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Of Pearls and Swine

By Chris Bunton

“ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine. Lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”—Matt. 7:6

    

Like an oyster, in the deepest darkest depths of the sea, where you cannot breathe and have no control over life.

In the place where there are monsters dwelling in the chaos, lurking and seeking to devour.

It is in this place where God finds us and saves us.

It is in these difficult trials of life, where we learn.

It is here where we grow pearls of wisdom.

God has us here for His purpose. He finds us and saves us. He grows those pearls, and builds our faith in Him.

    
Like gritty sand in the oyster’s body, the trials of life come and you cannot remove them.

They grind and rub, and irritate as you learn to deal with it, and watch God work in your life.

You deal by accepting layer upon layer of God’s truth around the grit until it forms a pearl of great price.

You learn. You grow. You are thankful for what you have received in the deep dark times. As the Lord said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. “

We, like the oyster are unclean, unsaved beings in a fallen world of darkness. God gives us his Gospel, and it irritates us. Like sand in the oysters body. When we accept it, we start to develop layers of faith, truth and love, and we see God working in our lives. Blessing us, helping us, building a relationship with us. What began as an irritation, has grown into a pearl of great price, and that Pearl is Christ.

     
However, our lives are full of swine. Beings who consume anything and everything. Beings who wallow in their own filth, never realizing what they do. They will not hear your pearls of wisdom. They will not listen to your stories of how God has saved you and worked in your life. They will ridicule you, and destroy your precious understanding. Like swine, they delight in destroying and rending anything of real value and beauty. They sling mud and filth on every precious thing. They snort their opinions to any who would hear them. Their belly is their god.

      
If you let them, they will destroy the dreams you have been given. They will crush the Word, placed in your heart. They will drag you down to where they are. Whether it’s a subtle comment they spout at you. Or something they were “Just Joking” about. Or perhaps that scientific rant they always spew. Do not let them drag you down.  The words they release into the air have power. Those words will settle into the deep places of your mind and do their work to derail you and destroy you. The negativity will start to grow. Satan will use it to silence you, and ruin you.

     
Speak against it!

Tell yourself good positive things.

Speak the promises of God.

Remind yourself of what’s important and what matters most.

Turn to God and cast out those demons.

Get away from those swine, and lessen the impact they have on you.

Pray for them and love them, but refuse to be dragged into their hate.

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

The enemy uses any tool, including the swine he has deceived, to steal, kill and destroy you.

Fight the fight of faith.


Chris Bunton is a Writer, Poet and Blogger from Southern Illinois.

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