Devil

I believe God is real. With that I believe the Devil is too.  The way God is Love, the Devil is evil.  A good while back, I can’t really remember exactly when, but I found a truth about the way contradicting things have a way of helping you understand the opposite in more detail.

My God loves me and has good things in store for me at all times. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.  ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

The Devil, on the other hand, has a different agenda.  In John 10:10 Jesus tells us:

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

So to believe God exists, we must also keep in mind the Devil( Satan, Lucifer, prince of darkness, etc….) also exists.

To acknowledge the devil’s existence does not grant us an excuse to blame him for when we do something bad or wrong (“The devil made me do it!” Is a no good excuse).  For he, in a somewhat similar way to God, can influence us to certain options, but we ourselves are ultimately free to choose the way we go and are fully responsible for our actions.  Though we may be mislead or deceived, our actions still bear consequences.

The good news is, when we do take action in the wrong direction, He sent his son to save us, help us redirect, and get back in right standing with our God.  Thank you Jesus!

Good and Bad, God and the Devil

So Good and Bad, God and the Devil or Heaven and hell can be understood better when we look at their opposites. The good choices we make bring us closer to fellowship with God which anytime with God is Heavenly.  The contrast is the bad choices we make take us away from God’s fellowship and anytime away from God is hell.

Something my dad told me a long time ago, which at the time I didn’t understand and took it kind of hard, was that God loves me enough to let me go to hell. The good news is He sent his son to redeem me so I don’t have to stay there forever.

God gives us free choice because he loves us. He won’t  force us to love Him.

I hope this all makes sense and blessed you.

May God’s love and blessing flourish in yer life!

5 Replies to “Devil”

  1. I like to picture my Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt because it says I want to be formal but I’m here to party! – Cal Naughton, Jr

  2. Thankfully, God has delivered us by sending us our savior, Jesus Christ. He has also equipped us with his gift of the Holy Spirit to help us feel God’s presence and discern which of our actions are healthy, misleading, or downright wrong.

    The devil is a great deceiver with lots of patience and presence in our world today. Which, is very obvious when we look at our newsfeeds, current events in our neighborhoods, country, and the world as a whole.

    Thinking about what you wrote referring to understanding things by contradictions: God’s spirit can grow inside us, it is pure, love, and all things good. But the devil, can also have a stronghold on us when we allow it, his purpose, everything contradicting God’s.
    Choosing things to help grow this connection and strengthen this ability to “hear” or feel God’s prompting is where I want to be. Proactive rather than reactive. Although, sometimes easier said than done!

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