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For years I worried constantly trying to be sure I was doing each thing the right way. Then found peace believing there are MANY right ways to do a thing, God approving each. Does scripture support this?

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//someone said the evil one(Satan) does not exist. Please who said so?
It is ungodly to glorify Satan & talk about him all the time & that is what you love to do.//
I don't love to talk about him, I answer what ever topic comes up. And many who are lost do not believe in God or Satan. I am only making believers aware of him.
Even the Apostles were warned about Satan, in Luke 22:31 Jesus tells Simon:
"Simon, Simon, indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat" 2 Cor. 12:7 Paul tell us what he received, "a messenger of Satan to buffet him' Christians should be aware. Those who believe they have power of Satan, already have been deceived.
---Luke on 9/5/14


#2, This were Apostles who were taught by Jesus Christ, who knew more then we do. We are not to fear the devil, but we should be aware of him all the time. Jesus told Peter, "Get behind me Satan" because he was speaking for Satan and didn't even know it. Anyway I made my case clear, you want to believe you are more powerful then Satan, go for it. It is as simple as that. As I said before, I take my peace back with me, and no thanks this time.
---Luke on 9/5/14


Darlene _1: Thank God, thank you.

Luke: When you have no more valid point to explain your stand, that is when you notice those who are writing too much.
You also said, someone has said the evil one(Satan) does not exist. Please who said so?
It is ungodly to glorify Satan & talk about him all the time & that is what you love to do.
---Adetunji on 9/4/14


Adetunji I liked your example of the two sons,that's very true. Good preaching Brother. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 9/3/14


To whom it may concern,
when I said Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light, or someone good, he can be on top of the Christian, and the Christian will not know it, is when a Christian believes he is not there or believe he does not exist. They believe they are immune to his tactics.
Before they know it they are arguing with other Christians, trying to bring him down, waking up in the morning for one cause only, to attack the messenger they personally don't like. Open your eyes, he is around you, and you do not even know it.
I can tell when he is around.
---Luke on 9/3/14




Good point Adejunti


Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

GOD can take what Satan does and though the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives change it to what helps not only us but those around us.

How many people have been helped by the testimony of those who have endured hardship for Christ?

Let us keep our eyes on JESUS.
---Samuelbb7 on 9/3/14


Peter, Nana: Thank you for confirming the truth.

Luke:
You said, " The prince of darkness ...t. He can be on top of a Christian, and he will never know it".

Psalms 34:7
says, " The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him (GOD), and delivereth them".

A Christian that fears Satan does not fear God enough & may be closer to Satan than God/ Jesus.
---Adetunji on 9/3/14


Thanks for pointing out where students of Scripture can learn about Satan. Yes, my answers come from the lessons on "The essentials of the Christian faith" very good lessons from a very great teacher that I have met, R.C. Sproul.
Though you believe you are actually hurting me, you are actually giving out information on what books to read to learn what are the essentials of the Christian faith that students should be reading. That is call turning something from evil to good.
As I wrote, Satan is clever, who can manifest himself under the appearance of good. That is what you do. You make it seem as if you are helping others, but God turns evil for good.
---Luke on 9/3/14


"In I Peter 5:8 we are told that your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." The believer is not to respond, however, in sheer terror. Satan may be stronger than we are, but Christ is stronger than Satan. The Bible declares, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)."

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, By R. C. Sproul

Luke understands enough English to compose a reply based on that book on 9/2/14 and leave out the continuation just below which I quoted. It corroborates Adetunji's point.
---Nana on 9/2/14


//Your statement to Adetunji is a simple example of you not being able to understand simple English.....//

Peter, I understand English enough to know Adetunji, being a Christian, in Christ, insist has more power then Satan because he is Christian. If a Christian has more power then Satan, why is the Christian told constantly to be aware of Satan? why? He appears as an "angel of light" That image points to Satan's clever ability to manifest Himself under the appearance of good. He is subtle, beguiling, and crafty. He speaks with eloquence. The prince of darkness wears a cloak of light. He can be on top of a Christian, and he will never know it. I am a Christian, and very aware I have to be careful, but you do not have to be.
---Luke on 9/2/14




Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.


---jerry6593 on 9/2/14


Luke :

We have a Father with many many sons. One of the elderly sons offended the Father & has been banned from being very close to the Father. A very little son of the Father (loved by the Father) is allowed to be close to Him.
The Father is all-powerful. Can the elderly estranged son hurt the very little boy with his big muscles & fist while the small boy is with the Father?
Please surrender your life totally to the Lord, fear Him only & daily prayerfully seek His will & affection.
Closeness to the Father does remove the fear of the elderly estranged son from all the little ones.
---Adetunji on 9/1/14


Luke on 9/1/14: 'If you believe you are more fearsome then Satan, maybe you are. I sure do not want to be around you, Satan is enough of a problem already.'

Your statement to Adetunji is a simple example of you not being able to understand simple English..... Adetunji pointed something simple out - what Adetunji is is totally irrelevant to what he said - the fighting Satan is not done be oneself, so how powerful Adetunji is DOES NOT MATTER. It how stron God is that matters
---Peter on 9/1/14


Adetunji, I have dusted off my shoes and am taking back my peace.
If you believe you are more fearsome then Satan, maybe you are. I sure do not want to be around you, Satan is enough of a problem already.
---Luke on 9/1/14


Luke :
// "Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour" //

Please check your dictionary, the word adversary means "opponent" not master or superior.
---Adetunji on 8/31/14


Adetunji,
If you believe what you wrote, then nothing anyone says will ever help you. Not even the truth. You are welcome to believe what you want. As believers, we call that theological bias.
If Christians were not in danger of Satan, they would not have needed God to speak through His word that Satan is indeed fearsome. In 1 Peter 5:8 we believers are told that "Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour"
And I can thank anyone who answers me, yet those I thank do not have to accept my thanks. I can dust off my shoes and take my peace back with me if you like, Agape
---Luke on 8/29/14


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Luke:
(1) Please do not thank me for my answers anymore, if they useful , thank God.
(2) The evil one will not have to tempt God's children if he has power or influence over them like he does to his own.
(3) God's children do not follow him John 10:5, they resist him & he flees James 4:7, they have power from Jesus to tread over him & his agents Luke 10:19.
(4) Therefore, as long as one true child of God is existing, "Satan do not power or influence over all humans ".
---Adetunji on 8/29/14


//Your statement, " the point of my answer to Bryan was, that Satan does have power over all humans.": is false and tends to praise Satan.//

Adetunji,
There is no praising Satan. But the truth is, he does have influence on all humans. God gave him that power. God is his restrainer. He only does what God permits him to do, for God's own glory. It is God who rules, and when God is ready to get rid of Satan He will. We as Christians need to be aware of him. The whole New Testament is to edify the Christian in his walk with Christ. And as long as we are in these sinful bodies, we need Christ every second because the devil is there to take advantage even though he is not Omnipresent. Again, thanks for your answer. Agape
---Luke on 8/29/14


Luke :

If you do not understand my point, let me explain.
Your statement, " the point of my answer to Bryan was, that Satan does have power over all humans.": is false and tends to praise Satan.
If at any instant, a truly God-fearimg human exists, then it proves your statement wrong as Satan cannot overpower a truly God-fearing human being.
---Adetunji on 8/28/14


//The conclusion & emphasis of your recent comments, i cannot agree with.
There was never a time in this generation whereby Satan had all believers under his influence.//

Adetunji, I never said there was a time in this generation whereby Satan had all believers under his influence. You added words I did not say. What I did say was that believers don't always walk in the Spirit. As long as they are in this sinful body, they will sin. All human beings are tempted, and many fall to that temptation. I do not mean they will lose their salvation, but they do sin.
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8). That means all. But thanks for your answer. Agape
---Luke on 8/28/14


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Nana:

Thank you for your last comment and your quotation of Isaiah 64:5 which ideally explains what was been discussed.
I am grateful.
May God bless you more & use you more.
---Adetunji on 8/27/14


"While some fall, some are strong enough that God uses to raise the fallen up.
Therefore, Satan do not have power over all human beings at all times."
---Adetunji on 8/27/14

That is very good Adetunji.

Proverbs 9:8_9 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning."

Thank God who gave man the capacity to be wise and just.

Isaiah 64:5 "Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth, for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved."
---Nana on 8/27/14


Luke:

The conclusion & emphasis of your recent comments, i cannot agree with.
There was never a time in this generation whereby Satan had all believers under his influence.
Even if believers sometimes fall and rise, not all believers fall at the same time.
While some fall, some are strong enough that God uses to raise the fallen up.
Therefore, Satan do not have power over all human beings at all times.
---Adetunji on 8/27/14


//But Satan only has power over not all human beings but those who at any instant are not in Christ.//

---Adetunji,
Satan also has power over the saints. If he didn't they would not have been warned about how he was out to devour people. The warning is for believers. Every time a believe is not walking in the Spirit, he can be attack by the devil. And no Christian walks in the Spirit every second. They are many times walking in the flesh. That is why they are warned. Agape
---Luke on 8/26/14


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Proverbs 22:5_6 "Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
---Nana on 8/25/14


Luke: I agree with nearly all your last comment except in expression of some facts you stated.
Yes, in measure, Satan(a former arch-angel) was given (i would prefer to say) more powers by God than human beings.
But Satan only has power over not all human beings but those who at any instant are not in Christ.
---Adetunji on 8/25/14


Adetunji,
the point of my answer to Bryan was, that Satan does have power over all humans. He has blinded the lost. He does not have the same power as God but his power is very strong.
Of course he has that power because God gave it to him. If he had no power, we would not have been told,
"Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Yet we are also told (believers)
"He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Satan is after all a creature. He is finite and limited. He is also limited in space and time. He has more power then earthly creatures, but infinitely less power than Almighty God. Agape
---Luke on 8/25/14


Luke : Bryan is correct on his last comment.
God assignment to Satan on the earth is punishment (1st level punishment after attempting a coup in heaven) .
Everything on earth was assigned by God to be under man's control.
It is only whatever man allows Satan to have on this earth that he can manipulate.
---Adetunji on 8/24/14


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//satan has no power to take anything away from anybody on this earth. If he can get you to believe he can he will defeat you.//

Bryan,
did you read (2 Cor. 4:3,4)?
"But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the "god" of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ , who is the image of God, should shine on them"
Here we see that it was Satan who blinded those who are perishing. He took their sight away. Those perishing cannot bring sight to themselves. That is the work of God. Only the Holy Spirit of God can bring light to them.
---Luke on 8/23/14


satan has no power to take anything away from anybody on this earth. If he can get you to believe he can he will defeat you. satan has no power on this earth remember the word of God defeat him every were even in hell. So quit giving satan something he does not have. Jesus has all power satan has ZERO power. You have the word in you? The word that has all the power in you. Jesus.
---Bryan on 8/22/14


I've never read the hiding place. When I was young even young as 13 I could sing. I mean I could get up high. I could sing every part and change in the muddle of a word. I smoked which was the most stupid thing I ever did. Back then everyone smoked. What really got me was thyroid surgery. I stopped smoking many years ago.
---shira4368 on 8/20/14


\\I have prayed God would restore what i lost.
---shira4368 on 8/19/14
\\

One day God will--if not in this world, in the next.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/19/14


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Well cluny, God gave it to me and I didn't use it so it went somewhere, I had thyroid cancer and they ruined my vocal chords. That was in 05 and it still affects my voice. I don't think satan took it because he can't without Gods permission. I have prayed God would restore what i lost.
---shira4368 on 8/19/14


\\Shira dear sister I must tell you God didn't take your talent from you if anyone took it ,it was Satan\\

Have you ever read Corrie ten Boom's THE HIDING PLACE?

During the emergency of WW2, God gave her the ability to tell people's political sympathies in order to save Jews and others from the Nazis.

After the war, she no longer needed this, and God took it away.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/19/14


Shira dear sister I must tell you God didn't take your talent from you if anyone took it ,it was Satan because he was afraid of what you were doing for God. Usually it isn't either but just the sad part of being a biological creature and subject to the diseases of our body. I know a little of how you feel though, my voice isn't what it used to be,because I sang too,not in a ministry but ministering with voice in churches and Christian groups. I was just being obedient to God. God Bless
---Darlene_1f on 8/19/14


Cluny, no I'm not a counseler. I am a retired assistant director of personnel services: computer personnel records, writing personnel regulations, etc.
---Geraldine on 8/18/14


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\\Cluny, wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that Geraldine is a professional counselor for OCD!
---Geraldine on 8/18/14\\

But rather unlikely.

Are you?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/18/14


"Does scripture support this?" In a way, yes.
Geraldine, "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1Co 10:31
"Whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Col 3:17
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."
---josef on 8/18/14


Cluny, wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that Geraldine is a professional counselor for OCD!
---Geraldine on 8/18/14


It has been my personal experience that God has a knack of gently steering us to where He wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do. He allows for our errors, as that is the only way we learn, but when our plans go awry He is still there to steer us in the correct way.

You will find out which is God's way through prayer and through, sometimes, getting things wrong. Just be prepared to be corrected along the way and all will be fine.
---Rita_H on 8/18/14


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Use them all. God gave them to you for a reason. You may have to divide them up but do all of them at different times. God gave me several talents. One He took away and I am doing the other one. God gave me a tallent of never meeting a stranger. I have used that one in my church. My pastor ask me once if the people I was with were friends and I said no, I've never seen them. They walked in church and I went and ask them to sit with me. They are still coming. I'm certainly not bragging but God did take my favorite talent and that hurt. Just relaying some truths .
---shira4368 on 8/18/14


\\If God equips me with several talents to do Christian work, am I free to choose whichever I want, or is there a specific one of them that God wants me to choose?
---Geraldine on 8/17/14\\

Ask Him, not us.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/17/14


You've asked this same question earlier.

Let me ask you a question: Do you actually think that God is watching to see whether you put the eggs in cold water or hot water to boil them, and is going to condemn you for doing the wrong thing?

And I will say the same thing I said LAST time you asked this question: Find a good spiritual counselor who will help you work through your spiritual OCD and just relax in God's love.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/17/14


Geraldine, my experience is that God will lead you to be where He wants you to be. I suggest you pray for guidance and until He makes things clear just serve Him wherever you can.
---Warwick on 8/17/14


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I am speaking of daily walk with God, not salvation. Example: If God equips me with several talents to do Christian work, am I free to choose whichever I want, or is there a specific one of them that God wants me to choose?
---Geraldine on 8/17/14


Geraldine you wrote "Then found peace believing there are MANY right ways to do a thing..." Could you explain what you mean by this in more detail, as I am not sure what you mean.

'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ' John 14:6 so there is only one way to salvation if this is what you are referring to.
---Warwick on 8/17/14


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