Saturday Morning Thoughts: Tragedy, Sin, and Spiritual Warfare

Last week I made a quick, spur of the moment, trip to see my husband’s parents. Mine are both gone for over 22 years now and my in-laws have been as parents to me for many years.  As a result I’ve not finished reading any books to post book reviews, or been able to get on-line to create a new post until now.

One thing that is on my heart is the evil that is in this world. On my way to visit I met, at a gas station, another family from the area where I live and they were just returning from El Paso, which is just a few miles south of where I was heading. They informed me of the tragic shooting that occurred that day (Saturday) at a WalMart in El Paso. The incident had occurred just before they left town and in the neighborhood where they had been visiting.  My immediate response was to get on my phone and inquire of my family and friends who live in El Paso. All but one had marked themselves as safe. I sent a message to the one and at a later time she too told me she was safe. After arriving at my destination, as time allowed, I watched news video about the incident.

Now my thoughts. There is much evil in this world and all of it is instigated by the dark forces of evil, namely, as many would recognize, Satan, the Accuser is the source of this evil. The people who do these evil acts are in some way possessed of the devil, by some demonic spirit who takes control of that person’s behavior.  It is my opinion that because society has strayed so far from God the demonic spirits are given permission to enter into people and wreak havoc. The Bible tells us that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Without belief and faith in Jesus a person is subject to this demonic possession.

Is it any wonder that these kinds of tragic incidents seem to be on the rise? We’ve taken  God, the Bible, and prayer out of our schools. So many churches are social clubs rather than places where the Word of God is taught in depth. False doctrines have infiltrated churches with things like prosperity ministries and lukewarm, tickle the ears, sermons that do not serve to mature believers into the power that is available to them through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus gave us the power to cast out these demons that cause all kinds of sickness of body, mind and soul.  So few churches teach their congregants about this and if they do, the members will either fire the preacher or leave the congregation because they are offended.

Truth is offensive to those who do not know the truth. The Bible says that the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). Jesus said of himself that he is the way, the truth, and the life and that no man comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6). So, in order to get to the truth we must believe in Jesus. Those who believe in Jesus will be able to cast out devils (demons) and lay hands on the sick and heal them (Mark 16; 17-18). A few ministries do teach this truth, but many believe the lie that these gifts were only given to the apostles of Jesus day. Satan does not want God’s people to know this truth because it is the greatest weapon we have against him.

Before a believer can be effective in exercising the gifts given to us by God, through the Holy Spirit, we must be fully prepared. That preparation is itemized for us in scripture. We are told to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17). I’ve covered this armor in a previous blog post a couple years ago (The Armor of God May 28, 2017). Exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit is going directly into spiritual combat and one will be attacked by the enemy of our souls when we go to war.

One of the things I’ve learned is that when we allow sin into our lives we will be ineffective in spiritual warfare. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we’ve let sin settle into our life. Regardless of whether we realize it or not, by letting sin have a foothold in our life we’ve given the enemy of our soul permission to rule our lives, after all, he is the source of all sin. Human weakness is the inability to rid ourselves of sin, only Jesus can deliver us from our sins. That is why he came to earth and lived as a man without sin, offered up his human life as the once and for all sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Anyone who believes that he died on the cross and was raised again on the third day and accepts his sacrifice for himself can be freed from sin, from the wages of sin, which is death, eternal death as I understand it.  Certainly there is no one who is without sin. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But, by repenting of our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin (1 John 1:9). setting them apart as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

Once we do ask forgiveness and repent, repentance is important, we cannot continue in our sins and ask over and over again to be forgiven of the same sin and consider that repentance. No, repentance is turning away from that sin. Yes we occasionally fall back into a sin, say, for instance, we have a terrible temper and we repent. Most of the time we do not let our temper get the best of us, but on occasion we may still have something that the enemy of our soul throws at us and we’ve let down our guard, our shield of faith, and we explode in a fit of unrighteous anger. If we recognize that failure and ask forgiveness then he will forgive and set us back on the right path. But to allow ourselves to continue with the angry outbursts day after day, even asking forgiveness every time, is not true repentance.  True repentance is turning away from the sin and not allowing it to rule our actions.

So, if we are to work in the power of the Holy Spirit in this spiritual war, we must repent and put away our sins. Then, and only then, can we be the light to the world and have an impact. When we walk in the light of God and work in the power of his Holy Spirit we will be able to cast out demons and heal the sick, and this world is very sick. The sickness of sin is the reason for all the tragic events such as the shootings that occurred in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. Satan is allowed to run rampant in the world and there are simply not enough people working in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring people to salvation and prevent these horrendous acts.

These acts of violence are not the only things that are caused by the workings of the enemy of our souls. Demonic influence is the source of all sickness as well. God created a world without sickness, but, Lucifer, that old serpent, deceived mankind and he sinned, and through that disobedience to God sin entered into the world. Now it’s a broken world and there is sin, sickness, violence, perversion, lies, and a host of other things that make it an imperfect world. None of the imperfections are God’s doing, rather, it is the work of Satan, the accuser of man, prowling around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He devoured the man (men) involved in the tragic shootings that have been happening, in the spread of diseases that occurs, in all forms of wickedness that occurs. Yes, we have medical and psychological explanations for all these things, but, in the end the ultimate source is Satan. The only real answer is Jesus.

Do you know and trust in Jesus? If not, then the trials of life will be a burden to you, give your life to Jesus and let him carry your burdens, he said in scripture that his yoke is easy and his burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Fro as a believer I am no longer a slave to sin, but a servant to righteousness (Romans 6).

Blessings to all,

Grandma Peachy

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Book Review: The Box by Kevin Lake

The Box by Kevin Lake is a new adult contemporary urban romance starring Christina, a financial planner, and Devin, a two time college dropout.   This relatively low key romance is a commentary on society, relationships, and today’s technology. At first I did not know if the plot would actually go somewhere and entertain me. But after the first few pages the story engaged my interest and ultimately I read the book straight through in a few hours and enjoyed the read.

The story takes place in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. The descriptions of the scenery were well done and I could visualize landscapes I’ve never actually seen in person.  The characters were believable and fairly well developed, even the stereotypical shallowness of some supporting characters was well portrayed, though somewhat exaggerated. But isn’t that what fiction is, an exaggeration of reality?

The author wove much of his own brand of wisdom into the story. The hero’s mother and to some extent the hero himself were used to impart a common sense wisdom about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

I’m not a romance reader in general, but, I would say this one is for readers who prefer a main plot to focus on something more than the developing romantic relationship. The Box is a clean read with a little use of mild cuss words and a single, non-detailed, reference to a sexual encounter.  Though the story is aimed at new adults in their early twenties, I would let any teen read the book.

Happy reading,

Grandma Peachy

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Life Changes, Gardening, and Other Concerns

Time has come to revive this long neglected blog.  Sometimes one feels that the work of keeping up a personal blog takes too much time and that is what happened to me. Over the past year many things have changed while much has remained the same. What was once a multi-generational family disbanded in July of 2018 after nine years of living together and the family growing. It wasn’t too bad as we still lived in the same small community and grandchildren often spent the night with us. A year later that has come to an end. The young family made a beneficial move out of state. Granted it is the next state over and only a five and a half drive away. But, it does make seeing our daughter and her family a little more difficult and requires more planning.  I am happy for them though, this move is a good one for them.

This year I’ve tried to have a container garden for vegetables. The results are mixed. Tomatoes are producing, though not as well as in the past in the same tank. It could be the, timing of planting, location of the tank, the type of plants, one too many plants, or soil treatment that is keeping them from flourishing as well as other years we’ve used that tank for growing tomatoes.

Originally I wanted to do raised bed gardening, but, my husband has been so busy with work and comes home exhausted from his labor intensive job making light poles and traffic arms that he never felt like doing more work when he got home.  So I resorted to gathering up 5 gallon buckets and other pots to plant vegetables.

So far those have not been doing as well as I had hoped. I have yet to get bush pickles to set and grow. Every one that forms just turns yellow and falls off I don’t know why.  I use the recommended amount of vegetable fertilizer and they get watered when needed. My first attempt at peas didn’t make it at all. Since peas have a short time to maturity I started over, planting them in-ground this time, we’ll see how that turns out. There is a yellow squash at the end of that small space. Last year there was a cucumber plant in that area when we moved in. Honestly I think it was a volunteer.  It produced more cucumbers than we could use. There was also a volunteer cherry tomato plant that sprung up, but it did not produce much until the cucumber began dying back, then it flourished. The problem was we had our first frost before we could harvest very many of those tomatoes.

My single bell pepper has only produced one pepper, though there are a few more blossoms right now that I’m hoping will produce fruit. There are four okra plants and only two fruit have matured though there are a few more starting to grow. The beans have had a sad showing. Many blooms but few growing into beans.  I haven’t harvested a full serving for one person. The things that are doing well are my chard and lettuces. I’ve been able to get several salads from them and they are continuing to produce.

This year is definitely a learning experience for me. I’ve grown in-ground gardens but never tried container gardening other than the big tank we’ve used for tomatoes several times.  One of the things I think is a problem is a lack of pollinators. I finally bought a variety of colorful flowers in an attempt to attract native solitary bees to my garden. I’ve seen a few more of those little bees since I did that.  One thing I’ve considered lately is making or buying a bee hotel for the native bees. The problem is I think it’s rather late in the season to set one out.  From what I’ve read in researching the subject those things need to be set out in early spring.  It’s mid summer now.

Maybe It is a good thing that it’s worked out this way. An abundant harvest may have gone to waste this year. It’s been a painful year. Walking can be challenging at times. I’ve had good and bad days, weeks even. Steroid injections have become ineffective, so, in early September I will be having knee replacement surgery.  Concentrating on recovery will be right during the biggest part of harvest season and I don’t think I’d be feeling up to doing much canning and preserving this year.

We will see what the future brings. Maybe next year will be a much more successful gardening year. Until next time …

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

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Book Launch: A New Summer Garden by Paul White

 

 

A New Summer Garden

An Electric Eclectic Novelette by Paul White.

A crime drama.

Sam was a down and almost out, with little prospect for the future when he meets Rachelle, the beautiful wife of the philanderous Peter, the kingpin of an international criminal business empire.

When Peter catches Sam ‘in flagrante’ with Rachelle, he ensures Sam’s simple life becomes complicated.

What happens next takes Sam on a surreal path, where the only plausible outcome is for Sam to end up in prison or dead… most probably both.

 

Excerpt               

I have never played poker before. The only game I played with cards was ‘Snap’ when I was a child and I usually lost then. Yet somehow, by one o’clock in the morning, there was a great pile of money in front of me, bunches of twenty and fifty-pound notes.

Things were looking good.

By three o’clock my entire wad of cash was gone. So was my original three hundred pounds stake money Peter gave me.

It had all gone tits-up.

The game was wound up at four o’clock and I was in the shit. I was left with five IOU’s, totalling five thousand seven hundred and twenty pounds. The debt belonged to the two Kosovans and the big Russian, with a few hundred owing to the three Polish fellows.

They said I had one month to come up with the cash or pay with my kneecaps.

Peter laughed aloud saying it was the best three hundred pounds investment he had made in years. In fact, he said, he often paid twice that amount to fuck one of his poxy little whores.

I knew then I had been fucked over. Again.

But this was not the end of the night. Oh no, things were to get a little more complicated than just being stitched up by a jealous husband and owing a gambling debt to a bunch of unstable, possibly ex KGB type, gangsters.

It was from this point on things began to get a little bit dark.

Very dark.

Pitch black.

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You can purchase your copy of A New Summer Garden here, http://authl.it/az2

Authors Bio.

Paul White is a prolific storyteller, a wordsmith, tale weaver and an International bestselling author.

He writes from his Yorkshire home, situated near a quiet market town in the East Ridings.

Paul has published several books, from full-length novels to short story collections, poetry, children’s books, semi-fiction, non-fiction & military social history.

He also contributes to various collective anthologies.

You can find more about Paul, his current works-in-progress, artworks, photography and other projects, by visiting his website: http://paulznewpostbox.wix.com/paul

Paul is the founder of Electric Eclectic books, of which this, A New Summer Garden is one.

You can find all the Electric Eclectic books and introductions to the other Electric Eclectic authors by visiting the website. http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

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Q – Where we go one We go all

I really like LA Marzulli and his commentary is generally spot on in my opinion. Times are reaching critical mass and we will just have to ride out the storm. Blessings to all. Grandma Peachy

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L.A. Marzulli
I’m actually going to do something different here but after months of reading the Q posts, I have decided we may be at a crossroads.
This is what we know and in my opinion, it is irrefutable.
1. The DNC and Hillary Clinton hired FUSION GPS to write a phony dossier about Candidate Donald Trump.
2. This bogus story was then used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
3. The FISA court judge was lied to as to the source of the so-called Russian Dossier. This fact alone may implicate the Obama White House and the DNC as being complicit. 
4. Peter Sztrok and his mistress Lisa Paige wrote emails that specifically discussed an “insurance policy” in case then-candidate Trump actually won the election. Disgraceful!
5. Fauxahontos—Senator Elizabeth Warren—is calling for the use of the 25th amendment…

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