Monday, August 9, 2004

Scary subject

In the course of our daily lives does the reality of the Devil enter your mind?  Are you unaware of his schemes.  I was thinking about Barbs entry the other day about the worrier, the critic, the perfectionist, the victim.  The devil no doubt has a place in our theology, but do we even think about him in the daily events of our lives?  Has it ever crossed your mind that not every thought that crosses your mind comes from you?  The burst of anger I've experienced driving to work in rush hour traffic, in the midst of everything else that may be going on in my life.  We are being lied to all the time.  Yet we never stop to say, "Wait a minute... who else is speaking here?  Where are those ideas coming from?  Where are those feelings coming from?  If you read about the saints from every age before the Modern Era- this pride-filled age of reason, science, and technology we are throughly educated in- you'll find that they take the devil very seriousely indeed.  So I guess I'm just saying maybe when these thoughts enter our minds, maybe it's just the devil telling us lies, making us think things that are untrue about ourselves.  In all that is going on in the world, makes me think of the spiritual battle I'm in.  What do I need to do I ask in my prayers.  Am I doing it?


barbpinion said...

I know the devil exists, Derek, but he doesn't get a second of my time. Oh he tries hard to distract me when i decide to pray instead of watch television. He is there to throw up my past when I make a mistake. I can count on him to tempt me with discouragement but he knows when he knocks on my door I ask the Lord to answer it. It was in my solitude and silent times that the Lord helped me understand that battles begin in our mind. I ask Him to be my eyes and ears so that I hear as He hears, and will not be taken in by flattery or by something beautiful. I ask Him to guide my feet and hands, so that my feet keep on the lit paths He prepared for me and my hands will not hurt, but help. I ask Him to empty out all the negativeness and to give me clarity of vision, and I ask to be planted deeply so that the trials of my life cannot break me. They will bring me to my knees, but that's alright. I will find God there. I love knowing you 're my brother in Christ, that we have Him in common. I love knowing you are searching hard for that one-to one- that took me so many years to find. Proud of you and for the great job you're doing with this journal. {{{Derek}}}  *Barb*

rattler8503 said...

It's werid how we as humans,could be so unsignificant to God, but we aren't, he sees us special and were made in his image, how beautiful is tha? I mean, yes we are tempted to yell and act irrational at moments in our lives and  yes the devil has alot to do with it because no good comes from him without a price. But fortunatley we were given the best gift of all, The Gift of Choice. So while you drive next time and have a sudden earge to scream know that you are being tempted but luckily have the choice to turn and pray for the traffic jam instead of daming it worst. I am not sure if it makes sense but just my opinion. God bless.

judithheartsong said...

interesting entry.......... thank you.