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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/21/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 3:25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire. They aren’t even hurt by the flames! And the fourth looks like a divine being!”

I can only imagine what Nebuchadnezzar must have thought when he saw four people walking around in a fire that he had made seven times hotter than normal. A lot of fearful things must have gripped him. It just did not happen! People do not walk around in the middle of any kind of fire without being consumed by it. Period. Yet, there they were! Not only did he see the Hebrews he had thrown into the fire walking around, there was an extra person with them! Where in the world did he come from? How is it even possible? He had to just appear because no one lives in a fiery furnace! He saw these men walking around unbound, and he had made sure that they were tightly bound before they were cast into the furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were seemingly just out for a stroll in the flames. They weren’t being affected by the fire whatsoever! They apparently were deep in conversation with the other man, oblivious to what was going on around them. It was a strange sight indeed. I know that I would have been scared of what I was seeing and more than curious as to how it could be and what it meant. The king didn’t know it, but God was with them in the furnace.

Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who knows when we stand up for Him regardless of what others may think or do? We serve One who cares about the situation we are in and is able to help us through it. He never leaves us hanging. He is always with us as we go through our difficult circumstances of life. He doesn’t promise to change what we are going through, but He does promise to go with us through it.

The wonderful thing about it is that when we walk with the Lord through our difficult circumstances of life, things change for us. Our faith grows stronger, our confidence in God’s love for us grows stronger, our awareness of His ability to help us grows, our ability to let go of our own power lessens, and our gratitude for the God we serve grows. Adversity is a good thing when you go through it with the Lord at your side

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Point Is … I Once Was Blind 9/17/2020

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by James Collins

“He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” John 9:25

Many years ago, a family moved to a little Southern town. There were three children in the family, two older daughters and a little boy. The two girls had the responsibility of taking care of their little baby brother.  

One day, the girls wanted to go swimming. The town did not have a city pool. Instead, the town’s children swam in a little pond on the edge of town. Their momma said, “Okay, but you have got to watch your brother. You need to be careful with him. And you must always keep an eye on him.” The girls said, “Yes, ma’am,” and ran out the door dragging their little brother behind. 

They arrived at the pond and jumped into the water. They had a good time. However, they were new to the community. They didn’t know any of the other kids. So, they were a little stand-offish. Most of the other boys and girls were gathered at one end of the swimming hole. The girls and their little brother were at the other end. 

The girls saw some horses just over a little hill. One said to the other, “This pond is not very big. There are lots of kids here. The water is not very deep, and we will be right back. Let’s go pet those horses.” So, they left their little brother unattended. They left their little brother alone and ran over the hill to the horses.   

They had only been gone a minute, when they heard their brother thrashing in the water. He screamed, “Somebody help me, I’m drowning! Somebody help me, I’m drowning! Somebody help me!”  

They ran back to the pond as fast as they could, but they were too late. When they got there, they saw their brother floating face down in the water. Their little baby brother had drowned. 

The sisters were hysterical. Hot tears rolled down their cheeks. They turned to the kids and said, “Why didn’t you save our brother? You could hear him screaming. You were right here in the water with him.”  

“He was only a few inches from the bank.” the other kids said. “He could have reached out and grabbed it. We told him over and over to just reach out and grab the bank.”  

The girls said through their tears, “Our little brother was blind. Our little brother was blind. He was blind. Every time you told him to reach, he reached the wrong way. He reached out in the wrong direction.” 

The point is: All around us, there are people reaching. Some are reaching for alcohol. Some are reaching for drugs. Some are reaching for sexual sins. Some are reaching for immorality. Some are reaching for false religions. All around us, there are people reaching.  

Over two-thousand years ago, Jesus healed a blind man. When he was questioned by the religious leaders, the man who had been blind said, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Jesus can still give sight to those who are blindly reaching. 

Reach out and take a hand that is reaching the wrong way and pull that hand toward the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/14/2020

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crossDan. 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power. Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God well enough to know that for them there was no other God. They would not bend to the pressure of the king to bow down and worship another god, even if it were to cost them their lives. They knew what God was capable of . Would God deliver them? They didn’t know, but they were willing to trust Him with their lives. They had gotten to know the Lord well enough to know that they could not put their allegiance anywhere but in Him. They knew Him well enough to know that He was worth dying for.

It is imperative that we too get to know the Lord well enough to trust Him with our lives. We live in a world that has many different understandings of God. People try to force their understanding on others. People chide those who stand strong on Biblical principles. We need to work hard at developing a relationship with God that will keep us anchored in Him regardless of the circumstances we are in.

When we really know and love the Lord, we do not need to defend ourselves. We discover that it’s not about us; it’s about the Lord. We don’t fear what others may be able to do or what they think. We put ourselves in the Lord’s hands and accept whatever may happen. There is no power on earth that can defeat a soul who’s God is the Lord. Jesus is the way and there is no other way.

Work hard on your salvation so that you will be able to stand up strong in the faith regardless of whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. The stronger your faith is, the less fear will grip your soul. The Lord will be with you to help you always when you are totally committed to Him, even in the face of certain death.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Point Is … Nothing to Fear 9/3/2020

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

My dog, Socks, is a Miniature Schnauzer. We named him Socks because he is black, but his feet are white. He is a little dog, but he thinks he is big.  

Our neighbor has the biggest German Shepherd I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to lie and tell you the neighbor’s dog is as big as a horse, but he could pass for a pony. He is huge.  

A while back, the kids left the gate open and Socks ran out. He ran right toward the giant German Shepherd. As he ran, Socks was barking and growling. He was acting as if he was going to kill the big dog.  

The only way Socks could kill the big German Shepherd would be if the German Shepherd swallowed Socks and choked on him.  

Socks weighs 10 pounds. The German Shepherd weighs 100 pounds. 

When Socks ran out the gate, I ran out after him. I was trying to catch him to stop him from getting killed.  

Socks beat me to the neighbor’s yard. The big German Shepherd growled. Socks tucked his tail between his legs and ran behind me! He stuck his head out from between my feet and continued to bark at the giant dog. Socks stood behind me barking and growling. It was almost like Socks was saying, “Bring it on, big boy! I’m behind my master. Give it your best shot. Bring it on.” 

I scooped Socks up and got him back inside our fence. Then I talked to him. It is funny how we talk to dogs and we think they understand us. “Socks, you are stupid. Don’t you know I am no match for a giant German Shepherd. We are fortunate we were not chewed to pieces.” 

Socks looked at me like I was an idiot. Then he ran off to chase a squirrel.  

There’s something out there worse than a giant German Shepherd. We have a roaring lion that’s after us. Nevertheless, when we are behind our Master, the devil can’t touch us.  

Are you living in fear? There are a billion and one things to be afraid of in this world. You are always going to have problems in this world. Be that as it may, Jesus says we can have peace because He has overcome the world. 

The point is: When you are behind Jesus, you have nothing to fear. Take your fears, your burdens, and your problems and put them in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ. Let Jesus be your strength.  

What have you got to be afraid of? 

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/31/2020

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crossDan. 1:8 But Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief official for permission to eat other things instead.

Daniel did not wait until he was faced with temptation before he decided whether to yield or not; he made up his mind before the temptation to sin ever came. What a powerful lesson for us to learn! In order to live victoriously, we must decide the course of our lives and stick to it.

We must determine that we are not going to put ourselves into tempting situations in the first place. We can’t avoid all temptations to sin, but we can help ourselves out a lot by choosing to not put ourselves into temptation’s way. Daniel knew that the way of the king was wrong for him. He knew that there was a better way and he chose it for himself, in spite of the consequences that may come from it. He knew that the king was in control and you obeyed him, or else, but that did not keep Daniel from choosing to do what was right before God.

We can avoid so many sins by determining in our hearts beforehand that we will do what we know God wants us to do regardless of what may happen. Others may not understand our choices, they may mock us, they may pressure us to back down, or they may try to make our lives miserable for us, but we must stand strong on our commitment to obey God and not man. We must be willing to give up the pleasures of the world and chose to obey God.

Don’t be wishy washy in this. Choose to be like Daniel and make up your mind right now that you will always do what is pleasing and acceptable to God. Before temptation strikes, determine in your heart that you will do what is right before God. It does not matter what others may think; it matters what God thinks. It does not matter what others may do; do what is right before God. You will stand before God someday and give an account for the choices you make.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Point Is … Did You Hear That Voice? 8/27/2020

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“Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?”  Isaiah 42:23

I have been trying to learn to use my cell phone.  

However, there are many buttons and apps – I have no idea what most of them do.  

The other day, I saw my friend, Ida Ford, talking into her cell phone. But she wasn’t on a call. “What are you doing?” I asked. She said, “I’m using the voice command app. I talk, and the voice command types my text message.”  

Ida showed me how the app worked and for the past few days, I have tried to use it. Yet, it doesn’t work right. It doesn’t understand my country, redneck accent.  

Someone texted me and told me about a lady from church who was in the hospital. I replied with my voice command, “I hope she gets better. I pray she does.” Only it said, “I pray she dies.” That was not good… 

Once I got the voice command activated, I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. I got frustrated and said, “Baloney!” When I said, “Baloney,” the phone said, “Bologna is a city in Italy. It is also a cooked, smoked sausage.” I screamed, “I didn’t say Bologna. I said, Baloney!”  

Later that day, I was at the dentist office with the phone in my pocket. As I was sitting in the waiting room, a voice said, “Say a command.” The lady at the reception desk looked up at me. I heard the voice again, “Say a command.” I realized the voice was coming out of my britches.  

“Say a command.” 

I took the phone out of my pocket, tried to turn it off, but it kept saying, “Say a command.”  

“Say a command.” 

“I command you to shut up!” I exclaimed. 

I was called back to the exam room. I was sitting in the dental chair while the hygienist was cleaning my teeth. I couldn’t say anything because there was a suction hose, tooth scraper, polisher, waterpik, and seven or eight other dental tools hanging out of my mouth. I couldn’t have said anything if I tried.  

Suddenly, I heard a voice say, “Did you say call Brian Poodle?” It said it again. “Did you say call Brian Poodle?”  

I know Brian Williams, Brian Foster, and Brian Lane. However, I don’t know Brian Poodle. I know some wiener dogs, and a schnauzer, but I don’t know a poodle.  

Frustrated, I finally reached in my pocket and turned off that stinking thing. I was tired of hearing the voice. So, I turned it off. 

Often, we do the same thing.  

Young people get tired of listening to their parents. So, they turn them off.  

In church, people get tired of listening to the preacher. So, they turn him off.  

You get tired of listening to the Word of God. So, you turn it off. 

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/24/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossEzek. 37:4-6 Then he said to me, “Speak to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to have been a witness to this event. God told Ezekiel to speak to a bunch of dry bones! I have spoken to a bunch of people like that over the years. People do dry up spiritually. There are some churches today who have been spiritually dry for a long time. It doesn’t usually happen overnight. It happens when the Word of God ceases to be the life food for the soul. It happens when the church stops praying together for one another and others. It happens when the church becomes more of a social gathering than a worship gathering. Regardless of how it happens, people and churches dry up spiritually.

The message God told Ezekiel to preach was THE WORD OF GOD. It is the only remedy for dried up souls. The Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). It pierces deep into the soul and roots out sinful deeds and thoughts. It gives hope to the dried up soul. When God speaks, exciting things begin to happen! The Lord’s message was that He was going to breathe life into the dead bones and give them life. He can, because He is the source of all life.

The Lord goes on to declare that not only would the bones be given life, they would be given an abundant life. They would be clothed with flesh, muscles and skin. This reminds us that there is so much more to life than just life; there is an abundance! God provides all that we need to have life and so much more. He equips us with all we need to live and serve Him. We are not given life to stand around or to sit and vegetate. We are blessed to know that He is Lord of life and to live to honor and serve Him.

Has your soul dried up? Do you need a fresh breath of God on you? Get alone with the Lord and ask Him to breathe into you some fresh air. Ask Him to take away from you all those things that have caused you to dry up. Make a vow to the Lord today to let Him change you so that you might live again the abundant life He came to give you.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Point is … Mowing Like a Madman 8/20/2020

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“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Many years ago, my wife and I owned a home in Oklahoma that sat on ten acres of land. There is a drawback to having that much land. It must be mowed. Over the years, I tore up two or three riding lawnmowers trying to keep the grass and weeds cut back.  

One day, I had an idea. I decided to put a belly mower on a tractor. I went to the John Deere Dealership and purchased a tractor. It was a 75-horsepower turbo diesel. 

By itself, the tractor was powerful. Then I rigged up a 72-inch lawn mowing system with six cutting blades. It became even more powerful.  

When I started the mower, it made a powerful noise. VROOM! All the cats in the neighborhood took off running. It was awesome! 

One day, I was out on my souped-up tractor. My wife, Amanda, was out in the yard supervising me. She yelled over the noise of the tractor engine, “Be careful, that contraption has a lot of power.” I screamed back, “I’m a grown man. I know what I’m doing.”  

The tractor was incredibly powerful. As I was mowing, it was cutting down everything. Pieces of grass and weeds were flying all over the place. A cloud of clippings, shavings, and dirt rolled out from behind the mower. It was powerful. I accidentally ran over several fruit trees. Branches, leaves, and smoke flew everywhere. It was intense! 

We had a little concrete yard gnome. I wasn’t paying attention. I ran over the gnome. Chunks of concrete and dust flew all over the yard.  

My wife and I had two different reactions. She said, “Oh no!” I said, “Oh yes! That was the coolest thing that I have ever seen! I can get her another yard gnome, but that was powerful!” 

To this day, I still can’t explain all the workings of a John Deere 75-horsepower turbo diesel tractor with a 72-inch belly mower. I just know when I pushed the gas pedal, a wind blew that I can’t describe. I just know it was exciting. 

The Spirit of God is powerful and exciting. Anything of eternal value comes through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. You can’t live the Christian life in your own power. You need the power of the Holy Spirit to get the job done. 

The point is: Just like that tractor, I can’t describe the Wind of God. I just know when the Wind blows in, it sure is exciting. When the Holy Spirit blows in, God blows sluggish saints off their seats, God blows sleeping souls down the aisle, and God saves the lost. When the Holy Spirit blows in, God blows away self-centeredness, God blows away self-righteousness, God blows in revival.  

It is my prayer for the Wind to blow. Will you join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to blow revival into our world, into our nation, into our state, and into our community? Will you join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to blow revival into our hearts? 

Lord, send a great revival, and let it begin in me.

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/17/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossEzek. 36:26-27 And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.

When Jesus enters the soul of man, things begin to happen. There are a lot of different things that He does within us besides forgiving us of our sins. The first thing that He does is He gives us a heart transplant.

The Lord gives us a new heart. He does this because the old heart, the heart of sin, is hard as a rock and cannot accept the things of God. A heart full of sin cannot obey God. It cannot long for the things of God. It cannot hear God when He speaks. It has no desire for the things God provides.

When we live in Christ, the way we were gives way to a new life. We desire to please God instead of ourselves. We desire to hear from God so that we will know how to please Him and what we must do in order to obey Him. We develop a hunger for the Word of God because we know it is God’s voice speaking through it. We desire to be with God so we seize opportunities we have to have fellowship with Him.

You cannot have saving faith without having a new heart. God transforms us. We are constantly changing into a holy people. Christ becomes the influencer of all we do. We live for Him and follow Him wherever He may lead us. There is an insatiable longing in the heart of the redeemed for Jesus now and for all of eternity.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Point is … Skeeters 8/13/2020

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by James Collins

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

The mosquitos were terrible at our house last summer. We don’t call them mosquitos. We call them skeeters.  

I don’t know why, but skeeters love me. I guess it is because I’m so sweet. Skeeters buzz, swarm, attack, and bite me. Anytime, I go outside it’s like they have a skeeter spotter flying around that says, “Hey guys, the all you can eat preacher buffet is open at the Collins house. Come on!” 

When I work out in the yard, my wife, Amanda, likes to come out and supervise me. She supervises my work. She says things like, “You’re mowing the grass wrong.” She says things like, “You need to fertilize.” She says things like, “I know you worked all day putting in the flower bed, but I really don’t like it there. I want you to dig it up and move it over there.” She supervises me.  

Last summer, I was working in the yard. Amanda was outside supervising me. Suddenly, “WHAP!” Something hit me across the back of the head. I saw stars.  

I turned around and my wife was standing there with an open hand. She had hit me upside the back of my head. She hit me hard too. I thought I might lose consciousness. I thought I had a concussion. I couldn’t believe it.  

I caught my breath and said, “What are you doing?”  

“There was a skeeter on your head.” she said. 

“Did you get it?”  

“No. I don’t think so.” 

Amanda started yelling, “There he is! There he is!” The skeeter was buzzing around me. As she was screaming, Amanda started slapping me. She was about to beat me to death. I don’t know what was worse, getting stung by the skeeter or getting slapped around.  

Despite Amanda’s assault, the skeeter kept on buzzing around me. He kept dive bombing me. Before long, he found some friends and they swarmed me. I had to go inside to escape their onslaught.  

That was a silly story, but it is a picture of the demon dive bombers that come at us every day. Like those skeeters, the devil’s demons are dive bombing us. They are trying to tear your marriage and family apart. They are trying to stop you from raising your children with Christian values. They are trying to keep you from serving Jesus. They are trying to destroy your Christian walk. They are trying to keep you from going to church.  

Fortunately, God has given us protection from the devil and his demons. We have the full armor of God. The full armor of God is found in Ephesians 6. It is the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, and the sword of the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Bible. When the demonic forces attack, you should use Scripture to slap back at them.  

The point is: You need protection from the devil’s assault. Are you under attack? Are you being dive bombed? Are you in a situation that seems hopeless? God has made a way for you to deal with whatever the devil throws at you. Turn to the Father through Jesus, His Son.  

The Lord Jesus Christ can squash your problems like a bug. 

Fort Scott's First Southern Baptist ChurchThe Point Is ...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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