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Renewal

(Psa 139:23) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

(Psa 139:24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Trusting God

Genesis 15: 6-10

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”  But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”  So the LORD said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”  Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.

Élias

The Rapture

Repent! Jesus is coming soon

Repent! Jesus is coming soon (Photo credit: Ben Sutherland)

The Rapture, that future moment when the body of believers that make up the Church here on earth is taken up to heaven for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb…for many people, it is unimaginable. It can’t really be described accurately because such has never happened in history. Others see it as a fantasy of ignorant, superstitious people.

This video has been posted and shared on Facebook and to me, it is a simple and very powerful depiction of what will happen in that moment. This video, however, is more for the unbeliever than those of us who do believe. This shows that you must be ready at all times; no one…I repeat NO ONE knows when Christ will return for the church. This is NOT the second coming; Christ will return first, to gather the Church from the earth before the tribulation. His ‘Second Coming‘ will be when He actually sets foot on the earth for the final confrontation. And when He returns then, the Church will be with Him among the Armies of Heaven! Glory to God!

So here I am again…after another absence.

I’ve been going through a lot of private struggles lately. The enemy has certainly been trying his best to get to me. It’s only been through prayer, support from Christian friends and most of all, God’s mercy and grace that I’ve come through…though not without a few scars.

God didn’t promise us an easy life after salvation. But He did promise to always be there. Even if we can’t ‘feel’ Him, even if it seems He’s forgotten about us, even when we think we aren’t worthy to approach Him.

These are all lies satan whispers to us. The enemy can’t read our minds, but he can ‘suggest’ these things to us. Sometimes, it can be so subtle, we don’t even realize what’s happening until we’ve succumbed into believing it. It’s one of the tactics he uses to get to us, and quite frankly, one of the easiest for him to employ. He knows human nature and all the right buttons to push. Remember the Garden of Eden? All he had to do was make Adam and Eve think God might be holding out on them and that was it for the rest of the human race.

And the enemy never gives up trying to bring you down; even mature Christians can fall for his lies, given the right circumstances, though I do want to state that mature Christians usually already know about and know how to deal with such attacks.

One way to defend yourself is to put on the Armor of God: Ephesians 6: 11-18

I suggest that you put the armor on upon waking and before rising.  Just begin with a simple prayer, then deliberately put on each piece:

I put on myself the Helmet of Salvation to protect my mind from any attacks of the enemy.

I place the Breastplate of Righteousness to guard my heart.

I put on the Girdle of Truth, that I may stand in the day, and

I shod my feet with the Sandals of Peace, that I will walk where You lead.

And I take up the Shield of Faith, which protects me from all fiery darts from the enemy.

Finally, I pick up the Sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word.

Not only have I had to deal with personal attacks, but some that came from others, mostly to  cause me to question and doubt. I’ll be posting about one in particular, as it entailed serious study and discussion with others.

The Prodigal Son

Well, I’m back after a long time away. I have to confess that I got pulled into Facebook; not that FB is bad or anything, but I got caught up into playing the games they have there after seeing one my sister was playing on her account. So, thinking I would only be playing that one game, I joined and started playing. For a while, there wasn’t any problem; it was enjoyable and I liked it quite a lot.

Then I started playing another game…

Then another….and another…

Now let me state that there is nothing wrong with playing those games. They are fun and enjoyable..at least when my computer wasn’t freezing up on me or the connection to the server got lost.  It became frustrating, just trying to play any of them.

But the worst thing?

It took me away from the Father. I’m not saying I turned my back on Him, no. Playing those games took up so much time, so much of my thinking that they were the first thing I wanted to do when I got home from work. After doing what I needed to do every day when I got home, I turned on my computer and went straight to Facebook. Trying to keep up with all the requests and playing the games, the hours flew by. I was consumed with keeping the games going and getting to the next level.

And that was the problem. I had no time for God. I got out of praying every day, going to church, etc. Mind you, it was not that I wasn’t convicted about this. But I deceived myself into thinking they were just games. But deep down, I knew it was wrong. It wasn’t wrong to play the games; it was wrong that I had allowed them to nearly take over my life. I was even loosing sleep because I would stay up late trying to keep up with all of them. And it didn’t help that during part of that time, I was working 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. It simply got too exhausting.

I finally said enough. Can you see how insidious the enemy can be? I was on the verge of becoming addicted to these silly games! If the devil can get even the tiniest hook into you, you’re in trouble if you aren’t watchful.

I rarely go to FB anymore, even though my daughter and grandchildren now have accounts there. Not so much because I’m afraid of getting back to that place of trying to keep up with those games…I just am not that interested in it anymore.

That and I have much more important things to take care of.

Such as my personal relationship with the Father.

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