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#2113 Sep 11, 2012
Hi Cooterdog, got my computer back . I couldn't remember the link to this thread for the life of me.
I tried every combination you could think of .
I missed you.

Going Through Spiritual Confusion
September 12, 2012
Jesus answered and said,’You do not know what you ask’—Matthew 20:22

There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

The Shrouding of His Friendship (see Luke 11:5-8). Jesus gave the illustration here of a man who appears not to care for his friend. He was saying, in effect, that is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think that He is an unkind friend, but remember?He is not. The time will come when everything will be explained. There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller fellowship and oneness. When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?

The Shadow on His Fatherhood (see Luke 11:11-13). Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father?as if He were callous and indifferent— but remember, He is not.“Everyone who asks receives ...”(Luke 11:10). If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang on to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.

The Strangeness of His Faithfulness (see Luke 18:1-8).“When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”(Luke 18:8). Will He find the kind of faith that counts on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand firm in faith, believing that what Jesus said is true, although in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you are asking of Him right now.

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#2114 Sep 12, 2012
LTM wrote:
Hi Cooterdog, got my computer back . I couldn't remember the link to this thread for the life of me.
I tried every combination you could think of .
I missed you.
Going Through Spiritual Confusion
September 12, 2012
Jesus answered and said,’You do not know what you ask’—Matthew 20:22
There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.
The Shrouding of His Friendship (see Luke 11:5-8). Jesus gave the illustration here of a man who appears not to care for his friend. He was saying, in effect, that is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think that He is an unkind friend, but remember?He is not. The time will come when everything will be explained. There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller fellowship and oneness. When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?
The Shadow on His Fatherhood (see Luke 11:11-13). Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father?as if He were callous and indifferent— but remember, He is not.“Everyone who asks receives ...”(Luke 11:10). If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang on to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.
The Strangeness of His Faithfulness (see Luke 18:1-8).“When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”(Luke 18:8). Will He find the kind of faith that counts on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand firm in faith, believing that what Jesus said is true, although in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you are asking of Him right now.
It's so good to have you back. Got confusion about faith alright. Refusing to allow a bunch of young bloods come into the church scene and take over jobs elders have had probably before these young ones were born. I just don't get it...folks have dedicated their lives to God and participated in a church for decades have been told by youth..."move over I can do a better job." What these youths fail to understand with age comes wisdom and maybe it's time they find a place in the church, but not toss the elders to the curb. Got a meeting with my pastor about this horrible ordeal this evening. If things are not changed back to the elders being able to come and go as their health permits, I may be not going back to church. My parents are in this age range and they aren't always able to attend every church service at a different church not because they just don't want to go, but because their bodies just don't want to cooperate. These youths need to respect elders especially this group because these elders do come to church maybe not just every time the doors are open and attend at different times to pray for people. The youth telling the elders to give up their church keys is where I draw a land in the sand. Off my soap box for this morning. See you later, LTM. It is really good to have back and after listening to my soap box story you may find yourself wishing you still had time away. I hope this post finds you well and having a fun day!
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2115 Sep 12, 2012
COOTERDOG wrote:
<quoted text>It's so good to have you back. Got confusion about faith alright. Refusing to allow a bunch of young bloods come into the church scene and take over jobs elders have had probably before these young ones were born. I just don't get it...folks have dedicated their lives to God and participated in a church for decades have been told by youth..."move over I can do a better job." What these youths fail to understand with age comes wisdom and maybe it's time they find a place in the church, but not toss the elders to the curb. Got a meeting with my pastor about this horrible ordeal this evening. If things are not changed back to the elders being able to come and go as their health permits, I may be not going back to church. My parents are in this age range and they aren't always able to attend every church service at a different church not because they just don't want to go, but because their bodies just don't want to cooperate. These youths need to respect elders especially this group because these elders do come to church maybe not just every time the doors are open and attend at different times to pray for people. The youth telling the elders to give up their church keys is where I draw a land in the sand. Off my soap box for this morning. See you later, LTM. It is really good to have back and after listening to my soap box story you may find yourself wishing you still had time away. I hope this post finds you well and having a fun day!
Hi Cooterdog I am so glad to hear from you.
Sometimes, young people feel that its their time and by pushing the elders aside lose out on alot of insight and some wise teaching. The way you describe sounds cruel, they way the younger ones are handling the situation.
Our church has what we call a voting system, and the people have a say who they believe is the best for that position. There is a lot of praying and seek God in this process.
It goes on for months
I will be praying on this with you Cooterdog.
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LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2117 Sep 13, 2012
Reflection of God's Love from F.B.
THE LIVING CORNER STONE & A CHOSEN PEOPLE
1 Peter 2:1-12
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"
8 and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2118 Sep 13, 2012
Reflection of God's Love



THE LIVING CORNER STONE & A CHOSEN PEOPLE

1 Peter 2:1-12

1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"
8 and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2119 Sep 13, 2012
Sorry for the double post.

“Right To Die With Dignity ”

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Since: Oct 11

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#2120 Sep 13, 2012
LTM wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Cooterdog I am so glad to hear from you.
Sometimes, young people feel that its their time and by pushing the elders aside lose out on alot of insight and some wise teaching. The way you describe sounds cruel, they way the younger ones are handling the situation.
Our church has what we call a voting system, and the people have a say who they believe is the best for that position. There is a lot of praying and seek God in this process.
It goes on for months
I will be praying on this with you Cooterdog.
I appreciate your prayers for this situation and I'm praying for God's Will be done. I did meet with the pastor yesterday evening. If you are having any problems with topix, please don't think it is your computer. Topix has been having some problems especially losing posts, double posts and even getting a 200 error after posting comments. I am going to read your posts for the day. How's your day?

“Right To Die With Dignity ”

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Since: Oct 11

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#2121 Sep 13, 2012
LTM wrote:
Reflection of God's Love
THE LIVING CORNER STONE & A CHOSEN PEOPLE
1 Peter 2:1-12
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"
8 and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Walk the walk and talk the talk...lead by example. Good post, LTM.
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2122 Sep 13, 2012
COOTERDOG wrote:
<quoted text>I appreciate your prayers for this situation and I'm praying for God's Will be done. I did meet with the pastor yesterday evening. If you are having any problems with topix, please don't think it is your computer. Topix has been having some problems especially losing posts, double posts and even getting a 200 error after posting comments. I am going to read your posts for the day. How's your day?
My day is great its beautiful out I got alot of cleaning done kids back to school. My husband is painting the place it smells so nice and clean .
What happened at the meeting with your Pastor??
My daughter told me that too , her computer has been doing the same thing. Its not to bad to night

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#2123 Sep 13, 2012
LTM wrote:
<quoted text>
My day is great its beautiful out I got alot of cleaning done kids back to school. My husband is painting the place it smells so nice and clean .
What happened at the meeting with your Pastor??
My daughter told me that too , her computer has been doing the same thing. Its not to bad to night
I asked for him and I to pray before another word was spoken and after prayer I handed him a piece of paper containing a pastor's name, phone number, and location of the church where these young people had migrated. He picked up the phone and was having a conversation with the pastor so I felt it appropriate to wave goodbye and leave. I am waiting for a response, but if this pastor does as he has done in the past with problems in the church, he will go to the youths and speak to them in private. That's a good thing and I am praying that God will give this pastor wisdom. What colors are you using to paint? I have leather, dark brown furniture with wormy chestnut wood floors and my living room walls are white, but I have been pondering to do a light lilac. I think the color change will give the room so warmth plus highlight the tones of the floors and furniture.
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2124 Sep 13, 2012
COOTERDOG wrote:
<quoted text>I asked for him and I to pray before another word was spoken and after prayer I handed him a piece of paper containing a pastor's name, phone number, and location of the church where these young people had migrated. He picked up the phone and was having a conversation with the pastor so I felt it appropriate to wave goodbye and leave. I am waiting for a response, but if this pastor does as he has done in the past with problems in the church, he will go to the youths and speak to them in private. That's a good thing and I am praying that God will give this pastor wisdom. What colors are you using to paint? I have leather, dark brown furniture with wormy chestnut wood floors and my living room walls are white, but I have been pondering to do a light lilac. I think the color change will give the room so warmth plus highlight the tones of the floors and furniture.
I AM GLAD YOU PRAYED WITH YOUR PASTOR ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, GOD'S WILL, WILL BE DONE.
I am an earth colour person, I like bright colours, I have Sandringham in my front room, my bathroom is like a rose colour with white wood frames. my bedrooms are a creme brulee with white wood frames . My kitchen is white with a dark walnut cabnets. My dining set is just a bit lighter. I have dark brown carpets through out the house. Except in one bedroom its dark blue but I am going to change it. My money ran out I had to replace so much with all the bedbug problems.
I want to buy a new sectional for my front room, so I am holding on to some money The Brick is going to have some fall sells pretty soon LOL.
Lilac is a nice colour, I painted my room that colour once it is a nice warm colour.
My husband had to stop painting for a while with all the move his back is weak, so I have the first coat on everything, LOL I am a patient woman its clean any way LOL
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2125 Sep 13, 2012
Do You Belong to Jesus?

James Smith


The Lord Jesus has a people peculiarly his own. He claims them. They are his, for his Father gave them to him. They are his, for he bought them with his own blood. They are his, for he called them by his own Spirit. They are his, and he visits them, cares for them, leads them, protects them, is now preparing a glorious inheritance for them, and will soon come and receive them unto himself, that where he is, there they may be also. Happy are the people who belong to Jesus. Precious Savior, I value this distinction above any, above all that earth can bestow! May I belong to Jesus—and I ask no more!

Friend, do you belong to Jesus? Do you truly know him? What are your views of him? Have you had any personal dealings with him? If you belong to Jesus, you do know him, for he says, "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep—and my sheep know me." You know his name—and trust in it. You know his blood—and rely on it. You know his promise—and believe in it. You know his will—and endeavor to do it. You know his fellowship—and seek to enjoy it. You know his person—and love it.

If you belong to Jesus, you have Scriptural views of him. To you, he is the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely one. You view him as more necessary to your soul—than light, air, food, or clothing is for your body. You feel as if you could never prize him enough, praise him enough, or enjoy him enough. "To you who believe—he is precious." Incomparably precious! Inconceivably precious!

If you belong to Jesus, you have had personal dealings with him. You have gone to him as a poor guilty sinner seeking a Savior. You have cast yourself at his feet. You have ventured your soul on his blood, obedience, and word. You have found peace in believing on him. If you have once had personal dealings with Jesus, you have often done so. Hence Peter writes, "Unto whom coming, as unto a living stone." Having once come to him—we continue coming. We bring ...
our sins to him—to be pardoned,
our needs him—to be supplied,
our grievances him—to be redressed,
our sorrow him—to be sanctified, and
our souls him—to be comforted and completely saved.

If you belong to Jesus, you have found peace in his blood, comfort in his love, and liberty in doing his will. Jesus is your all. Your faith centers in him. Your hope is built on him. Your love ascends to him. Your brightest prospect is to be forever with him.

cont
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2126 Sep 13, 2012
Do you belong to Jesus—and yet keep aloof from his people? You ought to be united to them, to walk with them, and to prize their fellowship. Sheep love to be in flocks. Saints love to be in fellowship with each other.

Do you belong to Jesus, and never speak of him? You should speak of him to his foes, and try to win them; to his friends to cheer and delight them.

Do you belong to Jesus, and not work for him? He has given to every man his work. He expects all that belong to him to be employed for him. He meets those who work righteousness, and rejoice in his ways. Meeting them, he renders them happy, successful, and honorable. He wrought for us once—and we are to work for him now.

Do you belong to Jesus—and yet neglect to meet him at his throne of grace? He invites you to come. To come boldly; to come often. He loves to see you there. He loves to hear your voice. No music is so sweet to him—as the voices of his people offering prayer and praise.

Do you belong to Jesus—and yet neglect his ordinances? You ought to profess faith in his name by baptism, and to commemorate his love at his own table. He points to the breaking of bread, and says, "Do this in remembrance of me." He is always at the table himself, and he wishes us to be there. Little things should never keep us away. Differences with our fellow believers should not keep us away. Jesus does not say, "If all is comfortable, if every one is agreeable, if there is nothing whatever amiss—then meet and remember me." No—but he simply says, "Do it in remembrance of me," and we ought to be quite sure that he will justify our absence before staying away.

Do you belong to Jesus, and still mix up with the world? Has he not said, "Come out from among them—and be separate?" Is not the world peopled with his enemies? Does not his Apostle eay, "If any man will be the friend of the world—he is the enemy of God?" Surely, if you are one of Christ's sheep, he will set his mark upon you, and that mark will distinguish you from the world around you. The mark that Jesus puts on his people is holiness. Holiness, which appears in hatred to sin, imitation of Jesus, and consecration to the service of God. If we are holy—it will appear in our spirit and temper, in our conduct and conversation, in our separation from the world and dedication to the service of God. If we are holy, the Bible will be our guide, the Holy Spirit our teacher, and the exaltation of the Lord Jesus the great object of our life.

Do you belong to Jesus, and encourage a sectarian spirit? Does not Jesus love all his people? Does he not love them all alike? Does he not wish them to walk together as brethren, as fellow heirs of the grace of life. Suppose one uses a form of worship, and another worships without. Suppose one is an episcopalian, and another a congregationalist. Should these points alienate our affections? Will such matters justify our indulging in a sour, bitter, censorious, proud, or selfish spirit? Is not separation for such matters—a proof that we are very carnal, and have but little of the spirit?

cont
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2127 Sep 13, 2012
Jesus has but one body, of which he is the head; but one flock, of which he is the shepherd; but one bride, of which he is the bridegroom. The parts may be scattered abroad at present—but they will be collected and brought together by and bye.

If we really belong to Jesus, let us prove it by doing as Jesus commands us. "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." This command of Jesus is sacred: it is binding on us all. It should, if possible, be carried out to the very letter.

Do you belong to Jesus? Is it doubtful? Are you of those who call him, "Lord, Lord—but do not the things which he has commanded?" Have you faith in Jesus? Have you committed your soul to his keeping? Is he your daily bread? Is he the only ground of your hope?

Do you doubt whether you belong to Jesus? If you do, let me ask—do you belong to Satan? Do you own him as your master? Do you obey him? Or, do you belong to the world? Is the world your master? Do you follow its customs, its maxims, its fashions? Do you breathe its spirit, enjoy the company of its citizens, and prize its empty pleasures?

Whose are you? This ought to be decided. Do you wish to belong to Jesus? Are you willing to make a full surrender of yourself to Jesus? Will you look away from everything within you, and everything done by you—to Jesus alone, and expect a full salvation by simply looking to him? If so, you belong to Jesus. But if you cannot trust him to save you, without money and without cost; if you must join something you feel, or something you do—with the work of Jesus, to assure you of salvation, there is reason to fear that you do not belong to Jesus.

Let me entreat you to venture your naked soul on him, look simply and alone to him, trust wholly and altogether to him, and then you are saved. Then you belong to Jesus, and Jesus with all he has belongs to you. You are his beloved child, and he is your Father. You are his much prized sheep, and he is your shepherd. You are a branch, and he is the living vine that quickens, supports, supplies, and nourishes you up to everlasting life. Oh to be one of those who belong to Jesus, when he comes "to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all those who believe!"
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2128 Sep 19, 2012
Bible verse of the day

31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:31-34 (KJV)

Thursday, September 20, 2012
This Evening's Meditation
C. H. Spurgeon

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"In the evening withhold not thy hand."—Ecclesiastes 11:6.
N the evening of the day opportunities are plentiful: men return from their labour, and the zealous soul-winner finds time to tell abroad the love of Jesus. Have I no evening work for Jesus? If I have not, let me no longer withhold my hand from a service which requires abundant labour. Sinners are perishing for lack of knowledge; he who loiters may find his skirts crimson with the blood of souls. Jesus gave both His hands to the nails, how can I keep back one of mine from His blessed work? Night and day He toiled and prayed for me, how can I give a single hour to the pampering of my flesh with luxurious ease? Up, idle heart; stretch out thy hand to work, or uplift it to pray; heaven and hell are in earnest, let me be so, and this evening sow good seed for the Lord my God.
The evening of life has also its calls. Life is so short that a morning of manhood's vigour, and an evening of decay, make the whole of it. To some it seems long, but a four-pence is a great sum of money to a poor man. Life is so brief that no man can afford to lose a day. It has been well said that if a great king should bring us a great heap of gold, and bid us take as much as we could count in a day, we should make a long day of it; we should begin early in the morning, and in the evening we should not withhold our hand; but to win souls is far nobler work, how is it that we so soon withdraw from it? Some are spared to a long evening of green old age; if such be my case, let me use such talents as I still retain, and to the last hour serve my blessed and faithful Lord. By His grace I will die in harness, and lay down my charge only when I lay down my body. Age may instruct the young, cheer the faint, and encourage the desponding; if eventide has less of vigorous heat, it should have more of calm wisdom, therefore in the evening I will not withhold my hand.
LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2129 Sep 19, 2012
Satan's Imitators by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
Of all the brother teams in the Old Testament, Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Hophni and Phinehas, etc., perhaps none was so outstanding as Moses and Aaron. Together they were called upon to undertake the impossible dream--the exodus of Israel from Egypt. Jehovah had made Moses a god to Pharaoh and brother Aaron was his prophet. As a team they stood before the Egyptian king and demanded the release of God's people Israel.
During the new kingdom period the power of Pharaoh was unsurpassed among contemporary nations. At times his kingdom extended as far as the Euphrates River. For Moses and Aaron to appear at the royal Egyptian court demanding that the people of Israel be set free was a challenge to Pharaoh's power. From the start the king's attitude was one of arrogant defiance. Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go"(Exodus 5:2).
But the Lord had forewarned Moses and Aaron of Pharaoh's attitude, informing them that when the king asked for a miracle to prove God's power they should cast Aaron's rod to the ground and it would become a serpent. When Pharaoh questioned them, Aaron obeyed God and, as God had promised, the rod miraculously became a serpent. However, much to the surprise of Moses and Aaron, the king of Egypt called upon his wise men sorcerers to do the same and their rods too became serpents.
Apparently these Egyptian magicians knew the secret of paralyzing a snake by applying pressure on the back of the neck. This would make the serpent become rigid and the pompous Egyptian sorcerers would stroll along the streets using the paralyzed snakes as walking sticks. When they cast the snake to the ground, releasing the pressure, the snake would begin to crawl. Capturing the snake was a simple matter of grabbing it by the back of the neck, renewing the pressure, and making the serpent rigid again.
Such was the case in the contest between Moses and Aaron and the magicians of Pharaoh's court. However, as the Egyptians imitated the miracle of God they did not have opportunity to grab the serpents by the back of the neck and reapply the pressure. Before they could do so Aaron's rod-serpent swallowed them up.
Rather than be stunned by the defeat of his magicians, Pharaoh's heart was hardened. Thus the Lord instructed Moses to "Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning" and to demand that the people of Israel be released (Exodus 7:15). Early the next morning the confrontation took place and as a result of Pharaoh's refusal the Nile River, long worshiped by the Egyptians, turned to blood. Thus began the great plagues of Egypt.
Although in the first two plagues God allowed the Egyptian magicians to imitate His miracles, by the third one they had run out of tricks. Candidly they had to admit to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God" (Exodus 8:19). This did not end imitations of God's power, however, for Satan is the great imitator of God. He has been imitating God through the centuries, and many have been deceived by some clever counterfeits which seem to be of God, but actually are of the devil.
Today the world is deluged with deception. Satan is on a rampage imitating the acts of God. This is why Christians are cautioned to "Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Moses and Aaron were not fooled or intimidated by the imitation miracles of the Egyptian magicians. Believers today must not be fooled or intimidated by the power of Satan, "because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
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LTM

Sudbury, Canada

#2130 Sep 19, 2012
MORNING HYMN
Thy Holy Spirit, Lord, alone,
Can turn our hearts from sin;
His pow'r alone can sanctify,
And keep us pure within

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