Thursday, April 27, 2006

Unraveling At The Seams?

When I buy something new, I like to look at the seams. You can tell lots about a garment, when you inspect how it is made. And, often, when you wear a piece of clothing for the first time, you will know whether it is of good quality or not. Buttons may be loose, a stray string is ready to ‘be pulled’, and out comes a seam. Then, you have to ‘repair’, or it will start unraveling, only to have a bigger problem.

Life is like that. Sometimes, it seems to be unraveling at the seams. Things don’t go the way you planned. You are never able to meet your bills on time; your job doesn’t last or you get fired; your spouse asks for a divorce; you open your mouth and insert foot – a big embarrassment.

The Word says that ‘the thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; but I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ (John 10:10). And, rest assured, if we give satan any place in our life, he is going to do everything in his power to destroy us completely. But, the Lord tells us, if we lack wisdom, to ask God, in faith, and He will give it to you. We often ‘can’t see the tree for the branches’ – GOD is always there, but little things in our life cause us to put him aside, which makes us miss out on things, thus giving satan a stronghold in our lives. And, he certainly knows how to capitalize on that stronghold! He has you saying things that you regret, and before you know it, life is simply unraveling before your eyes.

How do you stop the unraveling? Get down to business with the Lord. He has to be the number one in your life. Go to Him for answers, not to others. Study the Word; His Word is Truth (John 17:17) Get the Word down within you, so you have it to resist the devil with. Within ourselves, we are not able to restrain him, but the Word can put him at flight! Start fixing those ‘loose ends’ today, and stop that seam from unraveling!

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Susan L. Prince said...

Thanks for this post on how to stop the unraveling.

You know, when the unraveliing first starts it seems easy to get down to business with the Lord. Faith is strong and I'm armored with the Spiritual armor to defend any issue...but then there is more unraveling.

and more...

and a little more....

and when you think there is nothing left to unravel....

there's more....

It can become wearisome.

That's where I'm at.

The sad part is that I know I am immensely blessed, yet, I am weary and spiritually drained. I'm unraveled.

Barbara said...

Oh, Susan, I know what you mean. Just when you think 'all is well', you find out quickly it is not. I feel like I'm unraveling, when I miss church. That's another inch of the door opened to the thief!

The Lord is awesome! He is always there; never fear that you keep having to run back to Him. We will never be perfect, until we are embodied with that immortal body. But we can still strive to achieve!