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October 2022

October Pivot Point

October is one the my most favorite times of the year, the changing from Summer to Fall. All the changes that take place are just beautiful to me. The temperature moderates. There is a bite in the air in the morning. The leaves change to vibrant colors. The Lord God of Heaven and Earth displays His glorious design in the creation of life, death and renewal. The only thing that blunts my enthusiasm for this season is dealing with all the leaves that die and cov- er the yard! On the other hand, the dying of the leaves, the trees and plants going dormant inevitably reminds me death and the losses of loved ones or impending losses. It puts me in a very melancholy and somber mood. Also, 2022 has continued the challenges wrought in 2021. Many in Florida and South Carolina and Cuba just suffered from the vicious hurricane Ian. It has left a terrible path of devastation and loss of life that is still being tallied. The wars and earthquakes continue along with deteriorating economic conditions all over. What’s really hap- pening? Who is in control? Why is all this happening?
When we look at the world around us today everyone has the same evidence. Who do you really believe is in charge? Where do you go for facts? Who or what is your source for truth? Can they be trusted? Look at the evidence and then evaluate what’s “true” or what is real. Is there a difference between normal and real? Have you inadvertently fallen for the lies of the Evil One as has been expressed by the enemies God? Are you allowing them to set your evaluation of your reality that denies Almighty God? Remember all those “God deniers” are either railing at God or denying His Sovereignty! Those who cover up the truth of God in a feeble attempt to hide Him and fight against His ways are bent on deceiving you and robbing you of your joy and security?

Were it not for the wonderful truth in the Word of God about our life, death and resurrection in Christ Jesus and His influence in my life, my melancholy would quickly spiral into depression and despair. It is that even through these losses of loved ones once alive and vibrant, their death is an inevitable part of life. Only our Heavenly Father makes our losses glorious in Christ Jesus. He explains the sense of our going to sleep after a life of living for Him, showing off His workmanship as the beautiful foliage shows us in the Spring. As Fall turns to Winter and then comes Spring, the season of resurrection, we should marvel, not despair. We should glory in His creation and praise His holy name. He has prepared for our life, death and resur- rection as the seasons show! This is our “normal”! We are in Christ Jesus!

The Apostle Paul puts it this way for us in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58: “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this imperishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

All of us know there is the Fall of our lives, it is coming. Now more than any other time of our lives our normal with Al- mighty God should be set! Spurgeon puts it this way in his devotional work, Morning and Evening: “He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a mad- man.” Glory be to our God and Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who has established our “normal” of eternal life in His unchangeable salvation, eternal life with His love and glory! Dear one, “Stay Under the Shadow of the Almighty!”

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