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The Lion Is Out. Are You Ready?
by Mark Bradley
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The Lion Is Out. Are You Ready?
Every Halloween, it happens. I’ll be in costume store or out with my kids as they do the house-to-house thing, and I will see it. Some little kid will be dressed up as a devil. I’ll see an assortment of things from witches to ghosts to serial killers. Oh, how far we’ve come.
I know the “idea” of Halloween is to try to scare the crud out of you. I know that is what “they” want you to think. I have never really been a “conspiracy theory” kind of guy, but over the last few years, I do believe that there is one that has taken the world by storm. This theory is not new. It has been going on as long as there has been a planet and people lived on it. The tactic has changed, however. The full-face frontal assault has slipped into a far more covert activity. The theory of 80% rule is in full swing. I will not, I hope, tell you anything you did not already know. My goal is to reinforce your will and renew your spirit for the war that is in front of us.
While training for the Military Police, a fact caught my attention. We were discussing the interrogation of witnesses and suspects, when an instructor gave us a piece of information. The 80% rule. “The best lies you will find, Private, are the ones that are 80% truth.” This so accurate, it’s scary. Think back to the Garden of Eden. The Serpent said, “You shall not surely die.” Well, they didn’t die right then, but they certainly did later. It always sounds good, but it always ends badly.
Now, how does this apply? Easy. Satan is still out there using the same trick. The difference is he has convinced a great deal of the world that he doesn’t even exist. He is nothing more than a fictitious character from some antique book that your grandmother reads. It truly is remarkable a feat he has accomplished. Look at our own government. This country was founded on the principles of Christian morality and standards. You wouldn’t know it today. You’re not even allowed to say the name of God in public anymore without being treated like a fanatic. Why? A principle of physics says that every action has an equal and OPPOSITE reaction. While Satan is nowhere near equal in strength or knowledge or any other aspect of God, there is one area where he is equal. Easy, I will explain. As much as God loves us and wants us to be in fellowship with Him and to obey His will, Satan wants us to be the exact opposite. Satan does not want a successful Christian to exist on this Earth. Why do you think it is so hard to stay in fellowship with God? The bombardment is coming from the Devil himself. That is not new, but it does tie-in. Keep reading.
Most of you know that Satan walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He surely wants everybody, but he REALLY wants our kids. Did every parent’s warning light go off? I’ll say it again. SATAN REALLY WANTS YOUR KIDS. Let that sink in before you read any further. It is truly a sobering thought. The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, The Dark Angel, The Bad Guy Downstairs, whatever you call him. He wants and desires your children. He is willing to do whatever it takes to control your children. Has that point gotten in there, Mom and Dad? I can’t stress it enough.
The first question is why. Why does he want our children so desperately? The answer is as easy as looking at them. When you see your children, what do you see? You see doctors and firemen and pastors and missionaries and Sunday school teachers and mothers and fathers of their own kids…etc. That’s what Satan sees. He sees the future. He sees what our kids could be, and it ticks him off. But most of all, he sees Christians that could do great things for God. That Satan simply cannot handle. He cringes at the thought that the next Charles Spurgen or Billy Graham or Jaci Valisquez (I’m misspelling it I know) is potentially happening in our kids. He knows he can’t take another set back like that. So, as far as our children go, he has taken the attack up a notch.
Why he attacks our kids is really easy to discern. The most vulnerable humans on the planet are the children. They are the easiest to attack and the easier victory. They are also the most pliable. Satan thinks that he can change the future if he can get enough children to think like him. Why? Because children that think like him grow up to be adults who think like him. That is where the victory really lies. Adults who think like Satan train their children in like manner. Now the influence is starting to spread. If it goes on unimpeded, it could potentially spread across the globe. That is exactly what Satan wants. Now, get ready for the shock. This is already happening.
How do I know this? Satan has not only managed to begin this worldwide mind control, but he has managed to convince people that he does not even exist. He has erased the fear of him by erasing his existence for the minds of people everywhere. No Satan, no one to be afraid of after death.
With this theory intact, not only do you have nothing to fear after death, you have nothing to fear while you are alive. With nothing to fear, you no longer have to follow the rules. Starting to get the picture? No rules mean you follow your own heart. Heard that one before? There is no standard to follow, no set trail to go down, no one to answer to. Let that sink in a bit. Now, think of the world around you. Not a pretty sight, is it?
Don’t get the wrong impression. The world is not out of control. There is no inevitable outcome waiting for our children. I said that I wanted to reinforce your will and renew your spirit. That’s what this rant is about. But you need to know your enemy before you can defeat him. Back to the bad stuff for a minute.
Have you seen television lately? Most of you have a TV show that you like to watch. Most of your kids have TV shows that strike a chord with them. How much attention do you pay to what’s actually going on with the show? You would not believe the stuff that goes on the TV nowadays. Foul language, sex, homosexuality, cross-dressing, and none of it hidden. They are not even trying to hide it. It’s on, and they are making it look like it is a natural part of life. Not just life, but the life of a 10 year old. Think I’m kidding. Look at Nickelodeon or Disney. The two largest bastions of “children’s entertainment” are constantly promoting disorder and alternate lifestyles.
Next on the list would be the Hollywood set. They are promoting the same corrupt moral values as the TV set; they are just not as covert about it. They will flat out show men kissing, teenagers being just as “free” and happy as they want to be. PG-13 means that any kid 13 years old can get in to see that movie without the company of an adult. I’ll bet you never thought that a 13 year old should see some of the things that are on that movie screen. Hollywood does. They want the kids in this country to be free to be whatever they want. The problem is, God is removed from the scene. What God wants no longer matters, and the real danger is shown.
That’s not all. Magazines are flooded with behavior that is explicitly sexual in nature. Advertisements show what you could be with no morals. Anti-Christian behavior is rampant in this society. Now that the bad guy is revealed, like he was really hidden, I will get to the meat of the rant.
You have heard of some of the fight slogans from the military. “No defeat, no surrender,” “Death before dishonor,” and one of my favorites was given by the commanding officer of the 101st Airbourne division when surrounded by Nazis during the D-Day Invasion. He was told to surrender or be crushed. His Response was simply, “NUTS.” When this was heard by General George Patten, his response was, “Let’s keep the tanks rolling. A man that eloquent must be saved.” I would like to enforce your will in much the same fashion. We can never give up. The fight is far too important to let the snake win. It is not easy. It has times when we fail, and there are times when we get confused. But we can never give up. Our kids are far too important.
You would never allow someone to break in to your house and try to harm one of your children. You constantly watch your children when they are out in public to ensure their safety. I am telling you that Satan is out there, and he wants to do the worst harm to our children. He wants to keep them from God and Heaven. He wants to make sure they are never going to be anything for God.
I say we fight. Beat that soulless devil back into submission. You can do it. You have the power at your disposal. The power to beat Satan is as close as your knees. That’s right, your knees. Let me introduce you to a few war slogans from God’s Army. “Make War On The Floor.” Get on your knees and fight like a man.” You by yourself do not have the power to defeat the devil. Don’t try to do it yourself. You may think you are winning, but the devil will trick you into the false sense of security and then ambush you. Murphy’s Law of Combat, “If all is going according to plan, then it’s an ambush.” You have to bring God into this. He is the only one who can defeat Satan. The Arch Angel Michael dares not attack Satan without the power of God behind him, and they are essentially equal. What makes you think you can attack and win without God’s help?
Let’s recap. Satan exists. He wants you to forget that point, but he’s out there. He wants our kids. Your kids. All kids. He’s using any and all means to get their attention and lead them down the broad path. We have to fight, and we have to lean on the power of God to win. Everybody got that? Now, a couple of things I didn’t say, but God did.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down strong holds.” II Corinthians 10:4
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
II Timothy 2:3
Now get out there and get into the fight. Don’t take any guff off the devil. He will try to trick you. He may even get away with some of them. But stay vigilant. Fire and fire often. Don’t just pray for your kids, pray specifically for your kids. The danger is out there. It’s up to us to point it out and guard our children against it at all costs. More later.
Mark A. Bradley
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