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Friday, June 5

Day 5, Paragraph 5 of Weekday Blog #1

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Paragraph FIVE:

when we commit ourselves to God for the fulfillment of His will, there is something that is of utmost importance for us to understand.  We must expect to be confronted, and to face attacks, by the enemy as he comes to abort God's will for our lives.  I use the word "abort" quite deliberately here.  Abortion is an inflammatory term, one that stirs the emotions.  The Church (the True Believers in Christ) and many folks in secular society view the abortion of an unborn child as a great evil.  There are many other people who view abortion as a "bad thing", at worst.  Those who do not know God or His ways cannot understand that "abortion" is one of the "Seven Abominations" as written in God's Holy Word in Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

Question to ponder:
When we turn to God for the fulfillment of His will, what are some examples of how the enemy might attack or confront us in our life?  _________________________________________

Keith's "Comments from the Author":
"As crude as this may be as an example of the enemy's resistance to our turning away from him, I would like to draw your attention to the young ladies who get drawn into the bondage of prostitution and of pimps.  When a young lady who has gotten herself caught up in prostitution decides she wants to break out of it, her pimp is going to be standing between her and her freedom from the control the prostitution has taken over her life.  She must want out very badly to accept the resistance that she will face before she can be free.  Why?  The pimp makes a whole lot of money by keeping control over her life, her work, and her staying right where he wants her.  If the pimp loses that control over her, he loses the money that comes to him through her, and he would rather kill her than let go of the money and power.  There are stories we hear about a pimp relentlessly chasing the woman down for trying to get out of the ring she has become bound to.  He torments her in horrific ways to convince her that she will not be able to survive without him and he will kill her if she doesn't come back.  Just as the pimp will use brutal or deadly intimidation and fear tactics to keep the prostitute from getting away from him for good, satan uses those same tactics to keep folks away from God.  In my experience, I know this to be true of satan and his ways.  When I left the secular rock-n-roll business to pursue God with all of my heart, satan and his wicked spirits relentlessly attacked my mind using the fiery darts of thoughts, tempting me to return to my old ways and sinful nature.  In great part, that battle I fought, the battle we all fight, to put to death the old sinful nature to make way into God, is what Paul referred to when he said, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith' (2 Timothy 4:7).  I would also like to note how important the next thing is that Paul referred to, ‘the crown of righteousness' that the Lord God has laid up for 'all them that also love His appearing'.  Paul is not only referring to Christ’s 'appearing' to all of us at His second coming before judgement, but to all who are constantly looking to see Him, themselves, personally.  Much like a child looks, with great anticipation, for their daddy to come through the door at the end of each day, the person who constantly looks for God to show Himself in person, place, or circumstances within their life, is the one who lives with expectation and joy in each day here on earth, in this earthen vessel.”

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing."
(2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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... FILLED with unfathomable joy in Christ Jesus!
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