May 9, 2014
2 Thess 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Casey had always been capable and confident to tackle any problem that came along. He seemed to have a gift of analyzing the obstacle, filtering through the layers surrounding the core issue and taking essential and logical steps necessary for victory. His life had been lived along those lines until it all imploded!
This insurmountable problem that brought Casey to his knees was two-fold: his business and his son, Damon. Damon was a charmer and very smart. Almost a clone of his father, Damon saw problems as challenges which just needed to be overcome. For the most part, he did just that. Until he reached those dreaded teen years and Damon fell victim to a more powerful force than his own resolve…his love of self!
Because of his wit, humor, good looks and charm, Damon was usually surrounded by friends who seemed to think he was the best at whatever he did. No matter where he went, people loved him. Eventually Damon began to love himself…just a little too much. After all, he could do anything he set his mind to and was probably one of the smartest guys in school.
Both Damon and Casey were Christians. They believed in God and Jesus but not enough to give up totally. They shared an overwhelming desire to control their lives and the issues surrounding them. In their minds, it was normal to take on responsibility for the control even though total control eluded them many times. Additionally, the results based on their decisions, were not always the best.
For Casey, his business was hit with financial chaos from all sides, bringing him to his knees, finally calling out to God for help.
For Damon, it was peer pressure, social strategies, disloyalty and love problems. He too was taken to his knees.
Finally, father and son were brought together in love and faith in Jesus Christ who was always ready to forgive and guide them. They just had to see it and then act on it. Casey understood and was able to share Christ’s guidance and protection with Damon which supplied the missing element in their lives…God’s peace.
John 17:11, 15 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Jude 1 To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Jude 24, 25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
God clearly promises protection and assurance to all who trust and believe in Him. There is only one thing that can stand in the way of His promises…our lack of faith. We have only to believe His promises and not faint. When all seems bleak, dark and hopeless, let us rise above what we see and believe in His words of hope, protection and eternal salvation.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 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.