This week, let’s concentrate our minds on the overwhelming victory that we are assured of in Jesus Christ. He never promised us that life in His kingdom would be without resistance; He only promised to help us deal with the devil’s resistance by His strength.
Our attitude about the Lord’s Day — along with the feeling we have when we anticipate it — says a great deal about the state of our spiritual health. If we don’t find ourselves looking forward to the best day of the week, then it’s time for a spiritual checkup.
Suppose the “God” we worship is not God as He has revealed Himself to be, but God as we have wrongly conceived Him in our own minds. Are we not worshiping a “creature” of our own making, an idolatry that is all the more dangerous because it is so subtle?
What if we neglect the declaration of Himself that God has made? Then we die. Ultimately, there is no alternative. Jesus could not have said it more clearly: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Our adversary specializes in confusion. He loves to prey upon minds that are torn and upset by multiple worries, and he often tempts us when we’re so beset by cares that we act on impulse, failing to consider the consequences of our actions.
It is impossible that God will be defeated, and this truth is well attested by everything that has ever been known about Him. When, in the face of temporary opposition, we choose to believe the ultimate victory will be His, then we adopt a faith the devil can do little to vanquish.
People with the character trait of peacefulness are often seen as being weak rather than strong. But genuine peacefulness is anything but weak. In fact, conflict is an easy thing compared to constructiveness. Bridges are much easier to blow up than to build.
Even when we have no idea what will happen tomorrow, there are still reasons for us to anticipate it. Like the inquisitive, once-upon-a-time children we used to be, we want to learn more than we know and do more than we’ve done. There’s a bit of the adventurer in all of us.
If I can get to the end of this year with “Obeying the Gospel” and AreYouaChristian.com complete (these goals were set several years ago), a major part of the joy will be reflecting on how we have done it together: you have paid the bills, and I have done the writing. Thank you!
I hope the next decade will be the “Roaring Twenties,” as far as my writing output is concerned. With every new page I write, I am ever more conscious of the good that can be done with these books. I pray that you will help me get them finished.