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Avoid the mines!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 (11:08 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

In a documentary mini series called "Against All Odds" a remarkable story is told about an Israeli platoon who found themselves in the midst of a minefield along the Syrian border during the Yom Kippur War. When the platoon realized they were in a minefield they pulled out their bayonets and started to dig out mines and to disarm them. Suddenly, a fierce wind began to blow, removing the sand from the minefield. Each and every mine was exposed and the soldiers ventured through the minefield unscathed.

If you found yourself in the midst of a minefield, but had someone with you that knew where every mine was and could guide you through, then you'd be sure to stay as close to him as possible! My friend, life is a minefield; and the enemy has planted mines all across your path — the mines of temptation! You have Someone with you who knows where they are and how to guide you around them. But how closely are you walking with Him?

God's word and His Spirit equip us thoroughly for life and godliness. Obedience to His word and abiding in His Spirit we can avoid every deadly trap of the enemy and even if He calls us to martyrdom, we can go joyfully in His power.

But in the meantime, let's not ignore the presence and counsel of our Heavenly Guide. It's too easy to become distracted by fears, entertainments, and even real responsibilities. But all these can pull us away from Him….so that we suddenly find our foot on a mine about to explode under us. The discipline of practicing His presence was never more important than it is now in these last of the last days. The Bible warns that "because iniquity abounds, the love of many shall wax cold!" Let us stay awake, fully conscious of our Helper's presence. Led of His Spirit we will dodge every one of our enemy’s mines, and navigate both ourselves and others to safety, bearing fruit all along the way!

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  • Along

    Thank you very much for this message. Honestly I feel I'm in the midts of mines now. Infact I steps some of them and it hurts my soul. I am relive to know that God is always there to make a way for me.
    God bless you!

  • Jameshenry Dyer

    Hi George, I once found myself in what I believe was a minefield on the Jordanian border just after the Yom Kippur war…as soon as the penny dropped, every hair on the back of my neck stood up, and suddenly my mind was wonderfully concentrated….I skipped back across about 400 meters of land, keeping to the largest rocks I could find, hoping they were safe.

    Sometimes we get into situations that are potentially extremely hazardous, but just like the rocks I jumped on, Jesus can provide safe passage if we get focused and look to Him.

    ICor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is
    common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond
    what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also,
    so that you will be able to endure it.

    All the best.  Botz 

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