“But the person who trusts in the Lord will be blessed. The Lord will show him that he can be trusted. He will be strong, like a tree planted near water that sends its roots by a stream.It is not afraid when the days are hot; its leaves are always green.It does not worry in a year when no rain comes; it always produces fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8
I am tired. I am still standing for truth, justice and the American country God’s way, but I am tired. Those of us in the midst of this spiritual war we are in (whether we realize it or not) are tired. We are only human, after all, right? The war rages on relentlessly and each person seems a tug of was between good and evil in their hearts. I fight it in mine also. The battle is actually not easing down but ramping up. We stand for the Lord but we’re getting so beaten up by evil that we are tired. So, what do we do for that? Give up? Well, people who say we come without a manual are mistaken. We have the Bible, which teaches us everything we ever need to know about life and war. We read in there that we are to wear our Spiritual armor every day, which includes reading the Bible and praying, knowing our salvation and having the fruits of the Spirit evidenced in our lives. It also says to meet together with other people of like faith (which assumes they actually have some of that) and encourage each other in the faith (not put on a show, not join with them in dogmatic rituals, not speak our own minds). We need to be very careful of the churches we are attending in these spiritually disturbing times. Many churches are really not serving the Lord anymore but just themselves, being more worldly than the world and teaching traditional opinion of man rather than Biblical opinion of God. There are still some around where the enemy hasn’t found a way to corrupt, so seek them out. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not encouraging church jumping on a whim. I am only saying that if the church you are attending does not worship the Lord and teach the Bible without adding their own opinion as fact, etc., stand up for God and follow the Biblical protocols for addressing the situation. If independent, you are within the Biblical mandate to shake off the dust from your feet from there and seek out a church home that is in accordance with Scripture. We can study the Bible ourselves and pray and we should eagerly and faithfully do that, but we still need to encourage each other in a way that gives us needed strength but also gives all honor to God and not anyone else. I will refresh my soul in this way and will not stand tired but hopeful that I am doing what I should be doing and can rest peacefully in the hope that Christ gives us when evil will pass away forever! I want to go to heaven if for no other reason than the fact that the Spiritual war will be over and there will not be bad guys ever again! Yay!
Here in Florida, we have a need for umbrellas. Once you’re here for a few years, though, you realize that the showers don’t usually last that long, so you generally don’t need to carry one around. However, that leaves you vulnerable to strong showers that might sit for longer than usual, say during hurricane season. So, you have to decide whether or not to take the chance that you won’t need it. Is it worth the hassle? Is it truly a necessary burden to carry? Is the one you have already good enough, though not all the spokes are still connected? Do you really need a new umbrella?
I am convinced that we as Christians need a new umbrella. By umbrella I mean metaphorically speaking we need new scriptures memorized regularly. Yes, we can rest on ones we already know or learned as kids, but we face the possibility that when we really need scripture, it will no longer be available to us, and we will long for any tidbits we were able to memorize. The good Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon to this earth, but until that happens, there will not be easy times for us. So, I am convinced that I and you need to memorize as much of the scripture as possible. And after all, what could it possibly hurt??