Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fighting from Victory

"But take heart; I have won the victory over the world" (John 16:33).

On Saturday I participated in a protest rally outside the Planned Parenthood in Providence.  Some five hundred people gathered, and similar gatherings took place across the country.  I was asked to say a few words and then lead the closing prayer.  I decided to share the best advice I ever got about fighting the pro-life battle: Always remember that you're not fighting for victory but from victory.  This changes everything.

By His bloodied cross and vacated tomb, our dear Lord Jesus Christ has already won the victory over all sin, death, and evil in this world.  By faith in Him, He makes us the victors too.  We fight the spiritual battle, taking heart and courage from the victory already won.  We are the spiritual fulfillment of the men of Israel and Judah who "arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines" after seeing that Goliath was dead and the enemy was on the run (1 Sam. 17:52).

Fight from the victory of Christ, the true David.  Apply this to every spiritual battle and especially to the personal ones.  Use the weapons of fasting, prayer, mercy, and joy - against which the enemy has no defense.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

That's Why I Pray

I came across this song and video by the duo Big & Rich.  It's a very honest yet hopeful look at our time.  I'll let it speak for itself, but do watch/listen for several key things: a crucifix at 0:55, the personal confession beginning at 2:43, and the sudden change at 3:09.

And be reminded that we "ought always to pray and not lose heart" (Luke 18:1).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjJyZfDCa88

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Taking a Stand

"I am the bread of life" (John 6:35).

A letter was recently sent to the Smithsonian by a group of pastors.  It's a letter that every American should read.

http://cns7prod.s3.amazonaws.com/attachments/ministers_letter.pdf

Dear Christians, never cease to pray
For faith and love these latter days,
For marriage, life, and family,
That all be held in sanctity.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Strength for Today

"Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11).

God gives us what we need one day at a time.  He is determined to teach us trust.  He calls us to trust that He will provide again tomorrow as He did today.

In the Old Testament He instructed the Israelites to gather just enough manna for the day.  He sent it again the next morning.  In the New Testament, in which we live, He teaches us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."  In other words, just enough strength for today.  He will supply it again tomorrow.

All of this leads to two definitions:

Anxiety = looking at tomorrow's challenges without tomorrow's strength.

Trust = knowing that tomorrow's strength will be a match for tomorrow's challenges.

You are not yet in possession of tomorrow's strength.  It will be yours tomorrow morning, but not before.  You are given strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow, and the most blessed of all things: trust in your heavenly Father.