By Tangie T. Woods
Do you deviate from cake and icing recipes to add your special ingredient to enhance the sweet flavor? Do you [we] study and follow ingredients in the gospel of Jesus to ensure food for our soul does not deviate from His biblical recipe?
What about studying ingredients of people? Ingredients of people! What?! The below image was posted on Facebook by Lashelle, a sister-in-Christ. I immediately thought it would be a great blogging subject since perhaps some of us do not study ingredients of people before developing various types of relationships.
The image reminds me of a beautiful cherub angel that was cast from Heaven. Unfortunately, in today’s society, we sometimes deemed others to have high morals and often esteem them based on their beautiful physical characteristic traits. Let us be mindful that Satan too was a beautiful cherub angel but God said to him, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So, I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings” (Ezekiel 28:17).
A once beautiful cherub angel was cast out of heaven full of fury knowing that his time is short. What does Satan’s fall from Heaven means to us? It means to make our calling and election sure to be covered under God’s Mighty Hand. Also, we should be mindful of maintaining alertness with a sober mind. Why? Satan’s influence can be strong at times as he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for Christians to devour. He was poisonous in Heaven, in the Garden, and is still poisonous to souls today.
He caters to our weaknesses and entices us to be drawn away by our own lust. It appears as though he first travels down roads seeking new converts, known as babes in Christ. After getting to the end of the last road, he bypasses wayward Christians who have already returned to his world. Next, he drives down streets seeking long time Christians who are weak in biblical knowledge. Finally, he gets on major highways seeking those who are strong in the faith, and are in leadership positions in the Body of Christ. For the latter, he saves his best schemes, and dispatches his most evil employees to do his bidding, carrying undercover flawed cakes with the highest quality of deviated icing; this makes it almost impossible to resist feeding the soul with just a tiny amount. (Ephesians 6:12-24) He wants to make a spectacle of us in the sight of God.
Looks can be deceiving, and with today’s technology, everyone has been approved for an unlimited credit card making it convenient and affordable to lose our soul with easy access to a world of sin. Be careful of sheep bearing cakes, it might be a wolf, with an added ingredient, coming to lead us to the path of hell. Christ, not Satan, must dwell in our hearts to not be easily drawn away by our own lust. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? WARNING: If we die in sin, there is a no return policy that states it is too late to seek the Lord’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Final thought, we can be assured with the key ingredient for spiritual maturity and resistance to spiritual deception is getting to know the baker, the true living GOD, who makes the earth trembles when He is angry, and nations cannot endure His wrath. (Jeremiah 10:10) Sounds like current state of all nations battling COVID-19.
About The Author- Tangie T. Woods
Tangie T. Woods was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and was baptized at Holt Street Church of Christ. She has two associate degrees from Trenholm State Technical College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Troy University in Montgomery. She has been employed with Department of the Air Force and Veterans Health Administration since 1987; and will retire in 2023, Lord willing.
She initiated and coordinated women’s monthly Bible studies and fellowship dinners from October 2017 to October 2019; both events held in various cities. In an effort to bridge the generation gap, the Bible study teachers consisted of young, middle-aged and older sisters. Tangie started the Sisters Evangelizing Team (tSET) which encouraged sisters to get involved in community evangelism. She also initiated a ministers’ wives support group, and is currently penning three manuscripts titled “Tales of Minister’s Wives” “Spiritual Food For The Soul” and “No Regrets Spiritually Speaking.”
Tangie’s passion is to continue increasing younger sisters’ involvement in sisterhood events and in their congregation of worship. In 2017, she coordinated her first ladies’ day program at Gainesville Church of Christ with program participants of all ages. In January 2019, she hosted the first “Real Talk” featuring a younger sister as event speaker and leading questions and answers breakout sessions for young women. Approximately 100 women from Georgia and Florida attended both events. Tangie has also been afforded opportunities to speak at various ladies’ day programs in Alabama and Florida; and was invited to speak in Summer Shade, Kentucky in March 2020.
She shares her pains, struggles and blessings to encourage women of all ages, and to be encouraged, through her blog http://www.tangietwoods.blog. She started blogging on June 29, 2019; and as of today, the Lord has blessed her spiritual blog to be viewed by approximately 30,000 viewers in 53 countries. Additional viewers from other countries are added with each new published blog. Tangie gives God all the glory and praise for allowing her to spread His Word worldwide using today’s technologies to teach all nations.
Tangie is married to Felton D. Woods, Minister of Gainesville Church of Christ in Gainesville, Florida. They have three adult children (Ashley, Audriana and William); and one granddaughter, Charlayne.
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