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Blocked Paths

With the recent tornado outbreak in the mid-west, I am reminded that landscapes can be forever changed in a blinking of an eye.  After the storm subsides, mangled debris, trees stripped of their bark and objects lay in ruin.  Streets, homes and parks blend together into one, shutting down entry and exit into a town for days at a time.

For those who have experienced Job-like trials in their lives, its easy to feel trapped.  Some times when we cry out to God for answers, a sin in our life blocks the path, causing our connection with the Holy Spirit to fail.  When Christian’s experience spiritual power outages, they are most vulnerable, opening a door to demons of despair, hopelessness and suicide like Judas in Matthew 27:1-5.

As I stress, day after day, praying and searching for a new position, I am reminded of Ephesians 2:10.  The apostle Paul uses the Greek word poiema, meaning end product.  The English word used in the translation from the Greek is workmanship.  What Paul is trying to say in this passage is God is the Poet and we are His Poems.  Although we may appear to face a blocked path or experience writer’s block, God knows the ending to our poem.  Therefore, if you are feeling discouraged today, read Ephesians 2:10, claim the good works God has prepared in advance for us and trust God to carry you through life’s storms!

by Jay Mankus

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