We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk. But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her. She is mean and hateful. We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:
- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of righteousness
- the gospel of peace
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)
Don’t leave her to stand alone. The Battle is Real.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 NASB
Easter. What a glorious celebration! Jesus FINISHED everything God required for our salvation. He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave. He paid a debt He did not owe. THE debt we could NEVER pay. Why? “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This POWER can do anything – everything! This Jesus paid your price and mine to redeem us from sin, from the penalty of eternal hell, for new and abundant life in Him NOW! Just say “Yes” to Jesus. Admit you’re a sinner and confess your sins as you agree with God. Ask Him (Jesus) to come in to your heart and save you. Commit to follow Him all the days of your life.
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10; 13(NASB)
Get a Holy Bible and read the book of John, then all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to get to know our Saviour! Find a Bible believing Church to join and be baptized showing the world that you have died to yourself and have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ.
Experience the PEACE OF GOD that only Jesus can bring!
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6
Hallelujah, Easter! Hallelujah!
I think we all like to receive gifts. Some of us enjoy giving gifts even more than receiving them! The greatest gift ever is SALVATION! And God does it all for us. Isn’t that amazing?
He provided the grace so that He would give the atoning sacrifice – Jesus-and He gives us the faith to believe and then we benefit eternally with salvation found only in Him. It is truly amazing!
I’ve been thinking about this wonderful gift lately. You know, when I give a gift to someone, I want them to love it and use it. I hate to think they just through it in a pile of other useless gifts. So I put a lot of thought and effort in picking out just the right gift for them.
This made me think about what I am doing with my gift of salvation… Of course, I love it! But what am I doing with it? This gift is meant to be shared with everyone, not to be thrown in pile of useless gifts.
Yesterday, in Church we were reminded that we are all called to share the gospel. One person at a time. How awesome is it to know that God chose to use us to share the gospel! We may not change the world for everyone, but we can be a life-changer for one person at a time.
This week, join me in putting that great gift of salvation to good use and share what Jesus has done for you with someone. Just maybe, you’ll see Him do that for them!
Life is but a vapor and I am realizing that all too well. This week I turned 50. FIFTY! Did I just say fifty? Oh my, yes I did…ugh 50.
Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds. It was just another precious day on this earth and another glorious day closer to HOME. If you are a believer, you totally understand.
I recently saw this…
While we don’t always get to “just take another shot”, it is pretty good advice. I know that in my half a century, I have learned to “focus on what’s important”. We waste so much time on things of no eternal value that if we’re not careful, we’ll miss things that are everlasting.
Once you learn to “focus on what’s important”, you can truly “capture the good times”. You realize that people are most important and you value the time you have with them. Hopefully, sharing Christ or celebrating Christ with them.
As we know, not all times are good. So when the bad/negative times come (and they will), we need to grow and learn from them…”develop from the negatives”.
Good or bad, we should strive to make our lives count for the kingdom. We know that things don’t always work out, and even though we can’t always “just take another shot”, most of the time we can.
Thankfully, we serve a Savior Who is the Redeeming God and His mercies are new every morning – so try again…and again…until He calls you home.
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
Worry is mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated : anxiety.
I confess, I have struggled with worry and find myself there again from time to time. But I read a book that put God’s command to trust Him in a very clear perspective. You see throughout the Bible, God’s love letter to us, He reminds us that He loves us more that we can imagine. And He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our debt to Him on the cross.
When I finally understood that God, my Savior, Jesus loves us so much that He took our place; I realized there is nothing He would do to hurt us. Now, understand, He never said He would take away all our troubles or sufferings. He said He would go through them with us – He would never leave nor forsake us.
Therefore, if we trust His love for us, then we do not have to fear anything He may call us to do. Even if trouble or suffering comes our way in our obedience, He will never leave us. He will go through the storm with us. And if we do not obey Him, trouble and suffering will come anyway (but with added consequences for our disobedience) because the Word of God says “in this life you will have trouble.”
So the bad news is that if you are alive, you will have trouble. But the good news is if you trust in Jesus, He will be with you through all of it! So have faith. Don’t worry!
Trust in His love and do not fear.
Blessings, Wendy <><
Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 5:5
How often do we think, “Well, it’s too late for me to …”? You fill in the blank. Good news! It’s NOT too late to be or do whatever it is you are called to do. Think about it. Moses was 80 when God called him to lead His people out of Egypt.
I think we often have a desire deep down that we keep buried year after year because we are busy with life in the stage or season that we are wrapped up in at the time. Then one day, God whispers to us that desire we have kept deep down safely tucked away and we suddenly think “It’s too late.” But it’s not too late!
Maybe, just maybe, God wanted you to have some life experience before you acted on that dream/desire. Maybe it wasn’t the right time, but now it is. Maybe we needed a little refining before actively pursuing that desire.
I don’t know what it is that you are pondering. I don’t know what it might take to do the deep desire you’ve had. But I do know this…if God has planted a desire in you, He will bring it to completion IF you will yield to Him. That’s called surrender. And that’s what He wants so the desire will be accomplished for His glory and not our own.
If you are feeling a tug to be or do something that you’ve been thinking “it’s too late”, it’s not too late! For the Glory of God, DO IT!!
My husband and I are headed to the mountains tomorrow. We are meeting up with my sister and brother-in-law for the week. We have rented a cabin on a lake so the men can do some serious fishing while we girls have a little R&R.
As we drive about the country side, my husband and I are looking at the lay of the land for possible relocation after retirement (not many years from now). So my thoughts are:
a cute house in the middle of a lot of acreage. Peaceful and serene with great Internet service, four seasons but not too cold and centrally located to wherever our adult children make a home.
My husband will be looking for something totally different. His thoughts are:
plenty of wild game. Funny as that’s what he thinks about here at home, too! But then, I like our cute house in the middle of some acreage that is usually peaceful and serene. I refuse to talk about our Internet service or the lack of four seasons.
For us, it will be fun to look around. Usually, when we really look at other parts of the country, we are reminded of how grateful we are for where we live. This may be much the same. No matter, we are excited to be “getting away for it all” for a few days.
How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7