Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
July 31, 2010
Before I even get started, please notice that I put a question mark on this one. This is going to be about a series of events that took place this past week. Is it really spiritual warfare? I don't know. Only God knows the answer to that. If nothing else, it should serve as a call to be aware and awake.
From 1 Peter 5:6-
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The war is ceaseless—going on all around us all the time, even though we may not see it or even be aware of its presence. Have you ever read passages of Scripture as just now, and still wondered what spiritual warfare really is? In many parts of the Bible we see examples of it, but because the text doesn’t use the words, “This is spiritual warfare,” many do not understand what is taking place in the invisible realm.
To understand spiritual warfare, first let’s think about what war is. Simply stated, war is the conflict that occurs when one party seeks to gain by force something that another party will not willingly concede, or when both parties desire to possess a thing that cannot be mutually shared.
Spiritual warfare is the battle that continues between the armies of God and the forces of the Devil. It is not poetry or play; it is real, and its plunder is the souls of free-
At this point, you may be thinking -
I'd say no. Once born -
It was exactly one week ago that I posted the article -
Monday morning -
Within an hour -
If you've read much on this site -
If you're squeamish -
The events that took place can either be one really long string of coincidences -
Monday is trash day -
For whatever reason -
As they went running down the street -
I don't remember how -
Let me take a short time out here -
They were noticed over the loud noise of a trash truck going down the street.
The neighbor who heard it just happened to be in the front yard at the time -
If you've seen the "all dogs go to Heaven, don't they?" articles -
If it wasn't for these things -
I have a hard time with praying out loud. Yes -
I wish I could say that we found both of them before anything happened -
I don't know how she could still function after seeing that. Truth is -
The person who ran over him didn't stop. That's too bad -
<<update from August 17, 2013 -
While all of this was going on -
Time to stop again.
Think about the timing of all of this -
If we had passed the church seconds earlier -
Someone who saw me go out and pick up Donnie -
So again I ask -
So now we have Donnie -
After the people got Dewey back to their house and safe -
More praying out loud -
After explaining what happened -
All of that took a few hours.
During that time -
All those previous times praying -
But then -
Now the prayers changed. I don't remember if I prayed this part out loud or not -
My wife called from urgent care to tell the vet that we couldn't get there before closing time. They said no problem -
When we got there -
They had done a number of x-
He had a lot of swelling / bruises.
He also had 2 little fractures of his pelvis -
He's on pain meds -
He spent that night in an emergency clinic, since the vet's office was closed. After we dropped Donnie off at the clinic -
More prayers of thanks.
Donnie got to come home the following afternoon, after being transferred back to the vet for observation.
More prayers for Donnie and for the vets taking care of him.
It's now only five days after that horrible event -
Time for another short break.
All these things that happened -
By now -
Inevitably, we get around to questioning what happened. We both feel like it's something we did -
I'm not going to say that it wasn't -
Opportunities to drive us away from each other -
Opportunities to drive us from God -
Opportunities to make me think that if I hadn't written that article -
But we talked about these things -
And so here I am now -
We do not believe that this is coincidence at all. We do believe that He was in total control of the situation. And that as long as we let Him retain that control -
Maybe it's spiritual warfare -
So my prayer -
In Jesus' name -