© by Joyce C. Lock
Thereís a time for every season, sorrowing when death gives its call,
a reality of living that eventually come to all.
But unless one dies to themselves, itís a life never lived;
a life with selfishness, a heart that never learned to give.
The things we held on to, we thought we couldnít live without;
were the very lies Satan fed us, to keep us trapped in deathís cloud.
For when we die to the flesh and live by the MASTERíS rule,
we find we never lost anything, but Satan - vicious and cruel.
The path to peace and victory is Godís will; Godís way - every time. Because, God is for you, knowing your need better than you know yourself and only He knows which path will meet it and defeat Satan.
The reasons we serve God graduate the more we come to know Him... for our safety and benefit, itís exciting to see what God wants to do next, His plan is better than ours, because we love Him, for who He is. With each obedience, we discover life more abundantly and a God who loves beyond measure.
As God ministers to the soul; He replaces Satanís lies with truth, heals, sets us free, teaches about who He is (a process of restoring our innermost self to itsí original creation - separate from evil.) In so doing, God gives light to the darkness within, gradually indwelling us. As once we know the truth, we choose Him.
Devotedly, we then begin to serve God (having experienced His perfection); for what Heís already done for us, for who He is, out of love alone. He is worthy to be praised.
By the time weíve reached this far in our own spiritual journey, knowing the depths of Satan, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt... Godís instruction is the path to life.
If our desires donít match Godís will, weíre not in our right mind.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.