Posts Tagged ‘devil’

The Day the Laughter Died

Jan 05

by Victoria Robinson

Some would say that April 26, 1989 is the day the laughter died. That is the day that the greatest comedienne of all time died. Lucille Ball who spent her life bringing laughter to millions was silenced. My dearest friend Cyndee and I have spent numerous hours laughing while watching I Love Lucy. Who could resist laughing as Lucy and Ethel frantically gobble handfuls of chocolate candy to hide their failure on their new job venture. What about that hilarious expression on Lucy’s face when her boss says, “Speed it up a little!”? But alas, our lives are not always filled with laughter. Life has a way of turning laughter into mourning.

The Bible gives us many examples of times the laughter died. One such was when Sarah had given birth to Isaac. On this joyous day she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Interestingly the name Isaac is Yitschaq in Hebrew which means “he laughs”. Yet, there would come a day when Sarah would find herself not laughing.  A great feast was held when Isaac was weaned. The truth is Sarah’s distress on this particular day was the result of sin. Sarah had refused to wait on the promise of God to have a child and took matters into her own hands. Subsequently Hagar gave birth to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. At the feast, Sarah observed Ishmael mocking her son Isaac. Like any mother, this upset her.

Girlfriends, has your laughter died? There are many reasons we  find ourselves not laughing. One is quite simply sin. If this is why your laughter has ceased, then immediate repentance will bring joy to your heart and times of laughter to return.

 Another reason is that our heavenly Father allows difficulties to come into our life in order for His greater purposes to be accomplished. Such is the case of the many hardships Joseph had to endure in the book of Genesis. If this is the reason you have no laughter, then accepting God’s greater plan for your life will bring you joy. Last year in the short span of a week I had three friends lose their husbands. All these ladies have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have the comfort only He can provide. However, understandably this was a period in their lives with very little laughter.

The enemy of your soul also wants to steal your laughter. Sometimes he will even convince you of a lie. For instance, “God is not going to bring you through a difficult time.” The only way to prevent Satan from absconding with your laughter is shielding yourself with the Word. The book of Ephesians tells us to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. The word faith in the original Greek is pistis which means conviction of the truth. The way to have conviction of the truth is to immerse yourself in the Word of God.

Laughter is an important gift our heavenly Father has given us. The Word of God tells us laughter can even bring healing to our bodies.
 
While we must recognize the truth that King Solomon told us so long ago—there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, let us examine our hearts to see if and why the laughter has died. If repentance is needed then, let us have a change of heart and watch the laughter return. If we are walking through divinely appointed hardships, let us rejoice in the fact that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. If we are believing lies Satan is telling us, let us put on the shield of conviction of the truth of the Word of God.
 

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow the laughter to return to our hearts and enjoy the life God has chosen for us.

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” ~ Genesis 21:5-10 NIV
 
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. ~ Genesis 50:19-20 NIV
  
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage and help you. ~ James 7:7-10 TLB
 
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. ~ Ephesians 6:16 NIV
 
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22 NIV
  

a time to weep and a time to laugh … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV
 
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. ~ Proverbs 31:25 NIV
 
… Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ~ Luke 6:21 NIV

Lurking in the Grass

Jun 06

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, is something lurking in the grass around you? I have a precious little four-year-old friend who recognizes the scriptural fact that something is lurking in her life. When we have a discussion about sin she tells me the sneaky snake is the reason she sins. My dear little friend has grasped a concept we all need to be mindful of. At all times there is a sneaky snake lurking around you with the intent to entice you into sin. In the Word of God we find a snake as the first and final villain. As the story of Genesis unfolds we see the introduction of a villain—the snake. We read that the snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals. In the book of Revelation we see the final account of this villainous snake also known as the devil. In the final book we see how the snake is restrained.

I love what the great commentator Matthew Henry observes concerning the temptation of sin the sneaky snake tries to pull on our Lord and Savior.

Christ refused to comply with it. He would not command these stones to be made bread; not because he could not; his power, which soon after this turned stones into bread; but he would not. And why would he not? At first view, the thing appears justifiable enough, and the truth is, the more plausible a temptation is, and the greater appearance there is of good in it, the more dangerous it is. This matter would bear a dispute, but Christ was soon aware of the snake in the grass, and would not do any thing, First, That looked like questioning the truth of the voice he heard from heaven, or putting that upon a new trial which was already settled. Secondly, That looked like distrusting his Father’s care of him, or limiting him to one particular way of providing for him. Thirdly, That looked like setting up for himself, and being his own carver; or, Fourthly, That looked like gratifying Satan, by doing a thing at his motion. Some would have said, To give the Devil his due, this was good counsel; but for those who wait upon God, to consult him, is more than his due; it is like enquiring of the god Ekron, when there is a God in Israel.
Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible

With precision, our Lord and Savior turned temptation from the sneaky snake into triumph. Having experienced being tempted in every way by the sneaky snake, He NEVER let down his guard. Girlfriends, do not be deceived, the first appearance by the sneaky snake was made in a beautiful and perfect garden setting. When all is going well, it is easy to allow ourselves to mindlessly give into fine sounding arguments, just as Eve did. However, we must imitate our Lord and Savior through the correct use of the Word itself.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be vigilant in looking for the enemy who is lurking in the grass around us.

The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” ~  Genesis 3:1 CEV
 
I saw an angel come down from heaven, carrying the key to the deep pit and a big chain. He chained the dragon for a thousand years. It is that old snake, who is also known as the devil and Satan. ~  Revelation 20:1-2 CEV
 
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating  for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’ ” Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God’s Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: ‘God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.’ ” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don’t try to test the Lord your God!’ ” Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms on earth and their power. The devil said to him, “I will give all this to you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him. ~ Matthew 4:1-11 CEV
 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. ~Hebrews 12:1-4 NIV
 
Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. ~  Hebrews 4:15-16 CEV

Lock Your Door!

Mar 11

by Victoria Robinson

I would never consider leaving the door to my house unlocked, yet that is what I sometimes allow to happen spiritually. Through the carelessness of sin I allow the “thief” to come right in and take what he wants. Sometimes I even hold the door open for him so he can carry my possessions away. That is a sad thought!

When you sin it is like giving Satan a key to your life. The apostle Paul gave us a clear example of this when he said, “… don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.” Think of it this way—when someone knocks on your door, do you open it just a little thinking if you do not want them in, you can keep them out? Certainly not! That would be foolish because if their foot could get wedged in, this would give them leverage to push the door open and come right in.

When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart I not only received the free gift of eternal life, but I received the key to lock the “thief” out. The thief of course is Satan. My sin unlocks the door for him to come pillage my life. Dearest girlfriends, let us stay alert and lock the door so the thief cannot steal from us.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. ~ Matthew 24:43 NIV
 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~ John 10:10 NIV
 
And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT

A Cute New Outfit

Feb 05

by Victoria Robinson

There is nothing like a cute new outfit to cheer a girl up. In the book of Genesis we see a story of an entire household putting on new clothes and oh what a difference it made. The patriarch Jacob, told his family and all who were with them to, “… purify yourselves and change your clothes.” As much fun as a new outfit is, the emphasis here is really on purifying their hearts. They got rid of all their idols and returned to God.

Girlfriends, are you at a place in your life where you need to put on a “new outfit” for your Lord? It is so much more refreshing to have a change of heart than to put on the most exquisite clothing you can imagine.  Because we are all susceptible to sin, we must constantly look in the full length mirror and examine what we are “wearing”. My favorite Scripture was written by King David when he desperately needed to purify his heart. He said, “Create in me a pure heart, O God …”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would put on “cute new outfits” by praying the words of the psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

… purify yourselves and change your clothes. ~ Genesis 35:2 NIV 

Create in me a pure heart, O God … ~ Psalm 51:10 NIV

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:7-10 NIV
 
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. ~ 1 John 1:8-10 NIV
 
“Therefore come out from them and be separate,  says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. ~2 Corinthians 6:17-18,7:1 NIV