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Friday, April 28, 2017

Invasion of the body snatchers?

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” 

Years ago, there was a movie entitled, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Believe it or not, that was first released in 1956 in the old black and white format! The scenes depicted a local hometown physician presented with several of his patients suffering from some form of what he believed to be paranoid delusions. These patients thought their friends and relatives were actually "imposters" of some sort. During the timeframe this movie was released, the strong suspicion that there were "extraterrestrial forms" moving about in little space ships and intent on stealing our brains was kind of popular. Now, whether you are a believer in the "alien invasion" camp, or think this is all a myth intent on keeping folks entertained, the truth of the matter is that there is a force intent on stealing our soul - the force of Satan and his demons!
While they may not be "alien forms" traveling to earth in tiny space ships, intent on stealing our brains, they are definitely at work attempting to steal our joy and keeping us from realizing our full contentment in Christ. Why? They want hell full to capacity! They don't want to burn alone! As simplistic as that seems, Satan has been intent on keeping humankind from experiencing the fullness of the grace of God from the beginning of time. Since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the attempts to dissuade mankind from being content in relationship with God has been the focus of Satan and his demonic forces. That said, forewarned is forearmed! If we know there are forces opposing us, we are more likely to take defensive action, aren't we?
The good news is try as he might, Satan might create a little chaos in our lives, but he will never be successful in taking us out of the arms of Jesus. That relationship is "cemented" through the blood of Jesus. The feeble attempts of Satan and his host of fallen angels are nothing compared to the strength and magnificence of grace's power! As Christ put it, we are placed into the Father's hands, and nothing is stronger than that position! The best defensive action is then to just curl up tighter into the arms of the Father! Just sayin!