Don’t be overcome by evil

Years ago, my mamaw gave me a snowball bush. Every spring, I love to watch it bloom. Walking by it one day, I noticed that the briers had intertwined with the branches. The briers were taking over my bush. So, I decided to get them out.

If I had noticed them earlier, I could have just pulled them out, but since they had grown bigger, I had to cut them out. Trying to cut them and pull them out of the bush was hard. The branches twisted together. I cut myself several times on the thorns. Bleeding and disheartened, I wanted to give up and forget it all. However, I also wanted to save my bush. God gave me some beautiful thoughts I want to share with you during the process.

When we notice the little things in our lives trying to take over, we must take care of them immediately. It will be easier if we eliminate the barriers in our lives while they are small. If we want until we are entangled with our sins and consumed by them, it will be harder for us to break free on our own. Once we allow it to go so far, then it feels overwhelming. I stood near the bush several times, trying to figure out how to remove the thorns. Finally, I realized I couldn’t do it on my own. My husband and children had to help me. When we understand that we can’t do it alone, there is no shame in crying out to Jesus. He wants to help us.

As I accidentally shoved a brier in my hand and the blood dripped, I thought about Jesus and how He suffered for our sins. The pain in my hand reminded me of the pain He endured for me because He loves me. Once, my sins entangled me. They were smothering me. I had no hope. My sins bound me until Jesus showed up and called for me. When I took that first step toward Him, He released me from my bondage. I am free in Him.

Today, I am so thankful for His freedom and love. Regardless of the devil’s snares, my God always plans to free me from him. I am so grateful to be a child of the King. Our God is strong—with grace for our every need. When we cry out to Him, then He will help us. Nothing is too big for our God.

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Have a beautiful day!

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