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The Counterfeit

Lamentations 1   
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!   She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.   

Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.   The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.   Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.   

And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.   Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.   Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.   

Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.   The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.   All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.   

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.   From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.   The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the LORD hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.   

The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.   For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.   Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.   

The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.   I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.   Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.   They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.   Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

The moment we dedicate our lives to serving the Lord God and doing his holy will we are confronted by evil forces that will seek to undermine our relationship with our Father, God the Savior of the world.

With a pickaxe and a hammer-like tenacity the evil ones circle us and pick and gnaw on us, trying to sever our relationship with God. Those who have rejected God and have fallen prey to Satan's devastation now seek to destroy those who are faithful and true to God. 

The foundation of this attack is jealousy and self-hatred because they intuitively know, even though they deny the truth of it, that hell is their earned place of permanent residence. 

We, individually, are like cities to God, bound by the love of God in our hearts, a necklace of fair jewels around his neck and close to his heart, guarded by our willingness to obey God in Word and in Truth. We, in our obedience, are precious jewels to God, a city that cannot be hid, and a taunting example to the wicked whenever they look upon the presence of God in our lives. 

Consequently, we draw their evil hatred towards us by the light of God within us, which they absolutely hate because that light within us constantly reminds them of how far they have fallen, and how sinful they have become and of their separation from the God of their creation, the Father of all.

Satan uses these fallen, sinful souls to trap other souls through sin. The sons and daughters of Satan prance their sins daily before our faces, trying to lead us into the hell over-populated by the disobedient children of God. 

These pied pipers of Satan will go to any length to snare souls through various methods of seduction; sexual immorality, money, status, worldly "success", fear, intimidation, inflicting pain and suffering, loss of loved ones via murder, theft of property, money, virtue and/or strength, humiliation, derailed opportunities for promotion on the job, and sexual harassment and bullying on the job. 

All of these methods of the satanic seduction of our souls are employed tenaciously and voraciously as though by hungry devouring wolves who feed on its own. 

There are no sexual barriers in this world of evil where parents are sexually abusing their own children, and allowing others to sexually abuse them as well. Mothers and Fathers who have become predators on the innocence of their own children as well as the children of others. 

Sexual perversions dominate this horror scene where God's eyes are piercing into the darkness of their "secret" places of horrific sins against nature and the Word of God. 

Everything that the Word of God tells us not to do, this is what the children of Satan are doing, contrary to the will and Word of God, for this is Satan's ultimate goal to pervert all of mankind against that which is holy and true, that which proceeds from God, that that is good for our souls, and would give us the gift of eternal life, which Satan forfeited in his arrogance in his unmitigated desire to dethrone God his creator. 

A more ludicrous notion I cannot imagine. How in the world can a created being rise above his creator with any success? He cannot do so! He was created by the God he was trying to overthrow, which leads one to believe that Satan, formerly known as Lucifer or light bearer, simply lost his mind and veered over into the land of temporary insanity, but came to himself once he was summarily tossed out of his heavenly domain, and is now very angry and vindictive against the creation of God, thereby giving birth to angry and vindictive disciples, who also have been rejected by God and tossed into the tenacious, cold, deadly arms of hell's embrace.
The pernicious assault on the righteous by the wicked seemingly goes on and on without end, but the curious thing is this, the Word of God says that whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap, meaning if a man sows devastation, pain and suffering, and destruction that he will also reap the same. 

So, consequently, the kingdom of Satan is in its final throes of destruction. It is stumbling in a ruinous heap of the filth of its own making. It is unraveling every minute of every single day, until finally the end of the string of evil that has warped the world with its vast tentacles of sin is cut off and cast into the fires of utter destruction.

The wages of sin then is truly death, death to living a life contrary to the Word and will of God. There is no where to go but into the greedy arms of destruction when once a man decides to bow down to the satanic forces of evil.

Cities will be destroyed. Nations will be destroyed. Whole families will be destroyed, all because of sin. A man or a nation can only go but so far before the judgment of God reveals to the world the hidden and secret things that has undermined the continued existence of rebellion. 

Satan deludes his followers into thinking that somehow or another that they will escape the judgment of God. But it is an impossibility. No one will escape the wages of sin, not a nation nor a man. 

The world testifies against itself. The deeds of man testifies against him. It is just a matter of time before all the evil and wicked things, done in the darkness of dissipation, surfaces to the light of day, and the world views the downfall of yet another man, of yet another nation.

Historically, we but need to consult the news from the last 100 years or so, and discover the fallen men and women, and the fallen nations, and or the destruction prevalent worldwide due to man's contrariness concerning his Creator, the God and Father of all, who will not be mocked. 

All roads proceeded forth from him and will inevitably lead directly back to him. Meaning that all life came from God and will certainly return to him again.

To allow yourself to be seduced by satanic forces is to self-destruct. We, as Christians, have the power to withstand evil through the power of the Holy Ghost within us. There is nothing that can come against us that is not already in the plan of God and within God's plan the solution is innate. 

We rise from our pain and suffering. We rise from our devastating losses. We rise from being abused, sexually harassed and bullied. We rise from despair and humiliation. We rise from the dead works of evil just as Jesus did, and we follow Jesus all the way to eternal life, to that place that he has prepared for us in the presence of the Father.

Any life we choose to live outside of the will of God is a counterfeit life. It's not the real thing! Like a counterfeit love posturing as the "love of your life". As you begin to inspect this faux love, you come to the realization that it is full of holes and dead men's bones. 

Those holes and bones will, if you let it, sink your soul into utter despair. Instead of giving in to your flesh, you should instead, allow the spirit of the living God to reign in your life, and turn away from anything and anyone that will cause you to fall into death's arms, depriving you of the life that God created you to live, thereby becoming a bitter, angry disciple of a destroyed, fallen archangel seeking whom he may devour, and teaching you how to become evilly and spiritually carnivorous in your mindset, devouring souls at will, heaping upon yourself utter destruction and recompense. There is no escape from divine punishment in this world and the next.
Fear is concretely laid in the obscure foundations of a counterfeit life. Fear of what the wicked ones will do to you if you try to change the course of your life and return to the Father and serve him with your all. Fear of the loss you will sustain up to and including your own life, especially if you have known the depths of Satan, and have had an ongoing conversation in the world of evil to extent that witchcraft has become second nature to you. 

Because then your mind is full of moving pictures of all the things you have witnessed in a temporal living hell that is verging on permanency. Because of those pictures in your mind, you are readily convinced that Satan and his forces of evil can do anything to you. But the thing is that if you give your life to God and trust in him to keep you, and or accept the consequences of doing what you know in your heart is the right thing to do, then if you lose you life, you will find it by gaining the only real life that truly matters, eternal life in the presence of the Father.

A counterfeit life is one lived in parts and pieces having lost all glimpses into the purpose-filled future that God had planned for your life before the foundations of the world were laid. So you are left wandering around in the darkness of your mind wonder to yourself, no doubt, how do I break free from the chains of the slavery of sin? How do I set my life in order? 

Well, you must be prepared to die, if necessary, and sacrifice all that you have on the altar to the Lord Jesus Christ, as he did during his earthly journey to redeem man back to God through the sacrifice of his life on the cross of affliction and torment. He can ask no less of you. 

Whatever your cross may be, know that God will not allow the weight that you must carry to eternity to be more than you can bare. He will anoint you to do his will, and fear will be a non-entity in your life because the only one you will fear is God, and rightly so, because he and he alone has the power of life and death in his hands.

Evil men mistakenly believe that they have the power to kill at will but in truth they do not, unless it is within the framework of God's holy will. Life does not die at the will of man. Man does not have that power. Satan would like for you to believe that lie, but there are so many instances, probably in your own life, where death should have prevailed but it was not in God's will, consequently, there was nothing for death to do but leave, because even death obeys God. 

We know this because of the people Jesus raised from the dead during his finite human journey.  All things are subject to the will of God. Nothing is outside of his purview. Absolutely nothing! So to fear satanic forces is based on not understanding who God really is; all powerful, all knowing and everywhere at the same time, in other words, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God.

Who can overthrow God or subvert his will? No one! Satan tried it and was utterly destroyed. God created hell specifically for Satan and all those foolish enough to follow him there.

The choice is ours, a counterfeit life or a real life, one designed and orchestrated by God for our own benefit, or one perverted by the evil forces of Satan, a fallen archangel who had it all until he sinned in his arrogance to overthrow the Creator; the Creator who created everything that is from nothing according to his holy will.
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