Sometimes in the late hour is my worst hour. I see the nether gloom throught the lattice of my window and can't seem to find a star in the sky in the dead hour. It's 10:21 and already is gloom time in my town. There's nothing to watch on television and all there is, it is the ipod to glean a good song or two. It times like this when I really want and do pray for God not to leave us nor forsake us. Especially if I had a hectic day it is double the case. I live with unbelievers so there no firechat here. It all you and your God and what ever worth God is to you as this hour. This is the lonelies time of my day. I've given it all up for God and I just pray I see the fortune of my decision and when I will cash in in the kingdom of heaven. So we turn our bible to 1 Samuel 11:1-6 where it says, ["... 1 Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you." 2But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I gouge out all your right eyes, and thus bring disgrace on all Israel." 3The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days' respite that we may send messengers through all the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to save us, we will give ourselves up to you." 4When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, they reported the matter in the ears of the people, and all the people wept aloud. 5Now, behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen. And Saul said, "What is wrong with the people, that they are weeping?" So they told him the news of the men of Jabesh. 6 And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled...] Have you had the occassion where life asks for a hard bargain from you. I became disabled years ago and couldn't continue with my life and my anger was greatly kindled! I blamed destiny, God, society, fate and the devil. And I became snare in helplessly feeling sorry for myself and the other end helplessly trying to come clean on the jam I was in. I just couldn't accept that this is what God wanted for me. I would have not come to understand how glorious God is and how much dominion he has on little feeble brain me. This is frequent stumble for theologians to say why bad things happen to good people. And accusing God of turning us into robots. I couldn't understand my dispair and handicap. I did not understand standing in line or taking a number or waiting to be called. Yes is was a hard bargain to accept. I wanted control. I wanted to do the driving. But as I grew and turned to Gods word everything began to become clear to me. God has handed me the key to everlasting wonderful news about his salvation. The Devil often rings my number on my weakness to take control but when I look intently and see how the Lord is God, I know I will prevail. There's nothing that can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Like I said looking at the matter intently much of the grief we face is because we haven't believed the Lord is God and given to him the total control of our life, mind and soul and sicologogy. We still want to be pragmatic and handle the matter on our own resources. Yes, its a struggle with our own weak frail soul that insists on taking care of itself. And the devil knows how to take advantage of our weaknesses and come with the program as long the wily one is around but he won't trouble us for ever. So have heart when life offers you a bad bargain and your anger is kindled and you want to give up. Jesus told a parable that men should always pray and not loose heart. May you have a good night and morning. Amen. thbg
I have found this soo true. The devil knows my weaknesses and tempts me with them. I sometimes am amazed at the power that Christ has given us in freedom. Sin can't control us anymore and seeing that is amazing in my own walk. I can get tempted but it doesn't control my life anymore. The Holy Spirit is strong and says that we can fight and overcome the temptation and it is just so amazing when you say NO and just walk away.
Thank you 'youaregolden' for you kind comment, amen and kudos. It is just that sometimes we forget the basics like prayer, meditation,time out with God and like fasting. Like today I decided to stay off the sweets and already my soul doesn't like the idea. Now I know I really need to humble myself, seek Gods face, pray and hope that heals my land like he promises in 2Chronicles 7:14.
Thank you for commenting on my blog. I take it personally that someone takes the time to read what I write and appreciate me. And I need to be appreaciative of you and others and I want to do just that today. May you be blessed. Amen.
40 days in the desert. 40 days of fasting, solitude, exhaustive prayer. What more opportune time for Satan to tempt Jesus.
And so it is with us. That crafty devil knows our weeknesses and when we are most vulnerable. He seeks the tiniest opening with his temptations. He knows God's will and is an expert in scripture.
But we have been given the Spirit to guide us. Glory be to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Alive in the Word
Thank you 'aliveintheword' for your kind comment, amen and exhortation. It troubles the devil when we can take this subject and agree on what he's about. Sometimes the devil is subtle like 'would you like to stop at Burger King?' when you just decided to fast a little. Or cynical when you decided to only do your basic work today and your boss tells someone about you , 'so and so' was so much busy on me today, I couldn't keep up with her!
The devil can read thoughts and hears what you tell God and yourself and others. Forget privacy with devil. Thanks again for you comment. May you have a good day. Amen.