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Monday, May 28, 2007

Hey I've read the book!

In the movie "Patton", ok bear with me girls (I know this is not a girl movie). It shows the general sleeping (Patton) on his bed with a book on his chest - presumably he fell asleep reading the book. The the camera pans on the book, and we see the title as "Tank Warfare by Field Marshal Rommel". (The Field Marshal was the German army commander) The next scene shows the German and the American armies engaged in battle (and please I am using this as an example not to point out people from Germany, one of my dearest friends is from Germany =), and after a few minutes the Germans are retreating. General Patton is observing the scene through his binoculars, and giving some instructions to fine tune the plans set out. As the German Army retreats, General Patton exclaims: "Rommel, I read your book!"

Can I just take a moment to yell, "Satan I have read the Lord's book, you don’t win. You may win these little battles, you may trip me up and get me off course, but you don’t win. I know you know this. You use the tool of my mind, trying to plant thoughts and doubts in my head trying to get me to enact my will to do something that is not pleasing to God, but satan I READ THE BOOK!”

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. II Cor 4:8-12

Satan likes to use your affections to lead you astray, what you think about most is where you affections lie. Is it negative self thought; is it fear, worry, or anxiety? We have control over where our affections are directed. If we don’t take control, satan will. How do we surround ourselves? By Christian music, devotionals, reading Christian books, reading the bible. Surround yourself; meditate on Christ, stand close the cross, then your affections will be on Christ when we are attacked. This is what got me through my week; great Christian friends and directing my affections towards Christ while I was hurting.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 11 Cor 4:16-18

We will fall, we will stumble, but if we are constantly surrounding ourselves with the affections of Christ. The he will not win.


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Blogger eph2810 said...

You are right, Laurel - HE DOES NOT WIN!!!
Yeah, he tries to trip us up. As long as we stay close to the One who will see us through, the battles are less damaging.

Thank you for sharing this powerful post :)...

BTW - I didn't mind at all using the Patton movie to prove your point :) - we have watched this movie several times around here.

May 29, 2007 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

No, satan does not win!!

May 29, 2007 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thank you

May 29, 2007 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger NspiredByFaith said...

Great post! Thank the Lord, that satan does NOT win!

May 29, 2007 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

This made me want to jump up and pump my fist in the air and shout along with you! And you are so right, we may take a stumble but if we have taken the steps to surround ourselves with the things of God, we are on the winning side!

May 29, 2007 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

It sometimes makes me wonder why he even bothers...since he knows how the story ends and all.

May 29, 2007 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...


You had a little Clint Eastwood running through you today. :)

May 29, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

What a powerful post....I am so blessed by you Laurel!

May 29, 2007 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

'Satan likes to use your affections to lead you astray, what you think about most is where you affections lie. Is it negative self thought; is it fear, worry, or anxiety?'

One word: Ouch. :)

Loved this Laurel!!

May 29, 2007 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Lynn Donovan said...

Oh Laurel,

Amen... Amen... Amen.... Powerful post!!

May 30, 2007 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Satan will use whatever he can to get the Christian to stumble and lose their witness. Thank you for your post, it helps me better understand some of my trials, and I WILL NOT let Satan win. God/Jesus my testimony forever. I will remain strong!

May 30, 2007 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Amen and amen!

May 31, 2007 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Amen Laurel. I did a Bible study once entitle "The Supernatural Mind". It was excellent. Everything begins in our minds. As we think - so are we. So of course that is where the enemy begins his attack.
Thank you so much for a timely reminder.

May 31, 2007 at 3:31 PM  

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