Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Battle is Fierce
I feel that I must write this. It is a sort of retraction from a previous entry (Are You With Me?). Still on a sick-day's leave. Was listening to a message on the local faith radio station. Came into it a few minutes late, but sensed that I recognized the speaker's voice, cadence, style. It was Associate Pastor Joanne from a local full-Gospel assembly.
She was developing on the theme of Christ's temptation in the wilderness. The message was all about a tunnel penetrating, stormy lake crossing, refiner's fire enduring kind of faith. Jesus having emerged from the challenges of the enemy, knowing full well who He was according to God's word, was truly in the power of the Spirit to bless and to minister. It was only at this point that He could pronounce His wonderful purposes as in Luke 4: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor..."
Here is the message for us. We are a threat to the enemy. He will lob over challenges as to who we are in the Lord, and he will do it at the times we feel most vulnerable or perplexed.
Good preaching Joanne. Good balance. We are one with the over-comers and not with the "breeze through-ers". As Oswald Chambers has stated we are given the "fighting chance", and it has been spoken about us by Almighty God.
This is the honest historical message of Pentecost. Filled with the Spirit. Illumined with His wisdom. Marching with the immutable promises of God on our lips. Recognizing and engaging a formidable enemy. And winning in God's timing.
I stand corrected.