Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Five: by turtle

The other day I was thinking about how much I love I John. It kind of one of those books that set a lot of things in order for a believer.
Yet it also speaks of accountability of us as a believer. John was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He walked and talked and knew
Jesus first hand. He was responsible for his knowledge he had of God.

1 John 1:1-4 KJV
(1)  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and
our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(2)  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father,
and was manifested unto us;)
(3)  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with
the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
(4)  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

John could only bare witness of what he saw and knew first hand about the Father and the Son. Over the years I have come to
understand some people understand quite well who God the Father is and some understand only who God the Son is. No where does it
say when John first began his spiritual awaking, how old he was. He may of known of God from early years before He meet Jesus. Yet
we know after He meet Jesus he was taught who the Father was as well as knew who the Son was. His testimony is written down in
the gospel of John telling us just that. Yet has he sits and writes he clarifies this fact that he knows who God the Father and the Son is.

The last four lessons we been dealing with spirituality and adultery and idolatry. And with dealing with this subject there are some rules
we can go by on knowing who knows God and who does not. The issue though is not so much does someone else know God but do
you know God. How exactly do you know you know God. In a since we will be going between the knowledge of knowing if one is a
deceiver or a believer.

1 John 1:5-7 KJV
(5)  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(6)  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
(7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.

First thing a believer will know is that God is light. In other words light meaning absolute truth and no deception. Darkness is often
thought of as being deceptive.

John 1:5 KJV
(5)  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

If you ever talk to someone at any length who is bent on being deceived, you know first hand that seldom does the truth ever bring
understanding to them. It is like having a kid in trouble for stealing and hearing the parents say but he is a good boy. He may have the
ability to be good, but he is not good. He stole that bike and was bad. The deception is not seeing the truth of the problem and denying
the problem. Most people can not handle truth or complete truth. The deny ability clause. It is easier for people to say God is not just
then to see God has being just.

Verse six says if we walk in darkness we do not walk in fellowship with God. Idolatry, witchcraft and paganism is just that a deception.
It is believing that an object can change your life. Playing with Ouija board, or a crystal ball. Are deceptive tactics. King Saul consulted
the witch of Endor

1 Samuel 28:6-20 KJV
(6)  And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
(7)  Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his
servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
(8)  And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night:
and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
(9)  And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and
the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
(10)  And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
(11)  Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
(12)  And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived
me? for thou art Saul.
(13)  And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the
(14)  And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul
perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
(15)  And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the
Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams:
therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
(16)  Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
(17)  And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy
neighbour, even to David:
(18)  Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done
this thing unto thee this day.
(19)  Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be
with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
(20)  Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength
in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

This is an odd story to have in the Bible you might say. Why tell of the art of witchcraft in the Bible. Why even show the reality of it.
Several things to understand that the devil is real. Saul had disobeyed God and the Spirit of God had departed from Saul. If you got
time read this whole chapter in I Samuel I am only posting part of it.

1 Samuel 15:22-35 KJV
(22)  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold,
to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(23)  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the
LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
(24)  And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I
feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
(25)  Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
(26)  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected
thee from being king over Israel.
(27)  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
(28)  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of
thine, that is better than thou.
(29)  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
(30)  Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again
with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
(31)  So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
(32)  Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said,
Surely the bitterness of death is past.
(33)  And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed
Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
(34)  Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.
(35)  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented
that he had made Saul king over Israel.

God had rented the kingdom from Saul for his disobedience to God. Then when Saul gets into trouble instead of waiting on the Lord he
seeks a witch for answers, because no prophet could give him a solution. We can not seek man for an answer. Many people are falling
into witchcraft and do not know it. There are people that seek minister more then God. There is a movement that has been going on
across our land, whether the ministers of these groups are innocent they maybe. Saul biggest problem was he sought man over God.
There are people looking to preachers for the answer instead of God. It is fine to ask a minister to pray for you. It fine to seek a
minister for advise and counseling. What is not fine is when you choose the person over God. If you ask a minister to help you in a
particular area, they often can give good advice or knowledge based on things they know, but that does not make them have a solution
for everything.

There is a show called Ghost hunters on Television. There are things I do not like about the show and things I do like. One of things
that the show is about is proving deception techniques. It actually reminds me of the old Scooby dos, which is a cartoon proving the
deceptions to commit a crime. Some people buy into these things and do not realize it. Sometimes the cause is not so easy to figure out,
but with knowledge the deception can be proven. Is there evil spirits? Did the witch of Endor conjure up the spirit of Samuel? My
question to you is do you believe Satan is real. If you do then you got your answer. Did the prophecy of Samuel ghost gave true. David
defeated and conquered in the next two chapters. Take time to read I Samuel 29-31. The prophecy was a deception. In order for a
prophecy to be true it all must be true or none of it.

Something else that must be told is knowledge of event or understanding does not mean prophecy. Which can mean there is a deception
in a fact if it is based on knowledge. Now what else can we learn God says stay away from devils. Lets look at some scripture.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 KJV
(10)  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination,
or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
(11)  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
(12)  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive
them out from before thee.
(13)  Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
(19)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
(20)  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
(21)  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that
they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

These people will not inherit the kingdom of God. That not what I say that what God’s word says. The deception and darkness is not
of God. God is truth. Do Christians lie. Yes Christians lie.

1 John 1:8-10 KJV
(8)  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
(9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(10)  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Christians that believe that they do not sin are deceived, for the very word declares it. The best part of this scripture is that if we
confess our sins Christ cleanses us from all our sin. You can take it to the bank, the fact that God is truth and in Him is no lie.