By Nancy Virden Excerpt from my newest book (c)2020:
How the Difference Maker Lifts You Above Depressive Thoughts
From Chapter 10
“We are having a physical experience in a spiritual world.”
– Author unknown
Satan distorts and disrupts the truth in attempts to steer us from God. Human experience is a catalyst for such trickery because what we see and feel seems more real than an invisible God. Is he inconceivable, though?
His power is evidenced in nature. His love has redeemed countless lives. Millions testify to his personal presence. We see God’s promises always come to pass whether spoken through prophets or other scriptures. We witness his sovereignty throughout history.
Stout faith lets go of control and chooses to obey the proven God who shows himself real only to those with the spiritual eyes to see. In his wisdom, he made it impossible for science or philosophy to prove his existence to closed minds. Although faith is not blind, it is not sight, either. Faith is the evidence of what we do not see.
God’s shelter, unlike an umbrella or a tree, never fails. Towers in fortressed cities of biblical times provided safety when enemies attacked. In our spiritual battles, God’s shelter is the hiding place.
The key is to stay there. Psalm 91 says to live in his shelter – spend our time there. Then he hides us
in his shadow as if we were in a tower of refuge. This Psalm also tells us what we do not have to fear.
- Satan’s bait setting; plot; trap (The fowler’s snare)
- Pandemic; disease (Deadly pestilence)
- Dread and the object of dread (Terror of night)
- Seemingly random attacks or dangers coming from
all around; deeply personal attacks (Arrows fly by day)
- Disease, pandemic that walks about in trouble and in
spiritual unreceptiveness (Pestilence stalking in the dark)
- Destruction coming from violence and devastation in
the middle of the day or in the bright of happiness
(Plague that destroys at midday)
- Wicked people (Lion)
- The Devil (Serpent)
In distress of any kind, God rescues us or arms us for the battle. What is left to fear?
Today’s Helpful Word
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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