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Sunday’s Monday

To set the stage for this week’s subject I turned to where the word Bumfuzzle means to be confused, perplexed, or flustered or to cause confusion, as well Bumfuzzled means to be clueless of. It seems this is where a lot of people stand today! I read somewhere or had the thought that people are creatures of comfort, ergo the majority rarely apply their total talents toward seeking their life’s perfect destination. Destiny has lost a lot of its luster over the centuries as the world’s definition has turned from being the best person that you can be, to doing whatever it takes to gain an upper hand on the easiest way to fill one’s desires. Everything in life has moved into the fast lane, and many people are pushing that speed limit even higher. The most prevalent complaint I hear people say is there are not enough hours in the day. This simply proves my title bumfuzzled, as each day was created to have 24 hours in it. The problem is not the number of hours, it’s what people are doing with their time. I promise you, if you knew that you only had one month to live, your schedule would change dramatically! Take a look at Ecclesiastes 5:16 (NLT), And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing - like working for the wind.

Besides being creatures of comfort, we are as well creatures of excuses, which simply enables our lack of accomplishments. Watch your mouth for a day or two and see how easy and numerous the excuses roll off your tongue. We have gotten so good over time that we often offer an excuse without conscience thought, it automatically pops out from nowhere and once it’s released, we have to deal with it. Start watching people and if you are bold enough question their excuses. Watch them immediately go into a defensive posture to divert your doubt of their excuse having a factual basis. Point is, we are told in Genesis 3:11-13 (NLT), 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Think on that a minute!

It’s time we live like we believe Satan has been granted rule over the world! Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT), Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. Many have contradictory lifestyles; in that, they are not consistent with their words and actions. They live straddled that proverbial fence of God and Satan. Satan is the true master of bumfuzzling with confusion and doubt, the father of all lies and half-truths, and the tempter of all sin. Satan is constantly scanning the earth in search of those moments when one is stressed to the max and one’s faith is being seriously tested. Then the conditions become perfect for his all-out attack, using every temptation that he can muster to bring one to their knees before him.

The bottom line to removing the bumfuzzling thoughts of life is to ask yourself the only question that matters in your forever life. Do you believe Jesus is who the bible says He is, enough to follow Him? Before you ask yourself that question read 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT), The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war. The stronger our commitment to Jesus, the weaker Satan’s effect on us! Satan’s greatest weapons cannot penetrate the holy armor of God. Ergo as you go, dress accordingly!

Dear Lord, I’m starting off my prayer with this quote from Charles Spurgeon, “After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.” Father God, thank you for helping me to realize after many years of testing your great mercy, you still love me completely. Even though I still get bumfuzzled at times, you are there for me. Help me oh Lord to know in my knowing that I will never be strong enough to proceed without you. Lord instill in me your wisdom to know I can’t win these battles with myself because I am flesh and belong to this world! Teach me, Lord, in whatever way necessary that you have victory over these battles, and I only need to fully commit my heart to you. My enemy is no longer the enemy once I unconditionally surrender that enemy over to you! Thank you, God, My battles belong to you! Amen


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