Saturday, June 1, 2024
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1 John 5:19 – We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. (NLT)

When people say that they are hostage to something, it means that they are being involuntarily controlled by some outside influence. Sometimes, I feel like I'm being held hostage by forces over which I have no control.

The recreational vehicle park in which I live was bought by a large corporation in 2021. Since then, we've had five managers, three activity directors, constant upheaval with remodelling, and conflict between administration and residents, as this company tries to figure out how to do business in a situation for which they have no previous experience. What used to be a pleasant place to live is not anymore, and there is nothing that I can do about it, except move. I like my house, and my family lives here, so I remain.

On top of all this, inflation is rampant. Gas prices are constantly rising without warning or apparent cause. A bag of groceries is now triple the price of a year or two ago. But I still need gas and groceries, so I, like the rest of the world, pay, despite my worry about finances.

Government leaders pass laws that are completely contrary to biblical principles or that waste millions of dollars on programs and purposes that benefit only their own selfish ambitions. Christians in government positions are constantly stymied in their efforts to make the right decisions. I pray for our leaders, but otherwise, I am held hostage by their actions.

2 Corinthians 4:4a – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. (NLT)

We shouldn't be surprised at any of this, as throughout history, mankind has rejected God and been deceived by Satan. It started in the Garden of Eden and continues unabated. Satan actively participates in blinding the eyes of those who don't believe in Jesus and thus have no desire to come to Him or do what is right in His eyes. But there is hope!

1 John 5:4-5 – For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (NLT)

This verse tells us that we can win this battle by putting our faith in Him, trusting our lives to Him, and letting the Holy Spirit lead us. We may not see resolution in our time, but we will have the ultimate victory when we reign with Jesus in heaven. He said:

John 16:33 – I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (NLT)

Because Jesus is victorious, so will we be! Hallelujah!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are in control. Help us to look to You as we deal with life's difficulties. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wise words, Sharon.

    Good one, Sharon! Thank you!

    Awesome . There is nothing that can keep us from the love of Jesus.

    Thank you, Sharon, may there be peace and quiet at your recreational vehicle park in the near future. Blessings.

    Thanks, Sharon! Same here, but we are thankful for Peace!
    Bless you for your faithfulness!
    (BC, Canada)

    Yes, Sharon, there sure are difficulties to deal with in our daily lives but we have assurance that our Lord will stand with us and help us through what we encounter. I pray for improvements in your living community. Blessings for these devotionals you prepare.

    Good morning,
    Thank you for your message, Sharon!
    Every word of your devotional is what most of us are experiencing today, no matter where we live. What are we to do? Trust in the Lord who provides us all with what we need. Thank you for sharing your message with us today.

    Thank you for a beautiful, inspirational writing. My husband and I are running into satin’s work every day!! I do my best to study His word and pray. It gives me peace!

    Help from the Lord yes – but we need to help each other.

    Good afternoon, Sharon,
    I feel sorry for you in your mobile home park. It is always miserable when changes like that come about. Changes you can do nothing about.
    The situation you mention about government the same, I’ve never heard one politician say that he or she prayerfully considered some decision.
    Thank you for your good words.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. To God be the glory! Blessings.

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