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Poison (Live at the Olympia Paris) - YouTube

“Poison” Lyrics:

Your cruel device
Your blood like ice
One look could kill
My pain, your thrill
I want to love you, but I better not touch (Don’t touch)
I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stop
I want to kiss you but I want it too much (Too much)
I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin’ thru my veins
You’re poison, I don’t want to break these chains
Your mouth, so hot
Your web, I’m caught
Your skin, so wet
Black lace on sweat

I hear you calling and it’s needles and pins (And pins)
I want to hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don’t want to touch you but you’re under my skin (Deep in)
I want to kiss you but your lips are venomous poison

You’re poison runnin’ thru my veins
You’re poison, I don’t want to break these chains
Poison
One look could kill
My pain, your thrill

I want to love you, but I better not touch (Don’t touch)
I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stop
I want to kiss you but I want it too much (Too much)
I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison
You’re poison runnin’thru my veins
You’re poison, I don’t want to break these chains
Poison

I want to love you, but I better not touch (Don’t touch)
I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stop
I want to kiss you but I want it too much (Too much)
I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison, yeah
I don’t want to break these chains Poison, oh no
Runnin’ deep inside my veins, Burnin’ deep inside my veins
It’s poison I don’t want to break these chains

‘Trash‘ was released in 1989. Alice returns to the prominence linked to the albums of yesteryear with ‘Trash’ reaching #20 in U.S. and #2 in the UK. Moving in a slightly new direction, production-wise, Alice teams up with Desmond Child to write songs and produce an album which steers his career back towards the days of the Alice Cooper Group and his first solo album, “Welcome To My Nightmare“. The album is birthed to life with the first track, “Poison”, which quickly becomes the biggest hit since “School’s Out” reaching #7 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK.

“Poison” is the seductive tale of someone caught in the ‘web’ of temptation. Admittingly knowing, that this affair with lust is a ‘venomous’ ordeal. It’s obvious there’s a sexual nature to the song, but let’s also look at it from the perspective of other addictions as well. Couldn’t the “senses be trying to stop” any number of substances or afflictions? Alcohol. Gambling. Drugs. Couldn’t the ‘kiss’ be from the rim of a bottle? The ‘hot mouth’ from the heat of a pipe? The truth is. The temptations of sin are all quite the same. They are ‘poison running through the veins’ of humanity.

The Bible has so much to say about this topic. Temptations and addictions are both battles that start in the landscape of the mind. Good thoughts and bad thoughts that manifest and lead us to action or inaction. Thoughts that either bless or torment us. In fact, over 75% of the battle is fought in the mind. The key to winning that battle is learning how to process our thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”. In this post, we will focus on winning that battle and how that can be done. But first, we will take a closer look at temptation and addiction.

Temptation.
First and foremost, as we’ve discussed before, no one is immune to temptation. Even Christ, being led by the Spirit into the wilderness, was tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13). Therefore, no one should feel singled out or alone in their temptations. However, knowing and obeying the Word of God is the best weapon to use against the enemy. It is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) in our armor – the only offensive weapon we own, as Believers. In accordance with that weapon, The Word of God, we find that He, our Lord, will give us a way out. This is promised to us in 1 Cor. 10:13 which reads, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

We must also know that God isn’t the source of our temptations (James 1: 13-18). Our own evil desires pull us away from His nature. His truth. His mercy. His strength. These verses show us that shifting blame from ourselves to something else is a dangerous thing. Have you ever blamed someone else for your actions? Maybe you feel like you just couldn’t help it. Everybody else is doing it, why shouldn’t you? Maybe you didn’t know or think it was wrong. Or maybe the Devil made you do it. Whatever the excuse is, it’s dangerous. The proper action and response to temptation and sin is to own them. Accept responsibility for them. Confess them. Ask for forgiveness and repent. When we own those sins and present them to the Father, we begin to focus on other alternatives – His alternatives. The other road, the one most travelled, leads to the conception of sin. What then happens is the compounding of sin. Manifesting into a full-grown ‘web’ of lies and deception. This ultimate trap, addiction, gives birth to death.

Addiction.
Addiction on its own isn’t a bad thing. The very word is defined as “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.” For instance, someone claiming to be addicted to life, eating healthy, the Word, Jesus, etc. are actually positive things. In fact, an addiction to the Word or yearning to know more of who our Creator is leads us further away from our earthly desires. Closer to Him. Closer to His nature. However, we are looking at this from the scope of temptation leading to sin, then that sin, leading to the addiction of that action or entity. Addiction to the action or sin narrows our focus and pulls our lives away from reality and the conscious ability to choose right from wrong. For many, addiction seems like the end. Even family and friends may issue a death sentence for the addict. But truth is, renewal is attainable. It is an option. That being said, how does one recover from addiction?

Our restoration comes from Him – His Grace. 1 Peter 5:10 reads, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” But the key word in this verse, and life in general, is the word ‘call’. We must answer that call. It may take the help of family, friends, or a rehabilitation clinic. But addiction is cured when one chooses to accept His grace. It’s not the vessel by which the healing occurs, but the medicine. His medicine. Alice, once being an addict, has recounted his battle through rehabilitation many times. However, he’s adamant about the fact that he wasn’t rehabilitated. He was cured. Healed of his afflictions by his Savior. Not through the help of a sponsor, but by the ‘stripes’ of his Savior. Isaiah 53:5 states, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are HEALED.” The death and resurrection of Christ is the medicine. The inoculation we need to heal our tortured and damaged souls begins with the acceptance of what happened on the cross.

Moving Forward.
No matter where we are – tormented by temptation, dabbling in sin, or imprisoned by addiction, His righteousness is our way out. Righteousness does not stem from striving for something that’s unattainable, but instead it is attained by relying on His lead through His Life (2 Corinthians 5:21). We must learn to displace those evil thoughts and temptations with His Word. Psalms 119:130 reads, “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” His Word is light. Where there is even a spark or hint of light, even the darkness must flee. Therefore, we must use His Word to abolish the dark thoughts in our minds. So, how does one do this?

Reciting scripture orally and mentally are good places to start. Allowing it to radiate throughout your mind, forcing out the thoughts, temptations, and lies used by the enemy. Serving him an eviction notice from your conscience. For instance, visualize a glass of tea or coffee as being your mind. The darkness of the solution represents the hurtful or harmful thoughts occupying your cognizance. If you were to take a pitcher of water (His Word) and begin pouring that water into the glass, the liquid would slowly become more and more translucent. As you continue pouring the water in, it would at some point consume the glass – removing the tea/coffee. Exit Darkness, enter light, His Light.

One last point, then we will wrap this up. Religion has done a wonderful job beating up those trapped in sin and addiction. However, Christ and His Word don’t do that or condone that. They offer healing. An alternative. His alternative. Comfort is found within. Don’t look into the mirror and believe the reflections of the world or the lies of the enemy. Instead, look into the Word and learn who He wants us to be. Who He has created you to be. There’s no one unworthy of His Love. He yearns for you to seek and embrace Him.

In conclusion, no one walks a life free from temptation, but we’ve been given an opportunity. A way out. A better path to follow. So many look at Christianity as a prison or some sort of toxic indoctrination forcing its will upon its followers. However, what you really find is, a group of broken people choosing to allow the Lord to heal them. Their minds are not always instantly transformed. They may be healed of addiction or certain sinful natures. However, replacing wrongful thoughts with His nature is a process. It takes practice. When and if you stumble along the way, allow His Word and grace to cover you. The more time you spend replacing your thoughts with the Word, the further you will be from the ‘venomous poison’ of this world – which imprisons and kills those in it. Use the weapon (His Word) and the armor he’s given (Eph. 6:10-18) to replace the darkness of your mind with His Light.

NOTE: Are you on the edge of addiction? Stuck in it? Reach out to Him and His Word. A good place to start is the books of Psalms and Proverbs. Focus not on the struggles of the authors – but instead on where they find refuge. Focus on who they are in Him, not without Him. Also, reach out to a trusted source as well – a pastor, a mentor, a professional in the field. Someone that is qualified and honest. Know that a life with Christ is not one to walk alone. He wants us, as Believers, to walk and lean on each other when and as needed.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Dead Flies - YouTube

“Dead Flies” Lyrics:

Please, watch your step, dear
The world is out to beat you
Don’t you know there’s cannibals
Designed to kill and eat you

You sister’s high on angel dust
And so’s your porno brother
And your phone know’s more about you
Than your daddy or your mother

They’ll drive you to the edge
And they’ll leave you to die
Infected by the venom of their vicious, viral lies
It’s all lies
We’re dead flies

Priests and Parriahs
Disguised as holy guru
Practicing their montra
Of some cybernetic voodoo

And their’s always a messiah
Preaching mass disaster
Claiming that their Jesus or Illuminati matters

They’ll drive you to the edge
And they’ll leave you to die
Infected by the venom of their vicious, viral lies
It’s all lies
We’re dead flies

It’s all lies
We’re dead flies

They’re gonna need your money
To relieve you of your stessing
They’ll take your wealth and fame
In exchange for the blessing

And they’ll kill you with their gospel
Full of psycho-babble vomit
When they make you drink the Kool-Aid
And you ride off on that comet

It’s all lies
We’re dead flies

Released in July of 2017, Paranormal is the 27th studio album by Alice Cooper. The album features three songs performed by the ‘classic’ line-up (Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce). The album also features Alice hooking up with various other musicians such as Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) among a few others. Many of the songs have a classic Alice vibe, almost revisiting sounds and themes from the original Alice Cooper band albums.

“Dead Flies” is one of those tracks. The song is only two minutes and twenty-two seconds long but packs a HUGE punch. Alice refers to the song as an addendum to “Generation Landslide” from the Billion Dollar Babies (1973) album. It addresses the gap between generations and the issues faced today. Many of the same issues, such as sex and drugs, yet with a technological slant combined with false prophets, cults, and the typical lies that continue to mislead humanity.

Have you ever watched a fly die? Spiraling, blindly out of control. Sputtering slower and slower almost zombified. Then lifeless, cold. How lifeless have we become as a society? Not physically – everyone seems to be going nonstop. But mentally, we are very much dead or dying. Believing almost everything that our phones and the internet tell us – trusting those things more than our families, our friends, our conscience, and/or our faith. Seems a news report, a tweet, an article, a like/dislike, etc. is enough to send society into a frenzy or a love affair with everything from furry animals to political rants to the latest ‘gotta have it’ products to…well, you get the point. There was a time when folks talked to one another. Listened. Learned. Interacted. Instead, we’ve been led to a place where our internet history and the apps on our phones define who and what we are. This song does a great job bringing one to question where we are, how we got here, and what we can do about it.

Let’s look at this song from a few different perspectives. Those being: 1) Connection, 2) Acceptance, and 3) Truth.

Connection.
It’s been said that every human heart is burdened with an unexplainable void. An unquenchable thirst. A longing for more. An interaction or relationship with someone or something that goes deeper. A plug for that God-shaped hole. Filling that void, which defines our very being, is a daunting task. It often finds many using drugs, alcohol, sex, or other means of connection to try and fulfill than need. But the void can’t be filled by such things. This connection is much greater. It’s what links creation to its creator. A painting to a painter. A poem to a poet. A sonnet to a composer… and so on. The Bible holds more than 49 verses about the divine connection between us and our Creator.

One of those verses, Colossians 2:19, kills two birds with one stone. It points out humanity’s desire and need to be connected to the Father while also warning believers to be mindful of ‘unspiritual minds’ that focus on the things of this world. Many of these false teachers create self-made religions, some even using the name of Christ, that deny the true nature of God – instead focusing on earthly ways to try and fill the ‘void’ (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Be mindful, question all teachings, and don’t assume all teachings are legit. Although we have been given Freedom through Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17), we must still be mindful of the things we learn and the company we keep. Look for Biblically-based ones and adhere to those.

Acceptance.
We are motivated by the acceptance of others. However, such incentive is futile. It’s true some temporary fulfillment may be found in such acts yet being wholly satisfied by them is pure foolishness. Don’t fall for that trap. The acceptance we crave has already been fulfilled. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has given us the invitation to live in full acceptance with and through Him. We need only ask and receive it.

The reality, though, leads us to a lifelong struggle with the tendency to continually seek the approval and acceptance of others. Learning to live in the reception of Christ may very well take a lifetime, but it is where true contentment is found. It begins with Grace. Ephesians 1:6 reads, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” His mercy and grace have shown us favor. But His acceptance calls and leads us also to the full acceptance of others. As difficult as this may be, we are called to refrain from judgment (Romans 14:10-13), respect (Romans 14:14-19), love (1 Peter 3:8), and forgive (Colossians 3:12-14) others. In this manner, the acceptance of Christ not only comes from Him but also from Him dwelling within each of us. Therefore, we must work at humbly accepting the presence of others and treat them as Christ would.

Truth.
Much like acceptance and connection. The human condition yearns for truth, yet the growing importance placed on connection and acceptance seems to have lowered its relevance in today’s world. Even still, have you ever heard a story or something that is just too hard to believe? There’s a certain mechanism within us that seeks certainty. We may be entertained by fiction, but the facts are what we desire. We don’t appreciate being fooled or misled. The truth of God is found in His word. And while the evidence of His existence is scientific for some, it’s not as easy for others. This is where faith is required.

Truth is a tricky thing – especially in this world. It’s tough to know exactly what stories are based on facts instead of skewed opinions. Even photos and videos can be doctored to fool and deceive readers and viewers. However, God’s word has surpassed the test of time. His word leads to the salvation of men and women (Ephesians 1:13-14). By applying faith and knowing Him, numerous lives have been transformed and spared in accordance with His word. Our true purpose for living is found within and we must continually work towards handling and knowing the actuality of this world (1 Timothy 2:15). Consequently, Labor towards letting go of the fleeting passions of this world – instead embracing upright and godly lives. Filled with the Truth of His word.

In conclusion, we’ve become so enamored with the connection and acceptance of others that we are willing to overlook the truth. Following, connecting, and liking anything or anyone willing to receive our company or attention. The lies have truly converted the mass populous into ‘Dead Flies’. Mindless drones led by the light of Androids & Apples, pills & thrills, and/or empty promises & false prosperity. The eternal Truth of Salvation, the exact source for connection and acceptance, has not changed. It is still as freely attainable and available as it has ever been. If you have not reached out for Him, there’s no day better than the present. If you have already but have become consumed by the things of this world, recommit your life. Place Him back at the forefront. And for those walking in His presence, help those around to see His Light in you – helping them to instead focus on His word. His acceptance. A connection with Him. And His Truth.

“Holy Spirit, we ask that you intervene when we feel unaccepted and disconnected. We ask that you would separate us from the lies of the enemy. Replacing those lies with your Truth. Your Will. Your ways. Shine Light on our lives and our paths. And may that Light permeate outwards on to every person that encounters our presence. May they meet you through our actions and our walk. May they come to know you as we do. Our Light. Our Hope. Our Way. Your Way. The Truth. AMEN.”

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Prince Of Darkness - YouTube

“Prince of Darkness” Lyrics:

An angel fell one stormy night
From heaven’s glory
He split the earth to reign in hell
Woah o-oh
He fears the light
He fears the truth
He fears what’s going to be
He spits on life
He spits on God
He spits up death for you and me

Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Heart of evil
Soul of blackness
Prince of Darkness

He saw the man was just a boy
With a baby’s mind
He swore damnation of God’s creation
Waoh o-oh
He lives for hate
He lives for tears
He lives up to his name
He knew the light
He knew the one
Who was crucified in painPrince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Heart of evil
Soul of blackness

He fears the light
He fears the truth
He fears what’s going to be
He spits on life
He spits on God
He spits up death for you and me

Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Prince of Darkness

He smells the breath of sweet human sin
And deeply breathes it in
Prince of Darkness

‘Raise Your Fist and Yell‘ was released in 1987. The second album after Alice’s commitment to sobriety and a return to his faith finds him healthy, revitalized, and confident. However, his music, heavy metal, and hard rock were facing a new battle. This album was released during a time when the PMRC (Parents’s Music Resource Center) was doing their best to censor music (especially Hard Rock and Metal), Alice and many other musicians, most notably Dee Snider, took a direct stand against such measures – fighting for freedom of speech and expression.  The album uses songs like “Freedom”, “Lock Me Up”, and “Give the Radio Back” to help push back against the PMRC’s efforts. However, the last few tracks take a more wicked turn with “Prince of Darkness”, “Time To Kill”, “Chop, Chop, Chop”, and “Gail”. Tapping in to who the enemy is and personification of evil in this world.

“Prince of Darkness” tells the story of Satan. The Biblical truth about the enemy. At this time, many Heavy Metal bands were using Satanic imagery and flirting with the occult. Not only did this tarnish the industry, classifying all Metal as evil, but it also painted the idea or concept of Satan as something powerful, worth admiring, enticing, etc. Alice does a phenomenal job using this song to paint a valid depiction of the enemy’s genuine nature. “He fears the light, he fears the truth, he fears what’s going to be.” While so many in the genre were using satanic imagery as bait, a gimmick, or a selling point, Alice solidly defines the enemy as not being attractive or worth one’s time. Afterall, why pay homage to an entity willing to “baptize you in lies” or “breathe in sweet human sin”?

This is not the most appealing topic. However, it is an important one. It’s phenomenal to see a growing number of people that claim, as Christians, there is no Satan. In fact, a 2009 study, conducted by Barna Research Group, found that about 60% of a sample of 1,800+ self-described Christians believed Satan was only a symbol of evil, NOT an actual spiritual being or entity, as the Bible describes. That’s astonishing. Stop and think about that. The Bible does not mince words about who we are at odds against (1 John 3:8). If over half the body believes that the enemy doesn’t exist, then he has the leverage in the fight. You won’t address or battle an enemy you don’t believe exists. Therefore, it’s imperative we know the enemy’s playbook and how to counter it.

On the flip side of that issue is a number of believers that are fascinated with and by evil. People that know the truth yet still want to know more about the conjuring of the enemy. Studying, researching, and learning more about the Occult and practices of the wicked. Even listening to music associated with darkness and desecration. Hoisting evil imagery without fulling understanding the ramifications of such choices. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot simultaneously serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Therefore, we must dedicate our lives to Christ moving forward, not looking back. This week’s ‘DID YOU KNOW’ Facebook post talked about Blackie Lawless and his return to the Christian faith. He and Alice both admit that there are things from their past that have no place in their current walk or stage show. They refuse to play, sing, or reenact certain acts of their former lives and careers. Choosing instead to only glorify His name moving forward. Are there still things that need to be removed from your life? Are you holding on to certain elements of your past? It’s time to let those go.

Our Heavenly Father has given us the means by which to turn away from evil. James 4:7 reads, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Verses 8-10 go on to describe the ways by which we can draw nearer to our Lord: 1) Submit to Him – yielding to His authority and will; committing your life and walk to His control (4:7). 2) Resist the enemy – walking away from your past and the sins from that life; avoiding the temptations of the enemy (4:7). 3) Purifying your heart – replacing the desire to sin with instead a desire to experience God’s purity (4:8). 4) Grieve over past sins – don’t be afraid to express heartfelt sorrow for your sins (4:9). 5) Walk Humbly – recognizing that our worth comes from God alone; not the things of this world (4:10). Remember He doesn’t want us to wallow in misery over our past, yet He does want us to be mindful of it as we resist the enemy and move forward with Him.

Knowing the characteristics of the enemy, as opposed to Christ, leads us to a place of better understanding with regard to the influence of his works instead of the Lord’s glory. The enemy is full of pride (1 Timothy 3:6), cruel in nature (1 Peter 5:8), deceitful (Ephesians 6:11), and crafty as a serpent (2 Corinthians 11:3). Christ, on the other hand, is the opposite of these things. He is humble in nature (John 6:38), charitable (Mark 12:30-31), the fulfillment of truth (John 14:6), wise (Luke 2:52), and so on. We should always strive to demonstrate the characteristics of Christ towards others – even (and most importantly) when it seems impossible. The fruit you either bear, or don’t bear, directly relates to those things you allow to influence you and your life. Galatians 5:22-23 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Satan has no use for any of these qualities. In fact, he hates them. Pray and walk in those daily – seeking the presence of our Lord and for you to bear much fruit.

Wrapping up the points of this post, we should also know there is no comparison between our Father and Satan. The world has given Satan the authority over things which matter not. Here’s the difference: God has no beginning or end according to scripture, Satan has a beginning and will face the end. God is eternal, Satan is linear (Ezekiel 28: 11-19). God is all powerful, Satan’s power is strictly restricted (Job 2: 1-6). God speaks things into existence, Satan is not always allowed to speak at all (Zechariah 3:3). God owns heaven, Satan is sometimes permitted (Isaiah 14:12-17, Revelation 12:7-9). Satan, also known as the accuser, will use shame, guilt, fear, and various other means to try and deceive God’s children into thinking they are something other than loved by the Father. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate gesture of Love from the Father abolishing all the lies of the enemy. Walk in Freedom, under Christ’s reign, and rebuke the enemy’s false claims. You were created to know and embrace the Father’s Love. Receive it.

In conclusion, Alice does a masterful job of depicting the lies and temptations of the enemy. His calling leads one on a cautionary tale of what life looks like void of God. Stripping away the world’s view of Satan and the small amount of power he does possess reveals his true nature. A coward. A liar. A cheat. The very opposite of our Creator’s nature and being. When we embrace the fruit of the spirit (focusing solely on them and the nature of Christ), we leave no room for the fallacies of the enemy. The Word of God is a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) by which a ‘baby’s mind’ is transformed into a renewed mind – set on His perfect will (Romans 12:2). Embrace His Light and turn away from the darkness (John 1:5).

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Sister Sara - YouTube

“Sister Sara” Lyrics:

Now I don’t know but I’ve been told
There’s a nun having fun and she lost her soul
She’s got cash, she got laid
Now she’s dealin’ with me and she gonna get paid
She got caught with the bishop
She got caught with the abbot
Even cardinal sin tried to feed her habit
Now we get whores and pimps and skanks
But when your judgement came down even he gave thanks
Whatever happened to me
Can’t remember my name
Flying so high on angelic wings
Flew too close to the flame
Sister Sara
It’s your penalty for eternity
(For eternity)
Did you think that you were saved
(For eternity)
You forget your old identity who you used to be
(For eter… sara)
Sister Sara
So depraved
Oh, come O ye faithless, get in line
You’re gonna drown in the water, turned to wine
And you’re all going to wallow in your sin and shame
You had every opportunity to call His name
Don’t look surprised, don’t be in shock
You’ll be a lovely little demon in my private stock
I’m just doing my job to pull you down
‘Cause it’s a one way ticket down to Dragontown
You got caught in my web
(Can’t remember my name)
You made your own bed here
(Flying so high on angelic wings)
And now you must keep me well fed
(Flew too close to the flame)
You’re mine, too bad,
You’re here for me, you’re just here for me
Sister Sara
It’s your penalty for eternity
(For eternity)
Did you think that you were saved
(For eternity)
You forget your old identity who you used to be
(For eter… sara)
Sister Sara
So depraved
Moment to moment, hour to hour, for ever and ever
Time after time after time after time after time
Sister Sara
It’s your penalty for eternity
(For eternity)
Did you think that you were saved
(For eternity)
You forget your old identity who you used to be
(For eter… sara)
Sister Sara
So depraved

Never expected to discuss this song – at least not this soon. But “Sister Sara” is where this week leads us on this journey with our Lord and Alice. This song finds ‘a nun having fun’ and parallels the life and sins of some of the more famous and/or infamous preachers and teachers of the last 30-40 years. This week, once again, leads us straight to the importance of Unity and wraps up the importance of relationship.

“Sister Sara” is written from the enemy’s perspective. Calling all the ‘faithless’ to join ‘his private stock’ of ‘ lovely little demons’. Boldly addressing how even those placed in a higher calling and/or authority must remain focused, driven, and determined to walk by faith, not by sight. As Alice has done so many times before, he warns of the distractions, ‘The Little Things’. Those pesky little things like ‘Sex, Death, and Money’ ready and waiting to pull you away from life’s focus. His focus. But it’s more than that. The authority and path for your life are given to you by Him and Him alone. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hierarchy of religion. A religion and system that has been woven by man into something more sinister – having men and women answer to each other through a pecking order of sorts instead of walking what should be a personal relationship with our Lord.

Relationship with our Lord. What does that look like? It stems from Christ’s call for us to Love.  Found in Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus states, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Do you realize the magnitude of those verses? Upon these hang ALL the law and the prophets. When we concentrate on those two things, all other goodness, righteousness, selflessness, holiness, etc. surfaces and bears fruit within our hearts. Keeping us not only from the temptations of sin, but also together as a body – working towards His purpose. His Kingdom.

1 John 4:12 reads, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us”. It then goes on to wrap up things nicely in verses 19-21 – paraphrasing that ‘whoever claims to love God yet hates others is a liar.’ The two are entwined. Therefore, your actions against others are in direct correlation to your actions towards and/or against God. Stop and look at the actions of the character in the song. Sex, greed, pride, debauchery have all gotten the best of her. Acts that, of course, are forgiven when we take the ‘opportunity to call His name’ and make Him Lord of our lives. But they are acts of malice and hate. Hate towards others. Hate towards oneself. Hate towards God. If there’s ever a doubt about your actions and whether they are based on love, ask only this… do they uplift? Are they actions Christ would take?

Our relationship with Christ is where all other relationships draw importance, strength, and meaning. He calls us to be humble, gentle, and patient with each other (Ephesians 4:2). 1 Peter 4:8 goes on to address that, “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Possessions, power, status, etc. will all mean nothing in the Kingdom of God. Instead, focus on making an ‘everlasting difference’ (a term frequently used by Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock) in the lives of all those you cross paths with in this life. Those in every situation, career, and role of this life. When you show others love, you also show them that God loves them as well.

One last point. Walking with others in love redirects your focus. Matthew 18:20 reads, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am with them”. This is a direct call to walk in relationship with others. A relationship built on His love. Placing accountability into the hands of a trusted friend or group (Hebrews 10:24-25), being willing to confess and share your downfalls with others here on earth (James 5:16), and allowing close ones to advise and help correct your shortcomings (Proverbs 19:20) will help you in your walk and most likely prevent you from majorly stumbling.

Concluding this post, we all face temptation. There is no one part of the body that is more or less vulnerable to the things of this world. Whether pastor, elder, worship leader, lay person, etc., each role carries the same significance (the same abilities to minister). However, our response to temptation is what ultimately seals the deal. Do we choose the things of this world – separating us from God? Or do we choose His will and ways – bringing us an everlasting life, rich with His love and grace? Paraphrasing 1 John 2:14-16, the world offers lust of the flesh, lust for possessions, and pride attached to status, yet God calls us to value self-control, generosity towards our fellow man/woman, and a commitment to stewardship. What values are most important to you? Do they reflect the world or our Lord?

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Alice Cooper - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? - YouTube

In this interview, ‘Loudwire’ sits down with Alice to play ‘Wikipedia – Fact or Fiction’. After seeing a few of these (and relying on Wikipedia from time to time with these posts), it only seemed fitting to address the one based on him. I was actually pretty shocked to find most of the info was legit according to Alice (only two minor inconsistencies – you’ll have to watch the video to find out what those were). In fact, most of the ‘fact or fiction’ videos on YouTube find the majority of the information posted to be factual. Which is pretty impressive. However, all it takes is a slight deviation from the truth to lead down a rabbit hole of falsities.

This post was prompted by a number of events that occurred this past week. 1) Last week’s post originally left out some details about why and how Alice wrote ‘Pick Up The Bones’. After a little more digging, the additions were made. However, this small omission led us to purchase a couple of books which should help with the history of Alice Cooper for future posts (we will be using those references to correct any previous posts if need be). 2) Another reason for this post is linked to an online discussion that took place this week. In the discussion, it was stated that creeds, theologies, and doctrines of man have been used to divide the church. Even Biblically-based creeds have been used to create some strife. So many arguments have been fought based on how Christianity ‘should’ be practiced – AKA ‘Religion’. This prevents the body of Christ from unifying as one.  3) Finally, the Chris Pratt article, referenced yesterday on the Facebook page, was the tipping point for this post. There’s so much ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ that surrounds the very idea of what a Christian believes or what & how the Bible tells us to live our lives. This post will address some of those concerns.

Hate. One of the latest notions and misconceptions about Christianity is that it is built on hate. That somehow, we, as Christians, are called to hate anything and everyone that does not conform to our belief system, Biblical principles, and/or understanding. With religion, this might be a proper conclusion. (Afterall, it was the Pharisees, with government support, that wanted Christ put to death.) However, the Bible and God’s heart are the purest forms of Love NOT hate. And we are actually called to be the opposite of Hate. (See Love.) What God does hate is sin. But why does He hate sin? Sin separates us from Him – it’s the antithesis of His nature. Isaiah 59:2 reads, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear”. Sin is a binding debt (Matthew 6:12-15), a burden (Psalms 38:4), leads to darkness (1 John 1:6), etc. Ultimately, He hates that sin deceives us and entices us into believing that the ways of the world are a better way of living than His ways. Other key verses that reference Sin and God’s hatred towards it are: Mark 7:20-23, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 6:16.

Condemnation. Touchy, touchy subject. However, looking at Romans 2:1-29, it’s fairly simple to see that the Bible warns and convicts the hearts of those that dish out condemnation towards their fellow man/woman. Apart from Christ, there were and are no individuals on this earth that have the ability to live a sinless life. Therefore, instead of walking in condemnation of others, the Bible actually teaches us to instead self-evaluate our own lives giving us the chance to see places where His incredible tolerance and love are still molding us in the areas we fail. Why is it so amazing to see how patient and loving God is with others, when we know how patient He has been in our own lives? Other key verses that reference Condemnation are: Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:37, Proverbs 3:5-6.

Love. The ever-familiar John 3:16, “For God so Loved the World that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” carries the message of all scriptures. However, there’s so much to say about His Love. Along with it comes His faithfulness, our salvation, a place to rest, confidence, the ability to love others, our hope, our trust. In fact, the Bible has given us the purest definition of who He is and who we should be in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” Found within those verses is who we, as Christians, are called to be. Simply remove the word Love and place your name. When dealing with others, do your actions hold up to that test? We are called to walk this earth as an example of Christ. Relying on His Spirit to guide our thoughts. Other key verses that reference God’s Love are: Romans 5:8, Galatians 5:22, 1 John 4:7.

Salvation. All of humanity has missed the mark (Romans 3:23). We’ve sinned against God, and the penalty for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). However, Christ died for our sins (Romans 5:8). His death bridged all of humanity to its Creator. Abolishing sin. All that is required of us is to believe, profess, and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord allowing Him to change our hearts and minds through the application of His Word (Romans 12:2). Our Salvation comes through Him (Romans 10:8-10). When John 3:16 is recited it should also be accompanied by verse 17. This verse states, “For God did NOT send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through Him.” God wants nothing more than all of the world to embrace His gift – the gift of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. The price of our sins paid in full. There’s no debt too high, no irredeemable soul, no person unworthy of His Love. We see the greatest example of this in the life of Paul. A man blinded by his hatred for Christianity yet still saved by the Love and Grace of our Lord, who met him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9 – see Salvation post.) Our Lord wants nothing more than for us to except His love – no matter our past or our current condition in this life. Other key verses that reference Salvation are: Hebrews 7:25, Luke 23:40-43, Ephesians 2:8.

Relationship. It’s often noted that Christianity is encapsulated by living a certain way or by following a certain set of laws, practicing a number of traditions, or praying certain prayers. However, a relationship with Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit is really what’s at the heart of our faith. The Bible references the need and want for God’s children to relate to Him in multiple verses throughout the Bible. In John 15:5  it states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” We are literally connected to Him. Our lives are complete and flourish based on our connection (or relationship) to (with) Him.  Know that the Bible, as a body of work, is overflowing with verses, summaries, and an overall theme for God’s design for relationship with Him. Other key verses that point to relationship are: John 1:10-13, John 14:6, Hebrews 11:6, James 4:6-10, 1 Peter 5:6-7 and so many more – the entire works of the Bible are literally about God seeking relationship with His creation.

Unity. Our faith calls for unity not separation. The traditions and rituals of man divide nations, religions, races, tongues, etc. However, the acceptance and love of Christ unifies us all under God. Acceptance in Him brings acceptance and unity to even the most different walks of life (Galatians 3:26-28). With Him as the cornerstone and foundation, lives are made whole and peaceful (Ephesians 4:3). We’ve also been called to be good to all people (Galatians 6:10).  While it may seem trivial or sound childish, doing unto others as we would have them do to us is a unifying way to live (Matthew 7:12). Christians are NOT at odds with non-believers but instead with the enemy. Other key scriptures about Unity are: 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:13-14, Psalms 133:1.

In conclusion, the enemy will do his best to twist, distort, and manipulate everything placed in your life. Even the slightest mistruth could lead you astray. it is important for us to fact check everything according to God’s Word, our GPS and blueprint for this life. Don’t take anything for granted. Double check references, scriptures, outlines, etc. Part of knowing God is studying His Word while praying and meditating through the Holy Spirit on what you read. Focusing NOT on this world but instead on… what He reveals. His plans for you. His Love for you. His Grace given to you. His Guidance and Wisdom. May you dive deeper, knowing that every layer of self you peel away will be replaced with a piece of Him.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: “God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen”

If you have just prayed that prayer, we want to celebrate your new victory with you.  Please contact us at prayers@oceanfloorministries.com so we can welcome you into the kingdom.  We don’t want you to have to walk alone and we have some resources we would like the opportunity to share with you.

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Pick Up the Bones - YouTube

“Pick Up The Bones” Lyrics:

Collecting pieces of my family
In an old pillow case
This one has a skull

But it don’t have a face
These look like the arms of father so strong
And the ring on this finger

Means my Grandma is gone
Here’s some legs in a cloud
Where my sister once played

Here’s some mud made of blood
And these teeth are decayed
The ear of my brother

The hand of a friend
And I just can’t
Put them back together again

Pick up the bones
And set them on fire
Follow the smoke going higher and higher
Pick up the bones
And wish them goodnight
Pray them a prayer and turn out the light

There are stains on the floor
Where kitchen once stood
There are ribs on the fire place
Mixed with the wood

There are forces in the air
Ghosts in the wind
Some bullets in the back
And some scars on the skin

There were demons with guns
Who marched through this place
Killing everything that breathed
They’re an inhuman race

There are holes in the walls
Bloody hair on the bricks
And the smell of this hell
Is making me sick

Pick up the bones
And set them on fire
Follow the smoke going higher and higher
Pick up the bones
And wish them goodnight
Pray them a prayer and turn out the light

Pick up the bones
And set them on fire
Follow the scope going higher and higher
Pick up the bones
And wish them goodnight
Pray them a prayer and turn out the light

Now maybe someday
The suns gonna shine
Flowers will bloom
And all will be fine

But nothing will grow
On this burnt cursive ground
Cuz the breathe of the death
Is the only sound

This week’s post is the next ‘Brutal Planet‘ track we will be looking at (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the ‘Brutal Planet‘ post from last October). ‘Pick Up The Bones‘ is this week’s focus and lines up perfectly with so much of what is going on in the world. This song has so much to say…it is pure genius. There are so many meanings and proverbial messages found within it, yet we will be focusing on three central themes. They are as follows: 1) Warfare, 2) Family Dysfunction, and 3) A Call for Unity.

Warfare.
The song screams of warfare. It’s obvious there’s been major destruction leaving nothing but death – a wasteland of shattered bodies and debris. An insane altercation has left a family in ruins. Is there only one person left? Collecting the remnants of what was once their family. It’s hard to tell – but it’s obvious the words point to the casualties of war. In Hosea 4:2, it reads, “there is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.” These verses along with the lyrics of this song rein down like a ton of bricks on the heart and soul of humanity. By that point in history, Hosea had witnessed two assassinations for the throne of Israel with Menahem then also destroying an entire city because it refused to accept him as king (2 Kings 15:8-16). In these verses, God shows us that man’s hunger for power and rule can lead to casual, nonchalant destruction, murder, and chaos – even among His chosen people, Israel. Only through His guidance and wisdom does one find the proper examples of leadership. Leadership through love, acceptance, peace, and humility.

Family Dysfunction.
Another look at the lyrics, leads us to a family that has been torn apart and destroyed by some sort of altercation. Stop and think about how many families have been ripped apart, not by violence or death, but instead by the things that are said, the actions of one or more individuals, and/or other voluntary and involuntary miscommunications within households and communities. What’s even more fascinating, is that lies, rumors, and slander have the same effect. Words that not only come from inside the family but often times come from outside of the family as well. Information picked up through the ‘grapevine’ that slivers its way into the dynamics of a family and the relationships within. In recent history, we’ve seen families, communities, and an entire body of people demonized and attacked because of the actions, inaction, or reactions of those directly and indirectly involved within the original altercation. We must NOT be so quick to judge (Matthew 7:1-5), NOT be so quick to react (James 1:19-20), and NOT give way to misinformation (Colossians 3:8). Instead focusing on the Love of our Lord, reciting the words from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in your mind and conscience, “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Then work towards communicating our frustrations and problems with one another, focusing instead on reparations rather than division and destruction.

A Call for Unity.
The Body of Christ is shattered, dismembered, and walking separately. We have become so caught up in doctrines, creeds, laws, and opinions on how it ‘should be done’ that we’ve missed out on the bigger picture. The simple fact that Christ’s blood, spilled and poured out for all humanity, covered those things. His resurrection and Spirit bring Freedom NOT Bondage. Use the lyrics of this song to visualize the Body of Believers. There are 206 bones in the human body. The smallest bone, the ossicles, is comprised of three parts and found in the inner ear while the largest bone, the femur, is the thighbone that connects your leg to your hips. What’s interesting about these two bones is their functions. Without the ossicles, we would not be able to hear properly, and without the femur, we could not walk. In a nutshell, the body requires these bones (although completely different) to work correctly, and in their proper position. Thus, allowing the body to function as created. The Body of Christ is no different. Our God has given each of us specific abilities, gifts, and strengths which are to be used together as ONE moving body (Romans 12:4-8). We should cherish that, knowing that each of us, as a body, need one another, and by working together as ONE, we may show and share with the world what it means to be valued and favored by our Lord (1 Corinthians 12:15-26). This means, it is TIME to put away our differences, instead embracing them. Embrace all races. Embrace all denominations and theologies that place Jesus Christ at the cornerstone of their faith. Embrace the white-collar worker, the blue-collar worker, the unemployed, and the disabled. Embrace the clean cut, clean shaven men and women. Embrace the men and women that are tattooed, pierced, and have colored hair. Embrace the country folk and city slickers. Embrace the educated and uneducated. Embrace the FULL Body of Christ. If we don’t, we will be ‘picking up the bones’ of Christianity and wondering what happened to our Faith. For as we saw in the ‘Elected’ post, Jesus’s words in Matthew 12:22-28 were clear, “…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand…”

Wrapping up this week’s post, the month of February is dedicated to UNITY. As we saw in the ‘Spirits Rebellious‘ post, the enemy wants nothing more than to ‘tear us apart’. Not just personally – but even more so as a body. Stop and think about what the church and Christianity would look like if we were to set aside what divides us. Instead, together lifting up Christ, the one that unites us. One body working together to shelter and accept the abandoned. One body working together to heal the sick. One body working together to feed the hungry. One body working together to clothe the unclothed. One body working together to bring the Love of Christ to ALL peoples and ALL nations. (Philippians 2:1-5). AMEN.

ONE LAST NOTE: If we, as Christians, would work together in UNITY to correct the wrongs of society (i.e. providing shelter, food, medicine, clothes, etc) would we really even need words to preach the Gospel? Or would Christ’s Spirit radiate off of us just enough for others around us to see and want to know Him themselves? Something for us to think about.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Spirit Rebellious - YouTube

“Spirits Rebellious” Lyrics:

I can`t do right when all I wanna do is wrong
My conscience sounds aloud like the waning on a Chinese gong(?)
I know about the punishment, I know about the law
My sins cut deeper then the teeth on a saw
My attitude is bad and my nerves are raw
I`m a shotgun snake, I`m a jackal with claws
I was born with a chip on my shoulder on a stormy night
Alright

My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything OK
No way
Spirits rebellious, we won`t do anything you say
It`s a hard, hard world with a black corroded heart
There`s a livin’, breathin’ devil trying to tear my soul apart
In a cold, cold grave on a dark, dark night
Eternity is black, I’ll never see the light
Never listen to advice, I was never that bright
Couldn`t walk away, I was lookin’ to fight
I was born with a chip on my shoulder on a stormy night
Alright

My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything OK
No way
My spirits rebellious, we won`t do anything you say
No Way
My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything alright
Tonight
Spirits rebellious, all we gonna hear is lies, lies, lies
Lies……
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious

The Eyes of Alice Cooper‘ was released in 2003. A little known masterpiece that really embraces a return to Alice’s musical roots. In fact, when the term little known is used it’s meant literally – there’s not a whole lot of information about this album and it’s only listed and available from a small number of sources and sites. (Not sure why that is and would need to research that further.) In fact, even the attached video is a cover of the song “Spirits Rebellious”. NOTE: We know nothing about the band ‘Sinful Lilly’ and do not endorse or promote their music. The video and their version of the song is only used because 1) it’s a very good cover of the song (doing Alice’s version justice) and 2) we really couldn’t find any other versions of the song to share in this format.

“Spirits Rebellious” is an incredibly well-written song both musically and lyrically. It hits all those points from a musical standpoint that you love to hear in a hard rock anthem or hit. Intro, chorus, riffs, beat, etc. – all fit together like The Beauty and the Beast (beautiful yet edgy). However, the lyrics cut deep and really open up the soul of a person striving for change yet consumed by the spiritual warfare taking place for their heart. Somehow many of us, believers and non-believers, end up in this place. We end up caught in the battle torn between two different masters and two different worlds – yet you can only serve one. That choice may seem easy but choosing isn’t what makes it hard.

This topic is a deep one and can be over simplified or made extremely complex. Let’s try to meet in the middle somewhere and hash it out a little. We will be looking at a number of scriptures that will help define this and help guide anyone struggling with this in the proper direction, but it’s important to note that like any part of our faith – working through these things as a body of believers is always better than doing it alone. Do your best to find a small group, your pastor, a trusted friend, etc. to help you wage war against the spirits that push you towards rebellion against our Lord.

Before diving in any further, embrace Isaiah 54:17 fully. Knowing that, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.” This simply means that choosing Christ, accepting Him as Lord, and walking with Him already declares you as righteous, accepted, and a victor over the evils of this world. From an earthly perspective, that may not seem true – but it’s a deception, a lie straight from the enemy trying to ‘tear your soul apart’ as the song states. You are victorious and made anew in Him – stand firm in knowing that to be true!

There are a number of ways and strongholds the enemy will use to hinder your walk and keep you stagnant, backsliding, or from carrying out God’s will for your life. We will not be going into specifics (however don’t be surprised to see these pop back up again in other posts). You probably know and have dealt with a few such as depression, pride, procrastination, addiction, shame, etc. Last week’s post dealt with a few of those and as we mentioned, these are found throughout life and are used by the enemy when dealing with believers and non-believers alike. It’s important to remember that. It’s important to know that through His Word, prayer, and fellowship you can defeat all of the strongholds that are used against you. Through His Word, we truly are equipped for battle and given the proper armor and weapons to use (Ephesians 6:10-18). Read these scriptures often and visualize yourself getting ready for battle. Putting on the belt of truth. Putting on your breastplate of righteousness. Covering your heels with the peace of the gospel. Handling your shield of faith. Ready to draw the sword of the spirit. And protecting your head (and mind) with the helmet of salvation. Visualization and truth are imperative parts of our walk. We most know that scripture is to be taken and applied, not only figuratively, but literally as well.

A life walked with the full armor of God will withstand the enemy and win battles, but it’s an uphill climb and many battles will be won or lost due to self-control, willpower, strength, stamina, etc. One person fighting this alone can win. However, it’s not recommended and will produce an undo amount of strife and toll on that person’s life. Instead we should turn to Proverbs 27:17, knowing that, “Iron sharpens iron; so a man/woman sharpens the countenance of his/her friend.” Knowing instead that the Lord has created us as beings in need of companionship, fellowship, and connection. Not only with Him, but one another as well. Through fellowship and a life shared with others we see things with more clarity, a refined vision, and an openness to the Lord. He often speaks and uses other people to guide us, affirm us, and show us where we are wrong or maybe a better way to approach things. Another way to look at this is again through the full armor of God but instead of one person equipped for battle against the enemy, there are instead 2 or more equipped believers fighting the same enemy. But this shifts the odds in your favor…not only are you standing with Him equipped in His armor but you are also standing with others standing with Him equipped in His armor as well. That’s a powerful vision.

This song also does a wonderful job of illustrating the mindset of one that is under attack. The words ‘I, I’m, or mine’ are used more than 15 times in that song. We often look at Spiritual Warfare as some sort of personal battle. Why me? Does God hate me? Why am I the target? However, we were all born with a target on our backs. The battle is real for every single person on this earth. In Romans 8:5, it states, “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that the battle is only against you and your flesh. This verse calls us out and asks us to focus on the Holy Spirit and what Christ would do in situations NOT what our emotions tell us seem legitimate. Use prayer, discernment, and scripture as your basis for focus and relativity NOT the world and what seems fair.

In conclusion, this really only scratches the surface of this topic, but it should provoke some thought. When going in to battle you wouldn’t go in ill-equipped. Life should be lived the same way. Use the tools and resources God has given you to fight the good fight and ultimately win through His timing and plan. Put on His armor daily. Don’t walk it alone. Find a group of other believers – whether at your church, online, or with like-minded family and friends. The battle against the enemy should be waged by you walking with Him and a body (army) of other believers willing to daily dress for battle as well. Finally, don’t take the battle personally – feeling as if you are abandoned by God. This really wraps in nicely with finding a group of other believers. The more you learn that others are targeted as well – the more empowered you become to fight the good fight together. Again, use the peace of the gospel to stand on – knowing that, as stated in Isaiah 54:17, ‘no weapon formed against us shall prosper.‘ Amen.

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I Never Wrote Those Songs - YouTube

“I Never Wrote Those Songs” Lyrics:

My tape recorder
It must be lyin’
‘Cause this I just can’t believe
I hear a voice that’s cryin’
That’s not me

The wheel goes round
I hear a sound
It’s comin’ out all wrong
And I swear to you I never wrote that song

I been livin’ in my own shell so long
The only place I ever feel at home

And oh, that music
I hate those lyrics
It stayed inside me so long
And I swear to you I never wrote that song

But pardon me
I’m not lookin’ for sympathy
Not sympathy
I’m just thinking out loud
The melody
It goes nowhere pointlessly
Silence please

I been livin’ in my own shell so long
The only place I ever feel at home

And oh, that music
I hate those lyrics
It stayed inside me so long
And I swear to you I never

This week we revisit ‘Lace and Whiskey‘ the album released in 1977.  Last time we looked at this album, the song ‘My God’ was highlighted and discussed. This week we will be talking about ‘I Never Wrote Those Songs’. A song that deals with the shame, guilt, and denial that often accompanies past events or regretted actions. We will be using this post to discuss what God says about our past and look at where guilt, shame, and regret come from.

‘I Never Wrote Those Songs’ is a pretty deep song philosophically and spiritually. If you peel back the lyrical surface, you find the psyche of someone questioning how they got where they are and denying the things they did that got them there (sometimes blaming others around them). ‘Oh, that music – I hate those lyrics – It stayed inside me so long – And I swear to you I never wrote that song’, this line holds so much truth. Think about a time in your life when you weren’t quite sure why you felt the way you did – maybe you were hostile towards family, selfishly living only for yourself, bitterly holding a grudge against a friend/colleague, drowning out other people around you with substances, etc. The list goes on. Looking back is not always easy. Yet the best way to move forward is by accepting the things you’ve done then moving towards reconciliation and repentance.

Pulling this song apart even further, let’s deal with each of those topics: 1) guilt, 2) shame, and 3) regret. The first thing to know about each is that none of them are from the Lord. They are tools used by the enemy to keep us locked in stagnation – crippled, lost, and separated from the Love of our Lord. They each have their own way of keeping us hindered though. And the combination of the three can cause major interruptions with and to our faith. Here’s the breakdown of each and how to fight them.

Guilt. There’s this HUGE movement going on at the moment, and it’s tearing the church apart in some ways. The topic of ‘hyper grace’ has many Christians, Pastors, and even non-believers confused about what Christ’s death meant for the world. Not to downplay that debate or call out anyone, but it seems fairly simple. In John 3:17, it clearly states that, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” With condemnation comes guilt, without condemnation comes freedom. Romans 8:1 reminds us that, ‘there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ God’s word has declared that those of us that have claimed Him in our hearts and declare Him as Lord are guilt-free. If that’s ‘hyper grace’, then that’s what He’s offered us – righteousness through His blood shed for us. Guilt, the enemy’s tool, only keeps us from fully accepting who we are in Him – a new creation.

Shame.  In Genesis 2:25, it reads, “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed”. Keep in mind this was before the fall of man – before original sin had taken hold. Life was and is perfect when the enemy has been removed from the equation. When we allow him to intercede and cause mischief in our lives that’s when the shame from our past starts to sneak back in. It’s easy to listen to those lies if we aren’t careful. Our faith is founded upon constantly seeking Him. Seeking Him in times of celebration, times of pain, times of joy, times of sorrow – in all times and all seasons of life. By accepting and embracing Galatians 2:20, we recognize that once we have accepted Christ, we have been crucified with Him, no longer living as we did but instead Him living through us. Our old life is gone, our new life recreated in Him. There’s no shame in who we were, but celebration in who we have become through Him. Instead of shame, our past lives are a testament to the power of His blood and the transformation His Love and Grace offer us.

Regret. This one holds so many back. Living in a state of regret is something that has no use whatsoever for any one, let alone Christians. There’s no changing the events that have taken place in your life but there is a way to make amends. As you have breath and know Him to be Lord, you will know that He has brought you where you are (Philippians 3:13-15). Regret leaves you locked in the past. Paralyzed and refusing to run the race. His Glory is found in our present NOT dwelling in our past. God will use whatever events or obstacles you ‘regret’ as vehicles for His glory. Romans 8:28 calls all of those that love God to have faith and know that ‘all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.’ If you have accepted Him and know Him as Lord, you have been called according to His purpose. Have faith and know that what you see as regretful actions the Lord uses to mold you through salvation, delivering you from death (2 Corinthians 7:10).

In conclusion, it’s time to let go of the lies. The lies used by the enemy. The Lord knows your pains, your hurts, your sorrows. He knows the suffering you’ve been through. He wants those lies removed and replaced by His TRUTH. His LOVE. His LIGHT. His MERCY. His GRACE. His SON. ‘Lord bless the souls of those reading this post. May they know you are Lord, Creator, Father, Abba. May they bless your Holy Name! You have forgiven our sins – every one. You have healed our sickness – every one. You redeemed us from the pits of hell – saving our lives. You crown us with your love and mercy – a crown of paradise. You wrap us in your goodness – an eternal splendor. You rejuvenate our lives – making us young in your presence. May we lean on your Word and rest assured in your arms. Amen.” (paraphrasing the prayers prayed in Psalms 103: 2-4).

LAST NOTE: When the enemy tries to use these tools, find strength in His Word and shout those lines to Him – knowing that He will lift your soul and make you anew through His Wisdom, Grace, and Mercy.

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Elected - YouTube

“Elected” Lyrics:

I’m your top prime cut of meat, I’m your choice
I wanna be elected
I’m your yankee doodle dandy in a gold Rolls Royce
I wanna be elected
Kids want a savior, don’t need a fake
I wanna be elected

We’re gonna rock to the rules that I make
I wanna be elected, elected, elected
I never lied to you, I’ve always been cool
I wanna be elected
I gotta get the vote, and I told you about school
I wanna be elected, elected, elected
Hallelujah, I wanna be elected

Everyone in the United States of America
We’re gonna win this one, take the country by storm
We’re gonna be elected
You and me together, young and strong
We’re gonna be elected, elected, elected
Respected, selected, call collected
I wanna be elected, elected

‘Billion Dollar Babies‘, the sixth studio album, was released in 1973. Alice Cooper, still a band, found major success with this album hitting #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Bob Ezrin was once again hired to produce the record and was also used for some of the keyboard tracks on the album as well. ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, and ‘I Love the Dead’ are staples in Cooper’s repertoire and find their way into many shows still today. The supporting tour for the album included effects designed by James Randi, a hired magician, that also played the role of the “Executioner”. Over 13 tons of equipment were used including a wide array of props such as a dentist’s drill, a surgical table, whips, hatchets, baby dolls, mannequins, bubble bath, and other oddities.

‘Elected’ like many other songs off the album became a hit ultimately reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was meant to be a satirical poke at politicians – with Nixon being the primary target in 1972. Alice admitted at one point that, ‘the President is always a focal point for satire, but Nixon – you couldn’t satirize him enough. Plus the 1972 presidential elections were coming up and I thought, ‘Who’s the most unlikely person you would ever want as President?’. And Alice Cooper was that person!’ Bob Ezrin, loving the song ‘Reflected’ from their first album, “Pretties For You”, suggested they remake, rename, and reinvent the song. Thus, the song ‘Elected’ was born.

Before this post goes any further, you should know that ‘Fridays with Alice’ is apolitical. We will NOT be taking sides or discussing any ideologies in this post, on the site, on the Facebook page, or in the Facebook group. The divisiveness that politics has caused does NOT glorify our Lord and separates us as a body of believers, a nation, and as human beings. Therefore, before we go much further let’s open this discussion in prayer…

Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you for giving us the freedoms to freely worship, study your Word, and seek your will for our lives. We ask that you would work in the hearts, minds, and souls of your people & those in power to help repair the damage that ideology and past/present officials may have caused or are causing when implementing policies that divide the electorate and go against your will and the will of the people. We trust and know that you are sovereign and just, that your will and ways are far greater than any man or woman’s agenda. We lay the authority, our fears, and our rights into your loving arms and ask that you would continue to guide and strengthen us while commending those that uphold your name. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

This song is so fitting and ironic even today. With a government that seems out of control, often times wanting more and more money to spend (even when there is none) and power to redirect in many different directions (some just, some unjust), it’s fitting to ask questions about the character of our officials and even assert that satirical characters, such as Alice Cooper, could do a better job than those currently in office. However, even though, we may feel frustrated, isolated, angry, helpless, etc. about the things that take place in our respective capitols and chambers of authority, we must know that our comfort does not come from any one man, one woman, or body of government. Our authority, peace, and appointment lies with our Heavenly Father. This post is not about Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Green Party, or any other political affiliation. It is, instead, about where we, as a body of believers in Jesus Christ, should place our hope, trust, and strength.

Romans 13:1-7 is a comprehensive look at the role of government and what our interactions as believers should be regarding earthly authority. There are multiple articles and depictions of these verses. We urge you to study them and continue to ask the Holy Spirit to intervene if and when you ever have to deal with any body of government or authorities. From our understanding of these verses, it seems we, as believers, should live at peace with the state as long as the state allows us to live by our religious convictions – meaning the state, itself, may not always be in accordance with the Word, but as long as it does not force us to worship other deities, or infringe on our religious liberties, there’s no reason for us to be hostile towards them. We believe these verses can be summed up by stating that we, as the body of Christ, should do our best to work towards a civil society – meaning both church and state work together for the good of all. However, the line should and can be drawn when the government’s laws clearly require us, as individuals, to violate our moral standards as revealed by our Lord. However, revolt and dissent against any such laws should still be handled peacefully.

In 1 Peter 2:13-17,we find Peter telling the people to submit to the civil authorities – the Roman empire under the command of a cruel tyrant, Nero. While Peter had addressed the high priests in Acts 5:29,telling them to ‘obey God rather than humans’, he was not referring to the aspects of daily life or the laws of the land. 1 Peter 2:13 blatantly states that we should submit ourselves to human authority, ‘for the Lord’s sake’. This would ultimately further the cause for His Good News and His people being respected and respectful to others. Persecutions aimed towards us should be for obeying God NOT for breaking moral and civil laws.

In Mark 3:24, Jesus says, ” If a kingdom is divide against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Stop and think about that for a moment. Before this verse, Christ was being accused of using witchcraft to drive out demons. They accused Him of “being possessed by Satan. That he was using the prince of demons to drive out demons”. Seriously? How does that even work? Yet this same thing is happening on a daily basis. Christians persecuting other Christians for their political beliefs or affiliations. Let us NOT be so quick to judge or assail one another, but instead try to understand each other’s positions and find common ground through our Lord. Stand firm on His truths and know that the Spirit that binds us together is so much more powerful than the issues and evils that want to try to tear us apart. Nothing pleases the enemy more than to see God’s people fighting among each other instead of working together to further His name and glory.

The last verses we will be looking at are 1 Timothy 2:1-2. These verses call us, as the body of Christ, to pray and uplift those in authority. The prayer is that ‘we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and holiness’. Harmony with one another is pleasing to God and gives Him glory. Keep in mind, Paul is urging the people in his day to pray for Nero, a man that was notoriously cruel. Persecution among believers was growing and practicing Christians were not always safe. Christians were killed in retaliation to events that happened under Nero’s rule, namely because of his need for someone to blame for the fire that consumed much of Rome in 64 A.D. Paul wanted Christians to know that God is our ultimate authority, praying for our earthly leaders pleases Him. Paul’s appeal was not that we bow down and serve those authorities, but that we pray for the proper conditions in which government can live in peace with us, as the body of Christ, and our convictions. This often times means we pray in submission to and for those that we don’t agree with or support.

In conclusion, the Lord asks us to do a number of things with regard to government. The most important of these seems to be: 1) We must understand that ultimately God’s purposes are being accomplished even when their is no evidence of His Spirit (John 19:11), 2) He wants us to pray for those that lead us (1 Timothy 2:1-2), 3) We should honor and submit to those in power (Mark 12:17), and 4) All governments will eventually end and our Lord will return to reign over everyone forever. (Revelation 19:11, 15-16). Until He returns, may we all learn to rely on His will and authority over the things we can’t control while doing our best to vote our hearts and minds when we do have a say within the confines of civil law and obedience.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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Second Coming - YouTube

“Second Coming” Lyrics:

I couldn’t tell
If the bells were getting louder
The songs they ring I finally recognize
I only know hell is getting hotter
The devil’s getting smarter all the time

And it would be nice
To walk upon the water
To talk again to angels
On my side

Time is getting closer
I read it on a poster
Fanatical exposers
On corners prophecy

It would be nice
To walk upon the water
To talk again to angels
At my side

I just come back to show you
All my words are golden
So have no gods before me
I’m the Light

‘Love It To Death‘, the third studio album, was released in 1971. At this point, Alice Cooper was still a band and this album saw their first dose of commercial success. The band enlisted Bob Ezrin to produce the album and the album’s success earned them favor with Warner Bros. – paving the way for future albums. ‘I’m Eighteen’, ‘Ballad of Dwight Fry’, and ‘Caught in a Dream’ became some of the more popular songs off the album. The supporting tour for this album also introduced the nurse dragging Alice off stage with him coming back bound in a straightjacket and execution by the electric chair as well.

‘Second Coming’ is one of the shorter tracks on the album. But the music and lyrics are powerful and insightful. The song serves as a reminder of what it’s like to be in God’s presence and ends with a warning about the Truth of Christ’s Return. We will be looking at this song from those two viewpoints: 1) that reminder or inner voice of God that yearns for us to walk with Him and 2) the Second Coming of Christ.

The Inner Voice
Recognizing and knowing God’s still, small voice doesn’t have to be a difficult task – but it definitely can be. Once a person has been introduced to the truth, that voice begins speaking to one’s conscience – delivering bits of information (i.e. right from wrong, deliverance from evil, etc). Elijah (1 Kings 19:12) and Habakkuk (Hab. 2:2) both knew the sound of God speaking to them, yet they learned it’s best to seek Him in silence – away from distractions (also referenced in Psalms 62:5). This can be a daunting task at this point in history. Constant bombardment from calls, texts, emails, social media, etc. leave us exhausted and wanting to either tune in or tune out everything. However, we must learn how to tune out the world without tuning out God as well.

In the song, the singer (Alice) pleads to return to a time when he heard God’s voice and was embraced by His Light. He addresses walking on the water as well. This seems to refer to Peter. Walking on the water while Peter’s eyes, mind, and heart were focused on Christ (Matt. 14:22-33). However, much like Peter, the song eludes to someone no longer focused or closely walking with Christ. Someone that is sinking instead of rising above the wind and waves. Someone that has become distracted or chosen to ignore that inner voice – instead seeking other things, earthly things.

The song ends with a declaration from Christ to the singer…basically, calling that person back to the fold (Luke 15:3-7). Calmly declaring that He (Christ) is the only way to the Father then shouting He is the Light – or the Way, the Truth, the Life, the gateway to the Father (John 14:6).

Stop and think about this song for a moment. This song is most assuredly a discussion between someone and God. Essentially, that person crying out saying, ‘God I want to be with you and walk with you again.’ Almost asking how do I get back to that point? God doesn’t ignore him. Instead, He answers first with a calm, mellow answer but ends up shouting ‘I’m the Light’. While God often answers in whispers or lesser known ways, He does from time to time use a much louder or drastic measure to get our attention. Are there times you can remember when God answered you quietly? Loudly?

Wrapping up this section, there are spontaneous thoughts and ideas that pop into our heads as we walk, grow, and live our lives. Those do NOT only come from our Creator but also from the enemy. God has provided us with His Word to decipher those. When you have those thoughts or certain ideas come to mind ask yourself this question – Do these things line up with Scripture and the names of our Lord? For instance, thoughts from our Lord should enlighten, encourage, and promote our well-being – He is our Teacher, Counselor, Giver of Life, Deliver, Healer, etc (paraphrasing James 3:17). On the flip side, thoughts and ideas from the enemy imply doom, misery, anxiety, doubt, selfishness, etc . – he is the enemy, deceiver, destroyer, and thief(paraphrasing James 3:14-15). Train your ear and know the difference.

The Second Coming of Christ
The song also issues a warning at the end. It’s subtle but it’s there. The line ‘have no gods before me’ is a cautionary appeal to our hearts. Our lives are short and His return grows closer each day (Revelation 22:12). Therefore, it’s imperative that we stay focused and ready for His return. Not only for ourselves but for those that do and do NOT know Him. It is our responsibility to help others know and prepare for His return (Matt. 28:18-20). When that still small voice pleas for you to uplift, enlighten, encourage, etc. another person know it’s a thought from Him and submit to His Will.

Afterthoughts from our Spotlight Series:  Patrick Shipley, friend of this site and bassist for the band Faith Head, mentioned ‘Second Coming’ in our interview with him. During his prodigal years, this song held weight and reminded him of the truth. In the interview, he talks about a special moment he and his dad shared musically regarding the song while off the record we discussed more about the depth of the lyrics. Shipley stated that ‘pride and rebellion wouldn’t let him give in to that longing for righteousness.’ Instead latching on to ‘hatred for self-righteous people who he felt would judge him if he were to come crawling back’.  He went on to explain the ‘heartache he endured wanting to again be embraced by the warmth of the Holy Spirit – God’s Light’. The song pricked at his heart like no other. I find it amazing that God saw fit to use Alice Cooper even during some of his crazier, more provocative years, in the 70s, to help instill that still, small voice in the minds of his fans and those that actually listened to the heartfelt words and pleas in his music. (NOTE: The full interview with Patrick can be found here https://bit.ly/2sl1cma.

In conclusion, this week’s song is humbling to say the least. It’s also an earlier one written and performed on the band’s third album. Another evident display of the seeds planted in Alice’s life and the yearning he’s felt to walk with our Creator throughout his life. Know that we here at ‘Fridays with Alice’ want you to know we are praying that your walk with Him is a blessed one. We encourage you to continue pushing on listening to the voice of your Creator, Counselor, Comforter, Redeemer, our Lord. His words and ways are precious and lead us to a life everlasting. Amen.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer: "God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

If you have just prayed that prayer, we want to celebrate your new victory with you.  Please contact us at prayers@oceanfloorministries.com so we can welcome you into the kingdom.  We don't want you to have to walk alone and we have some resources we would like the opportunity to share with you.

 

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