…for you have been born again
not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
When we meet the king face-to-face, we either become more like him or we walk away, unwilling to
submit to his authority.
Remember when the king cast the demons out of the cemetery
man and later drowned them in the lake? I shared this in the first devotional. The story in The Doorcomes from
While The Door is a fantasy, the events that happened surrounding
the king are true. If you accept God’s salvation through Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons will not be happy about
your new-found faith.
Dimension – the Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
from the heavens were beautiful creatures, too numerous to count, decked out in white. They wore glowing robes of dazzling
splendor. As they tended to the man Baruch called a king, I watched, too awed to speak and too stunned to know what to think.
A few minutes later, I regained my senses.
“Now you know what an underling is,” Baruch said.
“A coward, a bully, a demon.” I shook my head,
still stunned. “Baruch, you did see all of that, right? I wasn’t imagining it.”
“Heehaw. Now you know the king.”
—Shale Snyder and Baruch, the donkey, chapter eighteen
While we can’t see spiritual beings, the Bible makes it clear they visit us in our homes, at
work, and in the car—angels and demons alike. Who have you entertained lately? Angels in disguise? Or did you let down
your guard. Satan and his demons know how to trip you up.
In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is
referred to as the prince of the air. We don’t see him because we have physical bodies designed to inhabit this world.
I call the realm that spiritual beings inhabit the seventh dimension.
there are many galaxies besides our own. Less understood is how many dimensions there might be. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles,
referred to being taken up into the third heaven. He didn’t know if he was in the body or out, but it changed his perspective
of God and the future.
Here is something I want you to think about. If part of you
changes in the physical dimension, then it’s going to affect the spiritual realm.
is the battleground for spiritual activity. While earthly kings go to war to conquer, demons fight for control or possession
of unsuspecting people. The demons follow the will of Satan, and as they did to the demon-possessed man in Gadarene, they
torture. Even with the demon-possessed man, however, the demons couldn’t prevent the man from seeking Jesus, who cast
the demons out and later drowned them in the lake.
The only way to protect yourself
from spiritual attack is through the armor of God (prayer and reading the Bible), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Without going too far into the metaphysical aspect, let’s examine it in psychological terms.
If you respond in a certain way to someone, he will act one way. If you respond in a different way, his response will be different.
That’s a tiny way of looking at it.
If you change on the inside because of the Holy Spirit’s
work in your heart, the change will be perceived by others, even on a subconscious level. Remember Newton’s law from
your science class? For every action, there’s always an equal and opposite reaction.
to the world around you will be different because you’re now different. The Bible says when you become saved, you’re
“born again.” Unless you’re born again, you can’t enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
When Shale returned home, she had undergone a metamorphosis. Her responses to her environment were
different, forcing those around her to respond differently.
When I was twelve and accepted
Jesus into my heart, I felt different. My father remarked a few weeks later, “You have been acting differently. You
I wish I had shared the reason why with him. I was afraid
he wouldn’t understand, but I knew why. The Holy Spirit had made a difference in my life.
very difficult to change yourself. Try to change one habit in your life and see how hard it is, but when you have a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ, he helps you to change. Sometimes the changes are subtle and at other times they are profound.
Sanctification by the Holy Spirit is a life-long process. God wants you to grow and learn. It’s
in the process that we learn how to live out our salvation. The change in you will affect the world around you in ways that
you aren’t even aware.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving me a new life in you—that
I am born again and alive in you. I am thankful the Holy Spirit is helping me to become more like you.
Rejected and Alone, Excerpt from "Am I Okay, God" by Lorilyn Roberts
Available on Amazon
Therefore, those also who suffer
according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
—I Peter 4:19
will I [God] leave you or forsake you.
you talk to your parents about your feelings—your desires, your hurts, your aspirations, and your fears? Perhaps you’re
afraid they won’t understand you. I never felt understood and easily got my feelings hurt. I later learned that sensitivity
helped me to be a caring person.
From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a
Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
“I couldn’t even tell my mother. My
father—he left me long ago.”
—Shale Snyder, chapter two
Fear of rejection runs deep. We’ve all felt the sting. I married when I was
young and put my husband through medical school. Seven years into our marriage, he had an affair. He divorced me to marry
his pregnant girlfriend, much like my father’s desertion of me when I was a young girl. Rejection’s twin brothers
are worthlessness and hopelessness.
is so familiar to me that I go to great lengths to avoid it. “Am I okay?” I often asked a counselor. I believed
if people knew the real me, they would reject me.
I have probably robbed myself of opportunities to further my career or be encouraged in my faith. I still struggle
in this area. I am a work in progress.
comes in many forms. Perhaps you fear you will say the wrong thing at a party.
Rejection may go deeper—a boyfriend drops you, you receive a pink slip
at work, or a school you wanted to attend turns down your application.
Ask God to help you sort through your rejected feelings. Read the Bible. Seek out a teacher,
a counselor, a coworker, or a fellow student in whom you can confide. If you need help, do not feel ashamed or embarrassed
to ask for it.
If you have made poor
choices in friends, it’s not too late to cut off those relationships. If someone is abusing you physically or emotionally,
seek guidance. Don’t be afraid, even if someone has threatened you.
If you’re pregnant and unmarried, don’t abort. Help is available. You will live with
that decision for the rest of your life. Don’t believe what the world tells you. Abortion kills a beating heart. Call
this number: 1-800-366-7773 or go to http://prolifeacrossamerica.org/need-help/.
suffering from the effects of an abortion, don’t suffer in silence. There’s nothing so awful that God can’t
handle it. Take that first step—seek help. God will not abandon you. You’re not alone.
Not everyone will disappoint you. Not every person is a bully, although it may seem like it at times. People who
care about you will help you. Whatever is keeping you awake at night or making you overeat is important. God never meant for
his followers to live alone or feel isolated from others.
God never gives up on you, but you must get to the point of recognizing your need and asking for God’s help.
He can fill in the holes left by those who let you down.
Whenever I feel rejected, I remember how much I am loved by my heavenly father. I will lie on my bed and read the
Psalms, remembering God’s care is greater than all the wrongs others have done. We have an awesome God who someday will
make everything right—all the bad things done to us will no longer be remembered.
God understands how you feel. Jesus was rejected by his own people. The Jewish
leaders mocked him and turned him over to the Roman authorities to be crucified. Jesus died willingly for you and for me.
Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me. I
know you will walk with me, even carry me, through the lowest moments in my life.
Help me to make good choices.
Help me to be wise and remember I
am not alone. Please bring positive people into my life. The Bible says if I ask, you will answer me. Please help me, Lord,
to trust in you.
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