I will be adding to this through out today, but think about what you want and what God has planned…
I listened to some men this morning who are following the will of God in starting new congregations in Thurston county. Each has a unique story and process, but each had the same concept – reach as many as possible with the Gospel of Christ.
As they related their personal stories of church starts I realized there is nothing new under the sun, or is that Son? Their victories and triumphs are underscored by similar stories of struggle and strife.
Similar in that each one could have been even mine.
Why is it that we think our walk with God will be like rolling in clover? Ease of life, no battles, no valleys, no personal struggles, no church family struggles – this is what we want. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul:
- Eph 6:12 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.
- 1Ti 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- 2Ti 4:7 KJV I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
- Heb 10:32 KJV But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Our fight is not against each other whether they be Christians or non-Christians, Our fight is against this world and the world system. Our fight is against the enemy of the soul. Our fight is not even with God who has better thoughts about us and the things we fight against.
Jer 29:11 KJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
David cried out, “Let thy tender mercies come unto me…” (Ps 119:77), and even Isaiah cried out with the same thought (Is 55:3). But it was Jesus that gave us a pathway to rest, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)
So, regardless of what is happening in your life that is different from your perceived path – God is not your enemy, nor your defeat.
Here’s my thought. As life happens to us, we need to show the next generation how to live through the challenges we are faced with.
David planted a thought in one of his Psalms (61:3), the Lord is a shelter and a strong tower from the enemy. His son, Solomon, caught this thought and increased it into a major premise of life – one that we must grab a hold of and use…
Pro 18:10 KJV The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
I remember a man preaching a sermon many years ago and it was titled something like this, “When the Righteous Retreat.” Regardless of what you are facing, when you need the Shelter of God from the enemy, retreat into the Strong Tower of His Name for a place of safety…