Flickers of hope in a dark theatre

Movie Theater

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All your works praise you, Lord;

your faithful people extol you.

They tell of the glory of your kingdom

and speak of your might,

so that all people may know of your mighty acts

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures through all generations. Psalm145:10-13

I have always thought of a movie theatre being a safe place where kids could be dropped off without worry. That has all changed now. The evil act of one person has reminded me there are no safe places from evil … not even in the church. I don’t say this to be negative, but to emphasize the importance of knowing God as Lord and Savior. The safety comes in relationship with Jesus. His power is displayed even through the darkest times.

Through the horrific events in Colorado, God still shines through. People are hearing of God’s mighty acts and his grace that overflows beyond our comprehension. There’s one woman who survived the shooting because the bullet went through her brain perfectly in a spot arranged by God when she was born. There’s a mother who felt drawn to go along with her daughters to see a movie they planned on seeing. As they sat in the row of the gunman, they laid on the floor as the shooting began … mother covering her daughters and praying. Somehow they made it out safe. Then a story was told of three brave male teens who covered their girlfriends as the shots rang out. All three died giving their lives for another. There is no greater love.

I’m sure more stories will be coming out. Each one showing the power of God and the love poured on his people in their time of need. I don’t understand the whys of when something like this happens, but I do know with certainty that God is there and cares.

Prayer: Lord, it’s hard for me to understand the evil acts of the world and why such calamity is allowed. I realize the evil choices made by humans affect so many, yet at the same time you shine a light of hope. Thank you! Amen

Faith Tip: Today look for God’s light of hope as you journey through your day.

 

Who Gives Temptation?

Dessert

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Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.

So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. – James 1:12-18 MSG

If I consider all the things that tempt me during the day, the list would be endless for it seems that temptation is always around. I may think that if this food wasn’t in front of me, I wouldn’t be tempted. Maybe I would rather do something else than what I should be doing. A spiritual battle seems to always rage within, especially during busy times, which is always.

As humans, we do want to look for who to blame. Maybe we do think God is testing us so he created this scenario in our lives. God does not give us evil, but only good things. God wants us to succeed in life. While some things are allowed to happen, God has everything we need to help us get through it. God’s plan will always be good for us. Even in the painful times, we will grow for God makes beauty from ashes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me all I need for today. I do not need to fear the temptations that I will face if I choose to follow you. Amen

Faith Tip: Make the choice now who you will follow today.

The Real Struggle

Archangel Michael tramples Satan

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:10-12)

I remember holding my first large prayer leaders meeting at our church. Prayer leaders from the community gathered to meet, pray and discuss prayer ministry. About ten minutes before the meeting started, my cell phone rang in my office. I just happen to walk in there for something and my phone started ringing on my desk. I picked it up and it was my husband. He said he was in an accident with his truck and was hurt. No police came when they were called because they thought it was a joke. My husband was riding down the road, and the weather was hot, and a car passed him from the other direction, but before they passed they threw a cold water balloon at his windshield which shattered it and made him run off the road.

I quickly gathered the prayer facilitators from my church, explained what happened, and that I had to go. They were confident and equipped to run that meeting. In fact, prayer went up a notch because of the incident that night. The devil’s schemes to end the prayer meeting were beaten by the Spirit of God.

But day by day, the struggle continues for all of us in regards to praying and worshiping God. What happens during your day that diverts you from prayer and worship? Is there a misunderstanding? Does the car break down when you need it to go to church? Remember, there is a spiritual battle going on. You need the spiritual armor that God has provided for you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the ways you protect us from the evil one. You thwart his plans and bring honor to your holy name. I pray that I remember to always be wearing your armor and be ready for any attack. Amen.

Faith Tip: When you run into a struggle today with someone or something, step back and remember that it isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness. Pray for God’s discernment, strength and peace to maneuver through the situation.