Weekend Greetings (oct 22, 2005)

This weekend the rice harvest will be about complete here in Japan. About two weeks ago I was driving by this field full of ripe rice when I noticed these scarecrows. Just like a little kid, I pointed out the window of the car and said to Andrea, “Look, look . . . scarecrows!” I stopped the car on the side of the road, got out and snapped a few pictures.

As lifeless as they are, these “dummies” WORK very hard to keep harvest-devouring birds away from the abundant crop. A scarecrow does just that scares crows away from the ripe crop, thus protecting it from the devourer. 

Let me tell you, the devourer that desires to consume the Body of Christ is out trying his best to do us in. It seems like he never ceases to dive bomb our territory, to peck at us, to scare us with his weak little kaw-kaws.

A scarecrow takes the place of a real person, just like the Holy Ghost takes the place of Jesus in you. Did you know the devil is scared to death of the Holy Ghost? So, in essence you could say that you have a scaredevil in you, but the scaredevil you have within you is not like the Japanese scarecrow. 

In Japanese, the word for scarecrow is ka-ka-shi (案山子). One Japanese dictionary defines this word as “a brainless person” (mu-nō-sha). If you look at the above picture, you would have to say, “ Hey, that’s a right-on definition.” A common American English equivalent would be “air head.” Very descriptive of the devil, don’t you think? BUT, BUT, BUT look at this:

“But we have the mind of Christ (the Holy Ghost), the Messiah, and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”  1 Corinthians 2:16 Amplified

How about if we take a scripture and re-word it (without taking away its authority), and then you try to figure out which scripture it is, okay?  

“Little fields of ripe rice, you belong to God. The scaredevil standing in your field is greater, stronger and wiser than all the black birds that can be found in the whole wide world.”  Cf. 1 John 4:4

The harvest is near, folks. There is a very ripe field of lost, hurting, depressed, fearful people out there. Let’s not let the black birds devour them. You stand by them, okay? and scare the devil away from them. When you stand in their fields and let the Wind of God blow upon you, the devil ain’t gonna bother you while you gather the sheaves. 

This field of rice has already been harvested. The grain is in the silo, but what you see here is what the scripture talks about in Matthew 3:12

“ . . . the wheat he will gather into his granary, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  

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