4 REASONS WHY THE DEVIL WON’T ‘MAKE A DEAL’ WITH YOU…

How many times have you heard the phrase, “They made a deal with the devil?”

I contend that the devil won’t and hasn’t ‘made a deal’ with anyone and here are the biblical reasons why…

1. THE DEVIL KNOWS GOD WILL ACCEPT OUR REPENTANCE ANYTIME

The devil knows the word of God. That’s what he used to try and tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11.

So, he knows that God is willing to accept our repentance through His Son and our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Just as the thief on the cross, sincere repentance and accepting His Son as our Savior, no matter how we have lived our lives, will secure our salvation.

Luke 23:39-43 (NKJV)

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, [a]“If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said [b]to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

2. THE DEVIL KNOWS A DEAL WITH GOD SUPERSEDES A DEAL WITH HIM

Because the devil knows that God will accept our sincere repentance, he knows that any ‘deal’ made with him would be immediately ‘voided’. He has only the power that God allows him…temporarily. Remember Job…

Job 1:12 (NKJV)

12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [a]power; only do not lay a hand on his person.

3. THE DEVIL KNOWS HOW WE ARE

Since the devil knows that God will accept our repentance at any time, and that he only has limited control, he knows it is possible that we could change our mind at anytime. He knows that if we change our mind and ‘default’ on our ‘contract’ with him, that God will support it.

4. HE WILL HAVE NO AUTHORITY IN ‘HELL’ ANYWAY

Besides, the devil will have absolutely no authority in eternal separation from God. He and those who follow him will be in eternal punishment. He is not being rewarded an eternal kingdom of darkness…

Revelation 20:9-11 (CJB)

and they came up over the breadth of the Land and surrounded the camp of God’s people and the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The Adversary who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The devil is not omnipotent, omnipresent and definitely not omniscient. He has only been given authority for a little while. He knows how much God loves us and that making a deal with us would be…foolish. He is many things, but definitely not stupid.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

COULD I GET AWAY WITH PLAYING OTIS REDDING IN A MOVIE?

Okay, this one’s just for fun.

Otis Redding is a soul music legend. I’ve been told that I remind people of him.

Soooo, per the picture above, do you think with a little makeup and a little more hair…could I pull off playing him in a movie?

Call the casting directors🤣

BE BLESSTIFIED!

3 REASONS A CHRONIC ILLNESS IS NOT A CURSE…

God is a healer and can heal any disease if He chooses. That’s why it’s so important to specifically call out the Hebrew name for God, Yehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals, when praying for your healing, or interceding for someone else. And of course do this in the name of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

But, as much as we know that God can heal, we have to deal with the fact that some people have illnesses for years. And, some never get healed.

Is a chronic illness a blessing? NO.

Is a chronic illness a curse? NOT ALWAYS.

SO, IF A CHRONIC ILLNESS ISN’T A BLESSING AND ISN’T A CURSE, THEN WHAT IS IT?

A CHRONIC ILLNESS IS NOT A CURSE WHEN…

1. WHEN IT’S A ‘THORN IN THE FLESH‘

The Apostle Paul had a problem, an issue, a concern that bothered him so much that he prayed and asked God to remove it 3 times. Was it an illness? We don’t know, but we do know that God chose not to remove it, even though Paul was fulfilling his purpose…

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a (A)thorn in the flesh was given to me, (B)a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 (C)Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly (D)I will rather boast in my infirmities, (E)that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore (F)I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. (G)For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you’re enduring an illness while trusting God, His power is resting on you. When you’re at your weakest, through Him you are strong…it’s not a curse.

2. WHEN IT’S TO REVEAL GOD’S GLORY…

Most of us know the account of Jesus healing a man that was born blind in John Chapter 9. When asked who’s sin ‘cursed’ the man, Yeshua quickly told them no one sinned, but he was born blind so that God could be later glorified through his healing. Through his healing we have a testimony of God’s power.

If you’re enduring a hardship and it seems it won’t go away. Keep the faith. Remember, the man in John Chapter 9 was of age, blind since he was a child. But, when he was healed, there were witnesses and we are talking about it today…it’s not a curse.

John 9:3 (NKJV)

3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, (A)but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

3. AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IN CHRIST’S SUFFERING…

This isn’t talked about much, but sometimes our suffering is God trusting us with the opportunity to share in the sufferings of our Lord and Savior…

1 Peter 4:13 (NKJV)

13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

Philippians 1:29 (NKJV)

29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

Part of our calling is to endure some suffering for the sake of the name of Jesus. When you think about it, it’s only fair. What’s not fair is that some people suffer more than others. But, God never claimed to be fair, only just.

If you’re going through a chronic illness, think about how much our Savior suffered for us…it’s not a curse.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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