Friday, September 25, 2009

Seeking whom he may devour

I have to admit, these past few weeks have NOT been easy weeks for us. It seems one thing after another creeps up to try and discourage us, bring us down, and keep us from accomplishing the goals we have tried to set in place. If you look back at my previous blog entries, you will see how, a few weeks ago, the fleas made their appearance. Shortly after that, there were behavior issues to deal with in our children and in myself. And now, this past week, we have all been sick and stuck inside the house, except for running a few necessary errands. I can’t help but wonder when it will end and when our lives can get back to “normal” again, if there is such a thing. (Sigh)

I also realize we are not the only ones experiencing struggles in our lives and, actually, OUR “problems” are very mild compared to some others I’ve heard about. But, you know what? It doesn’t really matter how big or small our problems are. What matters is that everything we go through in life is for a reason. It could be to strengthen our faith and draw us closer to the Lord. It could be to show others a witness as we “handle” things in a Christlike manner. It could be to test us for one reason or another.... Or, it could be Satan trying to discourage us from joyfully serving the Lord and making a difference in this world.

Satan knows how to hit us where it hurts. He is actively roaming around at this very moment, seeking whom he may devour. It’s true! Check out this verse....

1Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (KJV)

So, how can we survive when the devil pounces? The answer is very clear on that... Eph. 6:10-17.

Open your Bible and read it right now. Go ahead... read it! Once you've read those verses, you'll understand why there is a picture of our son here, dressed in a knight's costume. (If you can’t find your Bible, then that may be a sign right there as to why you are going through so many struggles right now. Maybe God is trying to "wake you up" and bring you back to Himself?)

Anyway, now that you’ve read those verses, take some time to PRAY and ask the Lord to give you the strength to put these verses into action. (If you don’t understand what these verses really mean, then go have a talk with a pastor or a church elder as soon as possible.)

But, also..... if you read on into Eph. 6:18, let’s not forget that we need to continue praying for and encouraging each other. We all need to stick together during these trying times.

Ephesians 6:18 - With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (NAS)

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