Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 January 9 - Morning Manna

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16-25)
Today's Morsel: Every so often, I like to look up the Greek meaning for what some of the English words we read in the King James Version of the Bible mean. And so I looked up the word 'witchcraft'. The Greek word for 'witchcraft' was: pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah, medication(“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): -sorcery, witchcraft. Notice Pharmakeia, from where we get out word Pharmacy. And then I looked up the word for Pharmacy, pharmakeus. far-mak-yoos' ,pharmakon (a drug, that is, spell giving potion); a druggist(“pharmacist”) or poisoner, that is, (by extension) a magician: -sorcerer. Somewhat surprised by the meaning, as I have always associated witchcraft with witches and Halloween, my mind began to wonder. I have noticed that throughout the world, all of a sudden, there has been a major increase in the number of places to dispense medications and prescription drugs. I began to ask myself if have we become blind to another one of Satan's tricks. Why does it seem that very few people trust God for healing any more. Everyone seems to be depending on medical professionals for their healing. And I've noticed that almost everyone that visits medical personnel seem to walk out needing to have some type of medication, or it is being recommended to purchase certain medications, pain relievers, or some health drug. Is witchcraft at work here? Is Satan up to his old tricks? I s he stirring up some evil brew? Is he camouflaging evil with good. Why are there so many children on medication at such an early age. Many people never review the side effects of drugs. Why are the elderly being pulled in with drugs for sexual gratification? Why are so many people being diagnosed with the same conditions when they are sick. Does one sickness fit all? Is there something hidden here? Jude cautions us, "But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life" (Jude 1:17-21). Peter cautions us: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8-9). Are you keeping yourself in the love of God and walking in the spirit? Are you being cautious? "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ," Paul said (2 Corinthians 11:3). Stay focused, my brethren.
Sing: Greater is He that is in me, greater is He that is in me, greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.
Satan's like a roaring lion walking to and fro, seeking whom he may devour, the Bible tells me so. Many souls have been his prey to fall in some weak hour, but God has promised us today, His overcoming power.
Greater is He that is in me, greater is He that is in me, greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.

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