It's been a week of news of struggling friends and tragedy in local families. Most people have seen the report of the young girl stabbed by her father. Other beloved friends have deep struggles that are being brought to the Throne of our loving, Capable Father.
The enemy is roaring like a lion, seeking whom He may devour; He knows his time is short. That is all good news for those of us who believe. That means God is moving. Like in Narnia, the white witch became frantic when Aslan was on the move, snow was melting, the deep freeze was over and new life was on the way.
So we press in. We draw near to the One who has all the answers, all the hope, all the Truth. And we let all the distractions fall by the way, because nothing else matters when we are besieged except to fix our eyes on our Captain, await His touch, His direction, His salvation.
He is Faithful and True.
Like Jesus in the desert, when He was approached with audacity by satan, to tempt and buffet Him, Jesus responded each time..."It is written...", and gave the final Word of authority on each topic broached. He is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Let us speak Him in our lives, in our circumstances, in our struggles.
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:7-10KJV
"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3NIV
King Jesus, Thank you that You are a persistent, loving Saviour. Help us Lord, for in some ways the trouble is overwhelming, yet we know that You are in command and that all things do work together for good, because you have called us by name, and we love You. We commit to do it Your way, for all other ways lead to difficulty and death. We commit to You our children, our families and friends and community. Help us to be Your light in the darkness. Shine Jesus Shine.....
"No, in all these things, we are more than conquerers, through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord". Romans 8: 37-39NIV