God is good. He is the only One who is. So He has the most power. Why is goodness powerful? Because evil (the opposite of goodness) is so common and cowardly and goodness is brave and loving and kind and all the things of the Spirit. Goodness triumphs over badness in the long run dry single time because God has triumphed over evil already through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who saved everyone’s soul who wants to join the good side, the winning side. When pleasure and temporary wealth or gratification is the evil enemy’s only lure I to a trap of eternal separation from goodness later, we who accept Christ as our Savior have the promise of eternity, forever and always with Him in goodness and freedom from evil. I will take those odds. This life is so short. People my age and younger die often, years go by so fast. And yet many choose to give up the long eternity of good love and peace and joy for moments of temporary pleasures. That is so very short sided. The devil distracts to keep us focused on the momentary thing so we do ‘t see the cliff headed for. Open eyes should always be a prayer of our hearts. Distractions should not be allowed to sway our sound reasoning. There is an eternity after this life is finished and what we do in this life dictates how it will be spent and day after day and year after year, and century after century and millenia after millenia, I would like all that forever time to be beautiful. Wouldn’t you? So, my thankful self will choose God’s goodness to lean on and wrap up in. Everyone has their own choice to make. And it is no longer a one time only choice, it is now a daily one. The enemy works overtime to bring us down to his level and distract us and destroy us. We must consistently counter that with daily renewal in prayer and God’s Word and good choices. In Him is life and I choose to live. What do you choose?
So, I had a very interesting conversation with Dad today. We are so very blessed to have him in our life still and his speech coming back after this whammy of a stroke. Thank you, God, for that! Anyway, we were talking about his concern for someone who is still smoking through her pregnancy and I mentioned that it is hard for me to understand when people quit during their pregnancy and the start up again after the baby’s born. I said that I would think if you quit for 9 months, it would be easy to just stay that way. I say all that back story to tell you my wise Father’s reply. Dramatic pause… … … “They never quit. They just didn’t smoke for 9 months.” The words have been running around in my head. “They didn’t quit.” And the Lord took me back in my mind to when I went skydiving for the first time. I had prepared, taken the class, suited up and gotten into the plane, secured to the instructor for a tandem dive. Then the time came to jump and I could not make myself at all jump out of that plane. I had the worst ride of my life down from there and the spiraling G-turns down (they do to conserve fuel) left me sick and ashamed for weeks. And I thought, “I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t let go and jump.” And I thought to myself, it is all about faith. The lack of being able to put down the addiction, the self-medication of any variety (porn, hatred, games, revenge, unforgiveness, drugs, alcohol, whatever) and just jump out of the plane and free fall into the unknown is harder than most can handle and they have the sickness and shame I experienced as a result and are robbed of peace and joy as a result. Faith is leaving the safety of the plane and jumping into an unknown sky. Which, by the way, I did on my second attempt. I again suited up, prepared, geared up, attached to the instructor and got into the plane. And when it was time and I looked down and couldn’t even see the ground, I panicked and almost refused but I remembered that the plane wasn’t really safe like I thought and was full of sickness and shame and I braced myself and jumped. That jump was freedom and adrenaline and the greatest thrill of my life (until my babies were potty trained) and something I never would have experienced if I had stayed in the false “safety” of the plane. Truth is what I am sharing here… deep truth. As followers of Christ, God requires, not hints, that we jump into the unknown and leave the false safety of the world and its physical addictions and self-medications and subsequent spiritual bondage and jump into faith, becoming free in Him to enjoy His love and peace and joy to an end you cannot conceive of, how great it is! These are discoveries awaiting you as you let go of the devil you know and put your faith in the God who knows you and loves you extraordinarily. Just a thought.