Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Peace of mind: You won't find it in an app

You may be familiar with a television commercial in the U.S. that features a character whose name is Mayhem. The commercial shows ole Mayhem going about town stirring up trouble and causing disasters for innocent, unsuspecting victims. After he's wrecked havoc throughout the neighborhood, Mayhem says
If you had [blank] insurance you'd be protected from mayhem like me.

Most of us buy insurance to protect us from the unexpected—catastrophic illness, car accident, house fire, travel mishap, and even death. We live each day with the element of surprise hanging over our heads. We leave home each day, drive to work, drop the kids off at school, board buses, trains and planes to go about routine activities— all without any certainty or guarantee of how our day will end.

Like Mayhem, there's a real life character who preys upon your life and mine for no other reason than to hurt, harm and destroy us. His name is Satan. You may know him by his other names—the devil, accuser, thief and father of lies. Satan is also called "the god of this world" because he rules the earth and is responsible for all the evil and wickedness we see in the world today. We can see his influence in people who steal, lie, cheat, quarrel, murder, bully, inflict harm on others and do evil things. The bible compares Satan to a roaring lion constantly on the prowl looking for someone to attack.

And it doesn't matter to Satan whether his victims are Christians, some other religion, or no religion at all. The devil is an equal opportunity destroyer who hates God, and wants to destroy everything that God created, including you. If you've ever questioned why there is so much evil and hatred in the world, Satan is the reason. Comedian Flip Wilson was famous for saying, "The devil made me do it." Little did he know just how right he was.
Anyone who keeps on sinning belongs to the devil. He has sinned from the beginning, but the Son of God came to destroy all that he has done.—1 John 3:8 CEV
But here's the good news. God has an insurance policy against Satan's attacks that's backed by faith in his Son, Jesus Christ who said this about himself,
The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness. —John 10:10 GNT
More importantly, God's insurance policy comes with the ironclad guarantee that anyone who wants to be saved from Satan's onslaught can and will be saved. Anyone can activate God's insurance policy with a simple prayer like this:
God in heaven, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe your Son Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I ask you to forgive me, and help me to become the person you made me to be.
Makes it lot easier to have peace of mind when you know God's got your back.

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