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June 26, 2018

What I read today

Leviticus 23-24; Psalm 57; Isaiah 57; Luke 13; Ephesians 6

Do you ever feel like the little Dutch boy? Every day you walk through your life, and you see leaks in our culture.  You see TV shows and movies that denigrate people of faith.  Those same shows push a lifestyle that is totally opposite of what the Bible teaches. You listen to people in the media attack Christians.  You hear of events in the middle east where people are persecuted for practicing their Christianity.

Closer to home we see domestic violence that is unconscionable.  Racism, sexism, and new and improved ways of mistreating our fellow man and woman.  We see drug and alcohol abuse rising.  Gangs are growing in size and violence.  Our own culture seems to become more crass, angry and violent every day.

What do we do?  How do we walk through this world that seems to be spinning out of control?

Ephesians 6 verses 10-20 give us God’s answer to that very question.

We put on the whole armor of God.

First off, Christians need to recognize that the one whom we are fighting against, the one who is causing the chaos, is the devil himself.  The greatest lie the devil promotes is that he doesn’t exist.  But he does, and he lives for destruction like we see in our society.

Secondly, since we are fighting a spiritual enemy, we can’t win this battle with weapons of the world.  Laws and politicians won’t win this fight.  The weapons we will use to fight are spiritual.

Those weapons are as follows:

  1. Righteousness and Love – Without love and righteousness we can’t win.  Too often we want to fight our battles by trying to shout down the other side.  We end up coming off as self-righteous.  We must always look at those around us with Jesus vision.  They are dearly loved people who Jesus died for.  Not nameless people to be shouted at. Or worse yet ignorant fools to be shown the error of their ways.
  2. The Gospel – The Gospel itself is the game-changing weapon of the Christian.  It is the weapon of God’s ultimate grace and mercy.  Without Jesus love, we can do nothing.  Without a heart that is thankful for Jesus sacrifice, we are useless.  In the end, it is the Gospel that will change hearts and minds.  Not our persuasion or charisma or our shouts.
  3. The word of God – God’s love letter to humanity.  We must always use the word of God to show people what God truly wants.  Not to prove our arguments but to convict the world of sin and show the grace and mercy God has offered all of us.
  4. Prayer – Our ultimate weapon is our ability to reach out to God himself for help.  We need to rely on God.  We need to trust that his plan will ultimately come to pass.  We won’t always recognize the why behind what’s happening.  But we can rest assured that God’s plans will be fulfilled even in the darkest of times.

Evil will always try and overcome good.  It’s easy to despair.  But we need to rely on God’s weapons of love and grace, not on force or argument. The Gospel, The Bible, and Prayer will allow us to hold tight to our faith and to combat those things that try and take our faith away!

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