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The Deception
by Carol Shaffron
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It was never really my problem: being so busy I couldn’t stop and just rest or meditate. I never really had to rush here or rush there or get children up for school, make lunches, do laundry and go to a job besides…

Still I did have my own mountains to move.. my own treacherous paths to navigate!

I always thought my childhood was normal. But, what’s really normal? Are the lives of billions of children starving in Africa, Sudan, India, Poland and even in America normal childhood lives? Though, I guess our family was a bit typical of many at any rate.

Father had a job. Mother was a homemaker and we, me, my sister K, my sister Janelle went to school. But there was so much fighting and yelling and screaming…

And I didn’t want to go home after school.

Being the oldest, I was made the one responsible for my sisters’ behavior. Uhmmnn.. I’m just now getting rid of the roots of that deception that drove me to try to control others lives so I wouldn’t be punished any more for what they did…

Anyone relate?

The subtleties of the enemies’ tactics. Buried, hidden land mines ready to explode at the slightest bit of pressure. It’s been an extremely lonely last 50 years trying to navigate the terrain: trying to figure out how to please God and avoid having bad things happen…

WE learn, as children to try to control situations, people etc so we don’t have to hurt so badly. We become addicted to ways of doing things that seem to be right. And in isolation, imprisoned within a self protective cell of sorts we set up a control tower from which we sort of try to relate to others and God. Do this… No, you’re wrong; I’m right. This is the way. You can’t do it that way.

We have been taught if we just do this, just do that we are right. And oh, how we fight anyone who tries to turn us in a different direction. Self righteous anger arises and we spit fiery nails at anyone who would dare try to suggest we may be running straight into real serious trouble the way we’re going…

I so wish I had had someone who truly loved me enough all those years ago to come alongside to disciple me, personally. God had no choice but to let me run amuck until I just shipwrecked…

Not knowing how to “possess my soul”, it controlled me. Oh, I know God loved me all the while even in my rebellion, but it cost me so much. It cost me so much in terms of relationship with God and relationship with others not to mention the pain I caused my son. If only…

If only someone had come alongside me to disciple me and to teach me how to bring my unruly soul into subjection to God’s word a whole lot sooner. Occasionally as I listen to a prophet or apostle or pastor preaching online I hear a message that God will make up the difference and bring you to the place you should have been..

I’ve been waiting…

Like the prodigal.

My soul is feasting in the Presence of the One Who Alone is able to restore. But..

My relationships are still all broken…

My body carries too much extra weight because I made food my comforter instead of the only one who could really comfort.

My debts are still higher than a mountain…

And no one listens to a poor man…

It grieves my heart so deeply knowing that my family, refusing to hear my heart continues on to rocky shores because they will not bring their souls into subjection to Christ! But if, my story can reach just one---just one! It’s worth the telling…

Oh, rebellious one for whom He gave HIS life upon the cross turn now and gaze upon HIM! Stop in your tracks! LOOK UP to the tree upon where Jesus hung for thee. For the time is growing late. And soon God will close the gate…

Come now…

Come now and enter in

Be cleansed from all your sin

Yeshua’s love to win simply by complete surrender…

There is no other way
To enter His rest today
But through the cross
O tempest tossed

The winds do howl
And all of hell’s bowels
Split open wide to empty now
The ones it took
When they forsook
Yeshua’s book

The hour is late
Don’t hesitate
Not one second more
Before God closes the door
Turn from your sin
Come now enter in
To heaven’s shelter
Pray for a mentor
To teach you how
Your soul to bow
To only one
Christ Jesus the Son
That in HIS heart
You’ll have a part
Of Everlasting life
No contention or strife
Your soul crucified
Like Jesus who died
Give up your pride
No sin hide
Come to the light
To recieve your new life
Living on the shore
Of heaven’s land
Trusting in God’s hand
But seek His face
Everlasting grace
To ever keep
You, little lost sheep..
Come, be blessed
In Him find your rest
Behind the veil
That was rent for you
To give power anew
When on the cross
You count nothing lost
To attain the place
Of abundant grace
And empowering love
From up above
To lift you higher
Than you aspire
To rule from your throne
Just yours alone
By grace given
You could be livin
A heavenly life
Filled with light
Your gaze set
All else forget
To find the way
Just for today
To where He’ll lead
His voice you heed
Up higher still
You’ll do only His will

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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