Several things she mentioned stuck out to me BIG time, and so I thought I would share them with you before I go to bed and forget, or get sidetracked with all my mom responsibilities that I never get around to it:
*Just as we do not know the day or the hour that Jesus will return, nor does Satan. And thus, he must always be ready. He didn't know how God was going to restore His relationship with fallen man. He didn't know how God was going to pay the penalty for our sin. He didn't know these precious secrets God had hidden in His heart from before time ever began. So, Satan had to be on his toes at all times, ready to attack, to destroy, to thwart any attempt God made to offer salvation, to prevent us from receiving this gracious gift.
*Satan still does not know how God will fulfill His plans and promises. But you can bet your bottom dollar he is on the look out every single day.
*As Satan watches what God is doing, he does his best to imitate it. God tells His disciples to "go into all the world and preach the gospel," and so Satan sends out his deceivers to lead people astray, to distract them from the Truth, to corrupt their minds, to harden their hearts.
*Whatever God intends for good, Satan has to counteract with evil. This evil, this lawlessness is being held back, however. The Holy Spirit, via the work of the church (which includes me and YOU if you are a believer in Jesus Christ), is not allowing Satan to unleash his full potential of wickedness. As scary and vile and dark as the world may seem now, it's only going to get worse. Much worse. That can be extremely disheartening. BUT, we must not forget how the story will finally end. God WILL prevail!
*Beth shared how her grandson, a first-grader, would go ahead shouting, "OMG!" His mom, Beth's oldest daughter, finally asked her young son what he meant when he said "OMG," and with a confused look on his face, the little boy responded by sounding out the "word" OMG makes. He had no idea the letters are an abbreviation for the phrase, "Oh my God!" or even "Oh my goodness." As we laughed, she then commented how casually people use God's name in this way. She assured us this is NOT how God intended His name to be spoken and immediately showed us in Scripture how it is to be proclaimed:
"Arise, O Lord! Save me, O MY GOD! For You strike all my enemies on the cheek; You break the teeth of the wicked."
"To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O MY GOD, in You I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for You will be put to shame."
"Do not forsake me, O Lord! O MY GOD, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!"
THAT is how God wants His name to be used.
And boy when He responds to our call, you better believe people will be saying, "OMG!"
*Beth ended the session by reminding us yet again that the Gospel WILL win. God will prevail. "The day of the Lord will dawn with the appearance of Christ." Not only that, but get this: