Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chance encounters

In the picture a Muskrat passes by two Mallard ducks in a pond. Sometimes unpleasant people come into our paths. We should be aware of these passing encounters, are they appointments, threats, or blessings?

Recently a burglar broke into a friends house and made off with most of the valuables. A chance intruder, unexpected, but it was planned. How many chance encounters are not by chance, but a planned encounter. Next question is who planned this encounter? Satan has plans to steal, kill and destroy. God has plans to bless us.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Num 23:20  Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 
Gal 3:8  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 
Gal 3:9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 

Some encounters are to help us. God may send an angel as a man to guide us, to save us from danger, or to encourage us.They look like people, but have a mission. Some may be invisable but they were sent to help us.

Heb 13:2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 

Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? 

Satan has his angels too, and he may use people to bring evil to us, to steal our time or to wear us down. This will be the goal of the coming world leader from satan, the antichrist.

Dan 7:24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 
Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 

We see this spirit even now, for it was in evidence in the apostle Paul's time. Beware of your enemies, draw the sword of the word and  faith wear your spiritual armor.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 
Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 
Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 
Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 
Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 

Remember who you are in Christ Jesus. We are to bless and not to curse. When someone comes into our life with a need, then bless the person. We are to do good, the power and presence of God abides in us.

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