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Feeding Satan's Ego

I was once a ministerial student at Newbold College, England, back in the 1970s. One day during a class discussion it was stated that Satan delights for us to dwell upon his power to influence and trouble us. At that same moment the lights went out. A mixture of amazed gasps and giggles arose from some members of the class. Something so spooky yet hilarious surely had to get some response! Sensing a “teachable moment” our professor jumped in to say that Jesus is more powerful than Satan and we should dwell on His power. Suddenly the lights went back on! More gasps, more giggles, and whatever else!

Looking back, I still smile at what was pure coincidence (or was it?). But one fact still remains - Satan surely delights to have us dwell upon his power to influence and trouble us. That is, of course, if we let him! So let us take to heart the following:

“There are Christians who think and speak altogether too much about the power of Satan. They think of their adversary, they pray about him, they talk about him, and he looms up greater and greater in their imagination. It is true that Satan is a powerful being; but, thank God, we have a mighty Saviour, who cast out the evil one from heaven. Why not talk about Jesus? Why not magnify His power and His love?” Desire of Ages 493.

Trials and temptations will always confront us in this life, but we must never make them a reason for seeing ourselves as a victim of Satan’s malignity. Bullies love to know that their efforts to scare and intimidate are meeting with success. While we must remain vigilant and weary of Satan’s devices, why should we feed his ego as we do so? Why should we give him the satisfaction to think he's ruining our lives? He can never do that while we shelter beneath God's wings and seek His grace to be faithful.

Even if we stumble into sin, God is quick to forgive if we ask Him. If there are consequences to our waywardness it's wrong to think that Satan can still use our past to decide our final destiny. Where sin has abounded God's grace does still much more abound (Romans 5:20). Instead of permitting the enemy to use our difficulties to his advantage, we need to use them to advance our faith and trust in God. This is God's way of making all things work together for good and having us victoriously face the bully. And it's well known that bullies don't last long once they meet their match. And in Christ you can be more than a match!

“The omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit is the defense of every contrite soul. Not one that in penitence and faith has claimed His promises will Christ permit to pass under the enemy’s power. The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones. With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility or defeat … The rainbow of promise encircling the throne on high is an everlasting testimony that, ‘God so loved the world, He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16. It testifies to the universe that God will never forsake His people in their struggle with evil. It is an assurance to us of strength and protection as long as the throne itself shall endure.” Desire of Ages 492,493.

Mike Thompson, Associate Pastor

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Discipleship University

Join Pastor Fred Dana, Sabbath, April 7 @ 2 PM for another engaging study in the Bible, this time through the books of Nehemiah and Malachi. DU meets in the Camellia Room.

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L.I.F.E. Groups

Now is your opportunity to sign up to participate in one of Central's L.I.F.E. groups and experience the joy of wholesome fellowship and friendship. Contact L.I.F.E. Group coordinators, Richard Anger (916-681-3990), or Robert Aguilar (916-681-0107) who will put you in touch with a group that is near you. 

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Fear, Faith & Prophecy

Join us on Sabbath, April 14 as we welcome Dr. Eric Walsh who will preach for the worship service and then sharing two talks in the afternoon (starting @ 2 PM); one detailing his story, the other on how to endure hardships and persecution. 

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Light Sacramento Begins!

Join us on Sabbath, April 21 @ 2 PM as we continue to Light Sacramento! this year. This is an ongoing sharing and evangelism training initiative designed for all to enjoy. Just bring your walking shoes and the love of Jesus in your heart.

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The Son Rises Spring Concert

Join us for our Springspiration concert Sabbath, April 28 @ 5:30 PM as we hear the powerful message in song of the resurrection of Christ. Just as the sun rises with each new day to bring gladness and life, the true Son's rising brings the Lord's mercy and grace into our lives.

This outdoor concert is FREE. Invite a friend. All are welcome to attend. 

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Click on the Calendar to find out what else is happening at Central this month - from Sabbath speakers, to events, plus much, much more!

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Podcasts Available

Every Central Study Hour class and sermon can be viewed and downloaded by going to our website. This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central.

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Ministry Team: Chris Buttery, Lead Pastor; Mike Thompson, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; Michael Butler, Youth/Young Adult; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

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