Cookie a day: The Destroyer Of Faith

10 “This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: ‘What are you relying on that you remain in Jerusalem under siege? 11 Isn’t Hezekiah misleading you to give you over to death by famine and thirst when he says, “Yahweh our God will deliver us from the power of the king of Assyria”?

2 Chronicles 32:10-11


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Doubt is one of Satan’s greatest weapon used against Christians who are holding tight to the God of the Bible. To defeat a believer he must somehow get you to let go of Jesus (trust). Once we stop trusting in the Lord our faith gets weakened and the outcome will be that we will fall.

No matter what anyone says to you, continue to trust in Jesus and His promises found in holy scripture. Remember, demons don’t come visibly to attack you but through individuals (1 Timothy 4:1-2) with a false message that will be cancer to your faith to kill it.

What Does Created In God’s Image Mean?

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Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.


Atheists as well as false Christians who support the book called “the Shack” state “since God created male and female in His image, God is both and can be represented as both.”

Folks, that type of Biblical interpretation is not from the Holy Spirit but is demonic. It is trying to make a mockery of God’s manifestation through Jesus Christ who came as a man.

Context will reveal what it means by the word image which does not mean physical likeness but means position.

In verse 26 it says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness for what? They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth”. We are created in the likeness of His rulership. We are reflecting God’s authority over His creation which we are to rule over, just like God is the ruler of the universe so He has given us the authority to rule the earth.

Context defines image and likeness as in authority not in the sense of looking like Him.

A perfect illustration for this is found in Psalms 82:6-7 which says, 6 I said, “You are gods; (image or likeness, emphasis added) you are all sons of the Most High. 7 However, you will die like men and fall like any other ruler.”

The judges were called “gods” which in Hebrew is Elohim (little Elohim’s). They were earthly men with a high position of authority. Image of God and little Elohim’s both mean the same thing, rulers.

So in Genesis 1 to be made in the image of God meant that we are like Him as rulers.

Does The Bible Teach That All Young Children Have Angels Protecting Them Like Christians Do?

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Hebrews 1:14

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?

Angels are only sent to those who are about to get saved, those who call on the name of the Lord through faith in Jesus as seen in Romans 10:9-10;13 which says, 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


A person who does not profess faith in Jesus will not have an angel assigned to them. The same as a child because they need to understand the gospel or the message of Christ to be saved (Romans 10:17). Remember that the angels are given to those who have repented and given their lives to Jesus, A child doesn’t understand sin and the implication of it. When I use the word child I’m referring to the age of innocence.

A child is innocent of doing deliberate sin but nonetheless he/she is born in sin according to Psalm 51:5 which says, 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

A child needs Jesus as much as an adult does.

If a baby or an adult with mental disabilities dies, Jesus gives them the message before the entry into eternity is final. He gives them the opportunity to choose Him or not by giving them understanding since they didn’t have it when they were alive on earth.

I want to make this very clear in regards to my explanation of the death of a baby and a mentally disabled adult that it is my sole opinion and only my opinion because the Bible doesn’t say with clarity what happens. I based what I think might be on an infant death going to heaven on 2 Samuel 12:23 which says, But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I’ll go to him, but he will never return to me.”

David’s infant died and he said that he will end up being with him in heaven after his death.


Matthew 18:10

10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.

Some people believe that this verse is referring to children having guardian angels which Hebrews 1:14 puts that misunderstanding to rest but for the sake to fully understand this truth I will continue further. It is very important to go to scripture without any preconceived notion to truly grasp the true meaning. The last thing you want is to tell people something that isn’t true.


Let’s back up from Matthew 18:10 and start, in the beginning, to see in its full context what Jesus is teaching His disciples.

Matthew 18:1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3 “I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.

In verse 1 the disciples wanted to be better (exalted) than the others in heaven (in position).

For Jesus to address their pride in verse 2 which you cannot have in heaven, He brings a child to illustrate how humbleness looks like.

In verse 3 when Jesus said the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” He is not saying to have a mind (lack of knowledge) like a child but is in reference to their humility in believing everything and learning what the parents say and obeying them. A Christian is to do likewise in regards to living a life in obedience to God’s Word.

In verse 4 Jesus is not saying in the passage that the child is saved but to have the quality or character of a child’s humility. To be exalted or put up on high one has to first be made low, humble.

Remember Jesus is talking about a believer but is using a child as a symbol or an illustration on how a Christian should act. Jesus is teaching His disciples this lesson.

In verse 5 the word “child” is defined in verse 3 with the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” to mean a person who called on the name of the Lord and believed in Jesus, this is who Jesus is referring to because to call on Jesus is only done through a humble heart. If you welcome a Christian is like welcoming Jesus Himself and why is that? Because a Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of him.


Matthew 18:6

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

The phrase “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—” is not talking about literal children but those who have converted by faith in Jesus Christ to become like “little ones” or children meaning humbled themselves in the sight of the Lord. The verse is clearly talking about a believer in Jesus because it says, “—those who believe in me—”

Throughout Matthew 18 it is evident that Jesus is talking about adults who are Christians, not children but using the children as a picture of humility, being easily molded and teachable.

Now, let’s revisit verse 10 of Matthew 18 which says, 10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.”

Who are the “little ones” that have angels who are assigned to them (not next to them) but are in heaven waiting for a command from God? The answer is a person who has decided on their own to follow Jesus by acknowledging their wrongs and confessing (having faith) that Jesus is Lord.

Do children have angels? No, only those who are saved by believing that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and on the third day rose from the grave victoriously.

How To Safeguard Yourself From Giving The Wrong Interpretation Of A Particular Verse Or Verses.

 

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Eisegesis-Putting your own or bias interpretation into the text of Scripture, making it say what you want it to say.

Exegesis-Extracting the plain meaning of any verse in Scripture without any preconceived notion. Allowing Scripture to give you it’s own meaning through context and other Scripture references.


Remember these rules to safeguard yourself from any errors in Biblical interpretation, which these are rules that I instituted for myself. Before you even open up the Bible always pray by asking the Lord to give you understanding through the Holy Spirit. All wisdom comes from God alone and is given to those who ask.

James 1:5

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.


1. Define a word in its context since words have more than one meaning, how the author is describing that word and you will get the correct meaning of it.

2. The meaning of a verse always gets defined in its context either in the verse above or the verse below it and also it’s very important to read the whole chapter in reference to the verse to get the full scope of the verse you are trying to understand.

3. Use other references in scripture (scripture interprets scripture) in connection with the theme that you are studying which will give you more clarity and define symbols that are used in some of the verses.

If you always keep these 3 points in mind you will be safe in not giving your own interpretation but you will relate the message of the Bible plainly and understandable.

Biblical Q&A Form: A Question On Revelation 6:6. Why Is The Olive Oil And Wine Not Harmed?

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A Christian asks:

Re “not harming the olive oil and the wine”–a friend has told me this has reference to Christians, but she was not able to discuss completely as she has also just heard it recently from a preacher and it’s a new concept for both of us. Would you know anything about this? ‘Would appreciate if you could explain–only if you have the time, please! Many thanks. ‘Appreciate very much your posts.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

The person’s question is in regards to Revelation 6:6 which says, 6 Then I heard something like a voice among the four living creatures say, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius—but do not harm the olive oil and the wine.”

In verse 6 it doesn’t allude to the wine and olive oil as being completely symbolic but is used as a play on words (having a double meaning) to describe the hyperinflation that it’s going to rise to a day’s earning and something that Jesus is going to accomplish. The wine and olive oil will be off limits and not be touched.

The reason that God doesn’t harm the literal wine and olive oil is that it represents healing according to the parable of Jesus that’s found in Luke 10:33-34 which says, 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Even though the Lord was bringing judgment upon the earth He will heal it afterward when He comes to reign for 1000 years and bring true peace (Isaiah 11:5-10; Isaiah 65:17-25)

The conclusion would be that the wine and olive oil is literal but also has a meaning behind it which it is used for healing a wound. After the Lord wounds those on the earth for rejecting Him through His judgments, He will bandage it and heal it through reigning on earth with righteousness and wiping out for those 1000 years the influence of Satan on earth (Revelation 20:1-3).