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Summer transitioning to fall gives me much
more difficulty than any other seasonal change. I mean, winter to spring is a
roller-coaster ride. I’m up when the air has warmed, but down when the skies
darken and snow flurries return. Still, I know magnificent spring is only days
away. Spring to summer is exciting and much easier. The warm weather just gets
warmer. I bask the beauty of God’s handiwork enjoying intense sunlight and
longer days. Fall to winter also doesn’t seem to affect me as much. I’ve
already become accustomed to less daylight and cooler temps and, of course,
holiday anticipation keeps me in high spirits.
Nevertheless, when the shorter, gray daysof fall appear, I feel gloomy and down. I become
very introspective, thinking things need to change in my life, but not sure
what or how they should change. Sometimes, I seem to disengage, just going
through the motions of living.
Maybe some of you are like me. And if so, what
will it take for us to maintain lifted spirits and repel gray dayeffects? Should we jump on the world’s band wagon and start planning
Hallowe’en parties; or should we do something to please and honor our Lord?
I think the latter. In fact, it’s in these
times I really need to read God’s Word all the more; expecting Him to speak and
listening very closely for His voice. Then, I must BELIEVE what He says.
Normally God’s Holy Word is my passion, but
when the gray days hit, I have trouble desiring to be in His Word. Life’s
trials easily divert my attention and Bible reading is almost a chore. But,
Do you think Satan could be involved? I think,
yes. When we have difficulty absorbing the Word of God and hearing His voice,
you can be sure it’s a tactic of the enemy. Satan will use any method to thwart
God’s plan and get our eyes off the Savior. He will make us question who we are
in Christ and who Christ is in us.
Why is that? No doubt it’s because Satan
doesn’t want us to remember he’s already defeated and the lake of fire is his
future. Yet, I believe God uses Satan’s activity to purify and hone His Body,
Even so, this enemy wants us frightened and
scared, thinking we will never escape his clutches. But that’s a lie, a fiery
dart deliberately shot. And, according
to Mark Altrogge, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, these
fiery darts are Satan’s greatest weapons.
So, let’s try to answer Pastor Mark’s
question: “How much power does Satan
In his article,
he references Job, indicating Satan’s power was limited to what God allowed in
Job’s life. What an amazing thought. Satan can only do to us what God has
allowed. Still, when you read Job, Satan caused immense damage. I certainly
wouldn’t want to suffer as Job did and I’m sure you agree.
So must we? Well, consider this: Job lived before Jesus died for our sin and
before He gave us His name, His
His armor. Job
lived before Jesus shared His inheritance
and before Jesus granted believers authority to trample on serpents and
scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.
Certainly, God allowed things in Job’s life to
prove a point to Satan, but mostly, I believe, to open Job’s spiritual eyes.
Still, I’m not saying that we
can avert calamity by rebuking Satan or that Satan initiates every calamity.
But what I am saying is, if gray daysare
fueling spiritual distance from your heavenly Father, Satan and his minions are,
no doubt, somehow involved. So remember, you do not have to remain distant. You
can seek first His kingdom,
draw near to God and
resist the devil,
because Jesus has overcome the world.
The Greek physician, Hippocrates, said,
“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”
For the past almost 19 years I’ve
experienced this truth. I work in a physical medicine office and as such, our
medical office has a Chiropractic emphasis. We treat the spine that houses and
protects our central nervous system and we deal with pain naturally.
Three weeks ago our office attended a
Conference to learn about some new and innovative ways to help our patients.
However, we were also privileged to hear Dr. John Rosa, who, among other
things, is the White House Surrogate for the Opioid Crisis. Dr. Rosa gave
alarming statistics about the amount of opiates prescribed in the United States
and why. Because of pain from injury, surgery, etc., opiates are prescribed.
According to Dr. Rosa, in an average day, 650,000 prescriptions for opiates
such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Codeine are prescribed,
4,000 of those patients start non-medical use, 600 start heroin use, 3,30…
Ruth 1:1-2: “Now it
came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the
land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of
Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the
name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and
Chilion--Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab
and remained there.” (NKJV) Bethlehem, Judah, was their
home, their God-given land and to leave was a serious decision. Judah, meaning “Praise”, was the fourth son of Jacob and
Leah. His descendants, including Elimelech, filled this territory. Bethlehem, or
“House of Bread” also known as
Ephrath, was the burial ground of Jacob’s most beloved wife, Rachel.
Are you ready to see how
God works in the midst of rebellion, pain or anger, and are you ready to learn
of great love and redemption? Fabulous, because today we begin the study of the
Book of Ruth, a touching and true story much better than Cinderella. Ruth, a Moabite, lived in the
time when Judges admonished Israel, approximately 1100 BC.