This week has already started off with a bang! Richard has strep throat. In the 23 years we've been married, he's never had strep throat. It's like he developed it overnight. Needless to say, I've been sleeping in Chase's room - praying that I don't get strep, too.
I've gotten behind in my weekly Bible study homework assignments. I seem to be stuck. In a good way, I guess. I had one of those moments where God spoke something so loudly....I cannot seem to get past last week.
We are studying the book of Daniel. Those of you who have done intense Bible studies know that without a doubt the enemy will do everything within his power to discourage us from continuing in our study of the Word. I had reached the point of exhaustion. Ready to quit. It was not worth the effort if the spiritual warfare was going to wear me out to the point of being unable to function. Then, it happened. That "aha" moment when you read something and it's as if God himself sat down on the couch with you and said it.
I was reading this scripture: "As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgement in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom." Daniel 7:21-22
Right after reading this scripture, I picked up a commentary on Daniel 7 written by Ray Stedman.
"Second, he persecutes the saints and makes war against them, as Daniel has already been told. He is said here to "wear out the saints of the Most High". The Hebrew word that is used for "wear out" is a most remarkable word. It means literally "to afflict" and always with a mental application. It means, therefore, to afflict mentally, and it very strongly suggests the brain-washing techniques which are now being widely developed, using serums and drugs by which the mind, the thinking, is actually changed. Attempts are thus made to alter the entire character of an individual, through mental exhaustion and the use of mind changing drugs to literally "afflict mentally" and thus "wear out" the saints."
Well, I'm not sure there is anything else that I can add at this point. Be encouraged!