Monday, January 14, 2013

Satan Sneaking Up and Dimming Our Focus...

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth Truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.  John, Chapter 3, verses 12-21.

This passage makes me think of Satan as lying within the shadows ready to pounce on unsuspecting people by tempting them.  Satan entices them with worldly pleasures and lifestyle choices that lead them away from the Light and into the shadows.  I think of Jesus as the Light that is turned on in the dark, to illuminate our way and to make our path clearly visible. 
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us and Lights the way to Salvation.  As the children of Light, we need to lead our lives accordingly.  Are we making the lifestyle choices and leading our lives as examples of the Light that Jesus provides for us?  Or, do we fall prey to Satan sneaking up and dimming our focus through worldly choices and people who lead us astray?  We need to be in prayerful consideration of these questions.
Here are some related passages:
*Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.  Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me.  And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me.  I am come a Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.  And if any man hear My Words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.  He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My Words, hath One that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the Last Day.  For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a Commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that His Commandment is life everlasting whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.  John, Chapter 12, verses 42-50.
*Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my Salvation: my God will hear me.  Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a Light unto me. Micah, Chapter 7, verses 7-8.

Because this an example of how I’ve applied these Bible passages to my life, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passages.


This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 

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