Is God Holding Out on Us?

Who has your ear? Who do you trust snd believe?

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Mark Altrogge

Friday, March 9, 2018

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Satan can’t force us to sin. So he tries the next best thing – to get us to doubt God’s word and character.

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He tempted Eve to doubt God’s word.

God had warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they’d die. Satan said, “You will not surely die.” He says to us, “Go ahead and sin, nothing will happen to you.” “You can sin just this once and it will be okay.” “Only one more time and you can quit tomorrow”  “God will forgive you.” “You’re saved, you won’t go to hell.” “No one will see you.”  “Everybody else does it, and nothing happens to them.”

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He tempted Eve to doubt God’s character.

“God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” In other words, “God’s holding out on you. Lying to you. He’s not good. He knows if you eat you’ll become like him and he doesn’t want that.”

God’s word is filled with promises which reflect his character. Promises to never cease doing good to us. To never leave nor forsake us. To be with us in trials, to be near us and hear us. To protect and deliver us from evil. To sustain, provide for, counsel and guide us.

But life throws things at us that seem to contradict God’s word and character. We lose a job or a loved one. We feel incredibly weak and helpless. We can’t see any possible solution to our dilemma.

“God doesn’t love you,” Satan whispers. “A loving God wouldn’t do this to you.” “If he were good he could have prevented this.” “God doesn’t answer prayer. After all, how many times have you asked and he hasn’t come through?”

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A Few Truths…

We don’t have to be going through tough times for the enemy to attack God’s word and character.

After all, Eve was in paradise. Satan will tempt us when things are going great. Perhaps he’ll tell us to ignore one of God’s warnings or commands to flee evil.

The devil doesn’t announce himself with a bullhorn.

“Satan here, feeding you lies to destroy you!” No – he presents these thoughts as our own. They are the “fiery darts” we must put out with the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:1-23). If they aren’t directly from Satan, they arise from our own unbelief. Either way, these thoughts challenge God’s character.

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A Charge for You…

Will we believe Satan’s lies or God’s word?

Will we believe God’s promises or our own interpretation of things? Eve looked at the fruit, and it appeared to be good for wisdom. So she believed her senses instead of God’s word.

Cling to God’s promises, no matter what fiery darts the enemy shoots at you.

Believe God’s promises even if all creation seems to contradict it. Believe God’s word over your strongest feelings. Of course to believe God’s promises, you must regularly take them in, for “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).

So what are you believing about God today?

Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter. Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.

Editor’s note: This article has been adapted from “Is God Holding out on You,” found here.

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Satan Never Rests; Experience the Joy of Forgiveness

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God’s Promises – I will forgive your sins. I will give you joy (in your heart). I will give your freedom.

The Power of Forgiveness is Joy. Last night during my sleep, Satan was at work. I dreamed that Psalm 32 was false.  Satan was attempting to trick me to believe that Psalm 32 was not of God. He does not want us to truly forgive, because there is freedom in forgiveness. If you hold on to past hurts, you have not forgiven and are bound by forgiveness. You reside in sin. Satan did not want me to share this message. You cannot imagine the difficulty in posting it. He does not want us to be free.

Well, Psalm 32 is entitled, The Joy of Forgiveness. David wrote this confession after sinning with Bathsheba. While many of us have not committed adultery, collusion, or murder, as David did but, we have sinned. If God could forgive David, He can certainly forgive us. There is nothing so horrible or despicable that God turns His head when we cry out.

Oh, what joy for those
    whose disobedience is forgiven,
    whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
    whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
    whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,
    my body wasted away,
    and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
Psalm 32, NIV

Forgiveness goes beyond asking for forgiveness of sins we have committed, we must also Forgiveness4ask for forgiveness when we cannot forgive those who have sinned against us. When someone close sinned, and their sin affected us, we must forgive them. God cannot forgive us if we fail to forgive others. It is through this brokenness that God can forgive us.

“When we find ourselves discouraged because we have repeated a certain sin, turn to God in prayer. Ask Him to apply His forgiveness to your life and receive His mercy. He loves you and wants to enjoy your fellowship once again.

Confession clears our hearts spiritually and makes it possible for us once more to experience deep fellowship with God. Unconfessed sin makes us weak, discouraged, and ultimately miserable.”

The hope of those who are right with God is joy, but the hope of the sinful comes to nothing. Proverbs 10:28, NLV

Enjoy the Joy of the Lord. Confess your sins and experience His freedom.

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God Breathed

He breathed and gave us life.

Isn’t this statement profound? God breathed and created a universe, the atmosphere, the earth and everything on it, including us, all in seven days. But, he didn’t stop there. He gave us the Word.

He teaches us, prepares us, and equips us to make the correct decisions to do His work. To ensure we are involved in a relationship with Him, He provides the Bible as our handbook, and free will to make our own decisions and choose what is right. We decide if we want to follow His Word, or our sinful nature. He does not blind followers. He wants committed followers. He wants us to want Salvation.

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All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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