July 23, 2018
Hebrews 13:17, 20-21 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This week John and I are preparing our home to be tent fumigated; we have dry wood termites in the garage. Snakes, rats, fleas AND termites! What a fun season this has been! (note sarcasm). To prepare for the fumigation, we need to clear out all the food items, spices, medications, dog food/treats; we must empty our refrigerator, pantry, and medicine cabinets. We will do everything they have asked us to do, so we can get the greatest benefit from the gas/chemical application. I speak to every pest that has tried to make our home their home, “Bye bye! It is finished!”
As we have been watching over our home and have taken steps to clear away all unwanted pest guests, God has been watching over the souls of his children by taking steps to clear away every area hiding the evil pests of sin and selfishness. Psalms 91:2-3 says, “I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress my God in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the annoying pestilence.” As John and I have made our house ready for radical extermination, may the Holy Spirit make all souls ready for the extermination of every trace of evil and help us eagerly embrace his righteous way of living. As a spiritual guide and leader, in Christ, watching over God’s family, I speak to every unrighteous spiritual pest that has tried to make the people of God’s physical bodies their home, “Bye, bye! It is finished!”
Hebrews 13:17, 20-25
17 Obey your leaders and do what they say. They are watching over you, and they must answer to God. So don’t make them sad as they do their work. Make them happy. Otherwise, they won’t be able to help you at all.
Final Prayers and Greetings
20 God gives peace, and he raised our Lord Jesus Christ from death. Now Jesus is like a Great Shepherd whose blood was used to make God’s eternal agreement with his flock. 21 I pray that God will make you ready to obey him and that you will always be eager to do right. May Jesus help you do what pleases God. To Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever! Amen.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the work of your Spirit to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We prepare our hearts to receive your righteous manna to feed us truth and the work of grace to deliver us from evil. You are the Great Shepherd who cares for your flock by removing evil tormenting pestilence. Thank you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.