Is the Devil Out of His Mind?

I’m studying the book of Jeremiah during my morning devotion, but for some reason, these days I want to listen to the four Gospels whenever I get a chance to be in my car. So, yesterday afternoon, I was listening to the Gospel according to Matthew while driving to go somewhere.
 
After I listened to the first three chapters and the first part of chapter four, I totally zoned out, thinking of these two verses: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
 
I felt like I’ve never read this passage before. I said: What? Who is offering what to Who here? Hold on a second! Is the devil out of his mind for trying to tempt Jesus this way?

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“And Adam knew Eve his wife;”

Eve has a description. It doesn’t just say, Adam knew a girl named Eve.

Are you kidding? Oh, no, the Word of God doesn’t say that! It says, “And Adam knew Eve HIS WIFE;” (Genesis 4:1a KJV – capitalization is mine)

“And” shows that there were necessary events that had to occur before Adam “knew” his wife (the girl had to be publicly declared as “his wife”) and the semi colon (;) shows that “knowing” (making love, NIV) is not the end in and of itself. There is more blessing following it, depending on at what stage “the knowing” occurs.

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Characteristics of a Romantic Christian Man

A4P Guest: “Missy, if you were single today, what would be the first three main characteristics you would be looking in a man?”
 
A4P: I love this question! Do you know why?
 
Well, I think I already told you this but one of the things I was looking in a man when I was single, young and “st- -d” was “six-pack abs”, lol. I know that is messed up!

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Did You Get Your Name Changed?

Most of you by now know what my “nickname” used to be, don’t you?

Well, let me refresh your memory. My nickname used to be a moth. In Amharic, the direct translation is: “Dinner of Fire.” (By the way, this is one of the zillion nicknames I’ve earned for myself so far.)

After I learned the English name of “Dinner of Fire”, I began reading about moths. Let me share with you some of the things I learned. Continue reading Did You Get Your Name Changed?

“Give Me a Wife”

A4P Guest: “I’m a 34-year-old single man. I strive to be sexually pure. I have male friends with whom I pray and discuss personal issues, including our sexual struggles. But I have a question for you. I’ve been praying for God to give me a wife but God is not answering my prayer. I’m not in any addiction or sinful lifestyle. Why do you think that God is not answering my prayer?”
 
A4P: Before I say anything, let me say this: Kudos to you, my dear brother, for keeping yourself away from a sexually immoral lifestyle!

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“Hold On To My Sexual Desire”

A4P Guest: “I’m sixteen years old. I don’t have a girlfriend and I don’t think it is the right time for me to have one. But I have this strong sexual desire which drives me nuts. It makes me do things I don’t want to do. I believe in God and I am active in my church. I also have good friends I can talk to and all of them have similar struggles. My whole family members are believers. I know nothing about this world. I grew up in the church, I love God and the people of God, and I know God has a purpose and plan for my life. But these days, I doubt the goodness of God in my life. Continue reading “Hold On To My Sexual Desire”

“I’d been flirting with men”

A4P Guest: “After reading some of your articles, I got convicted that I’d been flirting with men around me. I’m one of the worship leaders in my church. I used to like to wear tight pants and/or short dresses. I was enjoying the attention the men were giving me. A couple weeks ago, I decided to buy a dress which is neither tight nor short but still cute. I wore it to the next church program. I was actually leading the worship that day. Continue reading “I’d been flirting with men”

Purity for the brave hearted!