Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reminder: A Call to Fasting and Prayer

This is the second day set aside for fasting and prayer.  
Please remember Connie.  After a week of hope and progress, she has had a set back today(Oct.28th).  She is running a high fever, and doctors say that she has several pockets of fluid in her abdomen.  Surgeons will drain some, or all, of this fluid tomorrow.
Connie has shared with me the spiritual battle that she has went through during this time.  Although Satan has desired to sift her as wheat, God is, and has always been, in control.  She told me Saturday that she heard the Lord say, "It's time to get up."  I can not believe that this set back is anything other than a counter attack from the enemy.  He is a sore loser!
Connie will come through strengthened!  

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isa. 58:6
In answer to this question,
 Yes! Lord, it is the fast that You have chosen.

Although limited, Satan has power in this world. Jesus calls him the "prince" or "ruler of this (sinful)world" (John 16:11), and Paul calls him the "god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4) and the "ruler of the authority of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). He blinds the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4) and holds them in his snare until God releases them through the gospel (2 Timothy 2:2526). He can take life, ruin health, torment with demons (Luke 11:18), provoke evil deeds (Luke 22:3), and cause natural disasters (Job 1:19). 
The fact that such spiritual warfare exists should add a level of seriousness to our prayer life.
 It ought 
not 
to make us paranoid or fearful, but sober and earnest in our prayers and persistently conscious of needing God's power.
 When the enemy is supernatural, so must our weapons be. 
Although it is limited, many may ask why God allows Satan to have this power.
First, we must completely trust our "all-knowing" God.  
We may not always know why. 
Personally, I believe God sometimes allows Satan to fan the flames needed for the fire that He(God) refines us with.
  
Precious metals are made through fire.
Diamonds are made through pressure.
We are refashioned on the Potter's wheel.
Unnumbered blessings and victories are made through brokenness.
You see, Satan NEVER wins!
 In the end,
 our faith is strengthened; the strengthened become the strengtheners; and glory is given to God!

Please visit Cheryl's beautiful blog, Homespun Devotions for many more prayer requests!

Update: 10-29-14
Connie was in severe pain before the surgeon took her back to drain off the fluid.  He also had to remove an air bubble that was near a tear in the lining around her stomach. This does not mean that she has a tear in her stomach.  It is a tear in the lining that surrounds her stomach, and the doctor is almost certain that it will heal on its own now. The fluid was full of infection.  She is on a couple of antibiotics, and her blood work shows that the antibiotics are working.  A few hours after the procedure, she was feeling much better!  She even had something to eat!! Praise God! What a difference a day makes.  I knew that it was the enemy trying to attack her and her husband's faith, but the Great Physician had already told her that it was time for her to get up! 
   

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