Summary: Let us consider that contrary winds are blowing to sift us. The battle is not just about you, the battle is also about yours.
You & Yours, TOXIC HEARTS...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have a little hand held sifter and a fan...
CONTRARY: not helpful, against... to be opposite of what one desires or expected, opposed,
Matthew 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
THERE IS A BATTLE GOING ON --- AND YOU ARE THE TARGET!!! YOURS IS THE TARGET!!!
There was a middle aged couple driving across several states. As they traveled they got into a heated discussion about how life has really degenerated and gone to the dogs. They were so negative, everything was bad. They discussed how bad the USA was. The President and the Congress are so evil and bad, all they desire is power and money. Later the discussion turned schools were lacking in their intellectual state and in moral standards and the teachers were dishonest. After they put down all the school staff their discussion turned to the church. They talked a long time about the decline of the church and how to church has been sinking to new lows. They criticized the decay of preachers and deacons. Then they finally discussed the condition of the family in the world today. All the changes have worsen the state of the family. Families are weaker and less usefulness and the family is crumbling right before our eyes.
After several hours the couple stopped to eat and walk around. When they got back in the car the discussion continued as to how disappointing life has become. The wife turned the discussion to IS REAL CHANGE POSSIBLE?
They discussed their worries and fears and they were so shocked and disgusted with this TERRIBLE WORLD. Can this DEPLORABLE WORLD REALLY CHANGE? Their conclusion was NO, WE ARE IN A TERRIBLE TRAP AND EVERYONE WAS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET.
There was a time of quietness in the car as the couple just pondered how bad everything had become. The husband said to his wife: DEAR, IF WE COULD CHANGE THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD WE CHANGE? The wife mediated on the question. After thinking the husband began angrily speaking: I KNOW WHAT I WOULD CHANGE FIRST IF I COULD!!! I WOULD CHANGE YOU! Honey, I would have you mouth stapled shut? I would put you on a diet? I would make you keep the house clean? I would keep you off the computer? I would make you comb and curl your hair? I would make you respect me? Most of all, I would make you listen to me? He was so proud of himself. HE WOULD CHANGE HIS WIFE FIRST! SHE REALLY NEEDED AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT AND HE COULD TELL HER WHAT TO DO?
The wife started crying and the husband said: OK DEAR, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE IF YOU COULD? She said: I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I WOULD DO!!! I WOULD LEAVE YOU! She went on to say: The reason my mother cried at our wedding was because she said: I WAS MARRYING A MAN JUST LIKE MY DAD...
Have you ever watched the evening news and then be to heart sick to enjoy your meal?
HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED THE NIGHTLY NEWS AND THEN HAD TROUBLE GOING TO SLEEP?
THE IS A PROCESS THAT COMES IN LIFE... THE PROCESS IS SIMPLE: SIFT! SIFTING!
While sifting is A WORK OF OUR ENEMY...
It comes by a DIVINE COMMAND AND BY DIVINE PERMISSION.
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
YOU! YOU? YOU!
THERE IS AN ETERNAL BATTLE GOING ON... A SPIRITUAL SIFTING...
AND THE BATTLE IS TO DESTROY YOU... DO WE HAVE THE TOXIC HEART SYNDROME?
Luke 22:31 (KJV) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luke 22:31 (NLT) Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.
Luke 22:31 (MSG) "Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat.
OUR REAL ENEMY HAS A GREAT DESIRE TO SIFT GOD'S PEOPLE... BUT WE MUST REALIZE THAT IN SOME WAYS THIS SIFTING IS A WORK OF HEAVEN...
This sifting process does not hurt the purity of the grain.
This process that the enemy has planned to destroy, will reveal the PRECIOUS SEED at the Master's feet.