Invasion!

“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19

Robert Salisburg first knew of his problem as he lounged around Emigrant Lake a couple of Saturdays ago. A lady called on his cell phone about the horse he was giving away.

“What horse? I’m not giving away any horse,” he told the woman.

Rushing home, Robert Salisburg found that his home had been invaded, and that by the truck load people were carting off his property.

From the Seattle Times

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A pair of hoax ads on Craigslist cost an Oregon man much of what he owned.

The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

“Hey, those are my things,” he told one man who had his truck loaded with Salisburg’s property.

“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.”

The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. Salisbury spotted other cars filled with his belongings. At home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.

Ever feel as though someone has put out a notice to the devil and his imps that you were fair game; that your possessions, your spirit, your thoughts and your emotions were for the taking? Ever feel invaded? Probably all of us have been in that position. We whirl about, grasping, guarding and protecting, but as we shield one part of our lives, in a far corner, we sense vulnerability and a new reckoning with loss and confusion.

The great prophet Isaiah spoke to the situation, reminding us that when we are so bombarded, not all is lost, for

“when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Love it! No matter what confusion, stealing, lies, loss, mistakes, and misunderstandings are expertly flung our way by Satan–no matter, not to worry–the Spirit of the LORD sweeps through, snatches back our possessions, clears our thinking, soothes our nerves, and rights every wrong.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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8 Responses to Invasion!

  1. cbgrace says:

    There is a pastor, Graham Cooke who described the scripture “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” in a slightly different way.

    He said that when you see the enemy flooding in on every side, begin to look around for what standards God is raising up. There is something in you God is building up…some character trait or Biblical God is teaching your or re-inforcing in you.

  2. Shirley says:

    Good morning, CB

    That’s an interesting look at this scripture, and certainly I can see how it applies. Our lives are in God’s hands, and no matter what happens to us, we can learn, develop, improve. There’s no question but what God allows Satan to test us…I want to be like Job who said, “When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

    Blessings always

  3. helenl says:

    What on earth does this crime have to do with the Devil?

  4. Shirley says:

    Hello, Helen–

    In case your question is a serious one, and not tongue-in-cheek, I’ll answer with Scripture:

    “He that committeth sin is of the devil..” 1 John 3:8

    I believe most Christians agree that crime is sin. Scripture says sin is of the devil. That’s what this crime has to do with the devil.

    Hope I’ve understood your question, and that my answer helped.

  5. helenl says:

    No tongue-in-cheek, Shirley. Of course, crime is sin. But this poor man was cheated by people, wasn’t he? Are you saying the one’s who cheated him were sponsored by the devil? If so, okay. But are you also saying he’ll get his stuff back?

    “No matter what confusion, stealing, lies, loss, mistakes, and misunderstandings are expertly flung our way by Satan–no matter, not to worry–the Spirit of the LORD sweeps through, snatches back our possessions, clears our thinking, soothes our nerves, and rights every wrong.” Huh?

    Somebody broke into Victor’s car and stole his stereo, et al. and the police had no idea who did it. Wasn’t the devil just as involved in this crime? And will he get his stereo back? I don’t think so.

    Now he’s over it. No rattled nerves. But “the Spirit of the LORD rights every wrong.” Do we live on the same planet?

  6. Shirley says:

    Helen, in the paragraph beginning, “Ever feel as though…I began speaking of one’s spiritual life, and had hoped to convey that no matter what the devil does to us, how much he steals, etc., Jesus comes to our rescue–raises a standard against the devil. Thus, ultimately we suffer no loss.

    Sorry my writing was unclear and confusing.

  7. helenl says:

    Maybe it wasn’t, Shirley. I just think there’s so much evil in “high places” that the pitch fork guy can catnap all day and sin will still abound. We live with a sin overload in the present day, so much so that we sometimes don’t see it at all. This was about a sick joke and a man who probably didn’t get his things back. The injustice makes me mad. But it was people who played that sick joke. I think the devil’s in the air, so he doesn’t need to tempt people directly. Sometimes people don’t seem to know right from wrong. But sin comes from three places: “The world, the flesh, and the devil.” So the devil’s only 1/3 of the problem. The devil gets too much press. Just blame the people who did it. Or blame the world. The world is 1/3 of the problem, liberal as that sounds. It’s in the Word.

  8. Tena says:

    Sis. Buxton, I clearly understand your excellent analogy. Thank you.

    analogy –
    a comparison between two things that are similar in some way, often used to help explain something or make it easier to understand

    And, thank you. 🙂

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