Have you been at that place recently where you have a list of things to do, time is against you and you stumble at the first hurdle? You find your blood pressure rising, impatience sets in and a simple task becomes a nightmare of activities to overcome before completing that first task. Such experience may lead our thoughts towards spiritual attack and to some degree it is.
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I have really enjoyed taking time out over the summer and trying some new things. I have played 20-20, gone on a boat trip searching for dolphins, went for a ride on the rattlesnake and played golf on a links course.
One lunchtime, after knocking his juice carton off the table, our son lifted it up and proudly announced, "I didn't spill a drop!" Alas, he'd failed to notice he was holding the box upside down and the drink was pouring out all over the floor. As I cleaned up his mess I was thankful of the absorbent properties of the kitchen towel.
In a film I was watching recently there was a scene where a massive crowd of people built and built, then swarmed up and over the wall of a town, overwhelming it. This is an image of the way the Kingdom of God advances against and through any strongholds that stand in the way of it.
Perhaps I'm just a sad old farmer, but walking through a field of barley that's in ear, waving gently in the breeze with the evening sun in your face is such an evocative experience. As you walk up the tramline your hand instinctively moves out to brush the crop, like the touch of silk on the palm of your hand.
In The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, Christ makes the observation ‘Everyone to whom much is given, of him will much be required’.