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Satan and singles"
September 19, 2017
September 19, 2017 Issue #138
Satan and singles: What you need to knowSatan is real. If you don't believe that, you're calling Jesus Christ a liar.
In this month's feature article, we're going to look at Satan and singles. While it's important not to become paranoid about Satan, it's also wise to recognize him as the threat that he is.
Lots of bad things happen to single people, and Satan is behind some of them. He accuses you of being worthless because you're not married. He makes you afraid. When you feel depressed, Satan tries to convince you even God doesn't love you.
You can get a close-up look at Satan's tactics when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Matthew 4:1-11. His methods haven't changed in thousands of years because they work.
You don't need to fear Satan, however, because Jesus defeated him once and for all when he died on the cross. We live not in the false accusations of the devil but in the forgiveness of Christ's love.
Satan is a cunning but defeated foe. See what he's up to in the
lives of single people all over the world in Satan is real.
Give it another tryPatience is the key to life,
the habit to apply,
when things don't turn out as you'd like,
give it another try.
Setbacks are stepping stones in disguise,
You can make your way if you persevere.
Your next attempt may take the prize,
~ Jack Zavada, 2017 ~
September's QOTM? That 'anonymous' guy!I usually avoid anonymous quotations, but September's Quote of the Month is a gold nugget of truth:
was convincing the world he doesn't exist.
~ Anonymous ~
You know about stealth jets. They don't show up on radar. In the same way, Satan is the "stealth enemy" of single people. He won't show up on our danger radar if we think he doesn't exist.
But like a stealth jet, he's really there, and he'll sneak in under your defenses to wreak serious havoc. Jesus dealt with Satan by exposing his lies. Jesus quoted the Bible to the Devil, shining the light of truth on him.
When we singles know the truth of God's love for us, we won't be tricked by Satan's accusations of fear and doubt. God's love beats Satan every time.
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Putting complaints in perspectiveThe recent hurricanes and wildfires in the United States make our everyday troubles seem small in comparison. If you were not affected by these disasters, it would be good to thank God again for all the material blessings he has given you.
Single people, like you and me, can get wrapped up in our own little world. If we want a spouse and God has not answered that prayer, we can feel as if he is punishing us. God did not punish the people devastated by the hurricanes, and he is not punishing you. Bad things happen because this world has been ruined by sin. It was ruined long before we were born, and it will be ruined long after we're gone. The good news is that Jesus Christ is the path to heaven, where everything is right.
Heaven is real. But in the meantime, we have to lean on God during our trials in this world. Remember that, no matter what happens to you. God is your sustainer. He can help you go on after a hurricane and all the other disappointments in life.
Why some pastors will never get itI get a lot of email from single men and women who tell me they have been hurt at church. They feel like second-class citizens because they aren't married. Their pastor constantly praises marriage, ignoring their feelings.
Honestly, the evangelical church doesn't know what to do with single people. It's still stuck in the ancient Jewish tradition that marriage and a big family make you more pleasing to God. That's simply not true.
A single pastor is as rare as a hillbilly at the ballet. Churches don't hire them. Married pastors hear the old teaching at seminary that marriage is the highest calling for a lay person, and most of them repeat that their entire career. That's just not true, either, and it needs to stop.
Sadly, some things never change and we need to adjust ourselves to live with them. You can tolerate this kind of prejudice in only one way: Remembering how Jesus Christ feels about you. He loves you passionately. He was single, he knows what it's like to be single, and he understands you perfectly. You are loved and valued by God, and that's what really matters.
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It's getting close! My new paperback book, Hope for Hurting Singles will be out soon. It's a completely revised and updated version of the Kindle edition. Watch for all the exciting details in next month's newsletter!
That's it for now, fellow singleton. Until October,
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