Strange time of night isn’t it? Oh well, we’re trying out some stuff
and I have no issues spearheading these changes. So Onword to a new deck
that I’m sure everyone has already groaned after seeing the commander
already! So onward.
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is neither more nor less than the perfect soundtrack to the most wonderful of western movies, the third and final act of the “Dollar Trilogy” directed by Sergio Leone. A film not only rated among the best of the genre, but universally considered among the most successful in the history of cinema. Ennio Morricone, a higher caliber composer to whom each musician usually relates with the simple title of ‘Master’, has here been able to be as meticulous as his friend director, composing a soundtrack that fits brilliantly to the bombastic and epic atmospheres of the film.
I REMEMBER WHEN I SAW ALL TIME LOW IN A VENUE THAT ONLY HAD A 500 PEOPLE CAPACITY AND NOW LOOK AT THEM THEYRE SELLING OUT ARENAS THAT HOLD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IM CRYING MY BOYS HAVE COME SO FAR
Fear is something all of us have been acquainted with at one time or another, but our response to it determines the difference between being bullied by it or conquering it. Whether powerful worldwide leaders or the most humble of servants, everyone has to deal with it. Even Jesus, Who was God Himself but also entirely human, must have felt afraid sometimes. But He took authority over fear by faith, and this kind of proactive response is an effective strategy for us as well.
Fear is actually a spirit that is not from God. We can either curl up in a ball and let it paralyze us, or take authority over it as Believers. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). This doesn’t mean that we’ll never feel afraid. But we can remember that God’s perfect love casts out all fear, and He has given us the ability to drive out whatever doesn’t belong in our life.
It can present itself in many forms and in any situation. It can be sneaky and devious, or blatantly “in your face” obvious. When we feel it tickling at our brain trying to get a foothold, we can conquer it through faith in the Word of God. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” (Psalm 27:1, 3). Believing this Scripture gives us success over the enemy.
Please remember that the enemy is not other people, but actually the devil himself. This spiritual battle we fight daily takes place in our mind, and whatever we focus on is the thing we strengthen. Job was a classic example of someone who was motivated by fear. He constantly made sacrifices on behalf of his sons because he was always afraid they would sin, and after contemplating all the bad things that could happen to him, they came true. “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came” (Job 3:25, 26).
Faith can move mountains, cause miracles in our life, and defeat fear. When we accept by faith that God, Who lives in us, is stronger than the enemy, we’re empowered to cast out dread, fear, and all evil spirits. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
God knows exactly what to do and when to do it, to resolve the situation perfectly as only He can, and faith requires that we believe that. We must take Him at His word, with absolutely no doubt. This involves trusting Him when we’re afraid. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me”(Psalm 56:3, 4). Having faith in our heavenly Father’s ability and willingness to deliver us from evil—and acting on that faith—sets us apart as Believers.
Once I press this button, there’s no going back. I’ll be entering a place one should never go. I wanted to avoid this if possible, but based on her reaction, I don’t have another choice. I don’t have the strength or intelligence to challenge someone who doesn’t respond to logic. And I don’t have the time to try, because I’ve got to find a way to survive this situation first.