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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 29, 2010 - A Battle Rages

By Jason Aaron Womelsdorf

God has a wonderful destiny for each of us. But the forces of evil and our own sinful nature struggle to bring about a very different outcome. We see good versus evil at work in our lives and all around us.

Genesis 4 offers a portrait of this conflict with history’s very first brothers, Cain and Abel. While Abel found it easy, pleasurable and even gratifying to give to the Lord the best from his flocks, Cain struggled to relinquish to the Lord the best from the soil that he tilled.

Genesis 4:3-5 states: “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast” (NIV). The Lord encouraged Cain in verse 7 to do what he knew to be right and be blessed, but if he did not do what was right he would suffer from the sin that sought to captivate and devour him.

Cain was unable to wholeheartedly follow after the Lord. In a fit of rage, he took his brother’s life. The Lord was gracious to Cain to show him mercy rather than justice. He spared Cain’s life and placed on him a mark to preserve him from anyone else’s vengeance (Genesis 4:15). But there is no record that Cain ever responded favorably to God’s mercy or came into a relationship with his Creator.

Today, a battle rages for your destiny. Forces are at work over your life. Isaiah 58:11 states: “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Make a commitment to obey and follow the Lord’s guidance and direction in your life. Remember, the battle rages for your soul, but the blessing that faith and obedience reap cannot be matched.

— Jason Aaron Womelsdorf is a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

 

 

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