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I’ve been wanting to write a post about this for quite some time.  First, I will tell you I watch way too much tv.  I love true crime & court shows.  For instance, I watch Court TV, In Session, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Forensic Files, Wives with Knives, Snapped, Deadly Wives, Motives & Murders, Sins & Secrets, Deadly Affairs, Happily Never After, 48 Hours Mystery, Dateline I.D., and City Confidential.  I don’t just watch them, I DVR them while I’m and at work and when sleeping.  DVR is the coolest invention ever.  Seriously.

It’s safe to say I watch a lot of crap on TV.  But my favorites are the ones where the wives get fed up and “off” their spouse.  The abusive, nasty husband who cheats and beats up his wife on a regular basis……then they get whacked.  Shoulda been nicer to her,,,, jerk.

If you’re sitting there with your mouth open and a look of bewilderment on your face, don’t worry.   I’m not crazy, just well……damaged could be a good word for it I guess.  You see a lot of the people depicted in these shows have something in common with me and the course of my life.

I have walked and lived amongst people who behave like this.  I have been the victim as depicted in these shows (minus getting murdered of course).  But I have also associated with the demons who reek havoc and mayhem on all the people around them.  And I do believe these people have demons in them.

What sparked the interest in writing this post is a current trial I’ve been watching on ‘In Session”.  The man is being convicted of murdering his 14 year old stepson.  He did it and admitted it.  I won’t go into the details of the trial but what sparked me today to sit and write was when this man was on the witness stand.  I clearly believe he has a demon (or many demons) inside him.  There is no conscience.  He tortures puppies. He killed his stepson to get back at his ex-wife.  I have not seen the whole trial yet and don’t know all the facts but what I saw today was the dude sitting on the stand saying “she killed my son so I killed hers.”   Revenge. Sicko. Demon.

Are humans REALLY capable of that?  Or is it a DEMON inside doing it?  I want to ask my Christian friends out there this question.  God made us in the likeness of His image.  His purpose was not for us to kill and destroy each other.  Satan came in and tempted Eve and it wound up destroying God’s divine plan because of a choice that Eve made.  But before Satan came into the picture, was it in our nature to kill?   What is it in our nature to “to eat or be eaten?”.

Let me ask this…..Did God know that Eve would give into Satan’s lies and eat the apple?  If He did, why did He create us knowing we would fail?

I know I went a little off topic here but when I was a teenager (grew up in Baptist church) I would ask this question that no one could answer for me……if God is “All Knowing” then He knew there would be so much suffering and pain….why did He create earth and humans knowing that?

demon peopleI honestly believe that a few people I work with have demons in them.  I can even see it in the way their face distorts.  And their eyes.  Those black voidless eyes.  It’s freaky.  I steer clear of them and and usually say a quick mental prayer for strength.

This post is kinda all over the place so sorry guys.  Letting thoughts run wild a little today.

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Are you in a situation or dealing with the consequences from a bad choice you made? Do you feel overwhelmed with worry and your day to day life is filled with anxiety? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34,

“So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” (AMP)

It’s one thing to be worried about a circumstance that you have no way of changing. You’re at your wits end about something and you know you have no power to change your circumstances so you just have to roll with it and trust God to help you through it. But what about having to deal with negative consequences due to a bad decision you made?

Many people will tell you, “Well, you did this to yourself. You only have yourself to blame.” While that being true, it certainly only adds guilt on top of dread and worry. Of course we have to take responsibility for any bad choices we make, especially when dealing with an addiction. The healing process for an addict who wants to become clean and sober starts with acknowledgement that there is a problem but also taking responsibility for all the bad decisions and actions that were made in the midst of active addiction. Admitting responsibility is also vital to the healing process of guilt and condemnation.

So how do we trust God even though we know there are inevitable consequences in our near future?

  • We must repent and genuinely ask forgiveness for those sins. God doesn’t raise His hands in the air with frustration and say, “I can’t believe she did this again. Well this time I’m not forgiving her.” He will forgive us over and over again. We must believe that God has forgiven us before we can move on.
  • We must praise God in the midst of trials. Even though we may not “feel” like doing this, the Bible tells us we are to do it. By praising Him through a difficult circumstance, it will bring a feeling of peace.
  • We must thank God for all our circumstances. You’re probably asking, “How can I thank Him for something that is so awful in my life?”. First of all remember that God will bring good out of any situation (Romans 8:28).

rainbow roseGod will make all things good to those who love Him. He is able to turn any situation around for good. These forms of good can be anything from strengthening you and making you more resilient from that particular sin. He may put someone in your path that is going through a similar situation and you will be a great testimony of showing them how to go through it. It will show others your strength and faithfulness to God no matter what is going on in your life.

As a father loves his child, so does the Heavenly Father love you! Although God may be allowing you to go through a negative situation, He still loves you and His love for you will never change. God won’t love you any more than what He loves you right now and it is an uncomprehendable, amazing love He give us. He knows your pain and sees your tears (II Kings 20:5). Our heavenly Father even keeps track of our sorrows and tears,

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

I myself, am going through a trial right now. Unfortunately it is because of a poor decision I made back in August and I am suffering the consequences of that decision still but more so now. I have struggled tremendously, mentally and emotionally, because of what I did. Phil 413Satan has been trying to get to me while I am feeling down.  But I’m saying close to Christ. (Phil 4:13). Satan, you are not going to win anymore!

Just the other day I was having a bad day and I literally cried for 3 days. During those 3 days, instead of working myself into a panic attack, I prayed fervently and read my Bible. I was determined to find peace and joy. By the end of the 3rd day, I found the peace I was seeking and acceptance of the fact that God is going to be there and walk me through this. He told me there is an end to it and it won’t go on forever. He also told me, “Sometimes Michele I have to allow a devastating event to happen in your life in order to get through that thick skull of yours.” Lesson learned my Father! So I went to work on the 4th day and I had a customer tell me I look different. She proceeded to ask me if I had a new boyfriend or something because I had a “glow” about me. No I don’t have a new boyfriend. But I can tell you what was making me have that glow….it is Jesus Christ living in me and also because I just went through a 3 day cleansing of the soul which gave me renewed strength and peace.

I think it is easier to get through trials and tribulations if we look at them with a different perspective.  For example, what if the trials in our life are actually blessings of mercy and grace in disguise?(there is a lovely song, “Blessings” written by Laura Story that talks about this). Sometimes God will calm the storm, but if He doesn’t He will comfort your soul as you go through the storm. I think II Corinthians 12:9 says it best,

“Be He said to me, My grace is enough for you {sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully}; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in your weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Angels are created spiritual beings.  They have not always existed but are part of God’s creation of the universe and are part of His Purpose.  Angels are “spirits” without physical bodies yet are highly intelligent and are capable of having moral judgment and free will.  The apostle Paul tells us in Col. 1:16,

For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him and in and for Him.

Paul specifically includes the existence of an angelic world by the phrase, “whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities”.  It is reflected in the Scriptures that angels sinned and fell from their positions (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6)  This shows proof that angels have free will and moral judgment and could make choices and decisions of their own.  Also, angels are invisible, however, they have from time to time took on a bodily form to appear to people in Scripture (Matt. 28:5; Heb. 13:2).  We are not able to see angels unless God gives us a special ability to do so.

There are 3 other kinds of heavenly beings.  We can think of these as special types of angels or we can think of these as heavenly beings distinct from angels, but either way they also serve and worship God.

1. The cherubim – They are given the task of guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:34).  God himself is said to be enthroned on the cherubim or He travels with the cherubim (Ps.18:10 ; Ezek. 10:1-22).

2. The seraphim – these heavenly beings continually worship and praise the Lord “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory”(Isa. 6:2-7)

3. The living creatures – Ezekiel and Revelation tell us of other kinds of heavenly beings only known as “living creatures” around God’s throne.  Their appearances are of a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle.  They are the mightiest creatures of various parts of God’s entire creation.  (Wild beasts, domesticated animals, human beings, and birds.)  Just as angels do, these living creatures worship God continually.

God sends angels for our protection.  Some people believe they have their own “guardian angel”.  Scripture does not support the idea of a personal guardian angel for each person, yet it does support that the role of an angel is to protect us here on earth. 

Angels watch us throughout our daily lives.  So be aware and think on these things.  They see when we are obedient to Christ as well as our disobedience.  It can be safe to say that angels rejoice when they see our obedient actions made in secret.  Take comfort in the fact that even though no one may be a witness to your good deed, angels witness our struggles and how much we are striving to be more like Christ. On the other hand, angels can be grieved as they witness our sins and disobedience.

Fallen Angels and Satan

It’s important to know that God did not create the world with evil angels in it.  We know this because in Gen. 1:31 God “saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good”.

Demons are evil angels who sinned against God.  They work evil in the world today.  Sometime between Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 3:1, there must have been an angelic rebellion.  Many angels turned against God and became evil.

The Bible also warns of false doctrine from angels. Not all angels are good. “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14) There are instances where people claim that an angel has spoke to them. We as Christians are warned against accepting any claims that differ from the doctrine of the Trinity, Christ as the Messiah and is fully God, justification by faith alone, and others. One example of this is the Mormon faith in which Joseph Smith claims an angel called Moroni spoke to him and revealed to him the Mormon religion.

Satan is the head of the demons.  He once was an angel of God and held a very high rank.  The sin of Satan was pride and the attempt to be equal to God in status and authority.  But because of his defiance, Satan was cast out of heaven and many angels followed him.  The fall of Satan is written in Isaiah 14:12-15:

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!  How you are cut down to the ground—mighty though you were against the nations of the world.  For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels.  I will take the highest throne.  I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north.  I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.  But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of hell, down to its lowest depths.”

We should recognize that sinning gives a foothold for some kind of demonic influence in our lives.  Wrongful anger could allow a demon to attack our emotions and possibly increase the anger that is already inside of us.  Paul mentions in Eph. 6:14 that the “breastplate of righteousness” is part of the armor we use to stand against the “wiles of the devil”.  If we have holes or weaknesses in our breastplate of righteousness, then this can make us vulnerable to demonic attack.

Jesus gives all believers authority to rebuke demons and command them to leave.   We have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Cor 10:3-4).  It is important to recognize that the work of Christ on the cross is the ultimate basis for our authority over demons.

Satan is the enemy to those who want to follow Christ, to those who are called according to God’s purpose.  Satan is the enemy even to unbelievers.  We as Christians know that the devil hates us.  He hates us because we love God.  I wish unbelievers knew just how much Satan really hates them too.  He may “appear” to be happy with them because of their pride, greed, immorality, and material possessions.  But he hates them just the same.  Satan likes to see people do his work on this planet, whether they are Christian or not.

And it’s not so much that the devil hates “us”.  Satan’s true hatred is toward the Almighty God.  He wants to do everything he can to grieve the Holy Spirit, upset the Lord, get Him angry, demean Jesus Christ, whatever it takes.

I think what the devil loves most is stealing and destroying any kind of joy in a Christian’s life.  I think he gets his biggest kicks out of doing this to us.  Sometimes I feel like I fall so easily into this sneaky trick.  Doesn’t it anger you to think he does this?  or even worse, we allow him to do it!

One way Satan kills our joy is to doubt ourselves.  I’ve been doing this a lot lately!  And quite frankly, I’m tired of allowing him to steal my confidence and my joy.  Today was a very stressful day at work but I find my peace and rest when spending time with the Lord and reading His Word.  The Lord has been reminding me that He is there and will take care of me.  To not stress and to do the best I can.  God will even put people in our presence to give us encouragement and to remind us that He is watching and is with us.

I had a customer tell me that I have a “light” about me.  Comes to find out, they were a Christian and we had a quick talk about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  It made my day for someone to see me like this.  I wasn’t sure I ever really portrayed a difference by my mannerisms.  It reaffirmed my love for Christ and that even in the midst of chaos we can still allow Jesus to shine through us for strangers to see.  Satan tried to steal my confidence and joy that day, but…

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world”

….take THAT satan……

I want to share with you an experience I had that involves how God empowers us and guides us in our daily life.

Recently, I was promoted to the assistant manager position at my job.  I have only worked there for 2 months and by being quickly promoted, it had me both excited and scared.  My confidence level needs much improvement though.  In fact, I almost didn’t accept the position because I was really psyching myself out.  I was allowing Satan way too much time in my thoughts and almost worked myself into a panic attack.  I was questioning whether God really gave me this job or was it my own will taking over.  Satan had me questioning everything and I was obsessing over it.  I was stressed to say the least.

Most of you know my past and the bad choices I have made in my life.  My struggle with addiction and years of verbal abuse all play a part in how I feel about myself and my abilities.

Yesterday was my first day running the store by myself.  I had a staff of 7 and it was important for me to not only keep everything running smoothly but I also had the strain of having to cut people early due to high labor costs earlier in the week.  We have a couple employees who are “high maintenance”.  You have to constantly watch them and stay on them to do their job.  This alone is very stressful.

As soon as I walked in, there were problems.  Running this store is like a machine.  If all the parts aren’t working properly, it quickly falls apart and it can be difficult to recover.  So if one of the employees is lacking, it affects the whole thing.  Five minutes after I walked in I said softly out loud, “God you have to help me.”

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:31

No matter what problem was put in front of me and needed my attention and/or leadership, I remained calm and focused.  I handled things without getting upset or freaking myself out.  I was able to solve any problems that came up and from what I could tell, customers appeared happy with the service.  The day wasn’t perfect and we did have a few customers who got upset but I was able to resolve any issues and make them happy before they left.

God gets all the credit!

This had nothing to do with me.  God was with me totally and it was all Him.  Our lives can get so busy that we don’t always realize just how much God does for us on a daily basis.  We don’t see just how much God is in control and faithfully loves us and guides us 24 hours at a time.

I encourage all of you to take a few moments today and reflect on how God works in your daily life.  Ask Him to reveal the “little things” that we so often miss.  And remember that by humbling ourselves to Him, He empowers us to do things that we normally couldn’t do if left up to our own will.

As Believer’s, we obey God because He loves us and know that He wants to help us succeed in this life.   Once we realize how much He loves us, we are motivated to trust in Him.  God provides the power for us to live a godly life.

The proper response to God’s grace is right conduct.

The apostle Paul writes in Titus 2:12,

“And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures.  We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.”

I always find it intriguing how Scripture written 2000 years ago can still apply in the crazy world we live in now.  Obviously, men’s (and women’s) hearts back then are in the same shape as our hearts are today.  Our world has definitely evolved since Paul wrote this letter to Titus back in A.D. 63-66, yet we can relate to what Paul is talking about and apply it to our lives here in 2012.

Paul goes on to say in verse 13,

“while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”

There is an excellent payoff to being a Christian and working hard at having self control and right conduct.  That payoff is the “blessed hope” of Christ’s glorious return.  I certainly look forward to it and can’t wait to hear those 3 sounds talked about in 1 Thess 4:16.  We will hear 3 sounds as Christ descends from heaven:

  1. A shout.
  2. The voice of the archangel.
  3. The trumpet of God.

Talk about a grand entrance!  God’s grace is for everyone on earth.  God desires for all people to be saved.

“For the grace of God has been revealed bringing salvation to all people.” (Titus 2:11)

None of us deserve God’s mercy and grace, but it is available to everyone because of what Christ did on the cross.  Having self-control and living a godly life involves daily devotion and committment.

The devil wants us to focus on how little we have grown spiritually.  One of the lies he tells me is, “you should be a lot further along by now Michele.”  It’s a trick to stifle my self-confidence and get me to feel guilty.  When feeling like this, I get upset with myself and I am playing right into the lie.  If I were to keep believing this lie, I become an unproductive follower of Christ.

If we want to have any kind of chance in this evil world, we need to focus instead on how far we have come!  God’s amazing grace gives us the confidence we need to live a godly life, have right conduct and the power and strength we need to accomplish any kind of right behavior.

How did Jesus do it?  Jesus was criticized and insulted but never returned insult for insult.  The witness of Jesus tells us to return evil with good.  Be slow to anger.  Turn the other cheek.

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” (Proverbs 12:16)

Where do we draw the line of being insulted by another person and turning the other cheek?  When do we stand up for ourselves?  How many times can we really just turn the other cheek before saying something in our defense?

There is a person in my life that always seems to “get a jab at me” every time we have a conversation.  This is a person that I have hurt from my past actions.  This person has also hurt me.  I have truly forgiven them.  I really have.  I have asked forgiveness for my sharpness and overreaction.  I’m ready to let it go.  I AM capable of forgiveness.  I believe God has blessed me with incredible patience and the ability to forgive.  In my past, I had an ex-boyfriend who grabbed me by my hair, put a gun to my head & shoved me down into an execution type stature.  I even forgave him (and got a permanent restraining order). 

So even though I have hurt this person in my life and it may be justifiable reactions to my past behavior, they still throw an insult at me in a passive aggressive way even though I have changed my life and don’t behave in that manner anymore.  It doesn’t matter how well I am doing.  It doesn’t matter how far I’ve come, I still get that “dig” at least once every time we are around each other.  I get so upset!  I get very defensive.  I get tired of having to stick up for myself.  Yes, I insulted this person last night.  My past was being thrown in my face and in a vulgar manner.  I kept my cool at first, and then I started yelling and verbally did not behave as a Christian nor as a lady.  I asked God to forgive me.  Even though what I said back to them was all true, I did say it in a manner unbecoming.

“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)

I’m not going to blame my behavior as “just being human”.  I REALLY want to be able to control my tongue, no matter how terrible I’m being treated.  Will I ever perfect this area in my life?  I sure hope so.  I will just have to keep trying or maybe I just need to choose better friends & end this particular one.


A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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