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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (11/21/13)

TITLE: Masterpiece!
By Jason Smith


1 peter 2:5 (In part) You also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house

This particular house would be considered a masterpiece to say the least. Everything was designed to upmost perfection by the master craftsman himself. From the foundation to the roofing and everything in between, nothing out of place. Beauty reflected through every crevice, diamonds, gold, ruby, topaz, beryl, onyx, jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and emerald were just some of the raw material that covered the spiritual home.

God called his masterpiece the anointed Cherub. The anointed Cherub was placed in the garden of God, on top of the Holy mountain. Along with all of the beauty, wisdom and splendor that adorned the anointed Cherub, he was also given free will. On the surface Gods perfect design showed no flaws, but internally his wisdom was corrupted by his own beauty. He was soon filled with violence and lifted his heart above the throne of God. From appearances he was the model Angel, so much so, that a third of the angels followed his rebellious war against God. But on the inside he was full of pride and rebellion. Soon after the anointed Cherubs attack, he and a third of the angels were cast out heaven and into the side of the pits or hell as it's called.

No longer a remnant of the masterpiece he was created, he would forever more be known as satan, the father of all lies. He is now a master deceiver, still at war with God and his children. Mankind was created in the image of God, but soon forfeited their rights by heeding to satan's deception and disobeying Gods one command. The keys to our freedom were soon bought back with a price. God sent his only begotten son into a wretched, sinful world, only to live a perfect life before his father and to die a gruesome death for a wretched, sinful people. Which was the ultimate price.

Eternal life is now available for all that choose to receive it. With that said, the minds of those that don't believe are blinded by Satan. As a wolf in sheep's clothing, he subtly plants seeds of doubt and fear into those that let him. As believers we are not only encouraged to spread the gospel, but we are commanded. As the Word is spread, deception is exposed and living stones are added to Gods true masterpiece, which is us, in Christ!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/30/13
This is a great devotion. It pulled me in right away There have been several stories this week about the stealthy nature of Satan, but you attacked it from a fresh angle. I enjoyed the POV.

A good proofreader would help you catch little things like the lowercase people in Peter, a missing apostrophe in God's, and the use of ellipses. Don't hesitate to ask someone whom you respect to be your challenge buddy or if they can suggest someone.

Also on the message boards there is a thread called Jan's Writing Basics. Jan has lessons ideal for every level writer. She is diligent about responding to everyone who posts.

You have a knack for this genre. You made me stop and reflect and examine the Scriptures. I can feel your passion and love for Christ and for the people in whom God has entrusted to you. Keep writing.
C D Swanson 11/30/13
Powerful, compelling, and excellent job with this weeks topic.

Great job. I loved it.

God bless~
LaVonne Wood 12/04/13
You have included so much in your devotional - creation, the fall of Satan and one third of the angels, Christ as God's plan of salvation, and the Great Commission! A great message to the saved and unsaved as well. Great job! Blessings,LaVonne