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The Devil – The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz

Covid

Racial Injustice

Homelessness

Hunger

Oppression

The powerful turning a blind eye to the plight of the weak

The rich profiting off the poor

We are living in troubled times and Satan is hard at work. He never sleeps, He is the hardest working man in show business.  Taunting us.  Asking us where our Lord has gone? Why has he forsaken us?  He sees this is an opportunity to swoop in and get many of us to abandon our faith and switch teams.

I know because like so many he has tried to shake my faith. He is a master at tempting us with solutions that appear to solve our problems, but those solutions come with a heavy price.  Yet, when tempted in times of trouble it is not easy to turn away from temptation, to let go of our worry and sorrow and believe that God has us. To remember that we are His children and He loves us so much He gave us his son so that in his death Jesus would set us free from eternal death. To be a seed sown for the harvest of our souls for all eternity so we could be redeemed into the family of God.

Many of us forget that no matter what we are going through in the moment it is nothing compared to the abundance of blessings that the Lord has waiting for us.  The devil knows this as well, he knows he can tempt us, make us question our faith, but he also knows that he will never, not even on his best day, have the power to shower us with the blessings that the Lord will rain down on us if we simply keep the faith and stay the course. 

That’s why he’s out here with his nose in everything, working so hard to nurture the evil and doubt with-in us, to take us off our path home where the Lord awaits us.  It is in times like this He is especially active looking to take advantage of the loneliness and sorrow many us may be experiencing, having suffered through the loss of a love one or difficult times we may be going through.

But stay strong we must.  Lean on our faith and laugh at the tricks he tries to get us to question our faith. Have faith that the Lord is still walking with us. So tell the devil that he can move on and look for another soul to try and turn because he is wasting his time trying to turn yours because your soul knows that God has you and that’s all you need.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

COVID Racial unrest Homelessness Hunger Financial insecurity We are living in troubling times and for many of us are faith is being tested. Many of us openly ask, where is He? Why has He turned his back on us?  But even if our faith is shaken, we must find it within ourselves to lean on it, to remember we are His children. Created in His image and He loves us so much that he sacrificed his only Son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. He has never forsaken us before and He never will.

Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

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Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

So Pence was half right

At today’s press conference on the Coronavirus Vice President Pence painted an unrealistic rosy picture and seemingly eschewing science, which he has been prone to do, never recommended that we wear masks. He did however say several times that we should pray.  Now let’s be clear we should wear masks, we should practice social distancing, we should avoid large gatherings and we should do all those things because it has proven to be the best way to slow the spread of the virus and make no mistake the Lord does expect that we will take care of ourselves. That we will treat ourselves with love and consideration. Because as it is written in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

So Pence was half right.

We must do what is medically prudent to protect ourselves. However it would be wrong to openly dismiss or mock his calling for us to pray as a nation.  Prayer is after all a very powerful tool and if we have faith in HIM the Lord is our most powerful ally. 1 John 5:14-15 states:

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

We know that it is precisely in times like this that Satan will try to shake the faith of even the strongest. He will ask them to look to the heavens and ask the Lord why have you foresaken us.  But it also precisely at these times that we must lean on our faith, open our hearts and remember that we are children of the Lord and even if we do not understand why some things are taking place know this, HE still walks with us, still breathes life into us each day and HE does so because HE loves us and will never turn away from us. The Bible tells us this in many verses including Deuteronomy 31:8:

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

And Isaiah 41:10:

10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

There are times when I have doubt, when my body is weaken from illness and fear creeps into my mind. It is at those times that I call on my faith to strengthen me and guide me back to my spiritual journey. I empty my mind, close my eyes and talk to the Lord. I tell HIM that I believe in HIM, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and it is with this faith that I cast aside my fears and replace them with the belief that it is at HIS hand that I shall be healed. But I am also acutely aware that prayer for prayer sake is not enough.  It is important that I remember that my prayers can only only work to revive my mind, body and soul with the Lord and I can only be with the Lord if I truly have faith in HIM.

So in these troubling times take the necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you.  But also believe and lean on your faith. Take the Vice President’s advice and pray because the Lord is listening.

The Song of the Birds

The last few mornings I woke up up at the ridiculous hour of 5:00 am. Lying in my bed attempting to drift back off to the peaceful bliss of sleep for a few more hours I could not help but notice the sound of birds chirping outside my window. I thought to myself I never hear these birds any other time of the day but every morning rain or shine as the sun makes it appearance in the morning sky these birds begin their song like clockwork. Their song is but one of the many things all around us that despite a worldwide pandemic, racial unrest and an economy that has seen tens of millions lose their jobs we take for granted. There song is a message that despite all the chaos in the world today the Sun still rises in the east, the Earth still circles the sun and the birds still sing.

Being single with a pre-existing heart condition I often find myself physically alone as well as alone in my thoughts these days and despite being blessed in so many ways that it is hard to quantify, there are times I find myself questioning why. Why have I never been able to find that special someone to spend my life with? Why have I not been blessed with the gift of a child? Why do I have this heart condition? Have I done something so wrong in my life that I’m being punished? I know I have not lived a perfect life. I know I have sinned but I am only human and in the grand scheme of things I have lived a good life, tried to do what is right and help others where I could. So why? But as I laid there this morning alone in my thoughts I listened to the bird’s song and realized that despite everything their song was a blessing, their song told me that the Lord has breathed life into my nostrils so that I may see another day and hear their song. While my life may not have gone according to some abstract blueprint I put together in my mind I was blessed to wake each morning and hear the song of the birds. A song that for the first time I could really hear. A song that reminded me of all that I am blessed to have, things that that I sometimes take for granted. A song that reminded me that the Lord is always with me, walking beside me, guiding me, protecting me, and with that thought I smiled and drifted back to sleep to the song of the birds. 

He has not forsaken us

We live in a time where so many have hated in their heart, including our so-called leaders. Men and women who are supposed to lead us, protect us, and guide us through turbulent times. Leaders without empathy. Leaders who are selfish and wicked. Yet despite the evil that is thrust on us, we must remain true to our faith. To know that our true leader is not a man or woman who walks among us but is the Lord and he has not forsaken us. He continued to walk with us, guide us, strengthen us, protect us and it is He who will pass the final judgement on all those who seek to harm us.670B4F88-5DC3-43A7-8BEC-65795FC097F7