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Question:Can Satan and the demons read our mind? Answer:No, I don’t think they can but I don’t think they need to be able to.What is in a person’s mind and heart comes out of their mouth and is demonstrated by their lifestyle and choices. It would not be difficult for a human to be able to discern the type and general topics of thoughts of another person if they were to spend any length of time observing them live. Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. (NKJV)Whatever is inside of our mind or heart will eventually be manifested externally and the dark forces of Satan will be there observing in order to [...]
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. It is a shame that we take verses like this, pull them out of context, and spit out quasi-motivational or therapeutic messages that go something like this: “It would be better to be in Heaven which is far nicer than this old world but we need to sacrifice and stay here a little while longer to share Jesus with a few more people.” While a true statement, it’s maddeningly shallow. Taken in context, the Apostle Paul’s statement elaborated on would go something more like this: “To die is preferable (I can go be with Jesus whom I’ve seen in person) but to continue to live in this world will promote Christ [...]
Question:What did Jesus mean in John 10:34 saying, “I said, You are gods”? Answer:John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? (NKJV)Jesus was quoting: Psalm 82:5-6 They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. (NKJV)In Psalms, God is calling unjust judges “gods” (because they think they are in their own mind, or at least act like it). The next verse (7) pronounces judgment on them declaring their death like ordinary men, not “gods”.Jesus was using this verse in Psalms to point out to the Jews that there are [...]
[Note: wow, it's been almost two weeks since I've posted on any of my blogs. That is the longest stretch I've gone without writing in probably 6-8 years. Not sure why. Not sure if it was even noticed. Wasn't planned. Just needed a break I guess. Have been really tired from work, haven't felt good physically, and some other stresses I won't whine about. Feels good to be writing again. ~ BR] A reader sent me the following note/question: Our 22 year old has a full time job which doesn’t pay real well with no medical benefits so he still lives at home. His living at home is not the issue; it is his drinking “problem”. “Problem” is my classification; he says he doesn’t have [...]
“Open Season” where we take all your questions. Here are the blogs, and which types of answers will go on that blog: Riggs Family Blog (www.riggsfamilyblog.com) – our family, personal stuff Brent Riggs Blog (www.brentriggsblog.com) – professional topics (graphics, web development, writing), family, marriage, mentoring, ethics, teens, parenting, etc. SeriousFaith.com (www.seriousfaith.com) – Christian and Bible related MckLinky Blog (www.mcklinkyblog.com) – blogging, search engines, online business, blog improvement, blog graphic, blog photography, blog traffic, etc. I’m using the same entry form and list on all the blogs, so it doesn’t matter from which blog you enter the question. We try to answer as many as we can. If we didn’t get to a previous question, feel free to post it up again. I will spread out [...]
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)As Christians, we all say and sing “I love You Lord”. Have you ever stopped and really thought about “why”? Do you really mean it? Can you tell people why? DO you tell people why?Of course the most obvious reason is because He first loved us (1John 4.19), and gave Himself for us so that we might have eternal life. If that were the only reason, it would be infinitely enough. However, throughout our lives, the Lord continues to love us and do well for [...]
One of the things I hear most often from readers is that they are unsure what they should do and don’t know how to find out. Even if they think they know, they have no assurance it is the right thing, or at least something God would approve of. It’s often asked in the question “how do I know God’s will?” Or “I wish I could be wise”. As you will see, every Believer has the opportunity to gain wisdom and exercise discernment. EVERY Believer. More on that in a moment, but first… I’m not a proponent of thinking that there is ONLY ONE PERFECT CHOICE* for the questions we face and if you miss that “perfect will”, you’ve missed God’s blessing and His “best” [...]
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