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When the Devil Plays Chess

Alan, from Devotional Treasures, recently posted about spiritual warfare in a piece called Satan Our Accuser. My brother in Christ from the Kingdom of Fife (Scotland) reminds us how spiritual warfare often follows high points in the Christian life.

There are several Bible stories which illustrate this. Remember Elijah’s discouragement after defeating the prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18:20-40) Another good example is Christ’s temptation in the wilderness after a forty day fast. (Matthew 4:1-11)

The scriptures also share warnings aplenty about the dark forces who are behind such shenanigans. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”— Ephesians 6:12 (NIV).

In another place the Apostle Paul warns that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”— 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV) Other biblical accounts unmask him as an “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and a “lion seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

You’re probably wondering how this information applies to my post title. Oh, that was just click bait.🤠

Seriously. Alan is an avid chess player. So in my comment about his post on spiritual warfare I mentioned that Satan likes to play chess too. No I wasn’t comparing a fellow believer to the devil himself. I simply meant that evil forces attack Christians in strategic ways.

Like all chess masters, Lucifer and his buddies think several moves ahead. Their goal is to put believers in check, time and again, until we tire of the struggle and resign from the game.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 (KJV)

As it turns out, God is also a chess player. And He never loses. Checkmate is off the board, but the enemy doesn’t want us to remember that. Thus the warfare.

Kind reader, “The Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials.”—2 Peter 2:9 (GNT) So don’t. Give. Up.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of this glory with exceeding joy.

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty.

Jude 24. 25a (KJV)
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Christian Blog encouragement

Helping Others Find Their Wings

One mid-week, the airport terminal was almost empty. Yet there he stood: an older gentleman staring at the TSA check point like a deer in the headlights. Hoping to encourage, without embarrassing him, I said to my wife, “This way, sweetheart?”as I started through the roped off maze. The man followed.

So far so good. But then I overheard him, on the other side, asking an airport employee, “Which one of these is Alliance Airlines?” She brushed him off with a polite, “Gee, I don’t know.” So he shuffled over to a service corridor, head down, fixated on his boarding pass.

It was time to come along side. “Sir, I don’t work here, but may I help you?” “Sure!” he exclaimed, handing me the crumpled up paper. I couldn’t make sense of it either. “Let’s check an overhead monitor,” I offered, as we walked together across the concourse. He quickly found Phoenix under “Departures.” “It’s gate H4,” he said, almost gleefully.

We went with him—just to make sure. “Yep, this is it,” I confirmed. “Someone will be here at the counter soon.” The man thanked us as we parted ways.

Walking down to gate H12, in the opposite direction, God reminded me how far from my comfort zone I’d felt during our trip. A family emergency had called us several states away at moment’s notice. Yet at every twist and turn the Lord used others to help us along the way. Now I was helping someone else. It was like God said, “Ok David, it’s your turn.”

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:2-4 (GNT)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

PS. This post began as a comment on Matt’s blog, Jesusluvsall, where he shared about helping a young Afghan refugee. He then asked his readers to share a similar experience. Thanks for bringing this one out of me, brother! “Iron sharpens iron.”

Read Matt’s post here

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Christian Blog heathly living Self Care

A Good Strategy for Healthy Living

I was on a flight this past week and started exploring the seat back pocket in front of me. Yeah, I’m THAT kind of guy. I inspected the folding laminated card—the one with all the pictures of the plane—just in case something changed. Who knows, maybe they added what to do if a UFO pulls up alongside while we’re in flight?🛸👽

Anyhow, it was the barf bag that really got me thinking. On one side it said, “Baby Care,” to dispose of a dirty diaper. And on the other side it said, “Feel Better,” you know after you’ve tossed your cookies—because the aliens did a fly by?🤢

As I flipped the bag back and forth, I realized the two phrases make a good strategy for healthy living. What is Baby Care? It’s allowing yourself the basic things needed to restore comfort. We don’t judge babies for being babies; we take care of them. Translation: listen to your body, mind, and emotions. If you need a break, take a break.

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they (the disciples) did not even have a chance to eat, He (Jesus) said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Mark 6:31 (NIV)

When you do better you feel better. Jesus said so Himself! So what is Feel Better about? It means taking care of yourself isn’t a crime. Kind reader, if you’re having a hard time today Christ understands. After all, He was a very busy guy. Yet he told his friends, “Let’s go somewhere quiet and relax.”

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus, Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.