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“The Eyes of God”

Satan is a liar and deceiver.  He makes wrong look right and convinces us that doing certain things will not affect our mind, body, or soul.  He is a master at deception and there is a reason for this.  If a person could see the end result of what Satan is having them do, most would run away before even attempting such things.  Satan promises happiness, fulfillment, and joy.  He operates like a fisherman’s bait.  It looks attractive, inviting and appetizing to the fish, but when the bait is grabbed, the fish is hooked.  Swimming in the opposite direction as fast as they can is not the answer for the fisherman’s line will eventually stop it, and in time the fish is reeled back to the boat.  When the “hit” takes place, the fisherman may yell, “Got one” and all the other fishermen watch to see what’s going to happen.  Satan knows our weaknesses.  He knows where we are most vulnerable.  He sets the bait or trap and lures us to the beautiful bait.  When we hit it, he too may yell, “Got one!!”

 

I hate Satan!!  He is a destroyer of peace and joy.  Everything God is for Satan is against.  Satan tells us there is peace and prosperity in doing whatever we want, with whomever we want and participating in whatever we want.  God promises the way to real living is dying to sin and allowing Christ to take control of our lives.  There are two and only two masters in life – God or Satan!  The Lord has warned, “No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).  Someone may be quick to say, “I’m the master of my own life and can make my own decisions.”  Please understand, I’m saying this in love, but if God is not the priority of your life, you are deceived if you think you’re in charge.

 

The devil watches you to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), and his demons observe you to exploit your flaws.  But God watches you to counsel you.  The Hebrew term means “to consult together.”  When you seek the advice of another human, you must describe situations and circumstances.  God’s counsel is like a father watching his teenager learn to drive.  The dad doesn’t instruct from a distance with his cell phone.  He’s there, in the front seat with watchful eyes, giving instructions and ready to do whatever necessary to teach his child while keeping him safe.  Let’s remember, God is our Heavenly Father and isn’t just sitting next to us, He lives within us giving wise counsel, directions, protection and providing the things we need in our lives.  Our loving Father is watching over you and me 24/7.  “I will counsel you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

 

Pastor Carnes