We Are At War
If you are a Christian who desires more than life itself to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ, you have probably noticed that we have been under attack lately from all different directions. Put a post up that you love Jesus and there is apt to be someone who tells you that you are ignorant for believing “fairy tales”. It is not politically correct to believe that life begins at conception or that marriage is between a man and a woman-period. Our schools allow every other religious belief to be taught to our children, but if our child brings his or her Bible to school, that child might be sent to the principal’s office. History books are being rewritten to exclude any mention of our forefather’s Christian faith.
It is not only that true that the powers that be make it difficult for us to share our faith with others, but it can even make it difficult for us to work in what is often a hostile environment to Christians. Militant groups have in recent months targeted Christians and posted gruesome videos of torture and sacrifice. We are in a war which if we lose, even those who persecute us will lose as well.
Fighting the Wrong Enemy
We Should Be Winning
In Isaiah 54:17 it says, No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me,saith the Lord.”
But this doesn’t seem to be the case. If we look around us, it looks as if we are losing. Our churches are more than half empty. Ministers of the gospel giving into lusts of the flesh. Why does it look as though we are losing, and what can we do about it?
We’re Not Using Our Greatest Weapon
The beloved verses of John 3:16-17 tell us “For God so loved the World that He gave us his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.
1.Rather than looking for the sin in the lives of others, look for ways that you can show God’s love to them. Begin with just a smile. On your next trip to the grocery store, the dry cleaner, or out to lunch, practice smiling at everyone you see. Smile and say something to break the ice..
2. Go beyond yourself and find out the story of the person you are interacting with (cashier, clerk, wait person, etc.) get to know that person’s name.
3. Consider how you can “give beyond reason” and make a difference to them. It doesn’t need to be money, it may be advice, an opportunity, a connection, a suggestion.
4. Notice in your life, the times someone has “given beyond reason” to you. I’ve no doubt it has happened to you, you just may not remember it in the warp speed world we live in. Cherish it and look for opportunities to create that for others as it will attract more of it in your own life.
Donna Brown is the Pastor of Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri. . As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .