Good morning Friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, filled with God’s blessings and grace!
Well it is now the latter half of October, and although we have had a lovely autumn so far in our little part of the world, you can tell by most of the plants in my gardens that the end of the growing season is close at hand. My gardens are getting quite dingy looking, except for one tall grass; one tall, thorn-in-my-side grass. Despite my love/hate relationship with this grass, it has taught me a truth about who we -God’s children- are and our battle with satan. Let me explain…
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Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
In one of my gardens, I have a tall grass that grows close to eight feet each year. In the spring, I dread taking the dead stalk away because it is so difficult to remove. The stalks are like bamboo. Regular garden clippers don’t cut it. I have discovered that the best way to remove the very dense clump of stalks is by removing them one stalk at a time.
Each stalk is strong and hard to penetrate. However, I discovered that if you take one individual stalk and bend it over, crack it near the base with your foot and then twist it, the stalk separates at that weakened spot into its individual fibre strands. At this point, with one strong push down and pull up, the strand breaks. Voila! One stalk down; seventy to go…
This spring, as I was ravaging through these strong, impenetrable stalks, I took great pride in annihilating each stalk, one fibre at a time. It took time and patience, and my hands and arms got quite scratched up by the end of the chore. This whole process reminded me of how Satan gets to us. As part of a Christian body, we stand tall and strong finding encouragement and support from each other in our daily walk with the Lord. However, satan knows that alone he can push and pull on our thoughts and circumstances to break us, knowing that alone we are but one little weak fibre, easily manipulated and broken.
Our Christian friendships and church family are God’s gifts to us to help us stay strong in the midst of this world’s trials and satan’s attacks. We are not meant to be alone in our Christian walk. We are meant to be in relationship with the body of Christ; to be built up and strengthened for our earthly walk with the Lord. Thank God for them and remain in their midst.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you know how weak I am against satan, the world and even my sinful self. Thank-you for your body – the Christian Church, to help support and encourage me in my faith walk. Help me to stay strong against satan’s lies and attacks. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
Reflection: Reflect on those closest to you: are they brothers and sisters in Christ? If so, do you find you encourage them in their faith walk and they encourage you? How so?
Reflect on your church family: do you spend much time with members of your church in church activities or on a personal level. Have you built up relationships with those at church through attending worship and other activities? Are you involved in the life of the church? If so, think on how your brothers and sisters in Christ encourage you in your faith walk, and how you encourage them. If not, perhaps there is an activity you can attend to begin building your Christian support system.
If there is one particular person – either close friend or church member – that stands out to you as a Christian mentor and support, think about writing a letter or having a coffee with them to let them know what they mean to you.