How to prevent the devil from duping you!

Day 38 (Category: Sound Doctrine)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 1-3, Matt. 24:1-28

Today’s Reflection: Matthew 24: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


It is because of our propensity as Christians to gravitate towards the revealed supernatural power of God that we ought also to keep our guard up against fakes in the ministry. It is our very interest in the charismatic that can so deceive us if we are not spiritually discerned and doctrinally astute. This is the reason our Lord ever so graciously gave us this word of caution in our text. We are warned that, if it were possible, that even the very elect…that is, those of us who are genuinely born again by God’s grace…would be deceived by these false prophets. Therefore, we are not ignorant of satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). We understand that our adversary the devil can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), and thereby promote his kingdom of darkness with an illusion of righteousness. Many are the masses of people today who are deceived by seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1), because they have been packaged in a format that is easily palatable by the average Christian who is unskilled in the Word. It is not the little leaven that we notice when we are so craftily mislead; it is the whole lump that we are sold. We see not that small portion of poison that will grow until it has poisoned the entire portion; rather, we only see that which appears at first to be good, at least, for the most part. Oh, how a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Gal. 5:9)! It is not satan’s ignorance or complete disregard for scripture that deceives the masses, but rather his knowledge of it, knowing just enough of it to quote it out of context so that it sounds safe to the ear while simultaneously misleading the soul. That is why we are admonished to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). It is when we know not only the scriptures, but the Author of the scriptures, that we are able to detect error from truth when at times they seem to so closely resemble one another. Through the person of The Holy Spirit, Christ teaches us the meaning of scriptures so that we the elect of God will not be deceived. Today, I encourage you to never take my word for it, nor anyone else’s for that matter, but rather, search the scriptures for yourself, and allow The Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth!


Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

Judgment Day is Coming!

Day 37 (Category: Judgment)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 39-40, Matt. 23:23-39

Today’s Reflection: Matthew 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

If this generation understood the weight of judgment that is going to fall upon us, we would repent in sackcloth and ashes. Although Christ was speaking directly to His generation during His earthly ministry, the warning applies to all generations. One day, judgment is coming, and when it does, “all these things” will come upon us. What things, you may ask? In our text, Christ was telling them that all of the righteous blood shed from the beginning until then would fall on that generation, as they would be the ones to crucify The Lord Jesus. As for today’s generation, all who reject Christ as Savior will face the same fate; judgment and damnation in an eternal, Christless place called the lake of fire. Dear reader, you do not want the full weight of the wrath of Almighty God to come justly upon you. If so, there will be no hope for you to escape for all eternity. However, there is hope! Place your trust in The Lord Jesus Christ today! Confess to Him your sins, and in a repented heart give your life to Him, and He will cleanse you with His own righteous blood! You see, Christ took God’s wrath on the Cross for you, as your substitute. However, salvation is a gift which must be accepted. You cannot simply expect to be in Heaven one day, without having placed your faith in Christ. Turn to Him today, and you will then find forgiveness of sins, and eternal life forevermore! Oh, the joy of knowing that for my penalty He paid the price, so that I could go free. Without Christ, I’d face God alone, in my own unrighteousness and sin. Without Christ, I’d have to pay for my sins for ever and ever. BUT, WITH Christ, I’ll face God in Christ. When God sees me on Judgment day, He will not see my sins; rather, He will see the blood of His Son on my heart, and thereby grant me His righteousness, and make me accepted in the beloved. Come to Christ today! Do not hesitate another moment, because tomorrow; no, 1 minute from now, may be too late. You do not want to go into eternity without Christ, dear friend. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Give Him your life today, and be spared from the wrath to come!

Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

God certainly guides the affairs of men, and it is a wonder to behold! Read more...

Day 36 (Category: God’s Will)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 36-38, Matt. 23:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 36:2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.

What is The Lord depositing into your heart to do? I find this text most intriguing, as it gives us a close up look of what happens when God inspires not one, but an entire group of people to do something. We ought to rejoice that we have on record in the scriptures sure evidence that God indeed guides the affairs of men, and not only so, but He can unite many under one cause, even when they are not naturally inclined to do so. This ought to be an inspiration to those of us in ministry, who are called to lead others in the cause of Christ, wherever our field of service may be. Indeed, it is refreshing to know that when God gets in your ministry, He can pull some strings that you would never be able to pull yourself! It should be the prayer of every pastor on the planet, that God would put wisdom in the hearts of their respective congregants, coupled with a stirring up to come unto the work to do it. After all, we do understand that unless The Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Why then do we rely so much on our own leadership skills that we fail to pray like we should? We can do more on our knees before the God of Heaven, than we could ever do on our feet before a group of people, no matter how big or small. Let us pray, even as Christ instructed us to, that The Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest. Let us pray for their wisdom, that it would be profound, and their zeal, that it would be never-ending. Let us pray that God would raise up an exceeding great and mighty army, and that this sleeping giant called the Church would rise up and be all that God has called us and equipped us to be. It is only when God leads the charge that it will ever be accomplished. That sounds a whole lot like revival to me; when God’s people are so filled with His spirit, that they follow His leading to accomplish His will for their lives. If we were to see God inspire His people to accomplish the great commission, both with wisdom and with action, as He inspired the Israelites to build the tabernacle, not a corner of the globe would be without a Gospel witness for very long. May God truly pour out His spirit upon ALL flesh, so that the work will be done!

Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

Is God's glory shown through His choice men too bright for you to appreciate? Read more...

Day 35 (Category: God’s Glory)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 34-35, Matt. 22:23-46

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

I remember as a child, after having been in many powerful church services where God’s glory was manifested through the preaching of His servant, that a certain type of fear would come over me. It wasn't a fear of terror, but of reverence that I had for God’s presence. I also noticed that when I would get around the servant of God who was used so mightily of Him in the service, that a similar fear of the preacher’s presence would be there. At an early age, God put within me such a reverence for God’s presence, and for the men He chooses to use, that it is still with me today. Perhaps this experience is a modern day example of what had happened in our selected text. Moses, the servant of God, had been in His presence for so long, that his face literally shone with the glory of God. Therefore, as a result, the people were afraid to come near him. Often is the case that when a man of God preaches up under the unction of the Holy Ghost, that the congregation becomes a recipient of the glory of God, as it shines through His chosen man. This also instills into the hearts of God’s people a genuine reverence for God’s presence and God’s servants. It should be this kind of preaching that we seek, encourage, and welcome in our churches today; the kind of preaching where you can tell when the preacher has been with God. Sadly, it is too evident today that there is less and less of that kind of preaching. May it be our prayer that God would send us shepherds after His own heart, and that we would heed the Word as God speaks it through His men! We ought also to pray for God’s men who are truly anointed, that He might give them the grace to fulfill their ministry without becoming discouraged in the way. Let us pray for that preacher who lives up under such an anointing, that as Moses, he feels he must wear a vail in order to have a social life; that is, he feels like he can’t really be fully himself around others, because they get all funny on him when he allows himself to communicate freely in all places and at all times what God puts in his spirit. These kinds of men are few and far between, and if you know one yourself, pray for him that he will always glow for God!


Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

What does God's glory look like? Read more...

Day 34 (Category: God’s Glory)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 31-33, Matt. 22:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 33:18-19 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
The very first thing God did in response to Moses’ request to see His glory, was to speak of His goodness, His name, His grace, and His mercy. Why is it that many today, when they think of God, do not think of these aspects of His person? It seems that many have a false view of who God is. Many view God as some distant, cold, harsh, irrational, and inconsiderate judge of the universe, who takes pleasure in stripping them of all their fun, and who is ready and willing to punish them as soon as they step out of line. But our text shows us that God is saying in essence, “If you want to see my glory, then look at my goodness, my name, my grace, and my mercy.” So, when we see God in all of His glory, we see Him for who He really is, and not for what society has imagined Him to be, what religion has taught Him to be, or what Satan has painted Him to be. We see Him BEST represented in His goodness, His name, His grace, and His mercy! When we preach Christ, do we preach Him in this light, or in an entirely different, bleak light, which is really no light at all? Is it really any wonder that the world does not respond to this twisted Gospel which gives people only one aspect of God, which is His wrath and judgment? Does God have wrath? Indeed! And, will God judge sinners of their ungodly deeds? Indeed! But, is this the only light in which He should be presented to a crooked and perverse generation? Absolutely not! We ought to warn others of the wrath that is to come, but we ought also to take them straight to the foot of the cross, where God’s goodness, His name, His grace, and His mercy flow freely to all who will accept His gift of eternally life through His darling Son, Jesus Christ, and the blood that was shed for them! To be more specific, the Cross is the centerpiece of God’s full glory at display, shining brighter than even the stars of Heaven, exalting, no, screaming His glory for all to behold. Have you seen God’s glory? If not, look no further than the cross, where His glory can cleanse the vilest of sinners! Oh, what glory!

Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

God's next move is up to you! Read more...

Day 33 (Category: Kingdom Principles)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 29-30, Matt. 21:23-46

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 21:43 Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Get this principle if you get nothing else; God’s kingdom goes where the fruit grows! Make no mistake about it; God is ever searching for a people and a place whereby He can place His name, and whereby His kingdom is welcomed to prosper. It is when we resist His kingdom, that is, His will to be done in Earth as it is in Heaven, that He relocates to a more willing people. His Spirit indeed will not always strive with man. That is why, when God visits us but even for a moment, we are to cherish that moment and value it so that God would visit with us again and again, and yes, even abide with us! Did He not instruct us that if we drew nigh unto Him, He would draw nigh unto us? Why then are we surprised when at our own will we move away from Him, He does not intrude upon us against our will? To the contrary, when we resist Him, He is not bound by any oath He has made to continue striving with us. However, when we move closer to Him, and receive His Word, He is bound by His own oath that He will indeed incline His ear unto us, and hear our cry! So then, God’s next move is up to us. You heard me right, but just in case, I’ll say it again, God’s next move is up to us! If we will receive His Word as a fertile ground would receive seed from the sower and yield fruit thereby, then His kingdom shall come to us; BUT, if we will reject His Word as a stony ground which cannot bear fruit that remains, then His kingdom will move on to a more fertile ground. Question: based upon fruitfulness or lack thereof, which direction does it appear that God will move in your life…closer, or further away? What about your church? Is God’s face pressed against the veil, waiting for it to be rent in twain from top to bottom by His Son’s Grace, so that He might unleash Heaven’s best upon a people hungry, thirsty, and ready to receive it, or is His heart saddened that He must turn away from some, because of their own resistance? Dear friend, it breaks the heart of God when He wants to pour out His Spirit upon us, and we refuse. Let it not be so in your life! Honor God, honor His Word, and seek to receive and obey Him, and wherever your fruit may grow, His kingdom will go!

Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

My soul is troubled to the core as I read this text...

Day 32 (Category: Revival)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 27-28, Matt. 21:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

My soul is troubled to the core as I read this text. I am troubled because of the striking parallel between the fig tree and the current state of today’s church. Just as the fig tree, Christ looks at many of us and sees not fruit, but leaves only. We have all the appearance of a fig tree, but we have not the figs for proof. We are of a leafy religious generation. We are the generation of which the Bible prophesies that there would be a great falling away, and that we would turn our ears away from the truth, to be turned unto fables. We have indeed a form of godliness, but we deny its power. We are outwardly adorned with riches and goods, and think to ourselves that we have need of nothing, but inwardly we are found wanting. We bear no fruit. Many come to us for spiritual nourishment and refreshment, only to leave disappointed after finding a tree as empty as their own soul. We have traded in God’s Word for the opinions of men. We have traded in the power of God for the performance of men. We have traded in the presence of God for sensationalism. We have traded in the praises of God for the praises of men. We have a label for everything we don’t like about God’s Word and its instructions, so that we can justify in our own minds and hearts all of the reasons why His Word should not hold us accountable in our own particular situations. So, here we are, a generation more religious than ever, and yet more lost than ever. We are indeed the fig tree without the fruit. How many more times will Christ walk by us before justifiably pronouncing His judgments upon us for not bearing fruit? No doubt He has given us ample time to repent. No doubt He has pled with us countless times, and year after year, given us every opportunity to bear fruit. No doubt He has pruned us and watered us and given us His sunlight so that we might have every chance to bring forth, but who could blame Him for cursing us, after that He has first enriched us with the blessings of opportunity. Will we squander ourselves into a curse, or will we this time repent and bear forth fruit? Let us seek the latter!


Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰

To lead by example is not the best way to lead; it’s the only way to lead. Read more...

Day 31 (Category: Leadership)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 25-26, Matt. 20:17-34

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

In God’s kingdom, the way up is down! This is perhaps one of the most important principles a Christian can learn in his walk with Christ. Many today want a title without any toil. What God is teaching us is this; in order to become great, one must work for it! In other words, you will be recognized as great only when you behave as such. We must then learn that there is nothing greater than to serve our fellow man. If we think that being at the top means we won’t have to do the “menial” tasks, we are dead wrong! To the contrary, the only way to get to the top is to serve! A true leader will always have a servant’s heart because that’s what put him in a position of leadership to start with. The moment we think we’re too important to do the small stuff is the moment we forfeit our right to lead. This does not mean that a leader won’t delegate responsibilities in order to focus on what he or she may be more effective at doing, but at the same time, a true leader is always willing to do what it takes, even when there is no one else to delegate responsibilities to. To lead by example is not the best way to lead; it’s the only way to lead. Anything else is just a title without credentials. One who has a title without any credentials may say, “Let me tell you how to do it!” while one who has the credentials will say, “Let me SHOW you how to do it!” I’ve seen many people who have titles that couldn’t lead, and I’ve seen many leaders who didn’t have, need, or even want a title. They simply served, and grew in wisdom and favor with God and man as a result! Servanthood leadership has the least appeal to the natural man, but the most reward to offer! We must be willing to “do the dirty work” if we are to “dine with kings”! We cannot bypass the rough and rocky road to successful leadership and positions of influence. If we are to lead and influence, it should be because we have been diligent, not in talking about, but in doing, God’s work. In essence, God is saying to us, “If you really want to be a leader, then you must first pay your dues!” What about you? Do you hesitate to pay the price for greatness? Had you rather get there some other way? If so, you may get the title, but you’ll never have the character to keep you there very long. Let’s go serve!

Blessed? Email Us! testify@floodgatesofheaven.org

Print and Share!

copyright © by Gary D. Caudill


✰✰✰ PURCHASE OUR KINDLE BOOK HERE TO SUPPORT ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD! ✰✰✰