1 Peter 5:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
WHEN DID IT BECOME NORMAL ~
Let us remember we have choices of life.
2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
WHEN DID IT BECOME NORMAL ~
We look around our country and find that bad things happen all the time. There are shootings at schools and events, kidnaps, road rage and the list goes on. People hurting people and disrespect to others. Some people keep getting angry over things and don't care who they hurt. Mental illness is real and not everyone is kind. Let this not become our normal but fight against the schemes of the devil. If we could only live 2 Chronicles 7:14 IF MY PEOPLE will turn from their wicked ways....God promises to heal their land.
I see how short life is and what matters is what I do. Will I allow God to use my life by teaching and leading by example? That answer is yes. It's not always easy to deal with some people but I have learn to meet people at where they are at. Their anger is because of what? Their reaching out to me and I'm answer back is to live the word of God. Love starts in forgiveness and living a new normal begins in God. What is normal anyway? I believe normal is living the Bible and doing our best daily to see ourselves the way God does. Daily our lives change and we are faced with new things. Let us not forget to put on the full armor of God daily. You can read the full chapter in Ephesians 6.
Ephesians 6:10-11 New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
So we know that the devil is real and he wants to stop us. The devil wants you to live in fear of what's next but often paints a beautiful picture to turn your minds to him. Knowing right from wrong lives inside of each of us. Continue to do right and turn any negative thoughts away. God wants to bless you and encourage you through his word (Bible). Never let somethings wrong thinking become normal. Turn your thoughts over to him, allow him to mold you and live in the freedom of his word (Bible).
My prayers continue for each of you, your family and friends. There is power in the name of Jesus and is always here for you. He truly is a call away. Let your new normal be one of trusting God, leaning to him and giving thanks daily to him. He does work all things for our good. A new day brings new hope and a faith walk of life. Sometimes we must stand up for what's right and fight the right battles of life.