Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Don't Mess with the Snake

NEW BIBLE STUDY: The Judgment Seat of Christ. Did you know this judgment isn’t to punish you, but to reward you?
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Don't Mess with the Snake
This week a security guard working at a hotel in Bali, Indonesia was killed when he tried to capture a 15-foot-long python. The 59-year-old man picked up the snake and put its head and tail on his shoulders, thinking he could easily handle the reptile. Imagine his horror when the python wrapped itself around his neck and strangled him. Bystanders watched the tragedy but were unwilling to help the man, fearing the same fate for themselves. The snake escaped into nearby bushes and hasn’t been found.

I’m sure this man felt confident that he could handle the snake, but he underestimated the power of the huge serpent. Many people make the same mistake when they play with a particular temptation, thinking they can walk away at any time. But to their horror they underestimate the power of the serpent and find that they cannot escape its grip.

Satan is called the serpent in the Bible (2 Cor. 11:3, Rev. 12:9,15) and his power lies in his ability to deceive people. He makes us think we can play with temptation and handle it, but it’s all a trap. Keep this story in mind and don’t underestimate the serpent’s power, or you could end up like that security guard.
www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Simeon Prophesies Over Jesus

When Jesus was eight days old, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (Read Luke 2:21-35). Unbeknownst to them, an elderly man named Simeon was already waiting for them. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he saw the Messiah, so that day the Spirit guided him into the temple complex. Simeon is an example for us in three ways.

1. Simeon knew how to hear from God. He lived close to the heart of God and had a passion to see the long-awaited Messiah. God spoke to him that he would see the Christ before he died.

2. Simeon knew how to be guided by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit guided him into the temple at just the right time when Joseph and Marry would arrive. When Simeon saw Jesus, he knew that He was the Messiah. Again we see how clearly this man was in touch with God. He didn’t have an angel pointing Him out. Immediately when he saw Jesus, he prayed, “Now Lord, you can let your servant depart in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation.” (2:29-30). This was another sign to Joseph and Mary concerning His identity.

3. Simeon knew how to speak God’s message. He prophesied to Mary that Jesus was appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel … and that a sword would pierce her own soul (v.34-35). This was not what Mary wanted to hear about her child! But obviously, God wanted her to hear it so she would know that He would become the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world. Years later, as she watched Jesus die on the cross, no doubt she remembered this prophecy of Simeon.

We all need to hear from God, be guided by the Holy Spirit, and boldly speak His truth to others. It all begins by drawing near to Him and being willing to do His will. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Read studies on BIBLE PROPHECY and END TIMES at Making Life Count Ministries. Learn what the Bible teaches about the Antichrist, the Rapture, and the Second Coming.

Two books to help you grow in your faith:
SlayingYour Giants (ON SALE for $8.99) is filled with numerous interesting stories, humor, and practical advice (for teenagers and adults)
The Sure Cure for Worry (ON SALE for $11.74) contains some amazing true stories and will help the reader see God is in control. (For those who may doubt the existence of God and those who need guidance)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Conquering the Giant of Fear

When Moses sent the 12 spies into the Promised Land, they came back reporting there were giants in the land. This scared the people of Israel so much that they spent the next 38 years in the wilderness!

To receive everything that God has promised to you, you must defeat the Giant of Fear.  I’ve attached a link to an 18-minute video of me teaching about the 4 weapons you will need to use.
To watch the video, click on this link: Conquering the Giant of Fear
--Kent
www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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