Saturday, August 1, 2015

GAINING GROUND

     Each spring I love to plant a garden patch under the beech tree with rosy impatiens. Once they are established it's easy to just let them be. Not a wise plan. Seems like anything good in this world has something contending against it before long. When I checked on the impatiens every bit of what had been bare earth between the plants was filled with healthy green weeds.

     Unless we resist whatever unwanted stuff comes along it generally seems well able to take over. We need to know what we are fighting against and what resources we have to combat it. From the moment mankind relinquished our God-given authority to Satan he has brought negative forces against us in every area of our lives. 

     Centuries ago the prophet, Hosea, told God's people they were destroyed because they lacked knowledge. (Hosea 4:6) and we're in the same fix today. We struggle in our own strength against physical, emotional and spiritual circumstances not knowing the remedy has already been supplied. 

     The Lord Jesus took every sin and every sickness on Himself. With Christ as personal Saviour and Lord we are empowered with His strength to overcome the attacks of the enemy. If we recognize that the case Satan presents is a lie, we can stand in faith, secure in the truth of God's Word and confident of the best solution.

     There is a large rock covered with moss on our hiking trail. To me it demonstrates that even with all the strength of God's Kingdom available to us, if we remain passive, the negative things of this world will settle on us.

     Colossians 1:13 declares that we are delivered from the power of darkness. I am able to pull the weeds that grow up around the impatiens, but I have to use my ability and pull them out. Believers in Christ are equipped to defeat evil power if we will act in faith. In God's strength we can continue to move forward and live in the land Christ purchased for us.

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