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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 217


Getting to know
God together.

THE GIANT OF DOUBTING CASTLE.
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There is a really old book in my library called “Pilgrims Progress.”
It is written in funny old language, but it has the most exciting of adventures in it.
“Christian” is the main star person in the book, and he gets himself into lots and lots of trouble. I want to tell you about one horrid trap he got into - he got captured in Doubting Castle with a terrible fierce giant named “Giant Despair.”

In the book, some poor pilgrims got captured by the awful giant Despair. They climbed over the giant’s fence into his field. Well, the giant snatched them up. He threw them into an awful dungeon, and then he blinded them so they could not see any of the Truth of God. Then the poor pilgrims ( they are people who are on a journey to God’s Celestial or Heavenly City ) just wandered around in the cemetery! Yes, the place of dead people. Is this a true story you might ask? Not really, it is a picture story to show Christians about the dangers on their way, as they go on in life. We are all “pilgrims” you know, on our way to the Heavenly City.

There are lots of characters in “Pilgrims Progress.” They have picture kinds of names, like “Little-Faith”, “Faint-Heart” and “Mistrust.” The good characters are called names like “Hopeful,” “Watchful” and “Sincere.”  The star of the book, “Christian,” is very sad about the poor believers who got captured by Giant Despair, and were locked up in Doubting Castle! He and his friend called “Hopeful” cried lots of tears for them. But Christian and Hopefull didn’t learn their lesson, and got locked up themselves in Doubting Castle. It was a very dark, stinking dungeon which became their prison too. How did they get out? They had been there for days, when Christian found a little key in his pocket called “Promise.” It opened any lock in that horrible Doubting Castle, and so they escaped and ran for their lives. And Giant Despair couldn’t catch them again.

That picture story shows us some pretty thrilling things. Can you see what the story puzzle is all about? It means that when Christians have lots of doubts about God and His love, and do not trust Him or have faith, they get themselves into an awful bind. They are captured by their doubts, and they are overcome by Despair or deep sorrow. Like being in a place that is dark and smelly, with a giant guarding it. They get awfully discouraged and sad,  and it is like not being about to escape from that dark place. Then when they look at God’s promises in the Bible, and believe those promises and trust God again, they can get out of the dungeon and escape their own despair. God’s promises are the “key” to escaping our doubts, any doubts about God’s love and care at all.
God’s promises can save us from ALL doubts.
So read them every day, and you will be a happy,
happy Christian with no giants of despair.

Are you captured by the Giant Despair in Doubting Castle?
I hope not. Here are some wonderful promise “keys” for you:
“The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand. “ ( Psalm 37:23, 24.)
That means that when we trust Jesus as our Saviour, and He makes us right with God, God plans all our steps so that we can make our lives successful and happy. We can have a bit of  a “fall” into trouble, but God will always puts us right again and make things good once more.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. “ ( Philippians 4:19).
That means that God will make sure we have everything we really need, and He keeps Christian believers safe.
If you belong to Jesus, those promise keys are FOR YOU!
There are many more as well in the Bible.

See you next time, bye now.

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