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Serious Thoughts – Armed for Battle

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 Serious MEOppressive battle for our peace of mind -fear – that comes with diagnosed or undiagnosed medical problems, concern over those we love, the unknown future.

In a flash we can visualize the  worst scenario, lived out in seconds of  imagined trauma : devastation of catastrophic disease, the effects of an automobile accident, or whatever the fear may be.  It can momentarily paralyze us,  stun and weaken us at the thought of such horror.   Blood pressure rises,  cold sweat breaks out, and we have to shake ourselves, realizing how anxious we have become over something we brought on ourselves.

If you have never experienced it, then praise the Lord, because many of us have.  I consider it an attack by the enemy of our soul.  Scripture is clear that “God does not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” ( II Timothy 1:7) 

So what can we do when we are under an attack of this kind?

 Claim II Tim 1:7.  Memorize it, make it part of your consciousness.  It is arming yourself with the Word of God against an enemy that a baseball bat or gun can not reach.  It is holding your own and asserting that you are a child of God and it isn’t over until He says it is over. If God hasn’t given it to you then you don’t want it in your mind! Right?

The second thing, and this is hard to do if you don’t live alone or if you live with unbelievers, but raise your voice and command that evil spirit to leave you alone, to take his filthy hands off of you, your loved ones, to get out, get away!  Approach that evil spirit as you would a threat you could see with your eyes.   Refuse to give power over you to any spirit except God Himself. 

God help us as fight our spiritual battles.  Help our faith to grow stronger with each battle so that we may conquer this enemy of our soul. In your Son’s name, Amen

Birds of Paradise – Another Example of God’s Creative Hand in Nature

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Raggiana bird of Paradise, Al DayanThere are more than three dozen species in the familyParadisaeidae, more commonly known as the birds of paradise. Most are distinguished by striking colors and bright plumage of yellow, blue, scarlet, and green. These colors distinguish them as some of the world’s most dramatic and attractive birds. Males often sport vibrant feathered ruffs or amazingly elongated feathers, which are known as wires or streamers. Some species have enormous head plumes or other distinctive ornaments, such as breast shields or head fans.

Males put their bright colors and unusual ornaments to good use when they display for females. Their elaborate dances, poses, and other rituals accentuate their appearance and put on a phenomenal show for both female birds and any humans lucky enough to be in the vicinity. Such displays can last for hours, and in many species they consume a significant part of the male’s time.

Birds of paradise are found in New Guinea and surrounding islands. The manucodes and riflebirds species also dwell in Australia. Birds of paradise are so attractive that their appearance once made them the target of skin hunters, who decimated some species.

These birds also lend their name to a colorful flower. South Africa’s bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a member of the banana family. It sports a beautiful flower believed to resemble the avian bird of paradise in flight.

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Photo of Raggiana Bird of Paradise by Al Dayan

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