Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Devotional: What Are You Thankful For?



1 Thessalonians 1:2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I use the Journible's for my daily devotions.  It's a series of books that takes you through various books of the Bible. But here's the catch: You write the passages out by hand on the right side and write your thoughts about what you have just copied on the left side.  Scattered throughout are prompts for thinking about what you have just copied from God's Word.

For the verse above, there was a prompt.  What are you thankful for?  Compare that to what Paul is thankful for.

As I read down through chapter 1 I found that Paul was thankful for the spiritual progress of his readers.  Comparing that to what I am thankful for, was rather eye opening.  Instead of being thankful for the spiritual progress of others, my list included things like creature comforts, and temporal issues.  Paul had an "others focus" while I had a "me focus".  Well, not totally a "me focus", but the things I was thankful for regarding others had more to do with temporal issues being resolved than thanksgiving for other's spiritual growth.

That is quite a contrast, and not one I'm proud of.  I think it shows how materialistic and obsessed with comfort we have become.  The truth is, we grow more spiritually when things are not easy for us.  We have to depend on God more when things are tough.  It deepens our trust in Him and shapes us spiritually into the person God wants us to be.

Paul is such an example for us in this way.  By God's grace I want to focus more on being thankful for the spiritual growth I see in others and less on my creature comforts.  There's nothing wrong with being thankful for what God has provided us temporally...we should thank Him for these things, but let's see if we can go deeper and thank Him for the spiritual growth that we see in others and then go one step further...bless that person by telling them what you are thanking God for...that's what Paul did.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Devotional: A Slave Yet Free

1 Peter 2:16 (NASB)

 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond-slaves of God.

Here is a paradox in Scripture.  In Galatians 5:1 it says, "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery."  Yet in numerous passages, Paul calls himself and others blond slaves or bond servants of Jesus Christ.  The verse above tells us to act as free men, but use our freedom as bond-slaves of God.
How can we be free and slaves at the same time?  Let's take a look.
We are set free from....
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

We are to be a slave to....

Romans 6:22
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

What do slaves do?
They obey their masters.  Scripture tells us to be obedient to God.  

What are the benefits of slavery to God?
1. Freedom from sin
2. Sanctification
3. Eternal life

We are free people as Christians, because we are free from the bondage of sin and death.  Yet, we are slaves of Christ to obey and honor Him, but the benefits are so well worth it!  It's not slavery with drudgery.  It's slavery with thanksgiving for all that we have been freed from and all that we have to look forward to!  Thankful obedience.



Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood

I have been watching videos and listening to audio of survivors of unspeakable evil at the hands of our government officials and those of other governments over the last few days.  I have also listened to the warnings of those who have been murdered for speaking out against these unspeakable evils.

Our media, government, ruling elites, world leaders and Hollywood have all done their best to label those who believe what these people say as "conspiracy theorist", thus having the effect of making them look like crazy nuts and causing them to be quiet.  I have even reconsidered if I should write this post or not at the risk of being labeled nutty. We see this in the effort to censor "fake" news on the internet and on the radio.

In an effort to separate fact from fiction, I set out to listen to as many first hand survivors of this evil as well as those who warn of it.  I wanted to see if their stories matched.  Granted, there are not a huge abundance of those speaking out because they fear for their lives in doing so, but there are enough of them that one can compare their stories and determine if they are telling the truth or fabricating lies.

I am of the opinion that they are telling the truth.

There is a group that was originally called the Iluminati.  Years ago their goal of a one world government got out along with some of their evil doings, so they went underground for a while and came back under front organizations.  The front organization in the US is the Counsel on Foreign Relations.  They go by other names in other countries.  They have infiltrated the CIA, the FBI, the White House, the Masonic Lodge and many other facets of American leadership and world leaderships.

The goal is a one world government. The doctrine is Luciferianism. The methods are blackmail through sexual perversion, pedophilia, MK Ultra Mind Control and Satanic worship.

This all sounds outlandish and crazy, doesn't it?  But when you listen to the testimonies of those who have escaped slavery in this system, you are shocked almost beyond belief that our leaders, past and present, both Republican and Democrat,  could be so depraved.  

It's no wonder God's Word says for us to watch and pray.  In other words, pray with your eyes open.

The passage quoted below from Ephesians 6 makes so much more sense to me now after listening to and watching these videos from survivors of the ritual abuse that goes on among these people.

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I recommend that you also do the research and see for yourself what goes on behind the closed doors of world leaders.  It is shocking and unbelievable, yet the stories match.  The pieces all come together to paint one ugly picture.  At least I have found it so.  Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  Don't take my word for it.  And don't call me a nut job until you do your own research.

In my own Bible study, the emphasis of prayer keeps coming back over and over again.  The importance of prayer can't be over emphasized in these evil days.  We have a real evil enemy and the only way we can protect ourselves from him is by prayer and the Word of God.

I will post some links to get you started on your own research.
Illuminati Wife Tells All - Part 1 of 4 There are three more parts to this series. You can find them easily on Youtube. Her story is very interesting but she tends to ramble, one story detail, reminding her of something else and then off she goes to that.  So it's a challenge to follow her line of thinking at times.  But what she says seems to dovetail with other testimonies I have listened to.
Pedophile CIA SEX SLAVE-MK ULTRA Brice Taylor
Illuminati Whistleblower "They Worship lucifer" I've listened to so many videos that I might be confused on this, but I believe Brice is one that said she was prostituted to Reagan. 
The REAL Illuminati Explained (Satanic, NOT Atheist) 2017 This is key to understanding what is going on in the world today. It was recorded in 1995 and predicted what is happening in the world today, 20 years later. Notice the title....(Satanic, NOT Atheist).  They are deliberately getting Christians to focus on fighting Atheism in America as if that is the enemy.  It's a distraction technique.  Satanism in high government places is the real issue!
Real Demon Manifests In Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion : Illuminati Exposed
Retired HEAD OF FBI Tells ALL "Illuminati, Satanism, Pedophile Rings"
This man was classified as a nut job. When he refused to be quiet about what he knew he was poisoned with arsenic and died. I will post a link to what his doctor had to say about his death.
Ted L Gunderson Ex FBI Whistleblower Poisoned? - Dr.Ed Lucidi - Anthony J Hilder
 Former C.I.A. Agent Robert D. Steele Speaks Out-(10 Min.)

Monday, January 02, 2017

Devotional: Three Preparations to Avoid Being Broadsided by Life's Disappointments, Disasters and Devilry (1 Peter 1:13 NASB)

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13 NASB)

This is a verse full of action commands. 

*Prepare your minds for action.

The Christian life is a life of mental action. You can't just sit idly by not engaging your mind for action. The Devil's workshop is an idle mind.  If you do not prepare your mind for action then you leave yourself open to all sorts of temptation and sin.  

*Keep sober in spirit.

A mind prepared for action will by default be sober.  This doesn't mean we can't enjoy life and have fun. But it does mean that we are alert to what is going on around us and that we are serious about honoring God in what we do.

*Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

What is my hope fixed on?  There are so many temporal things I can fix my hope on. But if my hope is in any of these things I will be disappointed at some point. My hope must be fixed completely on the grace of Jesus Christ. It's the only thing that will not disappoint.

If I do these three things, I won't be broadsided by life's disappointments, disasters and devilry.



Friday, December 30, 2016

Musings from Marsha on Being Sick



So, hey, I've been sick for three days now.  You know, the sinus gunk, sore throat, no energy sort of stuff.  It's pretty well put me off my game.  So what's to do when you don't feel like doing anything active but drink tea and pee?

Well, it occurs to me that I have a number of things that are quiet sit down things that I can do so I can still feel like I have accomplished something of value in my day.  Here is a short list of things to get your creative juices running in case you find yourself in a similar circumstance.


  • Write down all your passwords for websites that are important to you in a little book that you will keep in an out of the way place.  You never know when your electronic device might get lost or fall in the toilet and there goes all your passwords in the password vault down the toilet!
  • Make up a week's worth of menus
  • Watch some of those Youtube Videos you have been meaning to watch and never get time for
  • Read books you have wanted to read but don't usually have time for, or if on Kindle and you own an Echo Dot, have Alexa read to you.
  • Spend some time reading those magazine subscriptions that are stacking up
  • Roll your toy breed dog up in a blanket on your lap and file his/her toe nails or just cuddle the dog...that is less energy.
  • Type a blog post
  • Stalk your friends on Facebook
  • Watch the live eagle camera and wait for the baby eagles to hatch
  • Shred junk mail
You get the idea.... so if you are sick today or this week....not to despair, your life can still be a little "active" in spite of feeling like a truck ran over you.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Devotional: Let the Peace of Christ Rule



Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesusgiving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:15-17

I have made the phrases that stand out the most to me today in blue bold type.  
1. Let the peace of Christ rule
2. Be thankful
3. Let the word of Christ dwell within you
4. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus
5. Give thanks

It is a constant struggle for me to let the peace of Christ rule.  There are so many scary things out in the world.  It's easy to give way to worry over the safety of your children and other loved ones as they go out into the world away from the safety of home.  

It's easy to give way to worry when a loved one suddenly takes ill and the future is uncertain, or to worry about what will happen to my family if I take ill and can not recover.  

It's easy to worry over the affairs of this world...war, terrorism, and violence of all kinds.  

It's easy to worry over foul weather patterns and if it is going to affect how we live our lives.  Many have had their homes ruined by floods or tornadoes or hurricanes.

The key to sleeping easier at night is to let the peace of God rule in your heart.  Note that it is a command.  This isn't something that will happen as we sit passively in our arm chairs.  We have to actively commit all these things to God's keeping, knowing that if any of our worst fears do come to pass, He knows all about it and will use it for our spiritual growth and good and His glory.

The second thing that stands out to me is that I am to be thankful.  I need to commit these things to God's keeping and be thankful that He will do what He deems best in each situation.

Thirdly, I am to let the word of Christ dwell richly within me.  Again, this can't happen sitting passively in my arm chair.  I have to do something about it.  It requires daily feeding on the word of God in Bible reading, study, and fellowship with God's people and listening to His word preached.

Fourth, I am do all I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  By remembering Christ in all that I do, I will not want to do anything that will dishonor His name. It will keep me from doing evil and my life will be more peaceful when my conscience is clean before Him.

Fifth, give thanks. This is the second time giving thanks is mentioned.  When something is mentioned twice in quick succession we can assume it is very important. Giving thanks isn't a feeling.  It's an action.  

We can give thanks even when we don't feel thankful. Remember Paul and Silas in the jail?  I'm sure their circumstances were less than stellar, but they were singing praises to God anyway...a sure sign of a thankful heart.  Do you think they felt especially thankful in those circumstances?  I doubt it, but they gave thanks anyway through singing praises to God. 

These points are things I really need to work on in my life.  I'm too much of a worry wort.  How about you? 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Devotional: Remember God's Blessings




Psalm 103:1-2 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--(NIV)

Discouragement. I think we have all been discouraged at one time or another. What causes us to become discouraged? As I think back over the times I have been discouraged, I find there are a number of things that have caused discouragement for me: pain, fatigue, money issues, unfulfilled expectations, chronic illness, too many things to do and not enough time to do them and the list can go on and on. As I sit here and look at my list, I see a common thread that runs through it. All of these things and the ones I didn't name, represent the death of a dream. This wasn't how I planned my life to be. This isn't how I wanted things to turn out. Discouragement and depression creeps in as I dwell on a dream that will never be reality in this life.

As I turn to God's Word, I see something that I can do that will give me encouragement and help lift me out of the pit of discouragement. The verse above says, "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits". God has given us many blessings that we take for granted. Rather than dwelling on a dead dream, we need to dwell on what we do have. Take out a pencil and paper and make a list of what God has blessed you with. I will start the list for you: salvation, sins forgiven, good friends, family, roof over my head, food to eat...you finish the list.

The Psalmist makes a list of blessings for us in verses 3-5 of Psalm 103:
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Some of these blessings are for when we reach heaven, but none the less, they are blessings that are ours to look forward to and that gives me hope! Our dreams in this life may die. Bury them and look to the sure hope that is ours in Christ! Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Bible Warns of #FakeNews



The Bible warns about #fakenews
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Devotional: The Apostle Paul's Prayer List



“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”
Colossians 1:9-12 NASB

I pray often and I pray for those who need it.  But when I look at Paul's prayers, I am ashamed.  Have you noticed that his prayers rarely consist of requests for temporal matters?  Take a look at what Paul prays for for his readers.  He prays that they would....

1. Be filled with the knowledge of His will
2. That this knowledge would be in all spiritual wisdom and understanding 
3. That they would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
4. That they would please Him in all respects
5. That they would bear fruit in every good work
6. That they would increase in the knowledge of God
7. That they would be strengthened with all power according to His might
8. That they would attain steadfastness and patience 
9. That they would be joyously giving thanks to the Father

That's quite a prayer list!  Notice that this list centers around spiritual issues and it is applicable to everyone who you might pray for!  There is nothing wrong with praying about temporal issues, but as I read the prayers of Paul I see he puts an emphasis on praying for spiritual things for his readers.

We might pray for Aunt Sally's knee pain to be relieved, but more importantly, perhaps we should pray that God would strengthen her faith in this trial and cause her to develop the qualities listed here as well as give her relief if that is His will.

I would venture to guess that if we prayed like this for our friends that we would begin to see our own trials in a new light.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Response to "Why do Calvinists place their hope in election?"

The post below was in a forum against election. My remarks are in capital letters (I'm not screaming, just trying to separate my comments from the poster's comments. I will also change the color)

Why do Calvinists place their hope in election?
I DO NOT PLACE MY HOPE IN ELECTION. I PLACE MY HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST AND HIS WORK ON THE CROSS FOR ME.

I believe the answer is simply a lack of faith. HOW CAN YOU JUDGE A PERSON'S HEART AND THEIR FAITH OR LACK THEREOF? YOU ARE NOT GOD. Historically, when a person lacks faith, they try to enter the kingdom by works. TRUE. Since it is a forgone conclusion that works will not get you in the kingdom, the alternative became election. WHERE IS THE SOURCE TO PROVE THIS? Calvinist reason in their minds that if there is anything that makes you desire to know the Lord, surely you have already been regenerated. TRUE.

Eph2:1 And you were dead (SPIRITUALLY DEAD MEN CAN'T RESPOND) in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive (GOD CAUSED US TO BE ALIVE SPIRITUALLY SO WE COULD RESPOND) together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

All that’s left for the Calvinist is to do is have faith, because regeneration precedes faith, according to Calvinism.TRUE, SEE SCRIPTURE ABOVE...I WOULD ASK WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO BESIDE HAVE FAITH IN THE WORK OF JESUS ON THE CROSS? ANYTHING ELSE ADDED TO FAITH IS WORKS.
But why? Simply because this allows them to reason in their mind that in spite of the sin they still commit, the sin that they struggle to overcome, the fact that they lack faith that Jesus has truly paid it all, they will not go to hell because they are God’s elect; chosen from the foundations of the world before they did any good or bad. NOT SURE WHERE YOU GET THIS REASONING. I HAVE NEVER REASONED THIS WAY IN MY MIND. I AM SAVED BECAUSE JESUS PAID IT ALL ON THE CROSS FOR ME.

They reason that there is no way that God will forgive some of the sins they have committed. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! ? I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING TO OR BOOKS YOU ARE READING BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
     Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
            And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
            He does not retain His anger forever,
            Because He delights in unchanging love.

      He will again have compassion on us;
            He will tread our iniquities under foot.
            Yes, You will cast all their sins
            Into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19


Also, if they are still sinning or having sinful thoughts, they are not deserving of the gift of salvation. AGAIN, THIS JUST PLAIN RIDICULOUS. WHERE DID YOU GET THIS IDEA?

They forget that the beauty of God’s grace is that you get what you don’t deserve. TRUE, THAT GOD'S GRACE GIVES US WHAT WE DON'T DESERVE. I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT.

It is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast. TRUE! I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING TO TO COME UP WITH SUCH A TWISTED IDEA OF HOW A CALVINIST THINKS. IT'S BEYOND ME.

Election has replaced the necessity of faith. FALSE. Election is another way. FALSE. But, it is by grace that you have been saved through faith…not election, but through faith. TRUE.

Ye of little faith…YOU CAN NOT JUDGE HOW MUCH FAITH ANOTHER PERSON HAS. YOU ARE NOT GOD.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Devotional: Your Comforts Delight My Soul



Unless the Lord  had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
18 
If I say, "My foot slips,"
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul. 
Psalm 94:17-19

Anxieties.  We all have them.  It comes with the territory. Goodness, there are a thousand things to be anxious about!  I won't even name them because in naming the things we are anxious about, something will be left out.  So just think in your mind what you are anxious about right now.  That will work.

Okay, so do you have in your mind the things that make you anxious?  Good.  Now let's think about the Lord's comforts and let that delight our souls.  What are His comforts?

God is sovereign over all.

If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?

If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?

Amos 3:6

Now, I know this verse is not a touchy feely verse.  In fact, for some, it is a trigger to send them running for safe spaces!  But I find comfort in this.  Why? Because it tells me that God in control.  If trial and difficulty come into my life it is because God has allowed it and He only allows that which will strengthen me and make me grow stronger.  There is a popular song out that says, "If it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger."  You know what?  The trials of this earth will make me stronger and when the time comes that they overtake me and I die...guess what Paul says! 

 Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 


We are winners no matter which way we look at it.  We become stronger through the trials we face and if those trials take us out of this world, well then we are a winner on that account too because we go to heaven to be with Jesus!

For God's comforts to delight your soul, you need to look at your anxieties from a different perspective, God's perspective instead your own anxiety ridden perspective.  Only in His mercy will He keep your foot from slipping! What wonderful comfort.





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Devotional: Rest from the Days of Adversity



Psalm 94:12-14
Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord,
And teach out of Your law,
13 
That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,

Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
14 
For the Lord will not cast off His people,

Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
15 
But judgment will return to righteousness,

And all the upright in heart will follow it.

I have been returning to Psalm 94 again and again over the last couple of weeks.  If you have not read the entire Psalm, please do.  It will encourage you in these crazy, evil days.

We see here that the Lord blesses those who are teachable.  It says, "Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law..."  We have to be teachable in order to be instructed and taught.

A teachable person is humble, willing to learn.  It seems that in this Psalm, the writer is contrasting the evil doer with the one whom the Lord is able to teach.  The difference is humility versus pride. Verses 6-7 show the pride of the wicked. Contrast this with the man whom the Lord teaches (see the verses above).

They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.
Yet they say, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob understand.”

The person whom the Lord teaches out of His Law will gain the benefit of rest from the days of adversity. It isn't saying that we will be taken out of adversity or escape the days of adversity, but that we will have rest from the days of adversity.  

Things are evil and crazy in our nation right now.  Adversity may very well come to you and me in the form of wicked people if not through the regular rigors of living and aging. The biggest problem with adversity is not the physical temporal problems that it causes so much as the emotional, spiritual toll it takes on us. When we are taught out of God's Word about the nature of God, the sovereignty of God over all things, and the glorious future in heaven we have waiting for us, we can have rest in our souls from the adversity that surrounds us.

We need to be willing to be taught God's Word, and learn from Him the truth of all that is going on in our world. Then we can cast all our worries and anxieties on Him because He cares for us!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Devotional: Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

Colossians 13For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We don't have to look far to see what the domain of darkness is.  This past election year has given us a big glimpse into what the domain of darkness is. The Wiki leaks opened a Pandora's Box of darkness as we saw references to child trafficking rings and more.  I dare say we got more of an education this year than we ever bargained for.  It reinforced to me the reality that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12

As hopeless as all that seems to be, we can be encouraged in Christ, because God has redeemed us and forgiven us and rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His dear Son.

It may not seem like we have been rescued since we are still living with this squalor all around us and we have to fight to keep ourselves un-spotted from it. The transfer to the kingdom of God is a spiritual reality, that will be a physical reality when we reach heaven.  Philippians 3:20 "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;"  This should give us hope.

The other thing that the revelation of Wiki leaks underscored for me was the need for me to pray for our nations leaders.  Money and power corrupts and they need our prayers for God to restrain them if it be His will, that we might live a peaceable life.

Most people have smart phones or devices similar that have reminder programs built in.  I would like to suggest that you make a prayer list in your reminder app with the names of key national leaders.  Set it up so that each day different names come up on a rotating basis to remind you to pray for them.  I recently started doing this.  I wonder if all Christians would join me in doing this what a difference it might make? 

Be encouraged!  The domain of darkness is real, but God is more powerful!