The past two evenings, I watched the sad story on the national news about the grandparent couple who placed an ad on the internet site, Craig’s List, wanting to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang. They drove to meet a man who had responded to their posting. After being reported missing, they were later found murdered.
For some reason, I thought of Faithwriters website. Then I forgot about it. But the thought keeps popping up in my mind, along with a few scriptures:
Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey . . . Isaiah 59:15
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. I John 4:1
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6: 10-20
Author’s note: I realize these scriptures are taken out of context, and don’t necessarily have any connection to the above story. All I can say is, “don’t shoot the messenger.”
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