AUDIO King of The Coyotes

By Rev Bill Woods

1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV)
8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It was Thursday, March 5, 2009.  I came back into the Church parking lot and found 8 young Mexican men huddled together by the Nursery building. 

– I went to see what was going on and what these guys were up to. 

The Mexican people that I’d hired to do the yard work knew why these young men were there.    

 – The young lady told me they’d just escaped from a house in the neighborhood where they were being held prisoner by coyotes. 

 – The coyotes were demanding $4000 a piece for them to gain their freedom. 

The police had been there and now these men were waiting for friends to come pick them up.

COYOTES — PROMISE A BETTER LIFE, THEY’LL TAKE THE VICTIM’S MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENSES, AND THEN BETRAY THAT PROMISE FOR RANSOM MONEY. 

THESE REFUGEES HAD ESCAPED FROM THE COYOTES — THE COYOTES WANTED $4000 RANSOM MONEY FOR EACH OF THEM.

– According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was Sheriff at that time, many victims have been murdered when the ransom wasn’t met.

– It’s not uncommon for a coyote to abandon his victims to die on the desert if he thinks the authorities might be aware of them.

The next night I noticed a helicopter flying around our house and later learned the  police had closed down another coyote house.

It all sounds a lot like Satan:

    – SATAN IS THE KING OF THE COYOTES — HE’LL PROMISE ANYTHING TO GET YOU TO FOLLOW HIM.

    – HE’LL GET YOU TO INVEST YOURSELF INTO HIS LIES, BUT HE WILL ONLY DELIVER DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND HEARTACHE. 

    – HE’LL HOLD YOUR SOUL FOR RANSOM, BUT GOD DOESN’T PAY SATAN RANSOM, HE SETS THE SOUL FREE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

Satan is so deceitful!  He will make you think he’s on your side even while he destroys you………….   

That’s why we should stay away from things that are questionable……..

Many parents have a hard time explaining to their youth why some music, movies, books, games and magazines aren’t acceptable material for them to bring into the home, for them to see, or hear.

One dad came up with an original idea that’s hard to refute.

He listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG-13 movie.  – It had their favorite actors. – Everyone else was seeing it.  – Even church members said it was great.

It was only rated PG-13 because of a little nudity and the suggestion of sex — they never really showed it.                                                                                                                                                         

– The language was pretty good. They only used the Lord’s name in vain 3 times in the whole movie.                             

                                                                                                                                             

– The video effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.

Yes, there WAS one scene where a building and a bunch of people got blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn’t very bad.

Even with all these explanations for the rating, the father wouldn’t give in.

He didn’t even give them a satisfying explanation for saying, “No.” He just said, “No.”

Later that evening this same father asked his teens if they’d like some brownies he’d baked.

He explained he’d taken the family’s favorite recipe and added something new.

They asked what it was.

He calmly replied that he’d added dog poop. But, he said, it was only a little bit. All the other ingredients were gourmet quality.

He’d taken great care to bake it at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb.   – But, even with all the explanations of the perfect attributes of the brownies, the teens wouldn’t take one.

The father acted surprised. There was only one little element that would have caused them to act so stubbornly. He assured them they’d hardly notice it if at all. They all held firm and wouldn’t try the brownies.                                                                                                                                                                      – He then explained the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies.

Satan tries to enter our minds and our homes by deceiving us into believing that just a little bit of evil won’t matter — just a little gossip,  just a little disobedience — after all, I have my rights………..

With the brownies, just a little bit makes all the difference between a great brownie and a totally unacceptable product.  – He explained that even though the movie people would have us believe the  movies that are coming out are acceptable for adults and young people to   see, they’re not.

Now when this father’s kids want to do something or see something they shouldn’t, he merely asks them if they’d like some of his special dog poop brownies — and they never ask about it again.

Satan and his demons are masters at deceiving people into rationalizing why it’s OK to go against what God wants in our lives.

There are a thousand or more varieties of mushrooms that are good to eat….The most dreaded of the poisonous mushrooms are two members of the Amanita group. – One is the death cup, and the other is the fly amanita.

The death cup grows in the woods from June until fall. Its poison acts like the venom of a rattlesnake, as it separates the corpuscles in the blood from the serum. – No antidote is known for the poison of the death cup. – The only hope for anyone who has eaten it is to clean out his stomach promptly with a stomach pump.

It’s small wonder that one variety is known as the destroying angel.

The death cup has often been mistaken for the common mushroom. A person should not make this mistake if he observes carefully. – The poisonous plant has white gills, white spores, and the fatal poison cup  around the stem.

The plant that’s safe to eat has pink gills, brown spores, and no cup.

Many of the mistakes come from picking it in the button stage, for it doesn’t show all these differences until it has grown larger.

The problem most people have is they don’t want to obey Jesus and do things His way.  – They think Jesus just wants to keep them from enjoying their lives.  They  want freedom to do their own thing and really enjoy themselves by having no restraints.

Augie, “I’m too old for temptation!  Satan doesn’t have anything he can tempt me with.”  He’d say this as he displayed temper, bitterness, and wrong judgmental attitudes.  We don’t get too old in this life time for Satan to figure out how to trap us and make us fall.

We need to live close to Jesus, no matter how old we get.

Monkey trappers in North Africa have a clever method of catching monkeys.

Several gourds are filled with nuts and firmly fastened to a branch of a tree. Each has a hole just large enough for the unwary monkey to stick his hand into it.

When the hungry monkey discovers this, he quickly grasps a handful of nuts, but the hole is too small for him to withdraw his clenched fist. And he doesn’t have enough sense to open up his hand and let go in order to escape, so he is easily taken captive.

What a picture of many Christians.

The devil with his crafty devices tries to ensnare them. He appeals to the appetites of the flesh which can lead to their spiritual downfall.

As long as they hold on to worldly bait, they cannot escape from Satan’s trap. But he keeps on urging, “Don’t let go! Enjoy the pleasure of your sin just a little bit longer!” So, listening to the tempter’s alluring voice, they continue in their evil way.

Paul explains 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV):
13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

These are comforting words. We can open our hand and let go of the “nuts!” God is on our side, he will not let us fall into Satan’s trap. We have to be willing to let go — open our hand and let go of those sinful things we find in the world.

James writes, “When people are tempted, they should not say, ‘God is tempting me’. Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them. This desire leads to sin, and then the sin grows and brings death” (James 1:13-15 — NCV).

The desires of this world lead us to sin. Once we latch on, we find it hard to let go. It continues to grow, until it consumes our life. In the end, this sin leads to death.

Are the sins of this world preventing you from obeying God? If so, you have to let go! It’s the only way out of the trap!

The devil comes to tempt us away from the safe boundaries God has set for us (His Commandments, His Word and His specific area of calling for us).

The devil will come time after time to tempt us and capture us. However, true freedom only comes in being a servant of the Lord! — John 8:36:  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

We should recognize Satan’s tactics and resist him to his face and he will flee — James 4:7-8:  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Satan, that Old Coyote, is out to get you, but you don’t need to get got! – “Turn your eyes upon Jesus!”…………..


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Are Your Standards Right?

April 26, 2018 by ManofProverbs

 

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him–Proverbs 26:12

Our Hearts

Pride and self-importance cause people to seem wise in their own view, which leads them to be arrogantly confident in their own ideas. Wisdom comes from God and is not formed by human reasoning, but accepting what God has said and revealed in Scripture. We have to understand that that there is potential deceit within our hearts and we must not assume that our standards of right and wrong are God’s standards. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The heart is the inner being of a person that includes our desires, feelings and thoughts. The heart is extremely evil and corrupt, as a result people turn to selfishness and evil rather than to God. This cannot be cured and cannot be changed by itself. Only God’s grace can cure it. We need to ask God for wisdom.

Seeking Wisdom

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. We need to be asking God to give us wisdom in dealing with and coping with our trials. Wisdom means the spiritual ability to see and evaluate life and conduct from God’s point of view.

In 1 Corinthians 2:16 Paul says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” To have the mind of Christ means knowing God’s will and his plan and purpose. It means seeing things the way God sees them, valuing things the way He values them, loving what He loves and hating what He hates. This is how we should be setting the standards in our life.

Setting Standards

Many times we set our standards based on our own understanding, preferences, and how we were raised. There have been many times as I’ve got older that I have realized that some of the standards I was setting were based on my parents preferences. We also set standards to what we think is right, which is flawed. We need to be seeking God’s wisdom when setting our standards. As a whole, we need to also realize that our standards may work for us, but may not work for other people. For example, dressing up for church, I personally feel that I should dress up for church, because I’m going to worship God. Other people do not feel that they should dress up for church. I should not apply my standard to other people. In reality, I don’t think God cares what I’m wearing, it’s my heart at that time when I’m worshiping Him.

When we set our standards in our lives, seek God’s wisdom. Our ways are deceitful, God’s are pure and just.

Are Your Standards Right?

Unshackled

Just when it seemed as if the world was spinning out of control and that the crazy and confused culture of subjective reality was about to prevail in the United States, it all began to collapse.  We have witnessed a repeat performance an ancient drama that has been played out again and again on the stages of human history. The tyranny of wickedness cannot triumph indefinitely.

The fatal flaw of all sinister ideologies and false religions—from mythology to Islam and from liberalism and socialism to communism—is that leaders become so obsessed with gaining power and control that they overplay their hands until righteous people, burdened by their shackles, finally cast them off.

The last gasps of the Obama administration were silenced with the release of Robert Mueller’s report concluding the Democrat-concocted Russia probe. New battles are now being waged in statehouses across the Midwest and South against infanticide. Now, humane restrictions on abortion and regulations ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood are being passed in one state after another. Court challenges are assured, but the brutality of abortion is finally being exposed and confronted.

In order to guard against a resurgence of liberalism, it’s important to recognize how American culture became so corrupt. Public schools and universities, along with Hollywood leftists and dishonest media have certainly been the prime movers, but widespread ignorance and apathy helped to pave the way.

One fundamental mistake is made repeatedly by many Americans, even some professing Christians. We foolishly confuse liberalism with compassion and kindness instead of seeing it for what it really is—the promotion of sin leading to misery and death. Once challenged and questioned, liberals invariably reveal themselves for what they are.

Teens and young adults raised in turbulent homes are inherently prone to cast off all restraint and adopt some or all liberal ideals. But unless they establish careers with the Public Broadcasting System, an animal rights non-profit corporation or some other self-affirming organization, life in the real world quickly demonstrates the lie that liberalism can lead to a blissful existence and personal fulfillment free from turmoil.

The most common means of influence used by progressives are deceit, distortion, division and destruction. Deceit and distortion are common tools of our news media. Perhaps the most direct methods of presenting false information is the use of euphemisms and our culture is saturated with it. Abortion is repackaged as reproductive freedom and women’s healthcare, perversity is framed as sexual orientation and illegal immigrants are called undocumented workers, migrants or refugees.

News media also hide relevant facts about crime in our neighborhoods, especially those committed by illegal aliens. Self-styled national and local journalists habitually neglect to reveal the immigration status of drunk drivers and sex-offenders when there may be clear cause to question it. Neither will media outlets divulge the sexual orientation of an assailant or victim when the one’s lifestyle may be a factor in a crime.

Predictably, media networks are duplicitous in their distortion. If a violent crime can possibly be considered a hate crime, the label will invariably be implied if it is revealed that the victim is gay, lesbian, a racial minority or some other preferred class.

Progressives are behind most all conflict and contention in the United States today. Democrats in Washington and the media gleefully instigate division between races, religions, the two genders and economic classes routinely exaggerating inequality, with no regard to contextual circumstances. In doing so, they present themselves as guardians of fairness while shielding themselves from scrutiny and personal accountability.

Under the auspices of breaking down barriers, liberals undermine the very foundations of righteous government and cultural wholesomeness surreptitiously using their positions to benefit themselves. Barriers protect the good and the innocent and impede the infiltration of evil. And even the most vociferous Democrat opponents of a wall along the Mexican border rest securely behind austere walls and steel fences for protection.

Americans are by nature, tolerant of different cultures and perspectives, even those which are fundamentally dangerous and destructive. But there must be a healthy limit to tolerance. There simply is no virtue or sanity in tolerance of vice, crime, corruption or terrorism, as intelligent thinking people readily acknowledge.

One principle of human nature is now working to reverse decades of deceit, division, death and destruction perpetrated by insidious liberal Democrats. Once someone comes to see and know the truth, he cannot un-know it. Radical liberal extremism is being expressed from one end of the United States to another. President Trump has helped to pull back the curtain behind which the  dark motivation of liberals has been hiding. At last, ordinary people are discovering numerous other destructive schemes within our culture and shouting them from the rooftops.

A pastor friend once told me:

“Outside of the protection of God, there is no absolute security.”

Evil makes empty promises, but delivers only death and destruction. By this we know the source and character of liberalism and other forms of tyranny. The only effective antidote to the deceit, division and destruction of human ideologies and the sole cure for death is truth.

For those who may ask, “Where is truth?” It’s right where it has always been—in the infallible Word of God. Wise men and women seek Him and henceforth they are unshackled.

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