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Missing God Lately?

Christians are wasting valuable time each day reading Social Media, watching News Chanel’s, and being otherwise focus on capturing every bit of news about President Trump and the activities and statements of the wicked. Many of them are transferring the dregs of discouragement to other Believers.

Satan is happy about that. Not only are they becoming incrementally weaker, but are being chocked full of anxiety and stress. They have little time left for prayer or the freshness and renewing value of God’s word. Their only boost of morale does not come from God, but from some positive statement or report about President Trump.

Beloved, the mouth of the snare is clearly revealed. The “spider” of life’s cares is waiting to inject you with the poison of fear and hopelessness. It will choke the word out of your “soil!” The result will be inability to trust God and a strong penchant to rely on politics to deliver you.

Come away with the Holy Spirit into the place of peace and trust. Get in discussions with other Believers about something fruitful. You cannot do anything except pray about the wickedness exploding in the world. But you have the option of refusing to let it pile energy/faith-robbing burdens on your mind and spirit.
So if you really want to win this battle, pull yourself away from the “gloom injector” and fight the good fight. If you were stricken with a terrible disease, would you rather continually hear everything destructive about it, or hear about everything that could be done to cure you?

The fact is, evil cannot triumph when God’s people are strong spiritual and faithful. No evil person can attain power when God’s people are powerful spiritually.

“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
Psalm 75:6-7
“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” – Psalm 62:11

Will we be sifted or tried?

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, “Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

And the Lord said unto Satan, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.”— Job 1:9-12

No doubt, all the demons in the land wanted to torment Job. Satan wanted to torment him. However, God had a hedge about Job to prevent them from exercising their evil. The fact is, Satan desires to inflict every Christian on earth, but he pays special attention to the godly ones that serve God faithfully.

Christ said to Peter, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32)

Paul wrote years later, “…neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27)

And what is this “sifting” business that Satan wished to do to Peter? As a boy, I watched my Mom use a sifter. In those days flour did not come as clean and fine as it does today. So she would take a sifter, put flour in it, and shake it back and forth. The fine flour would fall out into a bowl, and she would discard the rest. Continue reading

That Temporal Tooth—a reflection on Eternity 

I bit on something hard in a sandwich Thursday. There was a loud “crack” like my tooth had broken. Went to the dentist yesterday morning, thankful that they could see me so soon.

It was definitely cracked—completely split in two. It was a difficult extraction that did not end quickly. The dentist couldn’t pull it out no matter how much he jerked and twisted. I prayed fervently as he fought with that tooth.

Finally, he resorted to using an impact tool, then a drill or high-speed cutter, and then a surgical knife. It is now sewn with dissolvable stitches. I was shaking when he was finished.

I thought—I willingly laid on a stretch-chair, let some man I barely know stick needles in my gum, then wrestle, pull, jerk, and cut one of my teeth out, and paid $$$ for the experience. It was all because I knew from a past incident that a cracked tooth can become septic and the pain is way off the scale. All that to say that I recognized a lesson in that experience. Continue reading

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