A True Story: Twenty Years and Plowing into Eternity

Up to this point, everything I did was for my own narcissism and all attempts to easy my hopeless, dark, hell-bent state were a failure. No matter how I tried to numb the pain and bring light into my life, I was unable. My prison chains were real, forged of a damning, deceitful, and disturbing kind of steel. These binding serrated bars and chain-links of death were unable to be lifted and left me most inescapable. I was powerless, and none of my works, even my very best ones, nor any of my uses of self-help, could rescue.

Fires of Afflictions, Standing Fast, Holding onto the Truth.

What can you learn about the fires of afflictions, standing fast, holding onto truth? Have you embraced Jesus as most precious and most treasured in your life? There is a difference. Regarding truth faith and the power of God, for instance, consider the difference between that of the son of Sceva in Acts 19:11-20. They were mere professors at best, without truth, power and working reality. Then consider the three Hebrew young men as found in Daniel 3:13-30 - MASSIVE difference and a GOOD reminder, help and hope for us today in standing against ALL tyranny. Don't forget, Jesus Himself prophesied Matthew 7:21-23.

When the Destroyer Draws Nigh

What a picture of the Christian life John Bunyan left for us in the writing of Pilgrim's Progress. Especially true is when Christian began to make his way down the Valley of Humiliation and meets up against Apollyon (the destroyer; the angel of the bottomless pit; Abaddon). Below are a few lines taken from this scene.