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I met an extraordinary young man who, despite being severely handicapped, is a youth minister at his church and possessed of a deep and solid faith.  He recommended that I see a movie I’d never heard of before, “God’s Not Dead.” The critics gave it the sort of spitefully terrible ratings they usually reserve for Christian movies, but it did well with Christian viewers, so I decided to give it a shot. Although it veered away from realism a little bit too much for my taste in some spots, overall I found it to be a very enjoyable movie. The best part of it for me was: About 88 minutes into it, there is this incredible exchange between an elderly woman in a nursing home and her rotten son who is paying a rare visit to her:

Rotten Son: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong. And here you are. You’re the nicest person I know; I am the meanest. You have dementia; my life is perfect. Explain that to me.

Mother: Sometimes the Devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God.

WOW!! That’s a powerful piece of wisdom!! When people have a distant relationship with God, or none at all, they rarely move towards Him unless they encounter difficulties, hard times, or losses, so if you want to prevent people who don’t have closeness to God from getting it, letting them have a problem-free life would be the way to go. Of course, this would not be the case ALL the time, because God doesn’t want people thinking that NOT being connected to Him is the way to a good life, when in fact the BEST life comes from His blessings, and the best quality of life includes a relationship with Him…  but because God wants us to have both free will and faith, He allows the enemy to play some games and cause some confusion, and lets us choose how to respond.

How do you defeat the enemy? Stay focused on God and strong in your faith. The enemy doesn’t have the final say, God does, and God rewards those who seek after Him.

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