A Life Well Lived…

2nd Timothy 4:6-8

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.

Lowell WYFI sign on

DR. LOWELL DAVEY

July 22, 1933 – February 18, 2017

Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Just after 4am Eastern Time Saturday morning, Dr. Lowell Davey, founder and president of the Bible Broadcasting Network, reached completion in the Lord Jesus Christ as he passed into His presence at the age of 83. All of us at BBN are deeply saddened for our loss here on earth, but we are equally joyful for Dr. Davey as he is now face to face with his Savior whom he loved and served faithfully for so many decades.

When Dr. Davey passed away, he did so with the testimony of a good and faithful servant. Lowell’s faithfulness to serving the Lord and leading others to serve Him is a legacy in itself. Truly great things are not measured in years; rather, their impact reaches into eternity. As we look at the good work that the Lord began in the life of Lowell Davey, we realize the accomplishments are all God’s. The glory is all God’s. The blessings are all ours.

Please pray for Mrs. Davey, their family, and all of us at BBN. God has not finished His work in us. There is still much to do. So even in our sorrow, we can still say, “To God be the glory. Great things He hath done!”

Lowell and Georgie

Never Let Bitterness Take Root…

Hebrews 12:14-15

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD:   Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled…

Sometimes, as a Christian, life is just hard.  I avoid using the word “hard’ when it comes to trials because Paul told us that the stuff we go through is considered light afflictions, but after living through 2016, I have decided to just let it fly.  Life can sometimes be HARD.  I think back over what has happened in my life over the past couple of years, and there is just no other way to put it.  In that space of time, my marriage broke up, I had to fight for custody of my children, I had to sell my home that I had lived in for nearly 20 years, I moved to a different city, one of my closest friends turned on me and developed an inappropriate relationship with my husband, family relationships became strained, and on top of all of that, my dad died.  Life is just hard.

I remember the day that we buried my dad as if it were yesterday.  I looked at my handsome father lying in the coffin with a beautiful navy blue suit on, and I was okay, because four hours prior to his death, he asked the LORD to save him, so I knew he was in heaven.  It wasn’t until they rolled his coffin out of the church that it hit me:  my hero was gone.  All of this was happening literally at the same time, and I sometimes felt like I was not going to be able to endure it any longer.

Now that the bulk of that storm has passed, I have begun to thank God for what He has done in me since enduring all of that.  I could have taken the path of least resistance and allowed myself to become angry, discouraged and even bitter, but the LORD would never allow me to go there, and if I did go there, He would never let me stay there.  The LORD would always bring conviction on me if I felt anger or resentment toward my husband for any reason….He would convict me if I felt that I wanted to take revenge on the friend who turned on me and took up with my husband….I would sometimes get angry because I had to go to the courthouse for whatever reason (because I HATE the courthouse more than anything else in downtown) but the LORD would not let me hold on to the anger.  As a matter of fact, He would put a sense of compassion in my heart for my husband, who would sit across the courtroom from me looking pitiful, defeated, simple and lost; and God would remind me that he is a soul who is on the wide road right now, destined for hell.  I thank God for that because had He allowed me to become bitter, I would not be able to pray for my husband’s salvation; I would not be able to be a good example to my children of what a Godly mother looks like;  I would not be able to teach them to pray for their father; and I would not have fellowship with the LORD Jesus.

Many would be defiled, as the scripture says, if I allowed bitterness to take root in my heart.  I hope that my story of conviction will bring someone else to repentance if there is any bitterness that may be at work in one’s heart.  If you think you may be bitter, confess it to the LORD.  The Bible says in 1 John 1 that if you confess, He is faithful to forgive you and cleanse you.  Do not let the root of bitterness take you down…

Happy New Year!

2 Corinthians 5:17

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.

2017 is almost two days old.  So far so good….I am holding my breath that this is going to be a better year than last year.  I don’t think I can survive another 2016.

Scripture says that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature.  I am a new creature who wants a new situation.  This year, I pray Jesus comes to rapture His people.  If He doesn’t come,  I pray that He will at least send a revival so that the world will not go through another year like last year.  Last year was too tough for me to go through again.

My prayer for you is that God’s richest, choicest blessings are yours in 2017.  I pray that you come to know Him more intimately, that He draws you closer to Him and increases your faith, and I pray that He will manifest His presence in your life in a way that  you have never seen before.  I pray that He makes His presence so obvious that you know it is Him.

God bless, and Happy 2017.

Goodbye, 2016…

Exodus 14:13-14

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Unless you lived underneath a rock this year, you know that 2016 was a trying year!  So much STUFF happened this year…it is almost hard to believe that we actually lived through some of the things that we endured as a nation this past year.  For me personally, it is almost impossible to believe that I lived through the horror that I faced this year.  I am so glad to see 2016 coming to a close.

In 2016, we lived through a presidential campaign.  We saw people like Hilary Clinton, Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump throw their names in the hat as candidates for the next president of the United States.  Fortunately, for this nation, Barack Obama will be vacating the oval office on January 20, 2017.  We have lived through the trauma that he took us through over the past eight years:  forcing government-mandated healthcare down America’s throat;  patting Planned Parenthood on the back for the murder of babies in the womb;  shaming the state of North Carolina for voting that marriage is between one man and one woman; siding with the homosexuals to the point that he displayed the rainbow colors across the front of the White House, desecrating the symbol of America’s democratic society;  alienating us from the nation of Israel, declaring in his campaign speeches that America is a “Christian” nation, then changing his mind after he was elected, declaring that America is not a “Christian” nation; and spending time sticking his nose where it did not belong, like commenting on the death of Trayvon Martin, while doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of the people of places like Chicago at the hands of gangs and rogue police officers. However, I digress…

We endured the nastiest political campaign that I have witnessed in my lifetime.  We watched as Hilary Clinton was tried on Capitol Hill for allegedly misusing her personal email server by sending sensitive documents over it, risking those documents falling into the wrong hands, which they did, and causing the deaths of four Americans.  Of course, she lied her way out of any charges, and was allowed, under such a huge cloud of suspicion, to run for president.  It was my prayer and the prayers of many others, that she would not win.  Praise the LORD God that she did not.

We endured watching Hilary launch personal attacks against Donald Trump, and we watched Trump retaliate.  We endured the release of several recordings accusing Trump of making sexist remarks.  We watched gubernatorial races in several states take a nasty turn, not the least of which is the state of North Carolina, where the state senate and house is controlled by republicans, but the governor-elect is a democrat.  (Explain that one to me!)  North Carolina was one of only a handful of states where there were accusations of voter fraud, and my speculation is that there was indeed fraud if the house and senate are largely republican and the governor is a democrat.  However, I digress…

We watched as many things took place in the world of sports.  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand during the pledge of allegiance.  He bowed on one knee in protest against abuses against Black people by police officers.  We watched the video of a young man from a college football team punching young lady in the face, breaking four bones.  The young man was supposedly “reprimanded” internally, and now he is preparing to enter the NFL draft, to be chosen to one of the 30 teams and make millions of dollars paid by adoring fans.  We read about a nine-year-old boy who was shot to death by his father’s rival gang members after being lured into an alley.  His death was in retaliation for something that his father did to the other gang.  We watched a football player die after a fender bender turned into a road rage incident, right in front of his wife.

We watched as many people that we felt we knew and loved died this year.  Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous socialite, died at age 99.  Alan Thicke, one of America’s most beloved dads, died at 69.  Florence Henderson, mom of tv’s “Brady Bunch”, died at 82.  Gordie Tapp, one of the musicians from the tv show “Hee Haw” died at 94.  Dr. Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich maneuver, died at 96.  Bernard Fox,  Dr. Bombay from tv’s “Bewitched” died at 89.  Joe Ligon, founder and lead singer of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, died at 80.  Sports journalist John Saunders died at 61.  Sports announcer Craig Sager died at 65.  Ron Glass, who played officer Ron Harris on the sitcom “Barney Miller” died at 71.  Janet Reno, the first female attorney general of the United States, died at age 78.  Tommy Ford, actor who was well known for his role on the sitcom “Martin”, died at 52.  Arnold Palmer, famous golfer, died at 87.  Jose Fernandez, baseball player, died at age 24 in a boating accident.  Bill Nunn, who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, died at 63.  Liesl, from “The Sound of Music”, Charmain Carr, died at 73.  Gene Wilder, famous actor who played Willie Wonka in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died at 83.  Tim LaHaye, evangelical minister and author of the “Left Behind” series, died at 90.  Garry Marshall, creator of “Happy Days”, died at 81.  Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane on the tv version of “Superman” died at age 90.  Pat Summitt, coach of the women’s basketball team at University of Tennessee, who was also the winningest coach in college basketball, died at 64.  Kimbo Slice died at 42.  Muhammad Ali died at 74.  Morley Safer, legend of CBS News, died at age 84, a week and a day after retiring from his post of 46 years.  Prince died at 57.  Vanity died at 57.  Doris Roberts, the mom from “Everybody Loves Raymond” died at 90. Country music legend Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday.  Patty Duke died at 69.  James Noble, the governor on the tv show “Benson” died at 94.  Garry Handling died at 66. Ken Howard, former basketball player turned actor, mostly remembered at the high school basketball coach on “The White Shadow” died at 71.  Larry Drake, Benny from “L.A. Law” died at 66.  Frank Sinatra, Jr. died at 72.  Nancy Reagan died at 94.  Actor George Kennedy died at 91.  Tony Burton from the “Rocky” franchise died at 78.  Harper Lee, author of “To Kill A Mockingbird” died at 89.  My longtime neighbor, Ann Harris, died at 73.  A dear and precious family friend, Nellie Williams, died at 91.  My father died at 73.

We endured one of the most challenging trials of all this year.  When I say “we”, I am referring to my children and myself.  We endured the loss of my marriage and any chance of a civil relationship between their father and me.  We endured numerous court appearances, we spent thousands of dollars in lawyers fees, we moved out of our home that we have loved for nearly 20 years, we moved to a new city and had to begin the adjustment of getting to know totally different surroundings.  It has been a challenging, heart breaking, depressing, sad, long, weary, hard, trying, difficult year.  I am glad to see it go.

I can only hope, for my sake and the sake of my children, that 2017 will be better.  I can only hope that the LORD will be merciful to us and show us His grace by giving us a break on the trials.  I mean, trials make you stronger, I understand; but I should be as strong as Andre the Giant by now!!!  I pray that the LORD will give us a few years reprieve on all the burdens and heartache that we have had to endure.

I hope that your 2017 will be better also.  Even if you had a good year in 2016, I hope the LORD will bless you and allow your good to be better.  May you prosper spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  I pray that each day of your 2017 will be filled with love, laughter, and light.

I also hope that this year, 2017, Jesus will come….

A Message From Dr. Carson

I read this message from Dr. Ben Carson this morning, and I thought it was so eloquently written that I wanted to share it.  I heard it said recently that we are losing any shred of integrity that we have.  That is so true.  Thank God for men like Dr. Carson, who believe in the principles written in the Word of God, and are willing to fight for them.

“In a very telling moment, Hillary Clinton maligned me and millions of other Americans as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic “deplorables.”

I’m so tired of this line of attack that normally taunts conservatives. Well let me be very specific in my response. I believe in expanding opportunity, not welfare; that’s not racist.

I believe every life is worth protecting, particularly the unborn; that doesn’t make me sexist.

I believe marriage is between one man and one woman; that’s not homophobic.

I believe in borders, the rule of law and our sovereign right to decide who to let into our country; that’s not xenophobic.

I believe radical Islam is a mortal threat to America and Western civilization; that is common sense, not Islamophobia.

My nationwide ‘Fight for the Court’ project is about explaining and protecting our Constitutional values. As you can see, they’re under constant assault, and if we allow the Left to institutionalize their vision of a European-style, government-dominated, secular society through our courts, we are going to lose our country for a generation.

If you’re tired of being vilified for believing in the Constitutional, Judeo-Christian values that made America great, please help me send a message by signing up to join me now.

We must use moments like this as opportunities because this is not just name-calling. The Left is using every tool at their disposal to whitewash our history and undercut our institutions.

The difference is that I believe in our nation as it was founded. I believe in “We the People,” but it requires us to constantly reach out, inform, and mobilize conservatives.

There are a lot of challenges before us and a lot of problems to solve. I’ve decided to concentrate on a few. ‘Fight for the Court’ is about protecting our Constitutional values.

Elections every few years are our opportunity to correct course if necessary, but the Supreme Court can be lost for a generation or more.

I ask you to join me by signing up and helping us to continue this fight.

Thank you for your commitment.”

“Of the three branches of the federal government, the judiciary branch was supposed to be the weakest.

However, after decades of judicial overreach, the Court has accrued so much power that the opinions of nine unelected judges can dramatically affect the lives of every American.

This means that 2016 is not just about who will sit in the Oval Office. It’s about what kind of justices will be nominated to the Court — and the next President may have to fill two to three seats.

Whether it’s the protection of religious liberty or the 2nd Amendment, the legality of executive amnesty, or the future of school choice, we are facing two very different futures and we must ensure that every American understands the stakes.

Help us keep this issue front and center. Help us fight for the Court, and sign up now.”

Ben Carson, Chairman, Fight For The Court

American Legacy Center

Sign up at http://www.fightforthecourt.org

Keeper of the Covenant

Judges 2:1

…I will never break my covenant with you.

This is a promise made to the children of Israel by an “angel of the LORD”.  When God makes a promise, He keeps it.  Oh, if only humanity lived by that same principle!

We live in the age of covenant breakers.  People get married, only to walk away from their marriages when the going gets a little rough.  People have children, only to abandon and neglect them when they become an inconvenience.  People commit to responsibilities, only to decide a little ways in that the job is a bit more than they anticipated.  These and other examples of going back on one’s word is the stick that that is beating down all hope for promising relationships in the present era.

The good news is that God, the faithful and true God of the Bible, does not go back on His Word.  When He says that He will do it, you can take that promise to the bank.  When He says that He will not leave you, you can always know that He is there.  When He says that He will fight for you, you can know that the battle is already won.  God is the ultimate covenant keeper.

Have you made a covenant with the LORD?  Have you promised Him that you are going to live for Him for the rest of your earthly life?  If you have, then make sure that you do not go back on your word to Him.  He would rather you not make a vow to Him, than to make one and break it.  If you have not made a covenant with Him, it’s time.  He is soon to return, and you do not want to be outside of a relationship with Him when He comes.

Choose To Depend On Him

2 Chronicles 20:15b

Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

I heard this story told recently…I have no idea whether it is true.  I do, however, like the point of the story.

Two good friends were hanging out on the beach.  One of the friends was an on-duty lifeguard.  While hanging out, talking and laughing, the lifeguard’s friend noticed a man who had begun to struggle in the water.  “Hey, man,” he said, “that guy looks like he is having some trouble.”

“Yeah, he is,” was his friend’s reply.  He then continued their previous conversation.

“Dude, I really think that guy needs some help,” said the lifeguard’s friend.

“Yeah, he does,” replied the lifeguard, who still was not making his way down to the water to help the struggling man.  The struggling man, at this point, begins to scream and fling his arms in desperation.

“Ok, dude, what gives?” the lifeguard’s friend asked.  “Why are you ignoring that man’s need for help?”

The lifeguard looked at his friend.  “I am not ignoring him,” he began. “You see, while he is struggling, there is no need to go down there to help him.  He thinks that he is doing all he can on his own to keep himself from drowning.”

The lifeguard’s friend looked confused.  “That is so cruel,” he answered.  “You are standing here letting the man panic before you go and rescue him.”

“Well, what you don’t understand,” replied the lifeguard, “is that while he is struggling, no one can help him.  He thinks he can do it all on his own.  As a matter of fact, if I go out there and try to help him now, he will likely pull me under also.  Once he gives up, then I can go rescue him, because he will have no choice but to depend on my help.”

When I heard that story, I thought of my own struggles.  I thought of how there have been times in my life when I thought I was drowning, and I would fling my arms, kick my legs, scream and yell for help, and no one, including God would come to my rescue.  Finally, I would get tired of flinging my arms, kicking my legs, screaming and yelling for help, and I would just give up the fight.  That is when God would come in and do what He promised, which is to fight the battle for me.  There would be no need for Him to come in before that, because as long as I was fighting for myself, manipulating situations, and trying to work it out in my own, then I was acting as if I didn’t need His help.

The point I am making is that I have finally learned that God has a plan, and if we just let go of our agendas and let God work His plan, then everything would work out for our good just like He said in His Word.

 

 

Eternal Lives Matter To God

Job 33:4

The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

John 6:33

 For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Colossians 1:17

And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

You would have to have been underneath a rock in Antarctica to not at least be aware of what is going on in the United States in terms of relationships between the police forces across the country and the communities that they patrol.  There have been several incidents where lives have been lost, and the country is in an uproar over this dilemma.  It is a serious situation.  I know that God is not happy with the way things are going.  I am sure that His heart is broken, especially for each wife, husband, mother, father, child, sibling or grandparent who is mourning the loss of the one that they love over nonsense.  God created each one of them; their lives matter to Him.

I have personally been confused about all the uproar.  There are some people out there who are crying “Black Lives Matter” and there are others who respond by saying that “All Lives Matter”.  While both statements are true, do all lives really matter?  Are we just choosing which lives we want to count?  I ask that question because I see a lot of disparity in which lives we really think matter.

If “Black Lives Matter”, and we hate what we perceive to be the senseless killings of black people in the hands of authority figures, then why are we not protesting the killings of black babies in the hands of medical professionals, buried inside of abortion clinics, which are usually located within a few miles of low-income housing areas?  Do those babies, who are nestled in their mothers’ wombs, not matter?  Why is it, that an adult male, who commits a crime, is confronted by police, becomes belligerent and is ultimately killed, matter more than a helpless baby who has done no wrong?  The adult male knew better than to do what he did, but when he gets what is coming to him, we believe he was wronged.  That baby is his mommy’s tummy has actually done no wrong, but we do not protest his murder.  God created both of these individuals; both lives matter to Him.

If “Black Lives Matter”, and we hate the “senseless” killings of black people, why are we not protesting the murders of black people at the hands of other black people?  I remember a few years ago when a young woman was killed by her husband, who placed her body in the trunk of her car and drove her to a wooded area and left her there.  He then went to his church the next day, and preached the sermon, because he was the pastor.  He was eventually tried for her murder, and convicted.  He served a short sentence, was released, and went back to his church to resume his duties as pastor.  Where is the outrage?  How could anyone sit in the church where this man was “pastor” and listen to anything that he had to say?  Did the life of his wife not matter?  Did the congregation at that church really believe that he was qualified to be the pastor, and that they would grow spiritually under his teaching?  What about the family of his late wife?  Her parents and family members grieved for their child, as any family would.  Did their grief not matter?  Why were there no protests?  I do know this:  God created her, and her life matters to Him.

If “Black Lives Matter” and we hate the “senseless” murders of black people, why were there no protests when the little boy in an urban area of a large city was murdered by people who were retaliating against his father because of his father’s gang-related activities?  Why were people not storming the areas where the gangs meet and hang out, crying out against their murder of this innocent little boy?  Where is the outrage?  I am much more disturbed by his murder than I am the murder of a man who robs a liquor store, is found by police shortly thereafter, and not only resists arrest, but threatens the police officers with a knife!  He was justifiably killed by police, but the little boy who was murdered in retaliation had done nothing over which he should have lost his life.  That little boy’s life matters to God.

I have more examples of murders that have happened within the Black community, but I will stop here because I think you get my point.  I get so sick of hearing about how the black community is wronged by other races, but then we do the same thing to ourselves.  Other races have no more respect for us than we have for ourselves.  We have the reputation of being what we have been: troublemakers, lazy, criminals, thugs, uneducated, and poor.  If we are honest with ourselves, we have that reputation because we have not pursued anything better for ourselves.  We are always looking for a handout, instead of trying to find a way to not only better ourselves, but also make the world in which we live a better place.  We dug ourselves into a hole, and we are never coming out.  It is sad to say, but sometimes the black community can be embarrassing to those of us who happen to be a part of it.

The deeper issue than what lives matter to whom is the fact that all lives are eternal.  For those of us who know the LORD Jesus Christ, we know that eternity in heaven is ours.  We do not grieve as those who do not know the LORD, for they have a fear of what will happen to them after death.  As believers, we have no fear.  We know that in physical death, we will be more alive than we have ever been.  I pray that if you are reading these words, and you do not know the LORD, you will ask Him to forgive your sins, and become the LORD of your life.  Read Romans 10:9-10, which details very specifically how you can be saved.  Peter preached to the first church in Acts 2, “Repent! and be baptized, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the  Holy Ghost.”  Salvation is the beginning of the true life that matters.

A dear family friend of mine went home to be with the LORD in June of this year.  I went to visit her, and she passed away two days later.  I remember as I stood at her bedside and held her hand, with her encouraging me as a woman of God and a mother, she had a look on her face that exhibited the joy of the LORD.  Brain cancer had taken away her body weight, her physical strength, and her ability to enjoy life to the fullest, but it did not touch her spirit, which was filled with the Spirit of God.  As she lay dying, and I know she knew she was dying, because she had refused all treatment (she was 91 years old), she knew that the only life that mattered is life in Jesus Christ.  She was waiting for Him to come and get her, and He did.  Her life in Him mattered more than anything else.  Will you have the same testimony?

 

 

How To Love Your Enemy

Matthew 5:43-44

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…

Luke 6:27-29, 35

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also….But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Last week I heard a sermon that was so convicting.  It was based on some of these verses, and it talks about loving your enemy.  That has been a hard thing for me over the last three years.  My enemy has really tried to take me down.  The funny thing about my enemy is that he is one who promised to love and care for me until death.  Somehow, something has come over him and taken over his life, his mind, his heart, and his thoughts.  It is as if he is possessed by a devil.

Not only has my enemy attacked me, but he is also persecuting my children.  Nothing breaks a mother’s heart more than seeing their children mistreated by someone, especially if there is nothing that she can do about it.  My hands have been tied, and right now I feel like there is no hope for my children and me.  However, no matter what the situation, I want to please the LORD.  I want my light to shine before men.  I want God to be glorified.  I want to be in the center of God’s will.  Therefore, no matter what I am enduring, I need to remember how my God suffered on the cross at Calvary…in much worse fashion than I have suffered, so that my sin debt to God could be paid.  Now, that He has done that, I owe Him my obedience, and that includes loving my enemy.  I have to show my enemy love.  If that means smiling at him, when he certainly does not deserve my smile, I must do it.  If that means saying hello when I want to turn my head and pretend he is not there, I must do it.  If that means meeting a need of his though he does not deserve my doing anything for him, I must do it.  If that means keeping my mouth shut when he deserves my verbal wrath, I must be quiet.  I must love my enemy in spite of himself.

This will not be an easy task.  My flesh is cringing as I type these words.  This is, however, a do-able task.  It is possible to show my enemy love because the Spirit of God lives in me. He gives me the power to do everything He has told me to do.  The way to love my enemy is to give the Spirit of God free reign in my life, and let Him work through me.  There is nothing too hard for God.  There is no situation that He cannot work out.  There is no enemy that He cannot defeat.  There is no way that He cannot carve out.  There is absolutely, positively NOTHING that God cannot do.  All He asks is that we trust Him.

In my case, I have to trust Him to help me to LOVE MY ENEMY….