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DEMONS AND MARTYRS

DEMONS AND MARTYRS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come… and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:1, 12-13 NKJV

In the span of five weeks, we have witnessed horrific tragedies. Pure evil exploded with the Las Vegas massacre, the NYC terrorist in a rental truck, and now, a church massacre in a tiny Texas town. If a church is no longer sacred, what is?

I could not wrap my head around the first report which said the congregation was shot while praying. I know what the Bible says, but how does God allow His children to be slayed during prayer?

I consulted my pastor, and he explained how these slaughtered Christians were special. Like Stephen, they became martyrs. I know, this type of thinking is difficult. We think of multiple funerals and lives taken from children, but they were transported directly into the throne room of God.

Our humanness cannot comprehend the beauty of a Christian’s martyrdom. We see the grief and a life cut short. We need to get our minds focused on Jesus. Joining Jesus in heaven is the most beautiful moment we will experience. If loved ones could speak to us that may be what they would say.

Later, reports explained the shooting began outside, not necessarily during prayer.

Evil has been present since the Garden of Eden. Cain killed Abel. In Noah’s day, wickedness resulted in a worldwide flood. Moses was born when all Hebrew male children were slaughtered. That heinous act repeated itself when Jesus Christ was born. God allowed Jesus to suffer greatly. His own sinless Son tortured and crucified to save sinful man.

I recall a time when morals were high and crime rates low. From 1900 to 1959 there were a total of 24 mass shootings.

In the early 1960’s The Supreme Court ruled in favor of killing innocent babies, and they decided school prayer was unconstitutional. In 1980, the Ten Commandments were removed from schools. In 1985, all nativity displays in government buildings were deemed unconstitutional.

Since God has been kicked out of schools, the number of mass shootings have climbed to 148 (from 1960-2017). These statistics are from http://www.heraldnet.com/news/the-history-of-mass-shootings-in-the-u-s/

Despite 24/7 news, I really believe there was a time when America was good. The facts speak for themselves. Everyone asks where is God? The USA asked God to leave.

Jesus warned us about the beginning of sorrows (Matt. 24:6-14). There is an eerie resemblance to today’s events in these Scriptures.

Satan, the evil one, has been at work since the beginning. We live among demon possessed people. Many do not want to believe there are demonically controlled people living in 2017 in our nation. Demons are not a thing of the past, nor are they confined to third world countries. What makes a person terrifyingly evil? Demons.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Tim. 4:1NKJV

What do we do? We proceed cautiously, trusting God. We make plans for safety everywhere we go. We protect others like the heroes outside the Texas First Baptist Church. God used the two men not in church. Amazing!

Senseless makes sense to God. Trust Him.

Lord, we cannot understand the violence we see. We know we don’t need to understand it all. We just need to trust you. Help us do that. Shelter us from the demonic acts of our enemy. Deliver us from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, Amen

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 24:6-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

We must realize we will never understand why evil happens. Pray for the protection of your family and church, daily. Study spiritual warfare. Continue to share the love of Jesus.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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What’s On Your Mind?

What’s on your mind?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

Hebrews 12:1-2a NKJV

Facebook users will recognize this question that appears before you write your post. Do people really want to know what is on your mind? God does.

The Lord knows our every thought, even the passing ones, but He is concerned about where our minds linger.

Sometimes, our minds are pre-occupied with nothing sinful. However, burdens weigh us down. Perhaps this is why everything goes wrong at the same time.

When God instructed Moses and the Israelites concerning warfare, God knew the importance of their attention spans. Out of His tender mercies, God allowed some men to return home from particular battles.

Some had built new homes. Others had planted new vineyards, and some were newlyweds. Future battles would necessitate all their manpower, but not the ones at hand.

War requires full attention, and so do the battles we fight today.

The worst year of my life was 2006. For several years, I had hired competent sitters to care for my mom at home as she dwindled away with dementia. It finally came to the point where she needed to be placed in a long-term facility. The move did not go well. Her pacing required a lock-down Alzheimer’s unit. She had to move several times to find the right fit.

I was pre-occupied with my mom and home schooling my daughter through her senior year of high school. My prayer life slacked off because life was too busy, until life would no longer be the same. In retrospect, I see my mistakes. I see the sin that so easily ensnared me.

My daughter was working at a pizza place. A couple employed by the restaurant lured my little girl into a sinful lifestyle. I was unaware of what appeared only to be an older couple taking interest in my daughter.

Once she turned eighteen, she left home to live with them. She broke off all communication with us, and this broke my heart.

Home-schooling and care-giving are good things, but even the good things can weigh us down. I couldn’t shed the burdens, but I should have been more diligent to safeguard my quiet time with the Lord.

The enemy knows when to strike. His timing is impeccable.

Are you in a battle today? Maybe two battles? God fights for you, but beware of your sinister opponent.

Does Satan cleverly have your mind focused in the wrong direction in order to get the upper hand? Trust in the Lord, and do not tremble. Always watch your back for the lion who seeks to devour you. Look for the serpent of old who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

Keep the lines of communication open with your Commander-in-Chief. Keep trusting. Keep focused on God.

Heavenly Father, we have weights that slow us down in this spiritual race, but help us focus on You. Protect our quiet time and guard our minds and schedules. Give us wisdom to discern the plots of the devil. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Deuteronomy 20:1-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

In the midst of overwhelming loads, take time to rest. Our minds need it just as much as our bodies. A clear mind will focus better. The time you spend with the Lord should never be sacrificed. It is the one thread holding our lives together.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.