Sunday, July 22, 2012
In the Dark of the Night - The Devil is Waiting for YOU
What does it take for the Devil to find you??
In the 'Dark of the Night', your guard is lowered and then you DIE!!!
Spiritual Death is much more frightening to me than Physical Death. Spiritual Death includes, but is not limited to, Separation from God, not Feeling the Spirit, and Ignorance of the Gospel.
Satan is probably everyone's worst nightmare. He is not a 'corpse falling to bits', but he is rather creepy. I prefer not to talk about him much, as it is better to focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ, but occasionally we need to address who we fight against.
Rasputin claims that "[he] was once the most mystical man in all Russia", and that "when the Royals betrayed [him] they made a mistake."
However, as Rasputin is the villain, or 'Devils Character', and represents Satan, doesn't that mean he betrayed them?
"For thou hast said in thine heart,
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:"
-- Isaiah 14:13
God's firstborn Son is Christ, who is King of Kings. These may be considered the 'Royals'.
Satan who was a 'Son of the Morning' (Isaiah 14:12) sought to be higher than God. In this he turned against God in open Rebellion. Then he and those who willing chose to follow him were cast out.
His curse has made each of us pay. We must go through mortality which is strewn with uncomfortable things and simply bad happenings. However through Christ we are able to overcome these things. The payment is a Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit. (Psalms 34:18)
Rasputin states that Terror is the 'Least he can Do'. Satan is there to terrify us so that we feel incapable of approaching God and asking for forgiveness. The least he will do is try to make us afraid of what might happen if we do accept the Gospel. However Fear is in direct opposition to Faith, which is taught by Christ.
Through Faith we can know that even if those around us don't approve of our actions and choices, at least God does.
"Here is a Sign, It's the End of the Line"
Can Satan really give 'Signs'? Yes, but through Prayer we may detect those who are Sent from God, and those who are not.
"Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
"Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;"
that you may come off conqueror;
yea, that you may conquer Satan,
and that you may escape the hands
of the servants of Satan
that do uphold his work."
"Pray Always", so that you will not be taken captive by the Devil 'In the Dark of the Night'.