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    Jan052012

    Bite 17--If I Can't Have it--Destroy it!

    (from THE FALL Ch. 3, pp. 31-32)

    Even at such a moment, Adonai’s strength flowed through Rapha, calming, giving hope and direction.  He sensed unity with Gabriel and Michael whose thoughts also centered on the Most High even as the rebel angels enfolding them shrieked hatred and targeted Earth’s core.

    Cords of trust and love linked Rapha, Gabriel, and Michael, an even stronger link than the fire engulfing them.  They felt the burst of surprise from Lucifer when the three of them pulled the cluster of celestials tighter still.  They felt his resistance as they willed their light to revolve in the opposite direction of Lucifer and his minions, every rotation grating against the rebels’ collective will.  Then they heard his howl of rage as the celestial fireball burst asunder short of Lucifer’s target to scatter plummeting points of light across land and sea.

    Rapha knew one instant of vague satisfaction before his being was splintered as by myriad shards of molten glass. 

    ~~~~~

    He had no way of knowing how much time had passed when he came to with liquid fire before his eyes.  He had impacted on dry ground.  That much Rapha remembered.  But the searing acid engulfing him was real. 

    Had Earth been destroyed?  Had all been reduced to swirling elements without form? 

    “No,” Adonai’s calm voice assured him.  And Rapha was not alone.  Strong arms were lifting him; familiar voices were speaking to him.  His last view of earth as one of his brothers sped him toward the heavens was a blur of smoke, fire, and flood with thousands of bright points of light, the attending, faithful celestials, working amidst the devastation. 

    The pain from countless screaming souls smote the last of Rapha’s waning strength and he knew no more.

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    What can prove faster than anything that someone's love is really infatuation and lust?  If they would rather see the beloved destroyed than see them belong to another.

    "I love you as long as you help ME love me."

    This reminds me of the story of King Solomon (in I Kings) resolving a dispute between two mothers about who really was the mother of a baby.  When he offered to cut the child in two to divide it equally between them, the non-mom said, "Go ahead."

    True love is not selfish and only God can exhibit true love ALL the time.

    This especially hits me between the eyes when I realize the countless times my love for God has waned because He wasn't doing things MY way, in MY time, with MY priorities.

    It's hilarious, really, that I would think for even a fleeting second that I could control God, the Maker of heaven and earth, everlastingly holy, omniscient and always GOOD.

    Here's where we can see that all sin is drawn from a base of selfishness where our whims, needs and desires trump the feelings, needs and desires of others--even the commands of God.  If all selfishness was eradicated, sin would have no foothold.  End of conflict.  God's Kingdom Come, God's will be done.

    But the flow of selfish ambition flows as surely as the waves of the sea.

    Only a completely new mind and heart, transformed from the inside out by Christ's Holy Spirit, can change our core. 

    He truly is our only hope. 

    THE FALL is my first published novel. Hopefully there will be many more to follow, but regardless, I'm hooked--addicted to the written word.

    Click the link at the top of the page if you would like to order The Rapha Chronicles, Book 1: THE FALL

    

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