I told you about that one.......being destined for greatness. It is powerful. I talked about it a couple days ago..... its power comes from the truth behind it. God has made you great...but greatness in His Kingdom is totally different from the greatness Satan is offering. It isn't Marlon Brando in that great scene from On the Waterfront where he is in the car with his brother Charlie and explaining how it was Charlie who convinced him to take the dive for the mob instead of trying to win the fight.... "Chahlie....I coulda been somebody"...
I started that first business with my dad back in 1961.....really thought I was some kind of hot stuff. We were selling materials handling equipment. In 1964 we started manufacturing the smaller overhead traveling cranes we had been trying to sell that had to ship in from Chicago making them very expensive. It was just too competitive locally with all the iron shops around and this seemed the only way we could get any of that area of the business. It worked.... really went well for 2 years.
The temptations never stop.
"and when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.”
The temptation is finished when we make the right choice.... it simply just goes because we refused it.....but... Satan returns the next opportune time. I promised you some stories to illustrate. I'll start with this one and see where we go.
Did you ever get an impression that somehow you were destined for greatness? That you are a very special person? There is just enough truth to that, to make this a very powerful temptation to that old first Adam in each of us. Each and every one of us is actually very special. We are created in the image of God. We are very special to Him. He sent His Son to die so we would once again be able to walk and talk with Father in the gardens of our lives!
It was a valid offer. He offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world. They belonged to him...... they had been handed over to him by Adam's disobedience..... until the second Adam (Jesus) refused the same offer and took them back by His obedience to Father. And now......"The kingdoms of this world, they have become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ". Jesus took them back, making it possible for us, by His life in us, to make that same choice, refuse Satan's offer by choosing to obey Father as well.
Got into our busy mode for the past week, so I haven't had time to post anything. Darryl and Martha were here from Impart Ministries. They input one of the local churches.... and stay with us here in the B&B..... they have been doing this for several years now and we have become good friends. Had some great discussions about how we see the church, how it functions (maybe some things about how it should function.... :)
One of the other things I saw thru the window at the Lake, was also something the Lord started talking to me about..... is still talking about, actually. At the end of our property, the land drops pretty much straight down 6 or 8 feet to the road.... across the road one can see the Lake. We have worked at clearing the view to the Lake..... at least on our side of the road... :)