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The Devil’s Best?

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I was able to visit Jerry in jail last night. One of the things that we were talking about was “the devil’s best.” Jerry told me how he had been sharing with a younger cell mate who has two small children. The cell mate was telling Jerry that he was afraid that he was going to have to spend a lot of time in prison and miss his children growing up. Jerry had already told the guy about how Jesus has changed his own life. This younger cell mate had come back to talk to Jerry some more about what he could be facing.

Jerry told this fellow prisoner: “If you keep playing around with the devil, the only best that the devil has for you is here (in jail or prison) or dead. If you don’t choose Jesus and let Him change your life, then you are choosing to let the devil have your life. The devil wants you imprisoned, with no freedom, your life destroyed or you dead.”

Jerry also explained to him how he knows this other than reading it in the Bible – he knows it because he has spent many years in jail and prison – because he thought that he could live his own way, enjoy what he wanted and not hurt anyone or anything. Jerry has lived this and knows this from experience. He has tested this theory in his own life and has seen the results of being a slave to sin. Sin is pleasurable but for just a season! Sin is wrong because it hurts us and others around us and it will reap it’s own reward which is death and destruction!

Also, Jerry shared with his cell mate that a life serving Jesus is so much more rewarding, not only when we die and get to see Jesus face to face, but also here on earth. Jerry shared the love that he has been given by God through a wife, children, extended family, friends and a church family that is supportive and loving. He also talked about how the peace of God that comes with living a life with Jesus as Lord. The small things that we take for granted, like laughing with our children or hugging our wife, are what Jerry said are the most beautiful.

Jerry’s cell mate’s reason for being in jail was related to substance abuse. Jerry and I both have come from that background. For me, being sober and being fully “in” the moment with my family is precious! How I ever chose to drink, take pills or smoke marijuana and think that I would enjoy those moments more than being fully sober is such a mystery, now. I do understand. I have been there. But, now, being sober and loving it – living life on life’s terms and being able to face problems head on and with Jesus’ strength and power at work in my life – being able to laugh a genuine and sober giggle with my children – is far more precious than any drug or alcohol induced haze.

Come out with us! Listen to Jesus knock on the door of your heart! Do you want to be free and to know that Jesus is Lord of your life? Please join us in the family of God!

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Truth – the Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:31-32 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

One thing about the truth: even though mankind may try to twist the truth or change the truth to fit his own desires, the truth never changes. The truth is absolute. The truth is eternal. That is one thing that is beautiful about the truth. The truth is pure and changes for no man, for no woman and certainly not for the devil.

Mankind in today’s world and in general, does not believe in God or His ways. Those who mock God and have contempt for Him, His rules and His people do not have any desire for truth. A man with himself for a god does not see a need for following the rules set by anyone other than himself. What a man like this thinks is that if those other people with their rules would just leave me alone, I could be happy. I could be happy if they would just let me live my life the way that I want to and do whatever I desire to do. I am not a bad person, I have love in my heart for those that I care to love and I will be happier if they will just stop trying to control me.

What is sad about trying to twist the truth or discount the truth because one thinks that he or she will be happier if everyone else’s truth will just leave them alone to their’s, is that there is only one truth that will allow for a man to be happy and at peace. The truth that others find so offensive is there to protect, inspire, encourage and grow a man’s heart, mind, soul, and body.

The way that the Truth sets you free is this: When you accept the Truth and stop fighting the truth, then you are set free from the constant struggle of trying to find or establish your own truth. Also, your own truth will lead to spiritual death and destruction, physical death and deterioration, mental and emotional pain and death and ultimately an eternal type of death where you are separated from your Creator and Redeemer, forever.
The following verses are one example:
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
The Bible also tells us that there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of that is death.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Our Creator, our Heavenly Father, knows how we are formed and what will hurt us, heal us, damage us, enhance us and how we are affected by every food, substance, emotion, motivation and behavior. That is why He gave us His Word and His truth and His guidelines to live. God hates sin because it hurts us. Sin is sin because it damages us and entangles us. We are free when we accept and hold to the teachings of Jesus and God’s Word and stop struggling to be our own gods. We are free when we make Jesus the Lord of our lives and we are brought into His kingdom of light and our eyes are opened to the lies and deceptions and delusions that we have been tricked and ensnared into believing. We are free when Jesus breaks the chains of addictions and bondage and oppression and spiritual darkness. He has done this, will we accept? Will we be free? Will we walk in the absolute Truth? Will we walk in the freedom and the victory that Jesus purchased for us with His own blood?