By Francis Frangipane
the scene: You are in a battle against sickness, oppression or some
similar struggle. You seek God, and in some way the grace of God touches
your life. Your victory may have come through a word or prayer or some
other encouragement, but you absolutely know the Lord has delivered you.
Using the five smooth stones of divine grace, you defeated your
But then, a few weeks or months or perhaps
years later, all the old symptoms suddenly return with a vengeance. If
you were struggling with an illness, it manifests worse than ever; if
your battle was regarding a relationship or a particular sin, it seems
as though all progress has been lost. You are back to square one.