Divine Power to Demolish

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.

On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

—2 Corinthians 10:3-4

When discouragement comes my way, I cannot pick up a big stick and hit it.

If regret comes prowling around my heart, I cannot shut a door and keep it out.

When failure threatens to tear down success, I cannot push it away with strong arms.

The wiles of the enemy must be conquered through prayer and the power of God.

As I see strongholds of many kinds tightly binding those I love, I grieve for their condition and I long to help.

By myself, I can do nothing.

With God as my heavenly Father, I can pray and ask for His victorious  divine power to break the chains that hold them captive.

God is our healer.

He is the One who restores.

He makes things new.

He frees us from the ravages of the enemy.

He delivers us from evil.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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Compare Our Appearance

Daniel had been taken captive to live in a foreign land.

Although he was not at home anymore, his convictions remained the same.

Daniel was chosen with three other friends to be prepared to serve in this new place.

They were to be taught the language of Babylon and its literature by an official.

They were also going to be fed what was considered to be good food.

Food and wine right from the king’s table….

 

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,  but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,  “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. —Daniel 1:8-14

At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier than the other young men. Because of this, they were allowed to eat only vegetables.

When we know what God wants for us, we do not need to wander from it.

If we are countered in any way, God is right there.

He can make a way, even in opposition.

 

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Devoted to Things

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Things.

Things can be destroyed.

They are only temporary.

Things can wash away in a flood.

Things can blow away in a storm.

Things can only be what they are—just things.

A God-shaped life?

It will continue on into eternity….

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A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump;
    a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.

—Proverbs 11:28  The Message

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