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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

I have never been a sports fan.  Football, basketball, NASCAR, whatever, I have just never got caught up in it.  I personally have nothing against it.  In fact, most of my friends enjoy one type or another.  However, it has never appealed to me.  One reason, beside my lack of interest, is that I never knew which was a potential winning team.  Because let’s face it, who wants to back a losing team? I know I don’t want to be wearing the jersey of a loser.

            Unfortunately, right now, many of your friends, family and neighbors are backing the wrong team.  They have gotten caught up in the hype.  There has been some convincing arguments from our enemy circulated.  It’s easy to get confused.  How do you know what is truth and what is a lie?

            There is a lot of misinformation going around in the media and in our communities.  The best way to sort through the information that is getting batted around is to look at how the message is presented.  God will never use coercion, bribery, shame, threats or fear in His revelations.  That is a tactical move by the enemy to elicit fear and control.  Look back over history, fear is the most used tactic to force people to comply and “fall in line”.   Fear is one of the biggest motivators to all life whether human or animal. We fear death, injury or the inability to sustain life.  

            As you read articles, listen to the news, converse with employers and medical representatives, pay attention to what is being said, how it is said and what emotions it evokes.   If threats, coercion, shame, bribery and especially fear is being used, be sure it comes from your enemy.  He has one goal and one goal only to steal, kill and destroy. Our enemy will shame you in thinking that your choices are silly and that you lack cognition to make these choices yourself.  The enemy will promise you things to entreat you to comply.  The enemy will threaten your ability to function financially and socially.

            Do you trust God? Do you trust in the Blood of Christ?  It’s time to take your place on the scrimmage line, it’s time to decide what team you are on.

Typist for Jesus

Seriously, Where’s the Beef?

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

I was determined to have hamburgers on the grill this weekend.  However, it was looking like that may not happen. This was my fourth grocery to check this morning.  I headed straight for the meat section.  My shoulders dropped, the shelves were cleared out.  Or so I thought.  In the bottom of the cooler were seven packages of hamburger.  Above them a sign read:  “Only two packs per customer.”  I checked them over, choosing the best of what was offered and tucked them under my arm. As I made my way down the aisles I noticed how many of the shelves were empty. Quantity restriction signs hung loosely over empty shelves.

 It is an emotion that I find hard to explain as I look at bare shelves and people in surgical masks.  Nothing but fearful eyes darting about.  Even children sitting in carts with masks seem unnaturally subdued. No smiles, just the undercurrent of fear and uncertainty.  

Life, in a very short few weeks, has been turned upside down.  Though our lives have been altered there is One that will never change.  One that will always have what you need, when you need it.  No waiting, no restrictions or emptiness.   Jesus is listening, comforting, strengthening and loving us all.   

Unfortunately, that is easy to forget when your eyes are filled with these images.  Though we cannot see Jesus with our earthly eyes, we know in our hearts that he is here.  He is with you and me.  You must not allow these images to discourage you from the truth.  No matter what you may see, read or hear, God is ultimately still in control.

Be strong and courageous.

Typist for Jesus