Michael And The Devil (Part 1)

Michael And The Devil warns of the days in which we live

Author Michael Furlonger shares the importance of knowing who the real enemy is. After observing friends on social media argue over political ideology, Michael points out that the Devil comes to destroy the church, the marriage and the family. Evidence found in the warning in Revelation 2 & 3 as well as elsewhere.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

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The Gospel Through The Law

Michael Furlonger Shares The Gospel Through The Old Testament Law

The biggest questions that I come across is, “What do I do after I accept faith in Jesus Christ?” It’s a good question. After all, if we are “saved by grace through faith,” what do I do with everyday problems?

Is my porn addiction under the guise of grace? No, it’s not. Is my swearing covered under the guise of grace? No, it’s not. Is my disrespect for my parents, my spouse and my boss covered by the guise of grace? No. It. Is. Not.

You never recognize how bad something is until you are free of it. I never knew how crippling pornography was until I tasted the freedom that godly living provided. How isolating this sin was to me.

I never knew how disrespect hindered me from making genuine connections until I was free of it.

 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8)
First we taste, and then we see.

Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? (Romans 7:24)

Did I just strike a nerve? You may be freed from an addiction of pornography or disrespect or swearing, but find yourself still drawn to sexual thoughts, anger, bad language. After Apostle Paul asks, “Who will save me from this body that is subject to death,” that is ‘subject to sin’, he says,

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:25)

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Those With Panic or Anxiety Attacks

HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE WITH PANIC or Anxiety ATTACKS EXPERIENCES

These are some of the universal thoughts, ideas, and behaviors that many share.

I experience symptoms in my body that are so extreme that I conclude I must be having a major physical malfunction.

I experience fear that I find I am not able to control.

For no apparent reason, I will suddenly feel my heart racing, find it hard to breathe, feel my chest tightening, feel tingling through my body, feel lightheaded, dizzy, and like I’m going to pass out. I often experience heart palpitations.

I find it impossible to have fun like I once was able to.

There are certain places that I consistently find uncomfortable.

I find that, because of fear:

  • I may change my activities,
  • may not want to leave my house,
  • I may pull back from what I once enjoyed.

BECAUSE:

You find yourself always nervous and tense because you live in fear of experiencing another panic or anxiety attack.

Many times, you feel so bad that you are tempted to be taken to the emergency room because you are convinced something is terribly wrong.

BEHAVIORAL REACTIONS THAT YOU MAY COME UP AGAINST

You have established places and situations you avoid because your association with those places and situations brings about fear and discomfort.

Your number of safe places continues to dwindle.

Your mind is tired. You often wake up fatigued, and as the day goes on, you often feel the need for a nap.

When you experience an unusual symptom in your body, you tend to fixate on that symptom.

Trips are no longer fun like they used to be. They now require so much preparation and planning that the work and the stress seem to outweigh the anticipated enjoyment.

You find yourself extremely uncomfortable when you are in a facility with many people, especially if it is crowded.

When you are in a strange or crowded place, you always seek out and stay close to the exit.

Even on a short trip like an errand, you often find yourself taking along bottles of water and other supplies you anticipate you “may” need.

Sometimes when in a crowded restaurant, you find it hard to eat.

You prefer situations where you can keep your options open. You do not necessarily prefer to drive, but on the same hand, you don’t feel comfortable being trapped in another person’s vehicle without a way of escape.

If you are in a large grocery store, or any kind of store, you begin to get more and more uncomfortable the further away you get from the exit.

You find fewer and fewer situations that you look forward to.

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A Warning Prophetic Dream From The Lord (Video)

Author Gina Valdez shares a warning prophetic dream. The Lord has given her concerning the end times and the Mark of the Beast.

In this video, I mentioned three different groups of people. We will all fall into one of these categories. The people dressed in black are the people who have taken the mark of the beast. The people dressed in white are the ones that were deceived and were not ready and prepared. The other group of Christians were the ones that will be protected and safe by the Lord.

Read and study Matthew 24:1-31 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

In Matthew 24:29-30, it mentions immediately after the tribulation you see the Son of Man coming on the clouds.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, it mentions Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so t

As we can see from these scriptures, the beast (also known as the Antichrist) is claiming to be God and needs to be revealed. Therefore, we will still be there for that to happen and the Lord will consume him with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

In Revelation 13:15-18, He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let Him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of man: His number is 666.

No matter what happens please do not take the mark of the beast.

Please read Revelation 19:20-21.

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The Bible The Devil Reads

The Bible The Devil Reads

Did you know that the Devil “reads” the Bible? OK. Maybe he doesn’t “read” the Bible, but he does know it. And he knows it better than you or I. And he’s not afraid of using it to make you sin and do things that are against the Will of God.

Allow me to share of when the devil tempted Jesus.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,     
and they will lift you up in their hands,     
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matt. 4:1-7)

Do you see where even the devil said, “For it is written”? He goes on to quote Psalm 91:11-12.

It’s interesting how Jesus responds, isn’t it? Jesus responds with the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 6:16).

Straight Out Of Context

Have you ever lived in sin? Commit the same sin over and over again. Remember, as Apostle Paul says, “by grace you have been saved, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

Or when a church member confront you of a sin? You have Matthew 7:1 ready in your back pocket. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

For some reason, we actually have King James waiting, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” So people use this as an excuse to ignore people who call out their sins.

Context

Reading Ephesians 2 in context, Apostle Paul is calling on us to live a life away from sin: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world… (Eohesians 2:1-2a). And our faith should be followed with good works: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works… (Ephesians 2:10a).

If we are to read Ephesians 2:1-10 in context, it would say, “We are saved by God’s grace, not good works. Because of God’s grace, we are called to put away our sins and live the life God calls us to live. The outpouring of knowing God is, indeed, good works.”

Same thing with Matthew 7:1. Fortunately, Jesus straightforwardly explains in verse 3-5.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

This is simple to read in context. “Don’t judge. First, deal with the issue in your life and then help your brothers and sisters deal with the identical issues that they are dealing with.”

The Devil Is In The Details

What other verses are twisted? Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”? What about Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him (Jesus Christ) who gives me strength.

It is dangerous to read these verse out of context.

Jeremiah 29 is a letter to Jewish captives who will spend 70 years in captivity before the Lord will liberate them. Yet, we use it to draw people into the church. But when a woman miscarries, or you lose the job, or your loved one dies, what then?

One verse prior to the coffee mug imprinted verse of Philippians 4:13 is 4:12. It reads, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

If you don’t get the job, if you don’t pass the test, if you don’t get the girl, should we exclude the verse altogether? No! God is still sovereign. Be content in much and in little, “For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Your strength is not in your circumstance, it’s in Christ.

The Baby And The Bath Water

Back in the day, before modern luxuries of running water, a family would all bathe in the same water. Not all at once, mind you. First the father would bathe, when he got out, then the mother, then the oldest to the youngest child. So when it was time to throw out the water, it was so filthy that you could hardly see through it. And the sayin came, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.”

Now, I just jumped through a few verses that are often read out of context. Should we “Throw out the baby (the verses) with the bathwater (the things that don’t apply to us)”? Of course not. The Bible is a historical account of the God of Israel moving and doing things. And as Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word of God is alive and active…”

I mention in my book, “God: The Master of Sin and Satan The Beautiful”, Satan doesn’t mind if you believe in God. He doesn’t mind if you read the Bible just as long as you don’t repent of sin and live for God.

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Michael Furlonger Vs. Francis Chan (Emotional Spirituality)

In the video below, Michael shares his concern for people who are left with doubts due to emotional spirituality.

Michael Furlonger shares his thoughts after watching a video by Francis Chan on the topic of genuinely loving Jesus Christ. His great concern is this new emotional spirituality or sentimentalism that has flooded many churches. So Michael took time to discuss what Francis Chan lacked in his teaching.

Make it clear that Michael also didn’t go on a personal attack of Francis Chan. Michael’s main concern was for those who are left with fear and doubt of their faith.

Verses:

  • John 1:1-5, 14
  • Romans 1:20
  • 2 Peter 1:3-11
Selections from the Conversations and Unpublished Writings of Rev. Edward Payson, D.D., Late of Portland

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Work Out With Mike (Upper Body Exercises)

Work Out With Mike

Work Out With Mike shares the importance of working out, especially in the time of isolation.

The Equipment

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Michael Furlonger

In his testimony, Michael shares how a car accident as a child caused damage to his hip and left side. While he doesn’t claim to be a physio expert, he shares the importance of modifying his workout. In the video above, he shares 3 simple upper body exercises that he does daily. He also focuses on balancing out the muscle build on his right and left side.

  • Dumbbells- Dumbbells can be used for all sorts of workouts, but Michael’s main focus is using them to workout the biceps. In the video, he illustrates arm curls and concentration curls.
    What is helpful with using dumbbells, as opposed to barbells , is that independence. The left arm and right arm can workout independently and maintain the same amount of resistance (10lbs on the right and left).
  • Thera-bands- What Michael shares about the rubber band are exercises for both the pectoral and triceps. Be cautious to add the resistance on your shoulders and not your neck when doing the shown exercise.
    In the same way as the dumbbells are independent, so are the bands. Michael is careful to make sure that he is centering the bands and is extending to the same on each side.

In a future Work Out With Mike video, Michael will be sharing exercises he does to workout the legs,

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Working Out With Mike And Farr

Working Out With Mike And Farr

1. Introduction (0:002:12)
2. How are you handling the isolation? (2:133:45)
3. How much time do you spend daily exercising? (3:4611:39)
-High Intensity/ Low Intensity – A 10 minutes workout is better than a 60 minute workout you don’t do
4. I’ve heard you mention that muscle building is better for weight-loss. Do you exclude all running/ cycling from your routine? (11:4015:07)
5. My wife and I do the KETO diet. What are your thoughts on diets? (15:0822:42)
5. What are your thoughts on free-weights vs. bands? (22:4330:10)
6. My Final Words (30:1131:09)
7. Farr’s Final Words (31:10)

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Farr Ramsahoye

Michael Furlonger interviews his brother in the faith, Farr Ramsahoye. Farr Ramsahoye, the owner of Visionary Fitness, took time to discuss working out and diet tips.

Check out the pros and cons of the Ketogenic diet.

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