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Bit by a Roaring Lion

Father, so many times in life I have sung of my anchor holding in the storms of life. And Father I claim that as truth. In the struggles and heartaches of life, You are surely a solid rock and a sure foundation. I am so grateful for the security of our relationship. But anchoring in You has another dimension as well. Many times in my life my connection to You – my anchor holding fast in You – has been the lifeline to pull me back, for as another old hymn state “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.”

Too many times I have strayed just far enough away that I can pretend that I can’t hear Your voice calling for my return. But whatever has caught my fancy soon proves to be unfulfilling and shallow and once again my anchor brings me back to You. Thank You, Father, for Your unwavering love!

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20 (<<click the green)

Paul, a rock-solid devout believer in the power of the resurrected Christ, attributed his inability to return to the church at Thessalonica to Satan. We don’t know what he did to hinder Paul – but we need to learn from Paul.

Peter clearly states that the devil “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) and he surely is out to get us. Lord, You know this is an ongoing struggle for me. I have no doubt whatsoever that he exists. I guess I’ve always felt that we empower him too much. This goes back pretty far but I can still recall one of comedian Flip Wilson’s catchphrases, “The devil made me do it.” For years I have balked at that – he can’t make me do anything! But he can sure provide plenty of enticements! So I might not get “devoured” but I’ve been bitten plenty of times!

I consciously strive to undermine the devil’s power. He may impact people all over the world but he cannot be all places at once – his demonic hoard does his bidding. He cannot know everything – though he’s been around long enough to have us pegged pretty well. And he is not all-powerful  – he may have the ability to do what he wants – but he is surely limited and he does lose.

He is a foe to be reckoned with and he will surely wreak havoc in our lives BUT… he will not prevail and I am determined, only in You, Lord, to stand against him!

“I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.”

“Abide with Me” words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847

July 17th, 2015, Fri, 6:59 am

No Wedges

Father, I am grateful that I have You in my life. You are loving, correcting, forgiving, supporting, patient, and kind. That list could go on and on. You are there for me in absolutely every aspect of my life. I never have to seek You out for You are always with me. I am truly blessed!

Revelation 2:12-16 (<<click green)

This passage, Lord, has a timely message for all believers not just when it was written but throughout every age. The world offers so many enticements and we are tempted to experience every one of them. Those around us, who are of the world, go on and on about how wonderful and fulfilling they all are but…it is a lie.

The Apostle John states in 1 John 2:15-17,

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you… For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Lord, You said that the city of Pergamum was a “city where Satan has his throne.” The city was the center of worship for not just one but four “gods” and was full of all kinds of enticements. Like our world, one could probably not turn a single corner without finding some kind of lure that would lead them away from You, Lord.

You have called us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39) but that does not mean we are to do what they do. We are to love them in spite of their actions…the same as You do for us.

Lord, help me to stand up against the enticements that this world offers and to see them for what they are…empty…and deadly – for they just want to drive a wedge between You and me. Enable me to remain faithful to You. Only with Your help can I succeed. Amen.

July 9th, Sun, 6:23 am

See with Your Heart

see-with-you-heart

Father, though I didn’t sit and write yesterday, I am so glad we spent the entire day together. As You directed me on my sermon preparation and with other components for Sundays service, I was truly blessed. May Your Holy Spirit guide me throughout today, as well. Amen.

1 Peter 1:8-12 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, I am so blessed that though I have never seen You in the flesh I can love You. You have made Yourself available to me. I may not see You with my eyes but I surely see You with my heart because You first loved me, I can now love You.

Through the presence of Your Spirit, I can know You intimately.  I hear You speak. I learn from Your word – You enlighten my heart and mind with its inspiration. I’m able to avoid the pitfalls of temptation as You guide me to sidestep potential snares. Even when I come face to face with the enticements of evil, You are my strength to stand and not yield – or to turn and distance myself from what could pull me down.

I am not alone, nor will I ever be. As my physical body declines with age, as the trials of this world continue to press in upon me, I will be able to “rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy” for You are my salvation!

Lord, You know me to the uttermost both inside and out. Give me an unquenchable desire to know You more deeply every day. Amen.

Oct 21st, Fri. 6:20 am

Bit by a Roaring Lion

Father, so many times in life I have sung of my anchor holding in the storms of life. And Father I claim that as truth. In the struggles and heartaches of life You are surely a solid rock and a sure foundation. I am so grateful for the security of our relationship. But anchoring in You has another dimension as well. Many times in my life my connection to You – my anchor holding fast in You – has been the lifeline to pull me back, for as another old hymn state “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.”

Too many times I have strayed just far enough away that I can pretend that I can’t hear Your voice calling for my return. But whatever has caught my fancy soon proves to be unfulfilling and shallow and once again my anchor brings me back to You. Thank You, Father, for Your unwavering love!

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20 (<<click here)

Paul, a rock-solid devout believer in the power of the resurrected Christ, attributed his inability to return to the church at Thessalonica to Satan. We don’t know what he did to hinder Paul – but we need to learn from Paul.

Peter clearly states that the devil “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) and he surely is out to get us. Lord, You know this is an ongoing struggle for me. I have no doubt whatsoever that he exists. I guess I’ve always felt that we empower him too much. This goes back pretty far but I can still recall one of comedian Flip Wilson’s catchphrases, “The devil made me do it.” For years I have balked at that – he can’t make me do anything! But he can sure provide plenty of enticements! So I might not get “devoured” but I’ve been bitten plenty of times!

I consciously strive to undermine the devil’s power. He may impact people all over the world but he cannot be all places at once – his demonic hoard does his bidding. He cannot know everything – though he’s been around long enough to have us pegged pretty well. And he is not all-powerful  – he may have the ability to do what he wants – but he is surely limited and he does lose.

He is a foe to be reckoned with and he will surely wreak havoc in our lives BUT… he will not prevail and I am determined, only in You, Lord, to stand against him!

“I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.”

“Abide with Me” words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847

July 17th, Fri, 6:59 am