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- Jaws!

Post by Floatingaxe on Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:13 am

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

Sometimes (like today!) I have thoughts about my plight.

“Nobody has it as bad as this!”

“No one understands my pain!”

“I’m the only one who has to deal with this problem!”

Sound familiar? Heh.

I imagine myself at a blind in a tree at a watering hole in rural Africa. Many species of animals are slaking their thirst there. An elephant or two, a couple rhinos, many elands, and hyenas lurking nearby, looking for a weak one of the herd. But there are mighty lions hanging back. Once a weakling is spotted, the bold young lions run after their prey, topple the poor weak eland and tear it to pieces with their superior strength and magnificent jaws! Yipes! Bedlam!

That is what Satan does. He lurks around on the prowl looking for my weaknesses. Once detected, they are duly noted in my profile, and then he and his cohorts just sit and watch and wait…and plan my downfall.

God says I must be alert! Be strong in my faith! Take note that God tells me that I am NOT ALONE! Nothing that I am suffering is something that is only mine. The one thing I need to remember is that I should never speak my misery out loud without speaking it to my heavenly Father. Loose talking to the air is just asking for trouble. The devil picks it up and away he runs with it. There is power in the tongue—life and death, as a matter of fact.

Proverbs 18:21 NLT
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

We need to bring our sufferings to the cross, receive strength to endure and go out into the world and pass on that very good news to those who suffer and don’t know that there is a Saviour, that wonderful Jesus Christ, who will give them relief and victory!

Let's not be a candidate to appease the hunger of our enemy.


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- Re: Jaws!

Post by Christ is My Life! on Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:11 am

This is great! I remember, when I was so new and naeive to the faith, my husband always said....don't speak it...he hears you. I thought...WHO hears me? He said...The devil hears you and will wreak havoc. I laughed at him....inside. Yes...That was me, about 8 years ago....

Knowing what I did about evil, I did not ever consider it to be the devil...just evil. So, the devil thought he won me, but convincing me that he did not exist.

Then, one day....it hit me...he DOES exist....and he had been wreaking havoc in my life from the beginning...from the womb....and through today. BUT....the ways he used before, he no longer uses with me....because he saw that I woke up to his existence. Those around me, are another story....so the attacks come from them...through them.

He is a hungry wolf. That is for sure. And you can see just how hungry he is by looking around you and seeing what is happening in the lives around you. Around the world.

Think not that he doesn't hold on tight to the searching Christians. Oh, he does....it is through his continued aggression towards those who found truth in Christ that leads so many off the correct path towards righteousness.

Fooling them, tricking them and using biblical text and verses to do so.

This is why, we, who trust in our Lord, must hold steadfast in that trust, no matter what seems impossible, or overwhelming. The devil hates that. His hunger is so ravenous he can't fathom us not saying...."God...why have you forsaken me?" And turning from God, rather than TO God!
Our Almighty Father is way ahead of him. Always has been, always will be. Praise His Almighty Name....We do have comfort and a place to run to amidst our attacks....We have CHRIST! He who gives us strength and too much muscle for that hungry wolf to bite into our flesh! AMEN Floatingaxe! Great message today!

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