself. It goes about life with a business-as-usual attitude and focus. Looking for food and water, trying to find a place to lie down and rest; just the daily grind of routine living. Nothing exciting or out of the ordinary. 

That they’re aware of, anyway. 

Until they hear the lion’s roar.

But by then, it may be very hard to resist. 

There may not be TIME to resist! 

 Sure. They may find a way to beat off the attack. They may be stronger than the lion realized. 

However, they may lose a leg or an ear in the process. And, they may bleed to death after it’s all said and done. 

Wouldn’t it be better if the subtle, stalking movement of the quiet lion was recognized while he was still far off? 

Do you understand YOU and I are the devil’s prey? And there are plenty of warnings in the bible for the child of God. Warnings such as: 

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV) 

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34 ESV) 

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 ESV) 

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV) 

“…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” (2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV) 

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13 ESV) 

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1 ESV) 

It is MORE than wise to pay close attention to your spiritual surroundings. 


What I mean is, we’re instructed to walk humbly with the Lord, listening to the Spirit’s voice, so we can be aware of our enemy’s maneuvers. 

Maneuvers such as the manipulation of our minds with fear, greed, lust, or any number of schemes designed to get us to lay down our guard and leave our heart unprotected.

Know what I mean? 

Yes, the devil goes around like a roaring lion… but he usually won’t roar until he’s just about on top of his prey. 

Sure, like the aforementioned quarry, we may fend him off and claim the victory. And the scripture does say to “resist him steadfast in the faith”; so it’s possible to successfully ward off an attack. 

But at what cost? 

Is losing an ear (the ability to hear the voice of God) or a leg (the ability to do the works of God) worth running the risk? 

No, I don’t believe so. In fact, I KNOW it isn’t. 

There have been times in my life when I’ve allowed the quiet lion to get close enough to ambush me. And when he finally roared, I was already wrapped up in the paralyzing feelings and desires which I had allowed to grow unchecked in my life. 

Yes, with the Lord’s help, and the love and care of His people, I finally got the lion’s teeth removed from my ear and legs. But I tell you, it was some time before I was able to hear again.

And my walk has forever been altered. 

So pay attention, brothers and sisters. Don’t wait until you hear the roar before you begin taking evasive action.

Watch out for the quiet lion.

The life you save may be your own.



World Peace? Is It Possible?


What do you think it would take to see true peace come to the Middle East? Or is it something we should just give up on?

World Peace. Is it possible? Who has the answer? Do you?

World peace. Seems impossible to some, and an easy fix for others. I guess it depends on your world view, eh?

For instance, someone who doesn’t care about collateral damage would “bomb the hell out of the bad guys, and let God sort ’em out! They’ll soon come around to our way of thinking.”

Um, nice.

As for the Middle East, there’s a mixed bag of answers. The Palestinian would agree with those wanting to trim Israel back to the country’s pre-1967 war borders. Those are fighting words to the Israeli. Both sides, ALL sides, believe their answer is the best.

Who will broker the peace treaty of a lifetime? I have an idea. Wanna hear it? No?

What about the Bear? Can Russia be trusted to be nice and peaceful? We all know Putin is only looking out for the best interest of the Russians living in Ukraine. Absolutely.

Is it about to awaken from its
hibernation? Should they be trusted to honor their words of “peace”? Are they genuinely concerned about world opinion? I wonder what a bear in a china cabinet would look like?

Speaking of China, who will be the one to light their fuse? With one-fifth of the world’s population, we probably ought to know what makes them tick.

Don’t you wonder about all the strife and contention within our own borders? Between Canada and Mexico is a Nation of States, united in name only. States “rights” are being swallowed up by the Federal Government, which spends about 22% of all money spent in the country each year. $3.8 trillion dollars. Imagine writing a check for that amount of money. You’d have to practice, that’s for sure. It would look like: $3,800,000,000,000. To try and understand how much money that is, let’s say a rich uncle gave you that amount of money. You were told you had exactly 80 years to spend it all. In order to spend that much money, you’d have to spend over $130 million EACH and EVERY DAY! FOR EIGHTY YEARS!

There’s roughly 314 million people in the United States. That means the government spends over $12,000 per person, including every little child. Incredible. But the government is always ready to send billions of dollars to places like Russia, China, and other countries who aren’t exactly allies. Why? Humanitarianism? Maybe they don’t want to fight.

Quite frankly, I don’t either. But throwing good money after bad, as the saying goes, won’t fix anything. Our economy cannot take it much longer. The States can’t take it much longer. People can’t take it much longer.

There are “preppers” in every state, and around the world. Google “Prepper” sometime and you’ll be amazed at how many people are preparing for a worldwide catastrophe. For instance, check out this site –


The initials stand for: “Stuff” Hits The Fan Plan. That’s not exactly an acronym for a world peace organization.

People are clamoring for peace. But they’ll settle for delusion and call it peace.

The world is ripe for a world leader; someone who’ll fix everyone’s problems. Maybe you could be the one to rally the nations to throw down their arms, and unite once and for all.

Could be.

So, if you were running things what would you do to bring about world peace? Would you use “religion” to bring people together, or would you abolish religion altogether? Do you believe God has an answer for world peace? Or is he the problem?

Maybe you think the devil ought to have an opportunity to be in charge. Do you?

Some people happen to believe that God has NOT been in charge of things, though He has tried. There’s a group of people who ascribe to the idea that the devil HAS been running things, stirring up nation against nation, color against color, republican against democrat, and man against woman for about 6,000 years. Are you connected with THAT group?

I am.

Tell me what YOU’D do. No matter how bizarre or out of the box it sounds, put it down in writing. Who knows, someone may try it. You might find yourself winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Or something.

Or, you may not.

Regardless, let the world know what you would do, if YOU were running things.

Me? I’d rid the world of its hellish influence. Which, by the way, IS going to happen some day.

Yes, I see peace on the horizon. But I’m nobody’s fool. It’s not going to happen until the darkness gives way to the rising Son.

Count on it.

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I’m Gonna Smile!


“I can do it myself, Ollie”, Stan Laurel would say, in his own self-assured way.

The brains of the outfit, Oliver Hardy, would smack his partner around while saying, “That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley.”

Watching those guys always put a smile on my face.

What a pair. One who’s a bumbling goof, who thinks he can figure things out for himself, and the other guy, Mr. Big, who always insists on doing things HIS way then blames his partner when his plan fails.

Does this remind you of anyone?

I wonder what the devil will say to his fellow rebels when his days of tormenting others are through? I can just imagine, as the flames from the lake of fire crackle, engulfing satan and his clan forever, that old serpent hissing at the others, “that’sss another fine messss you’ve got ussss into!

I feel a huge smile coming on!

How about you?

Is Freethinking Free?


How much does it cost to be a freethinker?

What is a freethinker? According to the dictionary, it’s a person who forms his or her own opinions about important subjects (such as religion and politics) instead of accepting what other people say.

Is that even possible? Form your own opinion? Without anyone’s help or influence?

Maybe if the person was raised by wolves on a deserted island.

Another definition: freethinker – n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation. -The American Heritage Dictionary

The famous revolutionist Thomas Paine was a noted freethinker. While greatly despising Christianity, he did believe in a Creator. He believed simply because he could see evidence of a creator, and thus he reasoned there must be one. He advocated deism, though; which is a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe. In other words, no miracles, no revelation, no accountability to a god or a devil.

Natural religion, that is, religion based on reason rather than divine revelation, is such rip off. To believe that somehow, someway, someone created everything, and yet not believe in anything contrary to natural law is absurd. To think something or someone made the stuff yet has nothing to do with it? Really? And people think Christians are naive.

Much to do is being made today about man’s ability to reason his way out of the mess he’s in. How did man get into such a mess? Because he thought he was smarter than God. In fact, he STILL thinks that.

Man wants to be a freethinker because he doesn’t want to be accountable to someone’s rules. He’s just proud enough to believe he’s smart enough to figure out everything about the universe, our planet, life, and death. Thinking and reasoning is worshipped, and the God who said, “Come, let us reason together”, is completely ignored.

There’s no such thing as a freethinker, anyway. No one just dreams up a brand new thought. Not where morality, God, or spirituality are concerned.

We are affected by those around us, by those we read after, and by people we trust to speak into our life. Yes, we have to decide what we believe, but we are still influenced by our surroundings.

And God. And satan.

Faith in God comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith in man, in animals, in “Mother Nature”, and in the alignment of the stars and planets comes by hearing the whispered, deceitful ramblings of the evil one. Ever since the garden of Eden, where man first began the practice of freethinking, the devil has coerced and deceived man into believing:

-God is a myth
-The devil is also a myth
-Man is in charge of his own destiny (he pulls himself up)
-There’s no such thing as an eternal reward
-Hell was concocted by some tyrant who wanted to scare others into submission
-Mankind will eventually solve all of his problems
-Eternal life is within man’s ability to discover
-Morality isn’t important.
-Mankind is essentially good (just a few bad apples in the basket)
-If man doesn’t understand something, it must not be real. Therefore, God cannot be real.

The very FIRST freethinker was Lucifer. In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 the story is told of a mighty angel named Lucifer who chose to rebel, and lead a rebellion, against Almighty God. It’s one thing to “step out of the box” now and then, but Lucifer did not have the right to think for himself. He was created to serve.

Man was created with the right to choose, but within certain parameters. But the rebel influenced Adam and Eve’s thinking and down they went.

So, on and on man walks, alone with his thoughts. Freethinking. But not realizing his freethinking, his wonderful, grandiose thinking isn’t without a high cost.

The cost? A life without a true, God given purpose. A future without the glorious Presence of God.

Freethinkers, think about this. What if your reasoning is wrong? What if you’ve bought into a lie?

Finally, think about the One who thinks about you constantly, who is forever interceding for you. The One who thought about you so much he went to the cross, for you.

You and I believe something. We can’t get away from it.

Think what it would be like have eternal life, to know your savior, and know the peace of God that surpasses understanding.

Think about it. While you still can.

Freethinking isn’t free. It either costs you or it cost Jesus. Someone has to pay for Adam’s “freethinking”.

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I Believe In The Devil


I believe in the devil. Do you?

I believe in the devil, though I’ve never seen his face, can’t say he’s colored bright red or has horns.

I believe in the devil, with pitch fork, I doubt, a spiritual being in complete darkness adorned.

I believe in the devil, with a beginning and end, unlike his Creator who’s from everlasting

I believe in the devil, the perverter of justice, disrupter of unity, and hater of every good thing.

I believe in the devil, with his spirits of violence, the merchants of mayhem and infirmity.

I believe in the devil, the master of sales, and camouflaged in lies markets the scams of eternity.

I believe in the devil who’s “pitches” are many, like “the devil isn’t real”, or “hell’s a party forever.” And, “there are many ways to God”, “God is dead, hell ain’t real, and man was God’s ‘creator'”

I believe in the devil, the adversary of God, Lucifer of old, and the destroyer of perfection.

I believe in the devil, satan by title, liar by description.

I believe in the devil, the accuser of the brethren, the Prince of Darkness and master of deceit.

I believe in the devil, leader of the damned, created in beauty, but wrapped in conceit.

I believe in the devil, the twister of truth, the peddler of pride and trafficker of fear.

I believe in the devil, the one who wanted to be, swore he’d be, believes he is,

but is no where near, God.

I believe in the devil, slave to his own desires, Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, Achan’s sin.

I believe in the devil, wily and shrewd, without wisdom or revelation, confused within.

I believe in the devil, the future tenant of the lake of fire, the ruler of losers, the defeated foe.

I believe in the devil, Adam’s undoing, Samson’s Delilah, and the serpent who spoke.

I believe in the devil, purity’s mocker, Nimrod’s tower, and the host of all evil.

I believe in the devil, Cain’s jealous temper, the prophet of the rebellious, the world’s upheaval.


I believe in the devil, the hater of good, whisperer of exaggerations, tradesman of lust.

I believe in the devil, the greedy and selfish one, the one called lawless, who’s wholly unjust.

I believe in the devil, the curse of the law, the creature who crawls on his belly so low.

I believe in the devil, Judas’ disillusion, Jesus’ opponent, who inflicted Him with that deadly blow.

I believe in the devil, with crushed serpent’s head, who forgot the promise made by the Almighty.

I believe in the devil, Peter’s shame and Thomas’ doubt, the rich young ruler’s trap, the Roman’s Tree.

I believe in the devil, the defiler of all he touches, the roaring lion that seeks to devour all men.

I believe in the devil, our unseen enemy, with his beginning in Glory, and his soon welcomed end.

I believe in the devil, but my faith is in Jesus, the Light of the world, the Savior of all.

I believe in the devil, but I don’t owe him a thing, I’m no longer a slave to his beck and call.

I believe in the devil, I know who he is, the one called “defeated” in Christ’s glorious parade.

I believe in the devil, but that’s as far as it goes, his time’s running out; it’s Jesus Who saves.

I believe the devil’s real, a spiritual being, and the one diametrically opposed to all God Almighty is and does.

But I believe Jesus.

The devil believes in God, but he doesn’t believe God. Do you?

“Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them?” (James 2:19 MSG)

Mr. D. and the Bandwagon Believers


Once upon a time, in a land far from here, there lived a large group of people whom the Main Stream Media referred to as heretics. The people were kind hearted, always caring for the poor, the widows, and the orphans. But that didn’t matter to those in charge of the land, or the Main Stream Media.

Actually, the MSM wasn’t the evil culprit as many believed. There was another group, the Fraternity of the Unseen, or F.U.N. for short, which possessed superpowers enabling them to make people think and believe whatever FUN desired.

And they LOVED to have FUN with the MSM.

Paul’s Thorn vs. God’s Grace

20130622-112327.jpg“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV)

How many times have you read this passage like so: “And He said to me, ‘No, you will have to suffer with your thorn for the rest of your life. And if you keep complaining, you may have it a while longer'”?

That’s sort of the way I was taught, and thought to be true until I started looking at this thing called Grace.

See, if Grace meant “No”, we would certainly have a time believing the Good News, don’t you think? Like, “for by ‘No’ you were saved…”, or “they who receive the abundance of ‘No’…”. How about, “Noah found ‘No’ in the eyes of the Lord”? Or even, “the law came by Moses, but ‘No’ and truth came by Jesus”!

What if you were moving from from your house, and asked if you could borrow a truck from me. What would you think if I said, “My truck is sufficient for you, for the true value of my truck is demonstrated when you need it the most”? Does it sound like I was saying, “No”?

I believe the enemy of Grace and Truth has sold that lie to the Body of Christ! God’s Grace is SUFFICIENT! It’s MORE THAN ENOUGH! The truth Paul was trying to teach was, “There is nothing you are facing, or will face, that can’t be covered by God’s Grace.”

Paul’s Thorn? I heard the thorn Paul tried to have removed was bad eyes, a certain disease, even a nagging wife! Yep! After all, Paul and Silas had a son named Timothy… (I’ve heard it said). No, the thorn, or as we would say, the pain in the neck, was a messenger, demon, of satan sent to beat him blow after blow (buffet – KJV).

Read through the Book of Acts and notice all the times Paul got beat up! From his early days of preaching in Damascus and Jerusalem, throughout most of his remaining life, whenever he’d open his mouth to preach, someone tried to shut him up.

I wonder who instigated those beatings? God? No! The devil? YES!

There was a time, after going back home to Tarsus, Paul almost put away his preaching jacket because of the persecution he was enduring. Like us, he found the beatings to be less than desirable. And like us, he asked God to make them stop!

God’s response was one of encouragement and strength! In fact, it made Paul rejoice. Rejoice in beatings, in weakness, in confusion? NO! Rejoice because the infusion of God’s Grace, His help, is FAR GREATER than anything he had to endure!

Later on, in the last chapter of Acts, it appears Paul’s beatings had come to an end, “no man forbidding him.”

Any doctrine or teaching that yields territory to the devil, is of the devil. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are not in cahoots with the devil. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus came to give the opposite! The devil does not want us to understand the things of God. God does. The “messenger of satan” is what Paul called it, not the “messenger of God.”

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”(Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

Remember, we have an invitation to meet with God at His Throne of Grace; His Throne of help. Regardless of how relentless the enemy has been, the help we’ll find at God’s Throne is more than sufficient.

So we can say with Paul:

“Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

The Thorn loses its power in the Presence of God’s Grace!

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