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Act’n Like The Devil

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Galatians 5:15 – But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.

There is a popular television series out today called Game of Thrones.  Most are probably familiar with it, but for those who are not, I’ll try to briefly summarize.  Basically, it’s about several kings from different kingdoms fighting one another to take possession of the ultimate throne of power.  The story is centered around the lives of a few key people from these different kingdoms, and their quest to obtain the throne; with a few dragons thrown in to boot.  While watching the show, I couldn’t help but see some interesting spiritual analogies in relation to scripture and what is going on in our country today.   And please don’t judge me for watching the show.  God can speak through anything and, ironically, I think he’s speaking to us through one of the most popular television shows today.   I’m not condoning sitting in front of any sort of ungodly entertainment out there.  I think it comes down to your own personal conviction of heart.  I find no pleasure in the ungodliness of the show, and found myself having to turn away through many of the scenes, but as I continued to watch, I couldn’t help but see the message God was revealing to me in it.  Let he who has an ear, hear.  Galatians 5:15 cautions, “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.”  The definition of the word “consumed” is, “destroy,  to devour or absorb,” and the definition of “devour,” is, “to occupy wholly.”  Keep those definitions in mind going forward.

While the kings in the show are fighting one another to possess the throne, a group of men called the Night’s Watch, discover the existence of another enemy who is a threat to them all.  The Night’s Watch, are referred to as the “Keepers of the Wall.”  It is their responsibility to watch over all the kingdoms and to warn and defend against anything that threatens them.  The enemy that the Night’s Watch discover is called “White Walkers,” thus named because there is no life in them and they represent death.  The king of the White Walkers, the Night King, does not seek a throne, he seeks the destruction of all mankind.  He doesn’t care where anyone is from, he doesn’t care about anyone’s gender, and he doesn’t care about the color of anyone’s skin.  He only wants to destroy, devour, consume and absorb the life of mankind into himself.  The Night King’s name represents that he is the king of darkness.  John Snow, who is the leader of the Night’s Watch, tries to warn the different kings of their mutual enemy and encourage them to come together to fight and defeat him, because if they do not, he will devour them all.  It won’t much matter then who wins the game of thrones.  This enemy seeks to consume (absorb) and devour (wholly occupy) all mankind into himself.  Is any of this sounding familiar yet?

We, too, have a mutual enemy that is seeking the destruction of us all.  His name also represents darkness.  In scripture he is referred to as the Prince of Darkness.  He, too, doesn’t care about the color of a person’s skin, what their gender is, or where they are from.  He, too, only wants to absorb the life of others into his death.  That is the enemy we should all be concerning ourselves with as well, because if this enemy succeeds, it won’t matter who gains the victory in our little wars against one another either.  Ironically, as it so happens, the only thing that can defeat the enemy in the show, is a special kind of sword.  Imagine that!  We, too, have an enemy that can only be defeated with a special kind of sword.  The sword we are given to defeat our enemy is called the “Sword of the Spirit,” the Word of God.  (Ephesians 6:6-7).  When we wield it in battle against our enemy, we are promised that,”no weapon formed against us shall prosper.”  (Isaiah 54:17).  The enemy in the show kills with the sword also, and all who are pierced by it become one with him in death.  Our enemy’s sword is the sword of hate, and all those whose hearts are pierced by it, just as the enemy in the show, become one with the death it brings.  In the television show, all those who are killed by a member of the Night King’s army, can then spread death to others.  So, too, with us.  When the death of hate gets in us, we spread the death of hate to others.

In the show, there is a young boy who possesses the power to become a raven which enables him to see the army of the enemy approaching.  The king of the White Walkers has a vast army.  We have been given spiritual eyes to see our enemy approaching as well, and those with eyes to see know the vastness of his army also.  God is always speaking, but we are not always listening.  The symbolism in this television show is being played out in reality right before our eyes today.  While we are fighting one another, we have a mutual enemy that wants nothing but the destruction of us all and to consume us all with hate and death.  All who are focused on fighting one another instead of fighting him are in danger of being consumed by the hate that is in him.  There is only one true battle going on in life that we need to be concerning ourselves with today.  The battle of hate and love, the battle of good and evil.  This battle is going on both outside of us and inside of us at the same time.  We must choose which side we want to be on very carefully, because one ends in life, the other in death.  God warns us in his Word, “Do not follow a crowd to do evil.”  (Ezekiel 23:2).  That’s sound advice.  If a crowd is full of hate, chances are they aren’t going to be leading anyone to do good.  I don’t know what the outcome of the battle on the television show will be and who will ultimately win the Game of Thrones, but I do know who wins this one.   Our King wins!  “Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  (Rev. 19:15).  You’re going to want to be on his side when the White Walkers come!  Spoiler:  The Lamb wins, not the dragon.

All of us are probably familiar with the expression, “Act’n like the devil.”  It’s what you say when people are behaving in a way they shouldn’t be.  I think it’s very apropos for the behavior going on in our country today.  There is a difference and a very fine line between hating evil and allowing evil to cause you to hate.  Once you cross that line, you’re in danger of becoming a White Walker.  Revelation 7:9 says, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”  Obviously, in the end, it’s not going to matter where we are from, if we are male or female, or what the color of our skin is.  God doesn’t care.  Why do we?

ACT’N LIKE THE DEVIL

Two men in their hatred stand
face-to-face, man-to-man
One born black, one born white
and over this they fight their fight
One born free, another a slave
sins of the past that won’t go away
The color of skin all they see
neither wanting the other to be
And so they boldly take their stand
face-to-face, man-to-man
Unaware they’ve been deceived
for they both belong to me
Both my slave, neither free
born into my family
Some born here, some born there
many my children everywhere
One no better than the other
all a sister or a brother
Some born rich, some born poor
some with less, some with more
Some are noble, some despised
all are equal in my eyes
I show no partiality
the color of skin matters not to me
I don’t care if you are black or white
if you kill or if you fight
You can hate and you can despise
you are all beautiful in my eyes
For no matter the color of your skin
you all belong to the family of sin
Each child born equally unto me
members of my family
So hurt each other every day
I love it when you act this way
I love to watch you quarrel and fight
your hatred is my heart’s delight
I love it when you won’t forgive
thus allowing hatred to live
I love it when you stir up strife
bring division and destroy a life
So go ahead and join the crowd
you really make your father proud
And I don’t mind if you don’t lay claim
to relationship with my name
But our relationship hard as you try
simply cannot be denied
You have but to take a long hard stare
to see my reflection there
For the proof of me lies inside of you
in every hurtful thing you do
So kill each other if you please
no difference does it make to me
For I delight to see my face
reflected on the human race
 
Affectionately Your Father,
Lucifer

John 8:44 – “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.”

Galatians 3:26-28 – “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

*We are all one of the two, the question is, “Which one are you?”                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

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