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While flying a plane in thick fog, the pilot cannot be sure of his direction unless he gives full attention to his instruments. In a thunderstorm, the turbulence can toss the plane about; the darkness within the clouds may cause disorientation. Sometimes the pilot will feel as though he is going up or down or turning around. But he cannot depend on his feelings. Only the gyros can be trusted, so the pilot must hang on to the controls in the turbulence, and discipline his mind to concentrate on the instruments-not on the storm.

There is a parallel spiritual truth for the believer in troubled times.

Undisciplined feelings will cause disorientation-even a crash- unless we keep ourselves stabilized by the facts of God’s Word.

    “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness..” (Isaiah 45:3).
    At first glance, John’s banishment to the Isle of Patmos for his allegiance to the Lord seems a pretty dismal scenario. But on the contrary, in a moment when reality on the outside seemed darkest, John slipped into the reality of the Spirit and received a powerful revelation! God gave John a treasure in the darkness. He showed him the whole picture.
    If you are experiencing this kind of darkness, I encourage you to get into the Spirit. Start reading the back of God’s book and remind yourself that we are on the winning side! Remember that the captain of our salvation is the Alpha and Omega-the Beginning AND the End. If we will stay in Him He will see us through every dark place until that great and glorious day when we see him face to face! Hallelujah! What a thought!
    Prayer: Lord, when I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me”, help me to see that even the night shall be light about me; that with you the night shines as the day!
    Devotion by Anne Richardson
    “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works? (Hebrews 9:14).
    Have you ever experienced the delivering power of God in a certain area of your life only to be troubled at a later point in time with some type of blockage? Something deep down that you can’t seem to get at? Then Satan begins his relentless tirade of accusations trying to convince you that you are too full of hang-ups to be fit for God’s service. This is the moment when we must remember the power of the Blood! That it reaches to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley! In other words-to those hard to reach, dark places that only Jesus can touch and restore. And He will!! Don’t be discouraged, God has a time for everything!
    Prayer: Lord, when those accusations come -help me to lift up my head and shout, “The blood of Christ is my answer to every challenge and it will never lose its power!!”
    Devotion by Anne Richardson