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Throwback Thursday: Somewhere There’s a Mom

SOMEWHERE THERE’S A MOM

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

2 Tim. 2:26 (NKJV)

 

Daily, on the streets of Philippi, Paul and company were followed by a girl announcing that they were “servants of the Most High God” (Acts 16:17). Most would love such an announcement, but not Paul. Paul was a man of great discernment, and he recognized that though the words were true, they were spoken by a demon possessed girl. “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14).

 

Paul becoming greatly annoyed cast the demon out of the slave girl who was a fortune teller. Her masters had profited from her. They had used her in a way similar to the human trafficking that occurs within the United States today.

 

Scripture does not tell us what became of this girl once she had been set free from the clutches of Satan, but we do know one thing. Somewhere there was a mom. This girl had a mother who may have been trapped in the same lifestyle. Perhaps, she was praying for her daughter with Lydia’s group of women by the river. Maybe her mother became a convert of the Philippi church. However, this girl was someone’s daughter.

 

Do you know someone like this girl who is trapped by Satan? They may be bound by alcoholism, drug addiction, a myriad of sexual sins, or even a false religion. Somewhere, there’s a mom. Your prayers for her child are the greatest gift that you could give her.

 

We also need to give them the gospel in love. Many times as Christians, we fall into the sin of self-righteousness, but if not for the grace of God, we could be bound by Satan ourselves. Observe those you meet today asking God to break Satan’s chains which bind them. Thank Him that He has set you free.

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray that You will break Satan’s hold on the lost. He has bound them into a life of alcoholism or drug abuse. He has blinded them with lies. Thank You for loosing his hold on me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Acts 16:16-20.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you know someone trapped by Satan’s grip? Pray for God to rescue them and save them. If possible, witness to them.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Separated or Isolated

 

SEPARATED OR ISOLATED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 6:17a NKJV

Do you feel cut off from your family because of your faith? Do co-workers ridicule you because you are a Christian? Do you feel alone in a room of so-called saints?

Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, felt the same way. Jacob’s favoritism angered Joseph’s siblings. They hated Joseph and the coat of many colors Jacob made for him.

His brothers labeled Joseph as a tattletale. He reported honestly concerning his brothers and the flocks to Jacob, adding more fuel to their fire.

Joseph was a dreamer, and his interpretation of dreams were correct. In the first dream, they were binding sheaves. Joseph’s sheaf arose while his brothers’ sheaves bowed down around it. In the next dream, the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed down to him symbolizing his brothers plus his parents would bow down to him. This infuriated his brothers. Jacob rebuked Joseph, but kept the interpretation in his thoughts.

Jacob sent Joseph to Shechem to check on his brothers and flocks. When Joseph arrived, a man told him his brothers had departed for Dothan. They conspired to murder Joseph as they watched him coming towards them. Reuben suggested they throw him in a pit. His plan was to rescue Joseph. Before Reuben could return for Joseph, his brothers put another plan into action. They spotted some Ishmaelites traveling in their direction. Now the young men plotted to make some money off of Joseph. They pulled him from the pit, and they sold him to the Ishmaelites. Soaking Joseph’s beloved coat in blood, they fabricated a story that led Jacob to believe Joseph was dead.

Joseph’s story is one of providence. God moved Joseph to Egypt where he was falsely accused and imprisoned until Pharaoh needed someone to interpret his dreams. Then Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh, and yes, his family came and bowed down to him.

Joseph was righteous. God gifted him with the wisdom to explain dreams. God had special plans for Joseph, but his life was one of rejection, betrayal, and discouragement.

Except for his father, Joseph lacked the love of his family. He was abhorred for his holiness and his calling. Even in Egypt, his circumstances failed to resemble the dreams God gave him until many years had passed

Christian, we are called to come out from among the unbelieving world. A world that hated Joseph. A world that hated Jesus, and a world that hates us.

Our families and acquaintances may label us as fanatics and holy rollers. As we draw closer to Christ, even other Christians will shun us.

Christians who speak the gospel truth are isolated because many just want a feel-good message.

Friend, you may empathize with Joseph, sharing in the loneliness that surrounds those who are unashamed of the gospel. We were told to come out from among them and be separate, but we never thought we would be isolated. God has placed you where He wants you for this time. Not everyone will accept you, but God has called you for a special purpose, just like Joseph. Try not to let them get to you. That is what Satan wants. God calls out God pleasers, not people pleasers. Noah, Moses, Elijah, and Daniel were singled out, as many Christian servants are today. Enjoy those who celebrate you, ignoring those who tolerate you.

Lord Jesus, help us deal with the loneliness and ridicule we often face as Christians. Wrap us in Your love and keep us from feeling the need to be accepted by everyone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Genesis 37.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Avoiding people is not always possible. We can choose to let the words and actions of others affect us, but we can also choose to ignore it.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.