Who or what is your greatest enemy? And what’s your game plan?
The apostle Paul put it pretty bluntly in his letter to the Corinthian church in 2nd Corinthians 10, verses 4 and 5: He said:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and”. . . here’s the key phrase . . .
“we take captive and make them obedient to Christ.”
You have the ability to control your thought life. We all do.
But it takes discipline, understanding the work power of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the importance of God’s strength in your weakness.
Every thought captive. Every thought obedient to Christ.
It’s the mark of a maturing believer!
Support your local church! Sound trite? It’s not!
The local church is under attack like never before.
I’m talking about churches that are Bible-based.
Churches taking a stand in a culture that rejects Christ and the Bible.
Imagine what our life, our world, would be like without the contribution churches make to society and culture, to our families and neighbors.
Many people live today in a culture of advantages that have been formed by Christian values. Some have even died for those values. It’s easy to criticize the church for not being relevant.
That may be true in some cases, but it’s mostly just an excuse to opt out. To sit on the sidelines.
Be a part of your local church. A part of what’s taking place in communities all across the country by people committed to supporting and encouraging—church!
What role does God’s Word have in your life?
We quote the Bible. Talk about it. But what is its purpose?
Hebrews 4:12 has this amazing statement.
“The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even the dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
The Bible judges you and me—we don’t judge the Bible!
I can’t pick and choose the verses I like and discard the rest.
They’re not just neat little sayings to put on the refrigerator door.
I have to take the whole counsel of God—and receive it. Submit to it.
Here’s the point I want you to take with you:
As you read and submit to what the Bible says, understanding its purpose—it will make all the difference in your life!
Loyalty and commitment!
What I’m referring to here are values I’d like to see restored—in every . . . church!
I make no apologies about it.
I want to see an intensified commitment and yes, a healthy, fierce loyalty to the church! Call me crazy!
I think loyalty and commitment are values we need now more than ever in our churches.
And just because they may be disappearing, I don’t have to like it!
Commitment is the number one “most needed” ingredient in every church.
What fuels commitment? What makes loyalty happen?
It’s not guilt. Or inflicting some kind of condemnation or rules or edicts.
It’s a passion for Christ. A passion for God!
A passion for knowing God’s Word.
So where’s your passion?
Your answer will determine your commitment and your loyalty!
Let’s be clear! The Supreme Court is not the “law of the land” as so many often say. The Constitution is the law of the land!
It needs to be said. No human, flawed court is “supreme.”
It is an understatement to say we have a constitutional crisis.
And regretfully there’s no short-term fix.
It calls for America to experience a spiritual renewal, a return to an adherence to biblical values!
It took a lot of years to end up with a judiciary content to liberally be above the law instead of under both the law of the land and God’s ultimate laws.
Laws in God’s revealed word—the Bible.
Proverbs 30:5 and 6 reminds us “Every word of God is flawless . . . do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and call you a liar.”
What is a “worldview”?
Whether you can answer that question or not—you have one!
A “worldview” is a way of seeing your world. Making sense of the world around you. But it’s even more than that.
It encompasses your philosophy of life, your presuppositions, the things you believe—consciously or unconsciously.
It’s what you perceive as reality.
Said another way, your worldview is the lens through which you view everything—even life itself.
Your school-age children are more than likely learning from popular history “revisionists,” who believe America does not have a Christian heritage.
Teddy Roosevelt commenting on America’s Christian heritage said:
“. . . the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.”