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By Lanell Stuart
Special to The PREVIEW
Have you ever been caught in a spider’s web? “Ew,” we react, “How quick can I get rid of this thing!” It’s sticky and the more we try to resist, the more it stays on you.
Life can become entangled like a web.
“Just stay away from me,” we tell Satan. The more determined we become to live for Jesus, the more determined he is to make you stay in a sad, miserable state of being.
We can become entangled with others’ lives to the point we just want “out.” But God is urging you onward.
“Don’t give up on the unlovely. Keep loving them and showing them the way back to God.” I think that is what God would say to us.
Remember, you were once unlovely in God’s sight. Someone took the time to invest in my life to bring me to the fullness of loving God again. Someone took the time to pray for me that I may be brought to the point of saying, “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation” (Psalms 51:12, KJV). And it has been restored.
My web is unraveling, slowly. I am returning to Lord’s way for my life. Returning, to escape the spider’s web that promised rewards for my life, but never succeeded.
The Lord is restoring to me the joy of my salvation. You also can obtain that reward through loving friends and family.
Everyone comes into your life for a season and a reason. We can learn through each incident in life. The Lord leads in mysterious ways, Paul announces in his word to the Colossians in chapter one, verse 27. It says, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of the mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” God makes known the mysteries of our life, which is to know Jesus better.
He says in Ephesians 6:19, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”
I pray you will not get caught in the spider’s web of deceit that promises rewards that are not there in the end.
The promises of grandeur and fulfillment do not lay in the promises of man, but in the promises of God. Seek God and all will be added unto you. (My words paraphrasing from Mt. 6:33 NIV.)
“Love the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
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