GENESIS 3:1 – “…Did God actually say…?”
JAMES 2:19 — “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!”
Satan is intimately acquainted with scripture; he can quote it backwards and forwards. One of his favorite tactics involves imitation of God, combined with mockery and twists on the Truth, the subtler the better. His primary aim is to draw worship to himself. His pride is stoked by duping the otherwise faithful.
“Obama Finally Talks About Jesus” (WND). They must have missed BHO preaching from the pulpit of MLK, Jr’s church in Atlanta precisely one year before his
“We all have experiences that shake our faith. There are times where we have questions for God’s plan relative to us – (laughter) – but that’s precisely when we should remember Christ’s own doubts…
Doubts? I must have missed that part. Intense agony of body, mind and spirit? Yes. Doubts? No.
JAMES 1:5 — If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Think about that one for a second. The president is saying that Jesus himself is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways… that he will not receive anything from the Lord, i.e., from himself. Besides being utter nonsense, this is pretty close to the textbook definition of blasphemy.
The president is accusing Jesus of sin. (It’s not popular to think about, but doubt and worry are forms of sin in that they both hinge on distrust of God. We all fall into them to some degree. Jesus did not, by definition. If he had, his death would be meaningless and useless to salvation.)
David Wilkerson’s Friday devotional illustrates Jesus’ state-of-mind beautifully and it is the very opposite of doubt: devotion. That state of mind should be ours also.
Creating further problems with the doubt comment is that every inch of the historical accounts, in the four gospels, screams minutely detailed Sovereign choreography and foreknowledge. Jesus knew exactly what he was getting into — what the Father’s will was for him — and why it was necessary. The fact that it was all under his control — that he could have refused but chose to obey — must have made it all the more difficult.
JOHN 10:11-18 – I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.
Again, none of this sounds like doubt to me.
Three of the most important times we see Jesus under extreme stress, in the scriptures are: 1) at his temptation (Matthew 4), 2) praying in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26) and, 3) during the rest of his Passion and crucifixion (Matthew 27). The closest we come to ‘doubt’ is ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?) and that because he was taking our place out of love. Someone now seems to be taking his…
…and eventually his own triumph. Jesus told us as much in the book of John, when He said, ‘In this world you will have trouble.’ I heard an amen. (Laughter.) Let me repeat. ‘In this world, you will have trouble.’”
“Amen!” the audience exclaimed.
“But take heart!” Obama said to laughter.
“I have overcome the world,” he added as he received applause.
ACTS 12:21-23 – On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
Interesting that the guy who has done so much to undermine and give the cold shoulder to Israel should use the word ‘trouble’ twice and turn it into a subtly self-aggrandizing applause line. (Satan knows, from scripture, that there need to be Jews around to call for their Messiah for Him to return; eliminating them remains his objective)…
JEREMIAH 30:1 (NKJV) — The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. 3 For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ ” 4 Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah. 5 “For thus says the Lord: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace. 6 Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? 7 Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it. 8 ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘That I will break his yoke from your neck, And will burst your bonds; Foreigners shall no more enslave them. 9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them. 10 ‘Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord, ‘Nor be dismayed, O Israel; For behold, I will save you from afar, And your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, And no one shall make him afraid. 11 For I am with you,’ says the Lord, ‘to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
“It’s Him” (BHO’s May 9th, 2009 joke, directly comparing himself to God, in Creation)
“Hanukkah, Part III” (BHO’s knowingly premature celebration of Hanukkah, on December 8, 2012)