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The Ultimate Conspiracy

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Gustave Dore, depiction of Satan Photo by maxkalehhoff on Flickr.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

This is what the LORD says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

“Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread. -Isaiah 8:11-13 (NIV)

Rarely does a day go by when I don’t read or hear about another conspiracy theory. Since I have seen some pretty crazy things in my lifetime, I take them all with a grain of salt. Don’t get me wrong; I do care about my country and on most days, would much rather live in the United States than anywhere else in the world. I also realize that there are some truly nefarious people and organizations out there that really are out to destroy that which is good; this is nothing new.

For those who lack a strong faith in the sovereign God of the Bible, I can understand their reason for alarm. Sadly, they can only put their hope and trust in their fellow men and women. On the other hand, if you claim to be a Christian, go to church regularly and yet spend the better part of your days fretting about the latest political activities, you are sadly off balance.

Preoccupation with worldly things is a definite sign of spiritual immaturity. If you are new to the Christian faith, then you get a pass for now. If you have been in the faith for more than a couple of years, you really need to step away from your TV, computer and newspapers, take a deep breath and go read your Bible.

As the prophet Isaiah recorded three thousand years ago, we need to heed his words, stop worrying about political conspiracies and start focusing on God. He is the one in control of everything. If you claim to have faith in God and yet spend all your energy telling the world about your political views, you are in disobedience to Jesus’ directive in Matthew 28:18-20. He told His followers to tell others about His teachings, not some political agenda.

There is only one conspirator, and that is Satan. He lost the war between good and evil the day that Jesus rose from the dead, but will stop at nothing to wear down, distract and dominate the thinking of well-meaning Christians by deceiving them into thinking that by spreading the message of politics, they are somehow doing God’s work.

The true changes in any country take place in the hearts of men and women, not in the halls of government. If you are a Christian and truly want to make a difference in this country and the world, stop allowing Satan’s conspiracies to distract you and focus your heart, mind and energy on obeying Jesus!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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Blessings

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Thousands of years ago, God made a promise to a man named Abraham and his descendants: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” (Genesis 12:3). This was one powerful promise, one that was passed on by Abraham’s son Isaac to his son Jacob. God went on to promise Abraham, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  If you read on, you will learn that Abraham and his family were blessed with wealth, children and honor. As God also promised, the world was ultimately blessed by one of Abraham’s descendants, Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we don’t feel like we are very blessed, do we? When times are tough in our lives, we may find ourselves asking, “Where are those blessings that God promised? We tend to think of blessings as just abundant possessions and wealth; and they can be, but God knows that these trappings may not always be blessings. God has promised “never to leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5).” Is this not an amazing blessing?

If we trust Him completely, we can be assured that God provides exactly what we need, right when we need it. We need to seek Him first, as Jesus instructed in Matthew 6:33, and then we can quit worrying about politics, the economy and our future because He will take care of us.

If we are sincere in our faith in God’s care, we need to remember and recite often the prayer of Agur in Proverbs 30:8-9:

“Give me neither poverty nor riches –
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny you,
And say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.”

As you go about your day, try to see all the big and little blessings around you like your family, friends, home, fragrant flowers, and beautiful sunsets. Counting your blessings is a great way to know that God is taking care of you; it can also give you a better perspective on what is truly important in life.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother or four, pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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