Wednesday, February 26, 2020

God's Provision by F. B. Meyer


“There would be bread and water, immunity from disease, fertility of cattle, and the fulfillment of the term of life. It is not necessary to spiritualise all these, though they have their spiritual counter parts. But godliness has the promise of this life as well as of the next.”
F. B. Meyer on Exodus 23:25, 25; Some Secrets of Christian Living (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publications)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Our Right to Claim God's Provision by A. B. Simpson


“‘Give us this day our daily bread’ This gives to every child of God the right to claim a Father’s supporting and providing love.”
Albert B. Simpson, The Life of Prayer (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1989), p. 19

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Not God's Will to Suffer Sickness - Andrew Murray


“The Lord spoke to the disciples of divers sufferings which they should have to bear, but when He speaks of sickness, it is always as of an evil caused by sin and Satan, and from which we should be delivered.” 
Andrew Murray, Divine Healing (Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1982), p. 9

Sickness is NOT part of the sufferings that Christ says we must endure (1 Pet. 4:14-16; James 5:13-15).

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Friday, February 21, 2020

"Swallow your Pride; It's non-fattening"



"Swallow your Pride; It's non-fattening"
The late Pastor Ted M. Johnson
Compassion Christian Center

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Satan's Plan is to Blame God


“Yet to make it appear that what he [Satan] does is done immediately by the Lord, is almost always his plan.” 
Charlotte Elizabeth, Principalities and Powers in Heavenly Places (New York: John S. Taylor & Co., 1842), p. 42

Even as far back as 1842 people, by just simply studying Scripture, recognized that one of Satan's tactics was to steal, kill, destroy and inflict sickness while making God look like the inflict-er of all of these trials. Why is it that, despite all of the light God has given us, people still do not recognize Satan's tactics today? Why do we continue to blame God for the work of the enemy?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Grudge is too Heavy to Hold


I don’t care how much weight you can bench press, HOLDING A GRUDGE will always be too heavy for you.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Give Thanks IN Everything


Some have taken passages such as Ephesians 5:20 (which we dealt with yesterday) and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and taught from them that we are to thank God for suffering sickness, disease, tragedy and other misfortunes as if He were the One who inflicted them upon us for some mysterious "good". This is NOT what these passages are teaching.

We do not thank God for EVERYTHING as if He were the one bringing them upon us. God has works (John 14:10-12) and Satan also has works (1 John 3:8) and the Bible clearly distinguishes between the two. We must NOT thank God for the devil’s works.

If we are to give thanks for everything, then why didn’t Jesus practice this in the middle of this storm (Mark 4:35-41)? Why didn’t He simply thank the father for the storm instead of rebuking it? We could cite numerous other examples.

Nevertheless, to be thankful to God even in THE MIDST of trials or REGARDLESS of the difficulties (and not BECAUSE of the trials or difficulties) is a powerful weapon against the devil (1 Cor. 15:57). God is able to change any circumstance brought by the devil as we trust Him (Ps. 91:15-16; Rom. 8:28).

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Give Thanks for EVERYTHING?




The great Wesleyan Bible expositor, Adam Clarke, interpreted Ephesians 5:20 as follows: "Giving thanks always - God is continually loading you with his benefits; you deserve nothing of his kindness; therefore give him thanks for his unmerited bounties."

Some have read the King James Version of Ephesians 5:20 and interpret it with the idea that we are to thank God for sickness, tragedy and adversity as well as blessings. People can often read such passages in a fatalistic manner.

God does not want our thanks for what the devil is doing in our lives. He wants thanks for what He is doing, which means even when the devil attacks and brings adversity I can thank God for His deliverance, protection and victory over every work of the enemy.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Jesus DETHRONED Satan and ENTHRONED Us


What Jesus Did to Satan:
Therefore since these children referred to have the same mortal nature, Jesus also shared it, like them, in order that by his death he might dethrone the lord of death, the devil. (Hebrews 2:14; Goodspeed New Testament)

What Jesus Did for Us:
And God has raised you up and enthroned you with Christ Jesus in heaven. (Eph. 2:6; The Spoken English New Testament)

You are in Christ, the Victorious One. You have authority over Satan. You are on the side of victory. Stop walking in defeat.


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Christ's Victory Bible Teaching Center Sunday Service


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Friday, February 7, 2020

SAY of the Lord - Speak It!


"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust" (Psalm 91:1-2) On this, F. B. Meyer wrote, “You must avow it. Do not only think it, but say it. Keep saying it because it is true, rather than because you feel it to be true.” (Great Verses Through The Bible, p. 227)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Set Him on High


“….whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Prov. 29:25). The word “safe” in this passage means, “to be (too) high (for capture).” In Psalm 91 God promises us protection from a multitude of dangers and says, “I will set him on high, because he hath known my name” (Psalm 91:14).

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Satan versus God's Promises


God’s promises are meant to counterattack Satan. For example, Satan is the author of sickness and disease (Job 2:7; Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38). God’s promises for healing and health are meant to destroy the works of the devil in this area.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Satan Hinders Prayer


Get this simple statement in your spirit: God wants to answer prayer and Satan wants to hinder it. Once you begin to realize this then perhaps you will do what it takes to get the answer.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Every Time Someone Dies, God Gets the Blame


Only a few days ago  the 38 year old father of some very young children that attend our church died from a terrible sickness. A minister remarked that this "was the will of God."
After visiting the family to comfort them I came home, went to social media and discovered that a major celebrity, his daughter and several others died in an accident. The major celebrity was also very young and left a wife and children. A young wife also died in that accident leaving a husband and young children without a mother.

Some of the remarks I read on social media stemmed from "You never know when God will call you home" and "you never know when it is your time to go." All of these imply that God had a hand in the death of these people.

What a horrible picture of God we have painted--One who kills by debilitating sicknesses and tragic accidents and leaves children to grow up without the guidance of their parents. Is this the God of our Lord Jesus Christ?

God is NOT the author of death. Men and Satan are fully responsible for death coming into our world (Rom. 5:12; Heb. 2:14-15). Let us be careful about blaming God for things He did not do. It brings no comfort to anyone and it causes most people to hate God.



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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Claiming Promises by Carrie Judd Montgomery


“We must believe that Christ fulfils His promises just as soon as we claim them in His name, even before we can see any earthly circumstances to warrant us in our belief. So many of us have yet to learn, how different is faith from sight.”
Carrie Judd Montgomery The Prayer of Faith (Oakland, CA: Office of Triumphs of Faith, 1880), p. 95

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Satan Works of Ruin and Death by E. M. Bounds

“The Bible is concerned with the Devil only as he has part in the great crises of man’s history. There are only occasional glimpses of him in his work of ruin and death. These glimpses put his acts in striking contrast to the works and aims of Christ” 
E. M. Bounds, Guide to Spiritual Warfare, p. 9

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The Chastening of God (Part 3)



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Friday, January 24, 2020

T.J. McCrossan on Origin of Sickness


“But who caused Adam and Eve to disobey God’s command and so bring sin, sickness, and death into the world? Satan. Then Satan, and not God, is the real author of sin, sickness, and death.” 
T. J. McCrossan, Bodily Healing and the Atonement, p. 1

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Promises for Healing (Psalm 91:10; Passion Translation)


When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
(The Passion Translation)

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Inerrancy of God's Word



Today the devil uses popular scholars.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Chastening of God (Part 2)





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Questioning the Bible as God's Word


There is a revival in our time of the idea that God's written Word, the Bible, is errant and imperfect. History has shown that when you question the inspiration, infallibility & inerrancy of the Bible as God's Word, this leads to questioning the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ, His deity, and that Jesus is the ONLY means to salvation as well as other important doctrines essential to our salvation.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Curse Pronounced in Eden

I have been reading a book titled, "The Violence of the Biblical God" by L. Daniel Hawk. I found his understanding of the curses pronounced to Adam, Eve and the serpent in Genesis 3 intriguing:

"Yahweh's response to the serpent, the woman, and the man has traditionally been interpreted as laying out the punishment for each of the offending creatures.... it seems better to read Yahweh's words more as description than decree. That is, Yahweh's words elaborate the contours of the world that the aspiring deities make for themselves.... The world that humans will make is incompatible with the world the Creator called good." (p. 28)

I have always believed this as well though Hawk articulates it better than me. Because God gave man dominion over His creation (Gen. 1:26-28) then man was the one who brought into the world sin and its results (Rom. 5:12). God is not to be blamed as if He supernaturally caused the curse to come upon the ground, the pain of child-birth upon the woman or the serpent to crawl. The results of the curse are built into to a system that decides to push God out.



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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Cotton Mather on The Destroyer in the Wilderness

Cotton Mather on The Destroyer in the Wilderness

Troy J. Edwards


And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. (Num. 16:47-48) 

There are some passages of Scripture that leave us with no doubt that Satan and his demonic entities are involved in the sickness and diseases suffered in our fallen world (Job 2:7; Matt. 12:22-29; Luke 13:10-17; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 5:5).
However, there are some passages that are not as clear on this matter such as our opening passage. On the contrary, the context of the passage implies that God is the source of this plague. Verse 46 says, “for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.”
An often-neglected principle for understanding the Bible is that it is a progressive revelation. Because all that was to be known about God and the invisible spiritual world was not revealed in the early days when Scripture was being written, God often took responsibility for things He did not have a direct hand in (compare 2 Samuel 24:1 with the later written 1 Chronicles 21:1). An Hebrew idiom that should always guide our interpretation is that God is often said to do that which He permitted or did not prevent.
Centuries later Paul taught that there was another agent outside of God Himself who was responsible for the plague in Numbers 16: “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer” (1 Cor. 10:10). Nonetheless, this passage still appears obscure to some.
There are those who believe that the passage is in reference to an agent (possibly an angel) who is under God’s employ, who brings about the plague. This may seem plausible to some, but it is inconsistent with how Jesus, who is the express image of God’s character and nature (2 Cor. 4:4), revealed about Satan and his works. Therefore, in consistency with Scripture’s revelation that Satan is the author of sickness and disease, we believe that the “destroyer” referenced by Paul in 1 Cor. 10:10 is the devil.
Cotton Mather, probably more famous for his involvement in the Salem witch trials that occurred during his day, was a Puritan minister, author and scientist, born on February 12, 1663 and lived to February 13, 1728.
Mather gave a sermon titled, “A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World”. In this sermon, Mather believed that that Satan is the destroyer mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:10 and that he was the culprit behind sickness and disease:

Indeed, as the Devil does begrutch us all manner of Good, so he does annoy us with all manner of Wo, as often as he finds himself capable of doing it. But shall we mention some of the special woes with which the Devil does usually infest the World! Briefly then; Plagues are some of those woes with which the Devil troubles us. It is said of the Israelites, in 1 Cor. 10.10. They were destroyed of the destroyer. That is, they had the Plague among them. ‘Tis the Destroyer, or the Devil, that scatters Plagues about the World. Pestilential and Contagious Diseases, 'tis the Devil who does oftentimes invade us with them.[1]

Mather, who also promoted inoculation for disease prevention, believe that Satan was completely responsible for the sickness and disease that had spread during his time:

‘Tis no uneasy thing for the Devil to impregnate the Air about us, with such Malignant Salts as meeting with the Salt, of our Microcosm, shall immediately cast us into that Fermentation and Putrefaction, which will utterly dissolve all the Vital Tyes within us; Ev'n as an Aqua-Fortis, made with a conjunction of Nitre and Vitriol, Corrodes what it Seizes upon. And when the Devil has raised those Arsenical Fumes, which become Venomous Quivers full of Terrible Arrows, how easily can he shoot the deleterious Miasmas into those Juices or Bowels of Mens Bodies, which will soon Enflame them with a Mortal Fire! Hence come such Plagues, as that Beesom of Destruction, which within our memory swept away such a Throng of People from one English City in one Visitation; And hence those Infectious Fevers, which are but so many Disguised Plagues among us, causing Epidemical Desolations.[2]

Whatever issues one might have with Mather’s involvement in the Salem witch trials, it is nice to know that the understanding that Satan is the destroyer referred to in 1 Cor. 10:10 and that he is the actual propagator of sickness and disease in the Old Testament (as well as that of today) is not a modern day teaching.
Sickness does not originate with God but with the enemy of God and mankind. It should never be accepted as coming from God nor should we ever consider that it is His will that we are sick. Sickness and disease must be resisted by faith in the promises of divine healing found in His Word (Exodus 23:25-26; Psalm 103:1-5; Mark 16:15-20; James 5:14-16).


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[1] Mather, Cotton The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-England (Massachusetts: John Russell Smith, 1862), p. 52
[2] Ibid.


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