Satan Is Hard At Work

“Be sober, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a hungry lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

By simply watching a few minutes of the news or reading an article on your smart phone, the discord permeating our country is obvious. The 2017 Presidential Election and the months leading up to it have been a major breeding ground for this unrest. The battles have not only been Republican against Democrat. The war has infiltrated friendships and family relationships as each person fights to prove their views the most correct.

Property has been destroyed, people have been injured, arrests have been made. At this point in time, we are not “One nation under God.” We are a divided nation slowly tearing itself apart, and for what…to change what cannot be changed, to gloat over victory.  To me, it is clear that Satan and his minions are having a party stirring up this atmosphere of dissension.  The roaring lion is on the prowl!

I totally understand that people on both sides of the political parties have their hard and fast ideas of how this country should be run.  I witness everyday on the news that these same people are fearful and angry, and these emotions are spreading like a cancer.

Our Constitution validates the president who is in office, but more important is God’s plan for this nation. If people could rest in the knowledge that God is Sovereign and in charge of the results of this election, the count, whether popular vote or electoral college, would not be the topic of endless arguments.

If we as a nation converted the energy consumed in battles precipitated by fear and anger into trust and faith in God, perhaps the war would cease. Perhaps Satan’s battle plan would fail instead of our success as a nation.

For everyone tirelessly fighting for your cause on either side of the fray, there is an answer that can bring you peace. God and God alone!  Whatever your concern, your fear, your discontent, take it to Him. Despite the unrest surrounding your daily lives, you can find peace in Him. Maybe the world isn’t what you think it should be. However, remember there is a much higher authority who had a plan before the beginning of time for you and this country. And all will go as He planned despite our thoughts on the matter. And His plans are good because we are his children and He loves us.

Perhaps we could take that which rises up inside of us with the next news cycle and give it to God, the creator of the universe. What rest and peace would be found for our minds and bodies. Defeat Satan with that peace.  He knows his time on earth is drawing to a close. Stop him in his tracks. “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually.” (I Chronicles 16:11)

Remember, we can’t share the love of Christ with those who need it when we are weaponized with hatred, self-absorbed, and fighting to win no matter the cost . “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Defeat this distraction of the enemy. Time for each of us to be a part of the solution. Reach across the aisle and rekindle relationships before the divide is too great. Put politics to the side and see a person created by God who deserves your love and prayers.  Time for mending. To God Be the Glory!

What Will Your Answer Be?

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While in a dressing room at TJ Maxx, the labels above the hooks for hanging clothes screamed, “You must post this!” These words are familiar answers we all, at one time or another, have given to God when He has revealed a specific direction for our lives. God loves us and has only good plans for our lives. In our heads we know this, but in reality our faith falters. The “what if ” questions plague our minds.

Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:21-22)

An acrostic for faith is this…Feeling Araid Trust Him. God accepted no excuses from the prospective disciples.  How many of them would have even been disciples if they went home and made a “pro/con” list and discussed it with their families. Jesus said, “Follow me,” and they walked away from life as they knew it into the unknown.  Most assuredly they had doubts and fears, but faith won the battle and God used them mightily.

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34)

Sometimes we try to pacify ourselves and God with the answer “possibly” to buy some time. And perhaps we do ponder and play out in our minds what “possibly” would look like if we changed it to “definitely.” Then fear comes creeping in because our human minds try to imagine what saying “yes” to God might actually look like…how our lives would change. Yet again, we forget to factor in the most important aspect…faith in the goodness of our Heavenly Father.

Faith is saying “definitely” instead of “tomorrow” when God reveals His plan for us. Praise God He has a plan for us to carry out…a plan to do our part in carrying out the Great Commission and take as many people to Heaven with us as we can!

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

The time to follow Christ and do His will is “definitely” today because quite “possibly” our Savior could return “tomorrow!” Are you ready? Which hook will you hang your hat on! Prayers that you will not put off accepting, following and honoring Jesus another day. He died to save you…now is the time to die to ourselves for Him. To God Be the Glory!

For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

 

God’s Beauty In Every Day Things

IMG_7282As you can see from the photo, I have not mastered the art of nighttime photography, but I had to share this moment with you. The weekend is ending.  Time to go to bed and wake up to a new week.  The reflection of the full moon shining off the lake behind my house lured me outside to check out the night sky as I was locking up for the night.

The moon is at peak fullness and the clouds drifting in the sky seemed to purposefully frame the beauty of its brightness. From the reflection off the water, I could see the silhouettes of two deer eating the corn left behind by the ducks earlier in the day. It was just one of those moments in time when everything stops for a moment and you drink up the beauty of God’s handiwork, feeling as though He had planned this scene especially for you.

That beauty is present every day from the moment you open your eyes until you close them at night. Tonight God had this beautiful masterpiece finished just in time for me to see His hand-crafted beauty at the close of my day.  Don’t miss this in your daily lives.  These are the moments that calm our souls, that enable to experience God in such a real and beautiful way.

Prayers that your week will begin well, that you will make time for God, and that you will see His beauty throughout your day. To God Be the Glory!

Time to Step Up!

While sitting on my patio watching the ducks swim about in the lake, an unusual sight caught my eye. There was movement in the water that was stretched out and low to the surface.  I knew immediately that it was a snake and a big one at that. I called my husband to confirm the siting and he scrambled to get his gun.IMG_2161

It was at that moment I realized this snake had a target on which he was focused, a mama duck and three ducklings.  This was my first time to see the babies at all. I had been watching for a new hatching. I yelled for my husband to hurry.  In the meantime, three green head mallards headed to the rescue, cutting the snake off from his intended meal.

The male ducks effectively surrounded the snake on all sides, despite the wide-opened, fanged mouth that was approaching them. It was amazing how quickly and instinctively they came to the rescue, placing themselves in harm’s way, becoming protectors.

Finally, Eddy arrived with the gun and waited for a clear shot, killing the snake.  Ducks flew everywhere. The mama duck and her babies have not been seen since that day.  Can’t blame her.  She has probably moved on to a safer neighborhood where gunfire is not a problem!IMG_2168

As Christians, do we intercede for our brother and sisters in Christ during times of danger and spiritual attacks as these ducks instinctively did, protecting those in their small community.  Or are we too self-absorbed to even be aware of the well-being of those around us. Families are falling apart, children are falling into addictions, the world is becoming more Godless every day. Satan knows his days are numbered and his attacks have increased.

John 10:10 (ESV)  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

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

Time to armor up and be on the defensive. Time to come alongside those God places in your path, and bring out the big guns on their behalf…prayer, The Word, and your testimony. There are many falling to the wayside who need to know about Jesus and the victory they can have in life through Him, despite past or present indiscretions. Share your testimony.  Don’t be afraid or too busy to give this world Jesus. To God Be the Glory!

 

What Story Does Your Life Tell?

On Friday night of the KLOVE awards weekend, the group Big Daddy Weave took the stage.  During the time they were leading in worship, lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Weaver asked for prayer for his brother.   He mentioned an infection which antibiotics were beginning to have success in stopping.  Little did we know until the following week that at that point Mike knew that his brother, Jay, who is the band’s bass player and vocalist would be losing one of his feet.

The band’s time leading worship and bringing  glory to God was not compromised despite this heartbreaking news. Through what I can only see as the grace of God, the band leaned into their faith in Him during this night.

When the time came for the band to go onstage at the actual Sunday Awards Night, news had come that Jay would lose both of his feet.  How grieved Mike and the band must have been about this news. Yet, in what must have been an extra measure of God’s grace, they went onstage to sing “If I Told You My Story.” They did not share a story of despair, but one of the victory that we have in Christ our Savior.

Our lives are full of stories…good ones and bad ones. This song speaks of the hope, love, mercy, and grace that God pours into our lives despite the narrative of the story.  He is always by our side, and so very often those stories of pain can be used to share and encourage others if we train ourselves to look for God in the writing of His story for our lives.

God was not surprised by this situation, nor any trials that you have in life.  They are a part of the story God had for you all along.  Look to Him for his direction in all that life brings your way.  Your story could make a world of difference in the life of someone who needs to know Christ. Share your story every chance you get, because if God is in control of your life there will be an overtone of victory in every aspect of it.

Pray for Jay, for Mike and the members of this band. God will use the testimony that comes from this terrible time to bring glory to Himself.

Give your problems to God and be willing to allow Him to use them to the furtherance of His Kingdom as He writes your story. Then share the victory you have in Him through these stories every chance you get. The world so needs to hear it! To God Be the Glory!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”       (Romans 8:28)

For the Wounded

UntitledAn early Sunday song. We all have hurts and wounds. Let the light of Jesus’ healing grace shine through your wounds for healing today.
In this world we will have trouble, but God works ALL things together for our good…He is forever faithful. We experience more of God’s love and presence during those times of hurt and struggle. We are shaped more into His likeness if we yield our will to His. To God Be the Glory!