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What The Devil Does NOT Want You To Know

What the devil does not want you to know first and foremost is that he exists!

what the Devil does not want you to know

The devil wants to keep you focused on yourself and not on Jesus!

The Devil Has A Crippling Weakness:

What the devil does not want you to know is this:

  • What kryptonite is to Superman…

  • What light is to cockroaches…

  • What the Cross is to vampires…

  • God’s spoken Word is to the devil!

Satan and his demons are powerless and flee in terror when confronted by the superior power of the Truth of God’s Word.

Here’s why this is important to you:

Because the devil is behind most of the problems you are having.

The devil does not want you to know this:

God Promises: You Can Live Free From Fear, Panic, Anxiety, Nightmares, Etc!

God has put His power into His Word! You and I can access that power by speaking God’s Word against the devil.

The devil needs God’s permission before he can do anything to you. But the devil has figured out how to “game the system” to get God’s permission. Very legalistic; has to do with you and I having a free will.

In Biblical times, mighty men of war relied upon their swords to slay their enemies. That’s why God inspired Paul to use a “sword” as a metaphor for a powerful weapon:

And take … the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17)

So, what you need right now is some practical, focused information about three things:

  1. The strategies the devil uses to defeat you.
  2. Why all of this is important.
  3. Take Action. Here’s How To Arm Yourself.

Here Are Seven Strategies The Devil Uses:

1 STEALTH: As stated above, what the devil does not want you to know is that he exists. If God is the great “I AM”, Satan is the great “I AM NOT”! But Jesus, Paul, Peter and all the New Testament writers knew that demons exist, and they strongly warned us to be on guard and not fall into the devil’s traps.

2 IGNORANCE: Whether you know demons exist or not, what the devil does not want you to know about is the incredible power of God’s Word and the awesome benefits of doing God’s will in things like Scripture memory.

3 ANESTHESIA: If somehow you throw off your ignorance of God’s Word and begin to read it, the Devil wants to keep you “anesthetized” such that you read the words–but they might as well be written in a foreign language. They have no meaning. The Gospel is veiled, and you are in danger of perishing. (See 2 Corinthians 4:3~4)

4 UNBELIEF: If they fail to keep the truth from you, their next strategy is to keep you from taking these truths seriously. What the devil does not want you to know here is they plant thoughts of unbelief in your mind. They try to get you to think that doing things like Scripture memory are really not important…other things are much more important. They try to get you to doubt that God exists or doubt the accuracy of the Bible.

5 DISTRACTION: If you are still determined to believe and press on, what the devil does not want you to know here is that they will work to distract you. You’ll feel hungry; you’ll feel tired; you’ll think about your grocery list or your to-do list; someone will call; you’ll feel inclined to spend hours surfing the internet, etc.

6 DOUBT: Another thing very high on the list of things the Devil does not want you to know is that he will try to make you doubt such things as the very authenticity of the Bible. This despite that fact that Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every Word of God proves true…”. He wants you to doubt that Jesus said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle (small grammatical mark) of the law (the Bible) to fail.” (Luke 16:17). The devil even wants you to doubt that you could ever do such an audacious thing as to memorize even one verse of Scripture!

7 OUTRIGHT LIES: See John 8:44 (Scripture photo at the top.) What the devil does not want you to know is that EVERYTHING he says is a lie. Oh, he’ll tell half-truths, mixing a little bit if truth with a lot of untruth. But those statements are like a pan of chocolate brownies… with dog poop baked into them! You would NEVER eat that if you knew what was in it! Neither should you “eat” the words of the Devil.

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More About The Strategy Of Satan:

Satan goes after your mind by putting his lies into your thoughts. His purpose is to keep you ignorant of God’s will for you. But once you begin to take hold of the principles I’ve shown you here, you’ll have a great defense against him.

Satan goes after your body by inflicting suffering upon you. His purpose is to get you to be impatient with God’s will for you. But as God said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12: “My Grace is sufficient for you…”.

Satan attacks your will by attempting to sow pride into your life, so as to make you independent of God’s will. But when you filter your actions and even your thoughts by asking in your heart, “Would this thought (action) grieve the Holy Spirit?”, you are in effect making the Holy Spirit the gatekeeper of your mind.

Seven Things God DOES Want You To Know:

  1. The devil is real. He hates you because you love Jesus and Jesus loves you. By taking you down, the devil thinks he can hurt Jesus.
  2. The devil is behind most of the fear, worry, doubt, guilt, etc. in your life.
  3. Satan’s purpose is remarkably simple: he goes to great lengths with empty promises and lies to get you to choose to live independently from God’s will.
  4. God is infinitely more powerful than Satan and all His demons combined. So there is absolutely no reason for you and I to fear them.
  5. God will help those who walk in obedience to Him, and who put their complete trust in Him by turning to Him in faith.
  6. God does not promise a problem-free life. Actually, He uses your problems to help you grow spiritually.
  7. Always remember this: what the devil does not want you to know — but God DOES want you to know — is just how much God’s heart burns with love for YOU!

Why This Is Important:

It’s important that you realize this:

You are the “rope” in a Spiritual tug-of-war!

On one end, Satan and his demons are pulling you toward Hell, using everything in their bag of tricks to keep you from walking in obedience to God.

On the other end, God is working for your good to draw you to Himself, while at the same time respecting your free will.

The war between God and Satan is for YOUR SOUL!

The demons, as they always do, are exploiting the fact that God has given you a free will. They stop at nothing to disrupt, discourage, distract, and deflect you away from allowing God to be the Lord of your life.

The Scripture below is an example of what the devil does:

3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3~4 rsv)

EXPLANATION: When people read the Bible and it seems to make no sense to them, that’s because of the devil. Somehow, he has the ability to “veil” their minds from the truth of what God wants everyone do know.

Demons have the ability to put thoughts into our minds. | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

When people read the Bible and it seems to make no sense to them, that’s because of the devil. Somehow, he has the ability to “veil” their minds from the truth of what God wants everyone do know.

Does The Scripture Above Alarm You?

It alarms me, because of all the people I know who are not ready yet to step into eternity. Some think they are ready–but they may not be. Some don’t seem to care. Many have been beaten down by religion, and want nothing to do with anything associated with churches.

The Devil loves that! He so wants to keep you from understanding the Word of God.

Here’s one of the Scriptures where Jesus described what the Devil does:

18 Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom [the Scripture read from the Bible] and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:8-9)

Take Action! Here’s How To Arm Yourself:

Decide NOW to walk in obedience to God. Begin NOW to equip yourself for spiritual warfare first by reading the practical, beneficial information I’m presenting here, and by equipping yourself for spiritual warfare by beginning to put God’s Word into your memory.

How To Defend Yourself; These Ten Things Are High On The List: What The Devil Does NOT Want You To Know:

  1. Your Fear Is Being Caused By The Devil
  2. The Devil always lies!
  3. God Is Infinitely More Powerful Than Satan And All His Demons Combined!
  4. God Is Offering His Supernatural Protection
  5. God Is Always With You
  6. Sleep Peacefully; God Says You Can
  7. God Wants You To Be Able To Honestly Say, “I’m Living Free From Fear”!
  8. We All Like To Think We’ll Live Forever, But God Knows How long I Will Live.
  9. I Don’t Understand The Bible
  10. Thinking God’s Thoughts Brings About His Perfect Peace

A Real-Life Example Of How Effective The Spoken Word Of God Is:

One of the reasons God allows troubles in our lives is so that we can show by way of our real-life examples how He works in the life of a believer. The Scripture below shows how God wants each of us to be an encouragement and a comfort to others:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3~4)

Here is my own story of how God allowed me to be tested — twice. At first, I knew nothing about wisdom from the Bible. But the second time, I was able to stand against the devil. You’ll see how God has called me to “comfort others” just as He has comforted me:

Warning! Beware Of This Trap:

The Devil is likely putting thoughts into your mind right now, telling you to put off doing the things I’m urging you to do. Or he’s telling you it’s all nonsense, or that it’s too much to read. Don’t listen to that voice. Those thoughts are all lies from the devil! That’s how he manipulates us.

At this moment, the most dangerous word in your vocabulary is “tomorrow” (as in, “I’ll decide about that… tomorrow“.)

What I’ve done here is the equivalent of having a personal trainer show you all the types of training equipment and how to use them. But the trainer cannot do the workout for you.

Now you must decide: do you want to keep all your fears, anxieties, panic attacks, and nightmares?

Now it’s up to you.

Victory Over The Devil Is A Partnership With God!

Here is a short quote from another one of my articles, entitled, ” How To Defeat The Devil, As Demonstrated By Jesus . It makes the point that we must be in partnership with God in order to avail ourselves of His promises.

In many of our interactions with God, there is a part that we can do, and there is a part that only God can do. And until we do the part that we can do, God will not do the part that only He can do.

The book of James helps us to understand God’s “how to defeat the devil” strategy:

Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

There are two separate thoughts here:

  1. Submit to God. Obey Him. That’s the part you must do first.
  2. Resist the devil. As God’s obedient disciple, His power operates through you.

Sadly, most people ignore the first part, and try to figure out how to “resist the devil” with their own strength. But they can’t do it.

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What the devil does not want you to know is: Everything In This Book!

Now I want to share with you an excerpt from a devotional I’ve been re-reading for years. The author, Oswald Chambers, has a way of stripping away our pretenses to reveal our true condition that always opens my eyes to a better understanding of Scripture.

This excerpt is from his classic book, “My Utmost For His Highest”. I highly recommend that you get a copy and read a page every day. Here’s one of the links to Amazon.com where you can buy a copy.

The Authority Of Reality

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

It is essential to give people a chance of acting on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual, you cannot act for him, it must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message ought always to lead a man to act. The paralysis of refusing to act leaves a man exactly where he was before; when once he acts, he is never the same.

(From the devotional reading for November 4.)

Notice the phrases he used:

  • give people a chance of acting on the truth of God…
  • responsibility must be left with the individual…
  • message ought always to lead a man to act…

The word “paralysis” describes the condition many are in:

  • paralysis of refusing to act…

I am living proof that this next phrase is true:

  • when once he acts, he is never the same

I’ve quoted a preacher from long ago to help make this point:

“Begin learning the Bible so you can do what it says. Along the way, it will transform your life!”


There Is No Neutral Ground Here!

There are two spiritual kingdoms: Heaven and Hell.

Contrary to the popular culture, there is no third kingdom of “just me”.

With every thought and with every action (or sometimes inaction) we serve either Heaven or Hell.

Jesus said:

Whoever is not with Me is against Me…” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23)

Everything Is A Test.

God has put before you a multiple-choice test. But notice this: He loves you so much that He’s also given you the correct answer:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

So Now, You Must Decide About Two Things:

  1. BELIEF: Do you believe the things you’ve read here? Everything is based on the Truth of God’s Word. And I don’t mean just mental assent to a set of facts. I mean, “Is your belief a deeply-held conviction that you would die for?”
  2. IMPORTANCE: Is obeying God by beginning to put His Word into your mind and heart important to you? If it’s important to you, you’ll do it. If it’s not important to you, you won’t do it.

Here’s Your Part:

  • Just as nobody else can go to the gym and do your workout for you;
  • Just as nobody else can practice the piano for you;
  • In the same way, nobody else can undergo the discipline of learning to apply principles from the Bible for you.

Only you can make the decision to obey God and begin equipping yourself to have victory over the devil.

Getting Bible verses into you is not as hard or tedious as you might think either. Read my article: Memorize Bible Verses! Here’s How. Here’s what I do: I read each of the Scriptures I want to memorize ONCE EACH DAY!

Would you like some encouragement to get you motivated and to help you get started? Read my article: Persevere; Here’s What Will Happen. You’ll see how at first, it will seem like a discipline. But — and here’s the part you cannot see at first — you will begin to experience a desire for God’s Word. You’ll look forward to it. Keep on, and it becomes a DELIGHT! But as I said, you will see this only if you persevere.

Don’t Be A “Jellyfish Christian”!

The devil does not want you to know that you don't have to be a 'jellyfish Christian'

The devil would like you to just drift along like a jellyfish does.

Do you know what a jellyfish is like? In outward appearance, there is a certain beauty to them. But look at what they’re really like, and what they do:

  • They’re flimsy.
  • They’re weak.
  • They’re spineless; they have no backbone; they can’t stand up for anything.
  • They just drift along with the prevailing currents. You might say they “go with the flow”.
  • With their tentacles, they sting with venom whatever gets in their way.
  • With those same tentacles, they reach out and grab what they want.

There are many people who identify themselves as Christians, but are a lot like that jellyfish.

But you won’t be like that, will you? Now you know the truth, and you know how to apply it.

I Know You’ll Make The Right Decision. I Know You Won’t Let The Devil Win!

~ Jan


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  • Marissa Triggs April 28, 2016, 12:25 AM

    I am so grateful I stumbled upon this article. I do sometimes feel intimidated by people that have over half of the bible verses and can recite them by memory but hey we all start somewhere! I am blessed by our gracious God. I am thankful. God bless you all. I hope that anyone that is having a hard time. Please know Jesus Loves you and YOU are special, even if you don’t believe so.

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  • Leo Rina April 26, 2016, 11:54 AM

    Just when I was beginning to think that God has left me because I have sinned against him I read this article. It helped me learn the truth that God would never ever leave me.

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  • Cristian April 21, 2016, 8:31 AM

    I’m so glad I read this

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  • Ray April 20, 2016, 8:23 PM

    This article is very powerful. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    I tried to add a post before, sorry if this shows up twice. But I wanted to ask you, Jan, what your thoughts were on spirituality and physical pain. I have fibromyalgia (well, that’s what the ‘experts’ call it) – lots of back/leg/all over body pain, fear, anxiety, along with a bunch of other issues (brain fog, headaches, the list truly goes on). I have learnd a lot about the origin of this issue. There are many books (particularly written by Dr. John Sarno) that point to a psychological cause of these symptoms. Basically your mind hijacks your body and sends out all kinds of problems to different muscles and organs causing a lot of disfunction. The reason your mind is doing this is repressed negative emotions – primarily anger/rage, fear, greif, and shame. I do agree the nature is psychological – but really, it’s spiritual. There aren’t many books written on the issue with a spiritual bend, just wordly wisdom.

    This brings me back to the issue I’ve been struggling with for years. Your advice in this article is very helpful for fear and anxiety, but even when I feel at peace , I’m still trampled by intense body pain.

    In another one of your articles you mentioned the guy that always had anxious thoughts, but when he played football and was so engaged in the game, the anxious thoughts went away. This is almost identical to the nature of my problem. If I’m really engaged in something, the pain subsides. Essentially, it’s a distractive method – but, like you say, I need a permanent solution.

    I wanted to hear your opinions on what is known as mind/body pain, or rather spiritual/mind/body pain. I know this source is spiritual, and the solution is God. But I’m just unsure if the path to free myself of pain is the same as the path you’re describing in this article to free myself of fear, doubt, and anxiety (I’m in agreement with the latter part, just confused on the former).

    You’re wisdom is a blessing to us all, and I’ve wanted to ask someone like you with such powerful insight on these issues. Again, thanks for the articles and this wonderful website.

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    • Jan Smith April 27, 2016, 6:14 PM

      Ray, your story made me think of Pau’s “thorn in the flesh”

      7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:6-10

      We don’t always know God’s purpose when He allows us to suffer. One possibility is described in Hebrews 12:

      3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

      “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
      nor be weary when reproved by him.
      6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
      and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:3-6)

      You might read that passage. He goes on to say:

      For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)

      I know this much: God often uses our struggles to strengthen us for Kingdom work. That’s certainly been true in my own life.
      Ray, I hope this helps.

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      • Ray April 29, 2016, 7:00 PM

        Jan,

        Thanks a lot for the response. The verses in Hebrews are encouraging, though I still wonder at a few things…My biggest struggle in this whole long endeavor is whether or not my suffering (been at least five years of pain and suffering – not to mention death of family members and near-death illnesses by other family members) is my own fault or whether it’s been willed by God to occur in my life. I don’t think the deaths and near-deaths are my fault, but the inability to experience healing, joy, happiness, and a pain free life…that’s what I wonder. I know some people have the philosophy “it is God’s will otherwise it wouldn’t have happened.” But we humans have a will of our own – Hitler and Stalin prove that.

        In the case of Job, his sufferings were caused by (allowed by) the devil. Though Job learned much through his trials, he was a prudent man. There’s hardly a thesis that Job’s sin or mistakes brought him his suffering. This suffering was God’s will.

        But there are many cases where we humans, through our own will, make mistakes and do not follow the Word of God. We have a will, therefore we are capable of making these wrong turns. These wrong turns can and usually lead us into suffering – as the suffering itself can correct the error of our ways. This seems different in nature to that of Job’s sufferings. Basically, two cases: 1) suffering due to God’s will 2) suffering due to our will. Both can be used by God for the good of all things, but case 2 is something I’ve wrestled with for years. “What am I doing that is bringing me all this pain, isolation, suffering, and despair?”

        There are many arguments out there by credible spiritual people that make the claim that one’s suffering, especially the kind of my nature (emotional pain and emotionally driven physical pain) are deliverable by God if the person were to do some combination of the following 1) trust God more, 2) remove sin out of one’s life, 3) resist the devil and/or seek deliverance, 4) forgive others, 5) have more faith, etc. Those are all great points, and ones we should all abide by.

        It’s been years of this wandering through this wilderness, seeking God more and more, trying to look into the mirror at my sin, fighting the devil and his demons everyday with God’s word, looking at grudges, unforgiveness, and enmity between me and other people (“neighbors”) in my life…It seems there’s nothing more my will is capable of doing to help my situation, despite the ‘advice’ of those around me.

        I have learned to trust God immensely these past several years. I have learned to forgive many people in my life. I have learned a lot of sin in my life. But the suffering continues. It seems the “will” that many people talk of that us humans have to seek God, turn from sin, fight the devil (with the power of God), is not a guarantee to conquer suffering, it simply remains as fundamentally good things to do.

        I don’t mean to make this post about my life. There are many that can relate to me. I guess the summary of my (our) point is: Happiness is not a choice, nor is suffering. Even though choosing good and resisting evil are choices that we humans make, happiness and suffering do not correlate to them. Job is proof of that. I (we) just wonder if my (our) suffering is Job-like, or like that of grumbling and disobedient Israelites. Probably a combination, but will my actions make any difference? My experiences so far tells me there’s nothing more I can do except put my hope that one day, God will find it good in His eyes to turn my ‘crimson’ suffering into ‘wool’ deliverance.

        Ray

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  • Eric Pelletier April 20, 2016, 9:31 AM

    This is a good article. ???? Praise to God!

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  • Amanda April 18, 2016, 12:22 PM

    Thank you. God truly bless you.

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  • mary o alhassan April 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

    I pray nd hope that God Almighty will support me in Jesus Name…..Amen

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  • Kayla Tigchelaar April 4, 2016, 4:29 PM

    I have been going through a tough trial lately and I have been asking for gods help and strength and the thought is so disturbing that I have even asked him to take it away but I haven’t found peace yet what do I do next?

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    • Jan Smith April 9, 2016, 3:15 PM

      Kayla, I urge you to read my article How To Banish Unwanted thoughts
      I bet it will help you. Let me know.

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    • winny April 10, 2016, 12:06 AM

      Hello,be strong.God’s word says that he will never leave you.he is with you.trials are so hard for us to take on especially when its at maximum.but we need to keep in prayer and follow Jesus’s example(luke 22;39-ff)i too for one went through a terrible trial where i couldn’t even see myself in the mirror but God sent me an encouragement through a person whom i prayed with and later i realised that i got power to go through it.ask Jesus to empower you, so that you accomplish those trials because we can do all things through christ who strengthens us and also you can look into precioustestmonies.com,there is a testmony about job encounters,it will be of good help to you.strength my dear.good day

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  • Lauren April 1, 2016, 12:24 AM

    It is extremely hard for me. Thank you for the article.

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    • Jan Smith April 3, 2016, 2:58 PM

      Best thing, then, is to remember that God is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!! ALWAYS

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  • Eli March 27, 2016, 8:50 AM

    I just lived everything i read here above…Thank you so mouch for telling us the truth.. Blessings from Sweden?

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  • connie dixon March 26, 2016, 8:19 AM

    Please pray for me to do what Jesus wants me to do

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  • Edwin G Aguilar Lopez March 26, 2016, 12:44 AM

    This is the 1st time I visit this site/ page/website. Only G.O.D knows why?& u reading it. I found this highly-qualified, highly-rated, & helpfull ,etc.Now ,I know the ones that care about life, life-style, & love have a meaningful purpose of respect for life and it’s meaning including the habitad plus (+) every living things without discrimination. I would like to deeply Thank God and the person who created all this good knowledge. Thank you so much for your help and support for this post and the time is here and there the time it took to set up all this. Your time and effort made a huge difference and it will inspire the whole world good and bad. _you can cover the earth with wordblessings.com from G. THE RED DEVIL Speaks6 s Sick Verses on a site called 100 words. Com thats how IT communicates. It has its own unique fan/familia/supporters and much more,etc…..May God bless you and America also where we the people stand AméN!!!! Gn zzzzzz……..God bless me. 2 peacefully.

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    • Jan Smith April 9, 2016, 3:09 PM

      Hi, Edwin,
      All glory be to God for whatever wisdom and knowledge you got here. All I did was to put into a computer blog in a way that people who needed this help from God could find it. I’m glad you are one of them. Many blessings to you, my friend~

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  • Moyo Reinhard March 25, 2016, 2:41 AM

    thank you very much Mr Jan…….I just read this at the right time when i needed to understand God more than Ever……I have gone through al ot through my life but your article has given me hope that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel and that light is God’s light…….I am now filled with Joy,Hope and Love for my Lord Jesus Christ and Almighty Heavenly father……I now know that as long as am with Jesus Christ the devil will always be under my feet. God bless u Mr Jan

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    • Jan Smith March 25, 2016, 11:11 AM

      Moyo, you just “preached” a wonderful testimony!

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  • Ifeyinwa Brown-Nwokocha March 21, 2016, 8:39 AM

    This message is too powerful and direct! I don’t think I have read anything like it before. It spoke to me sincerely and blessed me tremendously. I would love a follow-up. Thanks and God bless you so much.

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  • Raison March 20, 2016, 6:54 AM

    I have nothing but love happiness and joy, for my jesus Christ, which I love with all my heart, mind,body,soul and strength.

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  • winny March 15, 2016, 1:01 AM

    Hello.am back here again to be able to encourage someone.i have been trying to find the answers to several worries and hardships that we are going through which cause us to feel like we should give up our hope.so i will curtail everything,though it would be better to understand my experiences that i have lessons from.
    1st.. Ask yourself what extent you know God.one time God told me that i was selfish…i thought i understood it until a while ago through a series of circumstances, where i ran to God to help me get me out of my troubles.Everytime i lay on my knees to pray,i asked Him to take a way my pain rather than understanding why He is letting me go through such a circumstance.i remember a lady here who almost gave up her walk because her 6 yr old was being bullied at school for following christ.at first i wanted to encourage her but i didn’t how until now (the son being bullied is because he is taking up the cross which means he is suffering as a christian and whatever word that comes out of the mouth of God must accomplish that that it is intended to do.He did not say that christian walk would be easy rather that He would help us overcome whatever we come across.therefore all that is needed is to Let His will done and ask for strength to overcome what we face and be able to walk through that time.1peter 2 :19~ff ,it doesn’t matter if you are a 1000 yrs in christianity but His will. Even Jesus Christ asked God to take away the cup of suffering before he was arrested but still he concluded that not what he wants but what the will of God is,he felt the pain that your feeling now.(mathew 26..36-39)
    2nd what have you made God to be
    Like i already said when i was told that am selfish,i had to find out why? And it is because i made God my bank and assistant to command and make sure He gives me what i want.Yes God gives but according to His will.even when my spirit longed for praises to God,all i thought was that something good is coming my way.i didn’t have time to praise God or helping others know Him but about my business,which clothes to put on,how to mantain a model like figure,money,places to visit.all that but having reference for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom which will help you over come what your facing.seek ye first His kingdown and all the rest,…money relationships etc will follow.

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  • Suzanne Wilkins March 13, 2016, 4:56 PM

    This was very helpful. Truly blessed me. God bless you my brother in Christ. I love you.:)

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    • Jan Smith March 13, 2016, 5:31 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Suzanne! I want you and everyone to know that I pray for all of you every morning. God knows whom He sends to Word Blessing to find His truth proclaimed.
      And I’m excited to share this with you and everyone: as of today (03/13/2016) this article has been viewed 136,110 times since I published it in July of 2013! That’s how great the need is!
      And the question I always like to ask is: “why did 136,110 people have to go to Google to find out what they should be learning in church??!!”

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  • Jacob March 12, 2016, 1:53 PM

    Great job!

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  • annie March 8, 2016, 4:17 PM

    I love Jesus around the world and back..hold my hand now and forever Jesus I need you so much I don’t want to be so weak ..

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  • Nia Sunne Mhoon March 1, 2016, 8:44 PM

    Please pray for my safety and protection the enemy is using my husband to hurt me and my daughteR

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  • Patrick February 26, 2016, 7:15 AM

    Greetings in the name of Jesus I’m so glad about the theaching, Im in South Africa but the word of God you sent over the internet makes a lot of work as im in fasting looking for the face of God.
    Be blessed in the name of Jesus?

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  • Christopher russell February 12, 2016, 1:47 AM

    I’m 12 years old and when I say i love Jesus but it seems like the devil telling me I don’t.. I need help please!!!

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    • Jan Smith March 8, 2016, 10:18 AM

      Hello, Christopher,
      First of all: pay no attention to the lies of the devil. When you know the truth, whatever the devil says is not important.
      I urge you to discuss this with your parents or with adults you can trust and who know about Bible truth.

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  • Sabreena January 30, 2016, 12:04 PM

    I choose the lord Jesus Christ..he is the truth and I will obey him only. The devil had no place in my life. Thank your encouragement and strong faith.

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  • Amanda January 26, 2016, 8:56 AM

    I have to say I love what you are doing..The word of God has helped me in many ways..so many want to come and take the credit for what the word of God has done in my life..some people even want to give me the credit for the amazing break throughs in my life..the only thing I can take credit for is my trust in God and surrendering…I’m always drawn back to where my healing started from..I asked,I believed,I loved and I surrendered..then relief finally came..I can not forget his love..I have been going on for about a year without reading the bible.. And exploring the metaphysical world..energy healing..and so on.. I have found great comfort and healing in nature as well…it is in my heart to bridge nature and the earth to what I’ve learned in the bible..sometimes I catch myself wondering in the wrong direction..a lion jumps out of my heart and defends me..I am so very greatfull..and that is why I am led back to search here,as a reminder that it was not all just a dream,but a very real battle for my soul.Thankyou for your service..much love, Amanda

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  • Brandon January 23, 2016, 8:33 PM

    Satan is attacking me by my finances. The stress from it is causing light chest pain, light headaches, the hair on my head is tense and hurts; I’m praying without ceasing, but scared like crazy. My Wife is a blessing, trying to comfort me through this. Thanx for your words!

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    • Jan Smith January 24, 2016, 5:24 PM

      Brandon, I’ve had the same thing (financial problems) happening to me. Take courage and fight the devil with the Truth of God’s Word!

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      • bruce February 18, 2016, 9:48 PM

        It’s a lie he did that to me but its a allusion God can make money out of stones if he chooses trust Him and don’t believe what you see or think . You say how can I do that when everything around me is crumbling it’s rather easy when you realize there’s nothing you can do anyway. God wants us to rely on his understanding not ours.

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  • Raul January 23, 2016, 1:27 PM

    Run Devil Run!

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  • Linda January 23, 2016, 7:00 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing! This was something that I really needed to hear. I appreciate it so much! And now I can apply it to my life. And may God continue to do a good work in you! Take care and God bless!

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    • Jan Smith January 24, 2016, 5:25 PM

      Linda, thanks for taking time to write. Your words are so encouraging to me.

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  • LUCILLE SMITH January 22, 2016, 9:41 PM

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME IT TOOK YOU TO PREPARE THIS MESSAGE , IT WAS VERY HELPFUL TO ME AND WAS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND , YOU HAVE OPEN MY EYES TO SOME STUFF I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT , KEEP TEACHING AND OBEYING GOD AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD, GOD BLESS.

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  • mary mcintosh January 22, 2016, 1:05 PM

    I believe in God.I know he will always be my first and last love.I am a true believer in his word.Satan hates me. I continue to fight for strength every day.he is using my family but I know God is with me

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    • Mish February 12, 2016, 8:55 PM

      Using, how so?

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  • William Mitchell January 16, 2016, 7:56 PM

    I love all that u write u r a God gifted person and i love u

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  • Chukwuka January 16, 2016, 3:07 PM

    Thank You very Much, Sir.
    Now i Know how to stand more firm against Satan.
    More Grace.

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  • Bridget January 14, 2016, 10:11 AM

    This would have been great for me to share on Facebook but there is no share button.

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  • Dorothy Rodriguez January 11, 2016, 5:51 PM

    Thank you for this. I read every word. I started doubting God when I had a terrible nightmare about the devil and an Angel was there but the devil did his hardest to throw me off the Angel. I asked God within good faith to heal my blood pressure and I had believed he did and I even told my nurse I walk by faith not by sight and I even talked to my best friend about God and she had so many questions about God. It was glorious to talk abot Jesus Christ God and the Holy Spirit. It field me with such joy. Then here came the devil in my dreams. My blood pressure was giving me false readings and losing my job. I still prayed and cryed to God for all of this. As I speak I am so down right now. But I pray everyday and cry to God and read my bible to keep fighting the devil off. Its not easy but I won’t ever let the devil win cause Jesus Christ God and the Holy Spirit are my King of all kings and I love him more than my own life. I would die for him. Dorothy Rodriguez

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    • Jan Smith January 16, 2016, 8:56 PM

      Dorothy, you are right when you say it isn’t easy. What keeps me going is knowing that what God has poured into me is helping others as I pour it out to readers whom I will likely never see until we are all in heaven.

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  • Manuel vega January 11, 2016, 5:10 PM

    I going through all that you say right now as I write this, I’m depressed, stressed out can’t concentrate and I read about half of this page that you have written

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  • John Laws January 7, 2016, 11:47 PM

    Thank you

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  • Nobuntu Ntobela January 4, 2016, 3:22 PM

    you have enlightened me and made me trust again.
    I will try by all means not to lose trust in God again by praying and reading the bible.
    Thank you.

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  • Ashley Kala January 4, 2016, 4:19 AM

    Thank you Jesus and thank YOU for helping me to become closer to Christ!

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  • Tiffany halford January 2, 2016, 1:45 AM

    I am a born again Christian,& I’m 32.no kids,I have lupus& chronic kidney disease.But I am not going to allow satan to take me out.I love praise& worship to Jesus.God can& will do the impossible in my Life.glory to God.I know we all are living in the last days,& I will be ready by the grace of Christ.the devil is already defeated.

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    • Jan Smith January 2, 2016, 5:26 PM

      Hey Tiffany, I love your positive attitude! You sound just like Paul:

      9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

      See what I mean? Hey Tiffany: you’re in good company!

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  • Sam December 30, 2015, 3:53 AM

    Hi Smith, I enjoy your article. I pray for more wisdom to write more. Kudos!

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  • rosie lee December 30, 2015, 1:33 AM

    APPRECIATE YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD THANKS FOR THIS NEEDED IT BAD…PLZ PRAY FOR ME?

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  • Joshua December 29, 2015, 5:25 AM

    The devil has destroyed my will to live. But I know it’s real. What should i do?

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    • Jan Smith January 2, 2016, 5:33 PM

      Joshua, I’m not really a counselor, but here’s what I know. Those thoughts are from the pit of hell, and the devil is trying to drag you down there. But the Word of God is devil repellent. That’s your weapon: the Word of God. Shoot some”bullets” of Bible verses at the devil.
      Remind the devil that he’s going to hell and you’re not. Ask God to help you. Joyce Meyer says sometimes she simple says to God, “God, help me. Help me, help me, help me!!”

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  • Michael December 27, 2015, 12:42 AM

    Hello there Jan!
    First of all, I would like to thank you with all of my heart for spreading God’s wonderful message of salvation through Jesus Christ! You truly are one of his people! May glory be to Jesus Christ forever and ever, amen!

    We truly are in a battle, a spiritual battle with unseen forces of evil.
    Our only weapon against the Devil and his evil ways is God’s word! God’s word is to the Devil what poison is to rats.

    God’s Word is poison to the Devil, it destroys and kills him!

    God’s Word is our only weapon in this spiritual battle for our souls…

    I encourage you to stay strong with your faith and keep on spreading God’s wonderful message!

    We truly have authority in the might name of Jesus Christ, may to him be the glory forever and ever.

    I was once lost and was headed for hell, but in his love for me, he came after me and showed me the truth, I praise Jesus Christ for all he has done!

    Thank you once again for your work being a faithful servant of God. I know for sure we will one day meet up in heaven and Jesus Christ will share his majestic glory and complete love with us believers and servants of God! May glory be to Jesus Christ forever and ever, amen!

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  • Martha clark December 26, 2015, 12:22 PM

    I want to be with god

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  • Martha clark December 26, 2015, 12:22 PM

    I dont want to be with the devil i want to be happy with god

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  • Catherine November 5, 2015, 4:02 PM

    I just wrote a private e-mail for some very needed help. As I read these comments I see that I could have just joined in the blog. You all are very much in my prayers, As I read, I see how we all are struggling and we are very blessed to have Mr. Smith’s help ! Please know how grateful I am to all of you for sharing. Mr. Smith, I know when I hear back from you I will have wonderful advise. In the meantime, I am feeling more calm and peaceful by searching around your site. Blessings to all.

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    • Sospecial Richards February 1, 2016, 5:11 PM

      I love this article and will continue to stay close to the Lord, and spread His word.

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  • Jim October 25, 2015, 11:27 PM

    There is one way- Make Jesus Christ Lord of your life. God will clean you out and all things will become new again. The devil will bluff and hastle you for a time but this is only to get you to turn back.. I know………been there done……….
    Blessings
    Jim

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  • Moriah October 25, 2015, 10:16 PM

    I am a fearful child of GOD. And I fear the Holy Spirit. I pray that GOD takes me out into the world and find Him and stay on the right path and just be around people like me. I like to be social with different kinds of people . Christian young youths like myself so I can stay on task and I can continue understanding, believing, trusting, and loving the Lord. This is what I want to do because I’m going to a Christian college and I know by me doing this I can become a better person.

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  • James October 8, 2015, 9:56 PM

    Greetings Jan,
    I beleive that man is not sovereign unto himself and must need an overlord or another words – we get out thoughts or thoughts influenced by either God or satan. Example……….there is not Gods thoughts and the devils thoughts and then there is my thoughts.
    No sir I beleive we are getting our thoughts from one or the other…………..

    Any thoughts on this ?
    Thank You and God Bless
    James

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  • Jan Smith October 3, 2015, 9:02 PM

    I can tell you what Jesus said: “Whoever is not with me is against me” (Luke 11:23). So if you truly don’t want to commit your life to Jesus, I’m afraid you must remain on the other side of the fence.
    Here are a few other things I know:
    Satan hates you; Jesus loves you.
    Satan wants you to be tied in knots of fear, worry, doubt and torment; Jesus offers you His peace.
    Satan’s promises are lies, counterfeits; God’s promises never fail.
    Satan accuses you night and day before God; God’s mercies is new every morning.
    Satan cares nothing about you; God wants you to know Him;
    Satan strives to take you to hell; Jesus lives to intercede for you in heaven.
    I could to on and on, but the point is: you have the freedom to reject God. Satan wants to keep you in bondage that is like hell on earth.
    You get to choose. And by the way: doing nothing is the same as choosing the devil.

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  • Dee September 28, 2015, 1:00 AM

    To God be the Glory. Awesome read, will definitely apply it to my life.
    Greetings from Downunder

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    • Jan Smith October 16, 2015, 4:47 PM

      Dee, I think you’ve got it!
      Wouldn’t you agree: as you begin to apply God’s wisdom into your life, you begin to recognize here and there situations where He was right there with you all along, helping you

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  • dillinger satan niggz September 27, 2015, 5:58 PM

    i was on the bus the other day n i was get thoughs sayin i am a demon and i started calling for thm the guy sat next to me started prayin then said i am sorry you are a good guy and moved seat then he sat there n cothed n then shouted 5+1

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    • Jan Smith October 4, 2015, 3:24 PM

      If you would put the Word of God into your mind, those other thoughts would go away.

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      • Hope October 16, 2015, 9:10 AM

        The bible says that any man who calls in the name of the Lord shall be saved. Believe…believe Jesus came and lived and that he died on that cross and was risen from the dead and God will save your soul. He holds the keys to death hell and the grave and he is the final judge! Satan cannot take over your soul when it belongs to God, I don’t care what commitment you have made in the past. God is merciful and his wish is to forgive you and keep you from hell. That is how you can break your commitment to satan!! GOD! if your unsure about believing, just ask him to forgive you, and help you to gain knowledge in him and he will show up!! Read the bible, he speaks through his word. Look around you, look in the mirror, your not an accident and he has a purpose for your life. Just tell him you want to know him and to guide you, don’t give up easily. What do you have to lose?? Other than your eternal soul. He loves YOU!! He is REAL!

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  • Sarah September 16, 2015, 8:21 AM

    I dont believe in anything anymore. My 6 year old is always preaching the word of God and gets bullied by others. I prayed for help for 1 almost 2 years. Spent quiet time with God, read my bible and when i need help the most, utterly silent..nothing. I read my bible as source of comfort, prayed 10 times a day for help. If He is so powerful why let us pray for years and do nothing. Oddly enough in my younger years when i was really bad, i ask for something and it would appare like ‘pop’ right as soon as i wanted it. I completely changed my life, active member in the church and now..no answer. No word. Im really fed up. God doesn’t listen, no one does.

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    • Jan Smith September 19, 2015, 5:48 PM

      Hi, Sarah,
      I’ve been pondering how to reply to your comment. I know what you mean when you ask why God seems silent. A few years ago I watched helplessly as my son-in-law took his last breath. He died, leaving my daughter a widow. It wasn’t fair.
      When you read the book of Job, you see how to respond. Job lost everything, including his business, his servants, even his ten children. About all he had left was his crabby wife who said to him, “curse God and die” (Job 2:9).
      But Job didn’t curse God. No, he said to his wife, “…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)
      Job taught me something I have been trying to share with others: EVERYTHING IS A TEST! I am certain that Job knew that truth and was living in harmony with it because later on he said, “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
      He knows the way that you take, too. God has so much confidence in you right now!
      When I was four years old, I had to have my tonsils taken out. There were complications in how my throat was healing, and my parents had to take me back to the hospital. I was scared. I remember being on this table with my mouth wide open while the doctor cleared out a some gross stuff from my throat. I was screaming and writhing in terror!
      At one point, the doctor still had to put in a few stitches in order to close up the area he had cleared of blood clots. Simple tailoring for him, but I was freaking out in terror. The doctor paused and gently said to me, “I just need to put in a few more stitches. It will hurt, but then it will be all over. But I can’t do it while you are struggling and screaming. I need you to be still and stop twisting and screaming. Do you think you can do that?
      There was something about the calm sincerity of his voice that reassured me. What he was doing was hurting me, but it would help me once he was done. So I nodded yes.
      So the doctor continued. He was right; it hurt. But he kept reassuring me as he went along. And then he was done!
      Perhaps the “Great Physician” is saying the same thing to you right now, through the things you have read here on my blog.
      God loves you. He connects you with others who are also struggling. Together we can make it, if we keep encouraging one another as we hold fast to God.
      Do you think you can do that?

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    • Juanita September 27, 2015, 6:20 PM

      SARAN…PLEASE KNOW YOUR 6 YR OLD IS YOUR MERCY AND GRACE…HIS LOVE IS THE INNOCENT UN YIELDING LOVE OF GOD…NO TRUE DISCIPLE GOES WITH OUT SUFFERING. THE SUFFERING IS ONLY HIS TESTIMONY. YOU MUST STAND STRONG. GOD HEARS AND LISTENS WHILE JESUS SPEAKS ON OUR BEHALF. GOD KNEW YOU WOULD GROW WEARY…AND HEARD YOUR DOUBT. IT SEEMS WE ARE SO USED TO OUR RIGHT NOW world that we lack patience for him….push your faith…I know with out doubt he hears…let me ask what do you offer with out reward??

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      • Jan Smith October 16, 2015, 4:45 PM

        Juanita, I’m not sure I understand your question right at the end, “what do you offer with out rewrd??”
        When it comes to standing against the devil, God offers plenty of reward. He offers peace. He offers freedom from fear. He offers wisdom. He offers knowledge of Himself. Those kinds of things are what we should be desiring above all other things. That’s not just a “churchy” slogan. Those things really can be yours (or anybody’s).

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    • Babygirl2370 April 28, 2016, 4:05 PM

      For Sara,
      I seen on here that you don’t believe in anything anymore and I felt the need to care about you instantly. We are all children of God and you cannot let yourself be taken advantage by the devil because you don’t want him to get a victory. This world is a battle between God and the devil. When it ends, you will want to be a real believer before it does. It’s all just a test. Everything we face and battle, our hardships, our griefs, our personal problems, our pain and suffering, it’s all a test that you need to pass to be a believer and not get left in the eternal burning. I will pray for you and your child. All this stuff we go though is hard but in the end your result is this: imagine your most happiest moment you’ve ever had, now just think, that is what just a slice of Heaven will feel like and you are rewarded by God and he will give kingdoms for rewards and it will be the greatest of all to be in his kingdom.

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  • winny September 11, 2015, 7:44 AM

    Hey! Chris.it takes a little more patience to know what God does! I know what your going through and your girlfriend is worse to state(since it is not indicated)but remember that at this point where you see that there is no improvement, God Is Working..i personally i know what it feels like to think that the problem is not being worked on by God.However You Can Also apply these few steps that i use and you will surely see that God is doing His work even when you think that there is no change.
    1.take time to listen
    When there is a huge problem before us,we tend to focus on it and forget that God speaks.remember that before anything happens, God already knows and He speaks to you but most of the time we can’t listen!.though at this point your feeling down,listen using your inner ears and that means that you do away with anger or anything that may lead you to take wrong actions.
    2.pray for yourself
    As much as others are praying for you, God loves to hear your humble cries and also wants to know if what He is hearing from your friends is right.Remember that God already knows but he wants to hear you.
    3.read your bible.
    Start from the first page and read your bible,ask God’s spirit to help you understand it so that your able to see how different events happen and how God handles them.here you will be able to know God’s Point Of View which is far beyond human description
    4.be patient for Gods Voice.
    God speaks to us in different ways, He may choose to use the bible, His voice or someone you don’t even know.
    Lastly focus on God and you will see how your problems wiegh.Dont Give Up!.

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  • chris September 9, 2015, 1:10 PM

    Hi, my name is chris and I really do need God through Jesus to be on my side. At the moment the devil has got a hold and I don’t like it. He has to go, but somehow seems to stay. I have Christian friends praying for me but to no avail. I have tried on my own to get God to help me with my problems, or more to the point my girlfriend’s problems but he just won’t help. Did you understand what I have written? I DO NOT WANT THE devil IN MY LIFE OR MY GIRLFRIEND’S LIFE. God be with you. Chris

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:17 AM

      Hi, Chris,
      As I have explained in this blog, you have available to you the power to cause the devil to be restrained from tormenting you. That power is within the Word of God.
      You Get The Power Of God When You Speak The Word of God . Also, I urge you and your girlfriend to read my own story when I applied these truths in a moment when I knew the devil was coming upon me in the dark of night: The Night I Stood Up To The Devil
      To get the full effect of my story I urge you to read the whole “before-and-after” series of articles: Excerpts: How To Be Free From Fear, Worry, Anxiety This link will take you to a page that has excerpts and links to the whole story. You need to know these things, and churches are not likely to be teaching them to you. But read through all of the articles listed.
      You and your girlfriend (as well as me and everyone else) have a part in the process of breaking free from the clutches of the devil. You can do it, and no one can do it for you. Just as a personal trainer at the gym can show you what exercises you should be doing, God is showing you through His Word (and using this blog right now) to show you what you must do.
      You are in a battle. Like a soldier in an earthly battle, you must train for battle. This battle is taking place in your mind (and the mind of each one of us) but God has given us the “sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” with which to win the battle. You can win this battle, but only if you are prepared.
      Learn

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  • winnie September 7, 2015, 9:28 AM

    This is so right.i have suffered alot of downfall while basing on the devils voice that tells me that i have to look pretty before God,so i spend time deciding what to wear rather than giving time to God.moreso,with the fake bibles being circulated,though i take time to read the bible and get closer to God,it feels like am just falling into a deep hole.so…though i struggle such thoughts are recurrent.i once wondered… I have grown up knowing that God is alive but some time back…thoughts like this comeby is God really alive?,you will struggle for christianity,miss out on the world and end up in hell,so whats the use of this time wasted?…but the God i have come to know is more than we can ever picture him to be.the bible is the only understanding of what God is like…the devil is a liar.

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 11:25 AM

      Winnie, you have such a great understanding of how the spiritual life works. Keep on straining toward the goal!

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  • Faith August 29, 2015, 3:06 PM

    Hello, here lately I’ve been going through spiritual warfare, I’ve tried bible scriptures and they feel like they haven’t been working all I feel like I can do is pray to God in hopes that he saves me ….I’ve been in my mind so much I feel like I’m losing touch

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:47 AM

      Faith, examine your life. Is there sin that you need to repent of? Are there areas of obedience to God that you are neglecting?
      God doesn’t expect perfection from us, because not one of us can be perfect. He does want to see steady progress in the right direction.
      A very effective thing to do is to get a few verses of Scripture into your mind. When you have God’s Word in you, the devil cannot get his words in.

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  • aaron August 27, 2015, 9:10 PM

    Thank you for this article I’ve had a lot of trouble in my past but now since I’ve read this its made me feel a lot better now I’m also 18 years old now and on my way to becoming a Christian thank you so much for this info!! And god bless you!!

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:49 AM

      Aaron, I’m so glad to see that the wisdom from God’s Word in this article has been helpful to you. Thank you for your kind words.

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  • Stalza August 27, 2015, 1:30 AM

    Thanks I actually really liked this post I’ve felt a really dark presence around me for awhile from music I’m working glitching out an on saying the devil is here for you to a hallucination I had on drugs where the devil asked me to sell my soul I told him IDE think about it when more or less I was leaning twards ill pass but didn’t wanna be mean… Not knowing how he’d react… ( I’m clean now an been clean for about a year well I smoke due to constant back pain but that’s it )
    An also just resently I was at the gas station an my price for the items I was buying price came up to $6.66 an I’m a regular at this perticular gas station so the cashier was like woah that’s wierd an I was like what mind you this is at like 6:30ish a.m on my way to work I have a headphone in my ear but no music on yet just grabbin a few energy drinks
    But back to what I was saying she was like oh that’s wierd your total came up to 666 an right when she said that my music started playing an irocincally it’s a Dubstep song by one of my favorite Dubstep artist called “Figure” an the songs called destiny awaits but it didn’t just start at the beginning it started from right where the vox kick in an said destiny awaits an the cashier said 666 like 1 millisecond after she said that… An honestly I started noticing these wierd coincidences at my old job when every time IDE look away from our food thermometer it read 66.6

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    • Jan Smith August 27, 2015, 10:47 AM

      Hi, Staliza, I want to respond to something you said: ” I was leaning twards ill pass but didn’t wanna be mean… Not knowing how he’d react “
      I want to tell you: don’t worry about how the devil might react, as though he might be offended or might get mad at you. The devil already hates you and wants you to turn to him. He may even promise to help you. Don’t fall for that empty promise. The only thing the devil will help you with is to help you go to hell.
      If the devil could kill you he would have (he’d kill all of us who love Jesus if he could.) But God has permitted the devil to go only so far, and no farther.
      And be certain of this: GOD IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! ALWAYS! God is waiting for you to turn to Him. Instead of filling your mind with the kind of music you mentioned, fill your mind with the beauty, truth, and wisdom of God’s Word. He would love it if you would do that.

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  • Patrick Horton August 24, 2015, 12:17 AM

    Hello, Jan, I came across your post and was needing some guidance. First off I came to the Lord’s forgiveness recently, Last November, at the age of 23. I’m 24 now. Anyway, even after coming to Him for forgiveness I still suffered from the sin of lust-full thoughts, trust issues, and lack of commitment. These were the three big sins I deal with. It wasn’t until this summer that I really started seeing the full effects of my sins when I compared it to God’s word. Over the course of the summer I started to overcome the lust-full sin little by little by the Holy Spirit. However, I still have these crippling doubts about my salvation. I believe in the promises of God’s word, but it seems like the devil still torments me with the what if’s. One verse keeps coming up that haunts me is when Jesus was taking about those who says Lord, Lord but He says depart from me you workers of Lawlessness. I don’t want to up and he telling me those words. I see others at my church that I go to and I see the consuming joy they have. But, when I look at my-self I’m still in torment. Also, I want to have a consistent quite time, reading His word and being in prayer, but I end up not doing it. Thanks, Patrick H.

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    • Jan Smith August 28, 2015, 12:23 PM

      Hi, Patrick, I must tell you that (especially) men will always have to deal with those kind of thoughts. We seem to be hard-wired that way. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t conquer them. Paul wrote, “But those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24) I have at times repeated that verse over and over. This is how we must use the “…sword of the Spirit” Paul referred to in Ephesians 6
      If you have committed your life to God, you don’t have to worry about not going to Heaven. If you recall, Jesus refers to them as “…you workers of lawlessness”. (The word “lawlessness” refers to those who have chosen not to know and obey His Word. Recall that in Old Testament times, the Scriptures were referred to as “The Law”) So keep reading and memorizing God’s Word. There is great power over sin and over the devil when you have memorized some helpful Bible verses. And you will find many helpful verses as you read the pages of this blog.
      Also, don’t let the devil discourage you with those “what-if” thoughts. God doesn’t deal in “what-if’s”. He knows exactly what will happen.
      Regarding Joy, here’s what I like to tell people: In Philippians 4, Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice”. Now if Paul could write about rejoicing when he was in prison, we should be able to have joy also. If it’s in the Bible, it’s possible! So then it becomes a matter of trusting God, continuing to stay in the Word no matter what, knowing that He is with you and will bring you through whatever trial you are in. Let it take time. THIS REALLY HAPPENS!

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    • Jon September 6, 2015, 7:16 PM

      Hi Patrick,

      What you are talking about here is integrity. You have integrity, as a bottom line, even when you do not feel overwhelming joy, certainty, or peace. Even when you are afraid you cannot find salvation, as a child of God, you still exist as an integral component in God’s plan. When you talk of God’s word, you should think also of your own word. It is not necessary to hate yourself for not finding enough quiet time to pray and read the bible. The word of God is written into the world you live. All people move through fear and torment, joy and love. There is much suffering, and there is much rejoicing. Through all of this you maintain a relationship with the creator. Move outside of yourself and you will be more like him. See the love and joy and suffering of others and think about how it relates to you. Think about what it relates to you. We are all here together, one human family, and it is God’s glorious Kingdom.

      I have to say I have met many people with deep spiritual aspirations, and it often amounts to self loathing. With high expectations for themselves, people pridefully demand that they plunge the spiritual depths and – making great suffering – they wrench the truth from God’s hands. Certainly humor, love, lightness and trust will help you and the world more than a tedious and critical approach to forcing love. What do you think is more inspiring, 10000 hours reading the bible or one beautiful baby being baptized? A smile from your mother? A hug from your dad? Your best friend laughing? It seems so easy, but these little things bring us closer to heaven than any deep, dreadful Christian duty to occupy the mind with thoughts of hell and damnation, constantly, until the moment when finally it just becomes obvious that love is better. I have found it mostly to be a control issue. Let go of whether or not you are going to ever find eternal salvation, and find a moment of love. Learn to experience moments of happiness and well being. Build upon the skills you have to make the world a better place. Do you know how to make someone smile? Do you know how to help someone work? Do you know how to give someone peace? These are the real successes of a Christian life.

      J

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  • Brittany August 20, 2015, 9:06 AM

    I’m really needing help…satan is trying to tell me God doesn’t exist and is trying his very hardest to pull me away, even when I start to read my bible…what can I do to help these thoughts flee so that I might read the word and begin to heal …I’m really struggling

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    • Jan Smith August 20, 2015, 11:57 AM

      Hi, Brittany. The question that immediately came to my mind when I read your note was: “if God doesn’t exist, who created the devil??” Of course, the devil would like you to think that he is the one in charge, not God.

      You asked, “what can I do to help these thoughts flee…” I am impressed that you said that. Your question tells me that you know that all of this conflict in your life is taking place in your mind. The devil wants you to entertain the thoughts he is jamming into your mind. What you need is to put different thoughts into your mind. And that’s what the Bible is for. Did you realize: every word in the Bible began as a thought in the Mind of God, in eternity past. God gave His thoughts to us through many human writers.
      And there is power in God’s Word. (See 1 Corinthians: 18, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephesians 3:20-21, Romans 1:16).

      Recall that Jesus Himself told the Devil that His people live “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

      Also, know that God really is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU RIGHT NOW!! In Isaiah 43:2 God promised, “When you pass through the waters [when you are suffering] I will be with you”. And in Hebrews 13:6, the writer quotes God’s promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

      Even as I’m writing this, one of my mentors (radio Bible teachers) mentioned this verse in his sermon:

      “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

      If you haven’t done so, read my article, You Get The Power Of God When You Speak The Word of God

      Also read How To Banish Unwanted Thoughts . Read carefully the four main points, beginning with “Here’s What Works”.

      Finally, I urge you to write out some of these Scriptures on recipe cards. Read them over and over. Read them out loud, as I said in the article above. The spoken Word of God is demon repellent!

      Find each verse in your Bible and underline it. I’m calling you to do a little work here. You have a part in the process.

      But Watch how God moves in to partner with you!

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      • Brittany. August 22, 2015, 3:39 PM

        Im beginning to feel defeated….I keep reciting scriptures but I feel like they Aren’t helping ….help please

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        • Jan Smith August 22, 2015, 9:10 PM

          Brittany, in your earlier comment you said that Satan was trying to tell you that God doesn’t exist, along with other lies.
          And that’s the key right there: LIES! When you KNOW you are getting the lies of the devil, be aware of this: THE DEVIL ALWAYS LIES\1
          So if you hear the devil say that God doesn’t exist, you know that it’s a lie. The opposite of lies is truth. In this case, because we know that Satan always lies, and he’s saying that God doesn’t exist, then we know FOR SURE that God does exist. Because the devil always lies. Get it? Say to him, “Thank you, devil, for showing me the truth. It’s exactly the opposite of what you are saying”.
          Here’s a very important thing to remember: sometimes you have to disregard you feelings and act on what you KNOW. Keep saying out loud, “Lord, I know you are right here with me right now. Thank you for protecting me from the devil. Thank you for my life. Thank you that I have a sound mind”, and so forth. Just keep praising God and thanking Him for what He as done for you. The more you keep doing, you will wear the devil down and he will stop bothering you.

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    • Dylan December 30, 2015, 12:21 PM

      Me too

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  • tanisha August 13, 2015, 3:44 PM

    thank you so much for this beautiful article may god bless for sharing this to his beautiful people thank I love you

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    • Jan Smith August 19, 2015, 10:53 AM

      Tanisha, I am happy and humbled that you found these articles helpful. I was hoping you would.

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  • camron diez August 7, 2015, 5:18 PM

    this article really helped restore faith in god. I am 15 and I started to loose faith that god even exist. my parents are very religious so I thought It would be okay to ask for proof from him(something that is so clear it is him)that he is real. that was a few days ago. Me and my brother just got into a huge fight, like worse than we ever had, and it blew way out of line. he is 27 and we had been getting along really well for the past few months. we were cursing each other out and saying how much the family hates us and it got way too ugly. he ended up pulling the car over and told me to get in the back seat. I did but I started feeling really guilty for calling him everything I did and saying all those things so I started crying. he didn’t hear me ,thank god, but I ended up doing something I NEVER would have. I just said im sorry. I said I know we have been getting along really well and to ruin that for something so stupid is ridiculous and we are brother and sister and we cant be fighting like we did and I don’t want to go by not talking to you for weeks like that last time we fought. I said how much I loved him and how I need him more than he could ever imagine. he pulled over and got out and hugged me and I got out and we just talked about how we both need each other and how we are both stressed out a lot and we cant use each other as punching bags. for the first time ever he actually teared up and thats something i never saw. that was when he mentioned that it was super mature for me to do something like say that and how I was a peace maker just than. he also mentioned how the devil just tried to ruin our relationship and how god was just screaming louder that we were. that’s when I realized god had just proved himself to me. when I got home I prayed. I thanked god for proving himself and for allowing the devil to get us to fight and giving him permeation to try to ruin our relationship because if he hadn’t done that we wouldn’t have made up and I would still be lacking in faith for god. After reading this article I understand gods plan was to bring out the best in me after allowing the devil to bring out the worst.

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    • Jan Smith August 13, 2015, 11:39 AM

      Hi, Camron – One of Satan’s favorite things is called, “divide-and-conquer”. Satan wants us to go through life in misery and angry at everything. I’m glad to read of your coming to know the Truth and choosing to live by the Truth of God’s Word.

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  • arie July 15, 2015, 2:41 PM

    Hi Jan. I found your article (by no coincidence, of course) when I searched for ways to fight back against the devil. I have been an addict for years, but about six months ago I realized I was out of control and prayed to the Lord that I didn’t want to be in control of my life anymore, and to please guide and direct me. I was amazed and blown away by this personal relationship with God he has formed with me. I never knew this was possible. He has transformed me into someone new. Someone so much better. I am filled with this burning desire on my heart, and all I want to do is stay connected and praise him. My drug abuse was a private struggle, and even those closest to me had no idea. And they can even notice a light shining in me that wasn’t there before.I’ve finally been able to forgive myself and move on. I know the Lord is going to use me to help others in similar situations. I just didn’t realize all the sneaky ways the devil would try to tempt me and break me down. I was feeling particularly weak earlier and prayed and then found your article. It answered so many questions and made me realize just how much hate satan has for me. The Lord will be my shield. I will overcome!

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    • Jan Smith July 15, 2015, 9:47 PM

      Arie, I’m impressed! You’ve become a real Christian. Use the power of the Word of God to put the devil in his place, and keep praising God for your new life. We serve a gracious God, do we not?

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  • Enoch July 8, 2015, 1:11 AM

    Hi, this was a very good article to read. But can you help me with something? I’ve had an addiction that I know is the doing of the devil. Do you know any way I can stop it once and for all I’ve tried many times and failed please help! And thank you for this Amazing article!

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    • Jan Smith July 9, 2015, 7:10 AM

      Hi, Enoch,
      Your request is exactly why I’m writing these things. As you have learned, your own strength is not enough. You need the power of God in order to stand against the devil. Which means you have to know at least some of His word. By “know” I mean that you have memorized some verses and can speak them against the devil. It may take time, but I can guarantee you on the authority of the Word of God that if you begin a regular practice of “internalizing” His Word, he will handle the devil for you.

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  • Jess June 30, 2015, 2:48 PM

    I found your website. Thankyou. It is so helpful. I have always believed in God but find it hard to understand the bible. Where do i start and if i dont understand certain words where do i go to get help understand? What scriptures shall i read and how often do i read the bible

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:38 PM

      Jess, I’m glad you asked. I will soon be adding online courses that will answer questions like that. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list so I can let you know when it’s ready

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      • Jess July 5, 2015, 10:57 AM

        Thankyou. I will be looking forward to it. I would also like to send you a private email if possible.

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  • Herman Taylor April 26, 2015, 1:46 PM

    I’m truly saddened by what my girlfriend has done behind my back by going on a dating site, telling this guy she is single gave her to him I just currently moved to Charlotte from Michigan I gave my life up to be with her and to marry her in a few months, my heart is shattered in pieces. She say she has been feeling convicted in her spirit and she just lost her grandfather so she has been very emotional. This was supposed to be a new beginning for me and her I just don’t know what to do anymore, I am a Man of God me and her both were spiritually connected so i thought. I have no family if need be i will move out of her house and into a shelter please pray for me thank you

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    • Jan Smith April 27, 2015, 1:53 PM

      Hello, Herman. I was sad for you when I read your message this morning. I must really hurt when you suddenly realize that a person you trusted has let you down.
      I believe you are on the right track when you say you will move out of her house. Doing that would be a move closer to living according to God’s ways.

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      • eddie May 7, 2015, 7:25 PM

        I hear you, I have been let done by so many people. But we put to much faith in people and not the Lord. He strengthen you and guilds you, may the Lord help you and strengthen you.

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  • Alexandre Narten February 15, 2015, 12:01 PM

    What is God’s name?

    In Matthew 6 verses 9-11.. when Jesus shows us how to pray and what we might pray for.. Jesus mentions “May you name be sanctified…” what is His name?

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    • Buffie March 9, 2015, 9:35 PM

      Hi Alexandre, that is a great question! The first mention of God’s name is in Exodus when Moses has the burning bush encounter and God is calling him to be the deliverer of the Israelites. Here’s the conversation in the Amplified translation:
      Exodus 3:13-15
      “13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?
      14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you!
      15 God said also to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you! This is My Name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations.”

      There are many names for God throughout the Bible. Paul even mentions in Philippians 2:9-11
      “9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
      10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
      11 And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

      So what it seems to me is important about the Lord’s prayer and keeping God’s name holy or sanctified isn’t that we need to know His specific name but that whenever we use the name of God we do so in a way that brings glory to Him, it magnifies Him, it blesses Him. Remember in the 10 Commandments where we are told not to take the Lord’s name in vain. We are to use God’s name with honor, not swear by Him falsely etc….

      One last thing, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:35-37
      “35 The good man from his inner good treasureflings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouseflings forth evil things.
      36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for everyidle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.
      37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.”

      So from what I see it’s not knowing the Name that is as important but it’s the way we use that name that is important. I hope this helps and I’m curious to hear others’ thoughts. Thanks and God bless! ????

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    • Rosie Ofa April 2, 2015, 7:43 AM

      His name is Father in Heaven .

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  • Renee February 5, 2015, 9:31 PM

    It’s a blessing to see others standing up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Satan and his flock of demons are NO match for God. ????

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 9:20 AM

      Renee, thanks for your comment. Satan and his demons are created beings and, according to 1 John 4:4, “He [God] who is in you is greater than he [the devil] who is in the world.” So Satan and his demons are indeed no match for the infinite God!!!!

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      • robert poston June 23, 2015, 2:38 AM

        Amen.

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  • Jay Osbourne February 3, 2015, 6:05 PM

    Thanks for writing this article I strongly believe that God has led you into writing this. It has change my mind on how I view life, because many time as humans we can feel down and feel like all hope is gone and u feel like nothing is going to turn out right and u just want to feel God close to you and you definitely want to feel close to him because facing your fears and hardship alone us beyond scary and you writing this article made me realize that there are many things Satan wants us to not know just to depress us. But this article also taught me God love us very much and he wants the very best for us all ????

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 9:31 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Jay. I would agree with your belief that God led me to write these articles.
      One of the main things the devil does not want you to know is that God is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!!!

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  • Tomasz February 2, 2015, 10:12 PM

    thank you. Im with God again he never left me i feel strong again i won !

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 9:36 AM

      Tomaz, I couldn’t say it any better! God has never left you. That strength is from Him. And that does indeed make you a winner!

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      • thulani March 23, 2015, 5:03 AM

        all you have said it true

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  • Marie December 31, 2014, 3:39 AM

    I have revisited your page several times and referred 4 or 5 friends as well because its SO powerful. I found you on the web accidentally and it turned into one of the best spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. I was in Miami on a vacation with my best friend of 14 years, but it was thunderstorms and rain all week, so we stayed in! We ended up going on a fast and had bible study for the whole 7 days. Your scripture memory link really put fire back in our hearts to be closer to God. We bought index cards and memorized close to 30 scriptures that week, and it honestly felt so amazing!! Pleasing God is the most rewarding feeling ever, and thanks to you and your wife, it was fast and more in depth than any bible study I’ve ever done. I feel like I have truly renewed my relationship with my heavenly Father. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORKS. God Bless You Both! XO

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 11:03 AM

      Thank you for your message, Marie. I give all the credit to God. He has been so patient with me. What you have read is wisdom God has poured into me, and I finally realized that I was supposed to pass it on to others. Your kind words are very encouraging to me. Thanks again! ~Jan

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  • Benedict Lee December 30, 2014, 10:58 AM

    I really have to thank you for these advices that you have posted Jan Smith, as I am now having fluctuations with my relationship with God, one day I am filled with spirit and it was gone the next day after, God wanted me to quit my current job and go for theological college and I have the discouragement sometimes to just stay with my job because I need the money and would be stupid to leave my job.
    Feeling God’s presence within me are heart-warming, but sometimes when the feeling is not there I am lost and it took quite awhile to get the feeling back again.

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  • Teneshia young December 10, 2014, 9:30 AM

    i have been dealing with a dream like feeling and feeling like i am going to loose my mind. i have been to a counselor nd she stated that what i am feeling is normal and that it is associated with anxiety. i have also tried medicine and it only help for a little while. i spend time with god and he has revealed to me that i am being elevated to a new level in him to be able to help others and my test is over all i have to do is belive and stop doubting him. these thoughts can some time be overwhelming but i know god has me!!!!! praying……i know this will soon be a memory!!!!! thank god

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  • Rachel December 2, 2014, 1:01 PM

    Going through the hardest trail of my life. I don’t know how I will make it through, but after reading this, it helps.

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    • Jan Smith December 5, 2014, 6:50 PM

      Hi, Rachel,
      I know all too well how it is to go through those “valleys of despair”. But you can be sure that God has a plan for your life. When the fiery furnace of adversity is so hot, God has His hand on the thermostat. He knows exactly how much you can stand. His goal is to strengthen you and make you more like Jesus. Think of like this: He is the potter; we are the clay. He shapes us and stretches us and it hurts. But then we have to go into the fire. For if the pot is not “fired” it won’t be of any value. It will be just soft clay, not a beautiful vessel. Just cling to Him through His Word. You’ll make it. ~ Jan

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    • migu December 10, 2014, 3:33 PM

      i use to suffer from chronic depression anxiety anger issuse sleeping disorder i live in drugs and the street life but since i gave my life to CHRIST all i do is sing cry read study praise love GOD from my inner soul I AM! a knew man i an impowered daily by his spirit i suffer no diagnose at all i am free happy and so wise GOD`s Holy Spirit is the only way to defat this horrible world ,its obiedience and trust aplly that in your life and he will open Heaven for you that is apromise and it is my testimony if i had never made up my mind i would live in mysery like always JESUS is the King of the universe the HOLY TRINITY IS ONE!!! halleluja!!!

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      • Jan Smith December 11, 2014, 12:34 PM

        Migu, what a great testimony! I am rejoicing with you and for you!

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  • Severin December 1, 2014, 10:06 AM

    That is really a great article and writings, for which I thank you a lot. I still have doubts though. I would really use and greatly appreciate some help, although I probably need to read it again and reconsider it’s sayings. I will try to resist the devil’s power which is forced upon me daily and try to move on and help myself by reading the rest of your writings. Much love to you friend, greatly appreciated and keep spreading God’s word!

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    • Jan Smith December 1, 2014, 9:12 PM

      Severin, remember that you can only “resist the devil’s power” with God’s help. None of us can match the devil’s power. But God can, and He longs to help you. ~ Jan

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  • forum shops October 22, 2014, 11:40 AM

    Hello to every , as I am in fact eager of reading this web site’s post to be
    updated regularly. It consists of good stuff.

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    • Jan Smith October 22, 2014, 1:57 PM

      Thank you. I hope my articles are helping you.

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  • bao bao October 21, 2014, 12:47 PM

    Awesome issues here. I am very satisfied to see your article.
    Thanks so much and I’m looking ahead to contact you.
    Will you kindly drop me a mail?

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    • Jan Smith October 22, 2014, 11:41 AM

      Deborah, I’m glad you found my article helpful! Thanks for taking time to write a comment. ~ Jan

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  • Glenn October 20, 2014, 8:48 PM

    Thank you Jan Smith, you really help me alot, you completed my full believe, sharpen my faith put me all the way in the light, I had a few toes hanging out that was leading me right back to the darkside! you stop the tricks that were being played in my mind. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you & your wife for taking time for me. Thank You Again!

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    • Jan Smith October 20, 2014, 9:21 PM

      Glenn, I am moved by your kind words. I’m so glad to be able to help. ~ Jan

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  • Buffie October 7, 2014, 9:41 PM

    Great article. To the point. Distraction is something that I sometimes struggle. Then there’s the self-condemnation that I’m not doing enough. I know it’s all a lie and trick. I hope that we are all encouraged to give God our attention. It’s to His glory and our benefit!

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    • Jan Smith October 8, 2014, 12:28 PM

      Very well said, Buffie! You’ve put your finger on a couple of areas (distraction and self-condemnation) that the devil uses to keep us from God. But knowledge is power. We all get to choose, but we make better choices when we know what God would love for us to do, and the fact that He gives us the strength/power to overcome.

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  • Maxie C. Shoat October 6, 2014, 5:34 AM

    Awesome blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There
    are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused ..

    Any suggestions? Thank you!

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    • Jan Smith October 8, 2014, 8:50 PM

      I’m really glad that you like my blog, Maxie.
      As for tips for aspiring writers: I began writing Christian / Bible topics before blogs even existed. I felt the call of God to write, so I wrote.
      Wordblessings.com is a WordPress site, and styled with a commercial theme named Thesis . I chose Thesis for two reasons: first, one of my sons was using it and recommended it. Second, I like the concept of a software that a community of bloggers are using. My experience from my own database programming days is that you end up with a powerful, well debugged product. There’s a whole community of users helping to continually polish and improve the tool they are using.
      The easiest way to get into WordPress is through the company that hosts their web site. We’ve been using HostGator . Their prices are affordable, and their service and 24/7 tech support is great! I’m using their “hatchling” plan. I don’t think Word Blessings has ever been of-line due to a hosting problem.
      I’m no expert, but I do know how to do a little about html programming and about styling them to get the “look” I wanted.
      There are many “plugins” that will help bloggers to add special functionality to their blog. These usually have been rated from one star to five stars. And there are forums where you can post questions. There are plenty of “newbie” questions that experts have answered. I’ve found that, whatever problem I’m having, others have had the same problem, found the solution, and posted the solution in a forum.
      Let me encourage you (and others reading this) to take the plunge and get started.

      I hope this helps!

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    • Jan Smith September 25, 2014, 9:47 AM

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write a comment. It’s such a blessing to me to know that people are reading these things I have written. May God bless you! ~ Jan

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      Mimi, I appreciate your taking time to write a comment. ~ Jan

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  • Michael Vanzandt July 28, 2014, 7:01 PM

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    Because faith and betting don’t go hand and hand. Is that the truth. I want to learn to read the wise of the devil, so
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    • Jan Smith July 31, 2014, 6:01 PM

      Many of our Scripture cards are targeted toward spiritual warfare. You can look at them online and see what Scriptures I used. Click a thumbnail in the sidebar of any blog post. ~ Jan

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    May God bless you friend. I’ve truly enjoyed reading through several posts you have here on your site. Keep up the good work and be encouraged that you are indeed helping others.

    Regards,
    Matt Vaden

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    • Jan Smith July 9, 2014, 9:23 PM

      Matt, thanks for your kind words. It’s a blessing to me to know that people are reading these things and finding them helpful. ~ Jan

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  • Christabel kathure May 2, 2014, 6:39 AM

    UNBELIEF, DISTRACTION AND ANESTHESIA…. I have noted that these 3 strategies are at work in my life. i again need the grace of GOD to overcome these. I humbly request for your prayers.

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    • Jan Smith May 2, 2014, 11:34 AM

      Christabel, now that you recognize what’s been going on, stay connected to God so that the devil cannot torment you.
      Read my article entitled, “How To Defeat The Devil”

      Here’s a little excerpt from it for you:


      Here’s a sort of over-arching Scripture that declares God’s “how to defeat the devil” strategy:

      Submit yourselves therefore to God.
          Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

      I deliberately broke that verse into two lines, to emphasize the two separate thoughts:

      1. Submit to God. Obey Him. That’s the part you can and must do first.
      2. Resist the devil. As God’s obedient disciple, His power operates through you.

      Sadly, most people ignore the first part, and try to figure out how to defeat the devil by their own strength. But they can’t do it.


      If you would read that article and begin doing what it says, God will partner with you against the devil.

      When you’ve got God on your side (and you do) what else do you need?
      ~ Jan

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  • Christabel kathure May 2, 2014, 6:09 AM

    i have been attacked with thoughts of unbelief and they have really sucked the life out of me. i need the grace if GOD to overcome them. they have made me lose interest in godliness because I felt so overwhelmed by them especially after I succumbed to them. they have really discouraged me a lot and every time I want to believe, I get distracted and lose motivation. God’s Spirit has tried to warn me but I did not listen. that attack has turned me into a completely different person to the extent that I have forgotten my first love. i have also underestimated the power of GOD. I have also felt unfortunate and unlucky and unfavored because of that attack. I have watched my friends thrive because of the amazing faith they have in GOD and I have watched myself sink because of those thoughts on unbelief. i have envied my friends and i wondered why God allowed the devil to bombard me with those thoughts. i have felt weary and the zeal for GODLINESS has gone way down. i have blamed GOD, i have been frustrated and I have to some extent given up. What to do? I need GOD’S HELP!!!!

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    • Jan Smith May 2, 2014, 12:18 PM

      Christabel: You seem to be struggling with unwanted thoughts. Did you know that I have written something that will help you with that?

      It’s called: How To Banish Unwanted Thoughts Again, if you would read this and do what it says, you will discover that God will help you.

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  • Miebaka Lewis April 29, 2014, 5:22 AM

    I am indeed pleased with this page,I have this question to ask…..if ur desire for the word of God have faded away, and you know it is really affecting you and you want to change but is as if u can’t, how can one get back to studying and meditating on it.

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    • Jan Smith April 29, 2014, 10:52 AM

      Miebaka, that is a great question! (I will probably write an article based on that.)

      I see several encouraging things in your question:

      1. you had a desire for the Word of God in the past
      2. you recognize it has faded
      3. you also recognize that it is really affecting you
      4. you want to change
      5. you are asking for help and advice to get back to studying and meditating on it.

      Those are all very positive statements.

      But, having said those things, you also recognize that you feel powerless to do what you want to do; it is as if you can’t.

      Here’s what you need to know:

      1. God has commanded all of us to know Him by knowing His Word; by reading the Bible.
      2. God never asks us to do something without giving us the means to do it.
      3. That thought of “I can’t do it” that you are hearing in your thoughts is being put into your mind by the devil. Somehow, they have ways to do that.
      4. Besides, you were apparently able to do it in the past, so unless your mental capacity has failed, you can indeed do it.
      5. When you were spending time in the Bible in the past, it was easier to keep doing it than it is to start doing again. It’s just like pushing a heavy box across the floor. It’s harder to get it moving than it is to keep it moving.

      Here’s what to do:

      1. Start “small”, but START! Perhaps just read a few pages or even a few paragraphs, but do it every day.
      2. Choose a few verses you want to memorize, and write them on recipe cards, then read them once or twice every day. This won’t take long, so it won’t seem so hard to get started. You are forming a new habit.
      3. When facing difficult situations, start forming the habit of looking for things that you can praise God for, in spite of circumstances. (Read my article entitled, “The Practical Practice of Praising God”)
      4. Always remember that the devil does not want you to know and do any of this.

      As you begin to recover the habit of reading the Bible and memorizing verses, you will fee the urge to increase the time you spend on it.

      Keep Saying These Things To Yourself:

      1. “If it’s in the Bible, it’s possible!”
      2. “If anyone can have it, I can have it.”
      3. “I want to serve God, NOT the devil.”
      4. “Lord I praise you that you have given me Your Word, and that I have a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7) with which to read Your Word and benefit from it.
      5. “Lord Jesus, give me your strength and grace right now to do your will.”

      Miebaka, I hope this helps you. Feel free to ask for more. ~Jan

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      • Miebaka April 29, 2014, 12:28 PM

        I am really satisfied with your response tomy question, I will like you to continually keep me posted of your articles………thank you sir.

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    • Desifer May 1, 2014, 3:11 PM

      You want to get the passion back but you don’t have a passion for the one that the bible speaks about. Its like a marriage, you want the passion back in the relationship but if you don’t have a passion about the other one in the relationship you will not have the passion you seek no matter how many times you are intimate. I am not trying to say you do not believe or anything of that nature, what i am trying to say is that the passion will be given to you when you have a passion to truly want to wrote it. Start with the basics what is the name of the person who created everything. Im not talking about GOD, LORD, ELOHIM, or any of these titles. Be aware that the above mentioned are titles not names. How is it you claim to know someone and not know their name; that is the basics of a relationship. After you have found the name search for the truths that the world has hidden from you. Once you accept you have been lied to about almost everything you know concerning the bible you will want to know what did they lie about. Hope this helps you to find what you are looking for.

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  • Brenda April 26, 2014, 6:21 PM

    Thank you.That’s all I can say.It comes to show how I didn’t know a lot of things,and now they are very clear.I don’t even know how I arrived on this site,but thank God I did.

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    • Jan Smith April 26, 2014, 8:57 PM

      Brenda, thanks for posting a comment. I’m glad I could help you see more clearly what those liars from hell are trying to do to us. ~ Jan

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  • Anatoliy Bantya April 14, 2014, 5:34 PM

    What is ur opinion about the devil speaking in peoples ear saying( to read the bible promising for thing to prosper and to come true) only to come back and speak negative thoughts into the persons head about god to trick them. What I want to know is what you think, would the devil tell people to read the bible to that very same purpose or no??

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    • Jan Smith April 15, 2014, 4:09 PM

      Hello, Anatoliy,
      I shared your question with my wife, Joanne. She wrote a great reply:
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      Yes, for when you consider it, what is Satan’s purpose in anyone’s life? To mess up your God-given desire for God and His ways, and to mess with your opinion of yourself and of God. That’s always been his intent…to pull you out of the Hand of God by messing with God’s original programming. When God created you, he built in a sense of desiring to be intimate with Him, and wanting to do things His way. Satan hates that. He goes after that programming from the beginning of your life, attempting to rewrite your operating software to have you conclude that “God doesn’t like me, God isn’t fair, God is fickle, or impotent, or uncaring, I’m not lovable, and God isn’t going to answer my prayers.”

      Why would the Devil speak into someone’s ear, “Read the Bible, and God will prosper you and what you want will come true?” (We call this the ‘Health and Wealth Gospel.’) He, being very well read in the Bible himself, would only do it if he figured he then could move in and distort the Truth of the Word in your mind. And it would be easy enough to do. God never promised that He would prosper each one of us, and He never said that He would be our Cosmic Butler and give us anything we wanted. What DID God say? That He would never leave us or forsake us, that He would always answer our request for wisdom, that we would never be left alone to handle life, that He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and a way for us to spend eternity with Him, that He would be our protection, etc…but that all of this would be dependent on our turning to Him with our full hearts in obedience to Him and His Word.

      What is Satan banking on then, when he suggests that “reading the Bible will cause God to have to give us what we want to prosper us?” He is betting that we will get pissed at God when things don’t go our way. He is betting that we will harbor anger and resentment toward this ‘supposedly loving God’ who “didn’t do things my way.” Does this game work? You bet it does! People often assume that a want or dream that came into their mind was put there by God, and that of course God is going to make it come true. So when it doesn’t come true, do we choose to get angry with God, or do we instead question where the thought came from originally? Was the original idea in actuality from Satan as well?

      Spending time in the Word allows us to get to know God, and to hear His voice through His Word. The more time we spend, the more likely we are to hear accurately whether the voice we are hearing whispered is from God or from his enemy and ours, Satan. You are right; Satan will stop at nothing to get Christians to turn against God, even if he has to use such righteous-sounding ideas like “Read the Bible and God will have to prosper you.” When you are in a right and intimate relationship with God, you will be asking Him how you can serve Him, not asking Him what He is going to give you.

      Being aware that Satan never gives up on trying to pull us to his side will help you to keep a wise ear to what you are hearing. Ask yourself always, “Does what I am hearing match the Word of God, or could this be the enemy calling?” We as Christians will never be immune to Satan’s devices and attacks, just as Jesus never was. Remember what it says in Luke 13 about Satan’s attack on Jesus at the beginning of his ministry: “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” An opportune time. That’s what our enemy is always waiting for. Will you be listening with your ear attuned to the Word of God? Or will you easily be fooled? ~ Joanne Smith

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  • Thomas April 14, 2014, 5:44 AM

    Thanks for sharing. Its something we take for granted yet it carries our victory. We are too busy praying yet having no time to feed on the very Word if life. The enemy has deceived the Church into fighting and battling in that we are drained off the life of God. The Word has all that we need for our nourishment in the faith, health and wealth. The Holy Spirit revealed to me the other day that the Word is the Blood of God, when we hear and meditate on it, His life begins to flow withing us reviving us into devine beings that overcomes the world and all evil.

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  • damilare david o. April 8, 2014, 12:09 PM

    May God help u more and more,its owesome

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  • Dave March 30, 2014, 10:46 PM

    I praise God for this page. I believe God directed me to this page. The enemy has planted some horrible thoughts in my mind. I just knew they were of demonic origin. Although I am saved, I truly needed some reassurance. Thank God for you!

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  • Tamara Higgins March 11, 2014, 4:25 AM

    hey this page has helped me at 5:25 this morning and i want to thank you for these scriptures because i need them.

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    • Jan Smith March 11, 2014, 6:58 AM

      Hi, Tamara,
      I’m so happy to read your comment, and to see that the Scriptures have helped you. That’s exactly why I’m writing all this stuff.
      Jan

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  • thea james March 2, 2014, 12:41 PM

    Thanks so much for this ive been trying so hard to follow god and everything in tbis passage explains to me how the devil works. I know its true because sometimes I cant shake the negative thoughts and I dont know why. I try and read the bible then I just quit. Sometimes I read but never understand what I read or what it truly means. I have a lot of Unanswerd questions. But I really appreciate whoever took the time to write this article. I am going to move on tho the next. Thanks so much and do pray I find my way

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    • Jan Smith March 2, 2014, 3:58 PM

      Hi, Thea,
      I really appreciate your comment. My wife (Joanne) and I are both committed to shining the light of truth on what those liars from hell are doing to God’s children.
      I noticed that you said you can’t shake the negative thoughts. I have another article that tells all about that. Here is a link to that article:

      http://wordblessings.com/how-to-banish-unwanted-thoughts/

      ALSO:
      If you click the “Blog Index” link in the top menu bar, you’ll see several lists of articles I have written.
      Each list has a clickable heading, to take you to a page with an excerpts from each article in the list.
      Thanks again for posting a comment.
      Blessings to you,
      ~ Jan Smith

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      • william browning January 4, 2015, 7:55 PM

        Please pray for me sir that my family is safe and well and to keep the devil out of our lives. he is putting negative thoughts in my head to hurt my loved ones I really need prayer thanks sir. I love this site very helpful. Thanks William browning.

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