The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The Lord uses the unlikely, and I’m a prime example. I’ve never considered myself a writer because I’ve always struggled to write well. It was a surprise when God asked me to start a daily blog.

Peter was an ordinary fisherman, not a theological scholar, when Jesus called him to become a fisher of men. Matthew was an unpopular tax collector before he was called as a disciple. The Lord uses the unlikely.

I believe the Lord loves to use people that the world thinks are unlikely because God doesn’t think like the world. God often calls people that the world would consider deplorable and uses them despite their lack of skill. These end up as people of faith because they need to depend on God not themselves.

Jephthah was an Example of an Unlikely Warrior

Jephthah’s mother was a prostitute and his half-brothers kicked him out of the house. Judges 11:2 You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said, “for you are the son of a prostitute.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Soon he had a band of worthless rebels following him. [1]

God created Jephthah and had a plan for his life. It didn’t surprise God when Jephthah’s family disowned him. No one expected Jephthah to become a mighty warrior for God, but remember, the Lord uses the unlikely.

The Lord Can Use an Unlikely Person like You

You might think that the Lord couldn’t possibly use you. You don’t think you have any special skill or ability.  God sees beyond our preconceived ideas of who we think we are and draws us into the realm of who we were created to be. God is like a sculptor who sees a great work of art in the raw material. Is the Lord calling you? Are you to be an example of how the Lord uses the unlikely? Remember, it is the Lord who is shaping and empowering you.

The Apostle Paul gives insight into how the Lord uses the unlikely. 1 Corinthians 1: 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. [2]  

Prayer

Lord I sense that You are calling me to do something I don’t fill comfortable with or qualified for. Please give me the courage to step out in faith and to trust You for greater things in my life then I could ever imagine or desire. Thank you, Lord, that you use unlikely people like me to build your Kingdom. Amen.

To hear more on how God uses the unlikely, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jephthah


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Recently we moved to a new community and in the process observed how God goes before you. My wife and I sat down and made a list of how God had seemed to prepare the way for this move. We “found” a great realtor, a house with wonderful neighbors, a welcoming church, and new friends. This all happened despite the shutdown of the pestilence.

What does this tell us about God? I believe the Lord delights going before His children to show us His mercy, grace, character, and patience with us. When we see the Lord’s hand on us, it strengthens our faith and gives us confidence that God, as the Good Shepherd, is with us.

God Went Before Gideon

The Midianites oppressed the nation of Israel for seven years. In answer to the prayers of the people, God raised up Gideon as a mighty warrior. It became obvious that God went before His people to give victory over the enemy.

Judges 7: 21 Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. 22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath. [1]

The army of Israel only had 300 mean against thousands in the Midianite army. If God had not gone before them, Israel would have faced total defeat. Gideon and Israel learned an important faith lesson. They could trust God. Can you imagine the stories the soldiers told after the Lord had won the battle for them?

God Goes Before You

The Midianite oppression of Israel did not come as a surprise to God as He is in control and knows the way. God, our Father, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His presence is the most certain thing we have in our lives and in this world. He went before us and gave His life for us upon the cross. As we place our faith in Him there is nothing that we can’t overcome as He walks with us through life.Deut. 31:Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” [2]

When we are battling with an issue in our lives, facing something new or daunting, we can be assured that God is with us. Nothing is a surprise to God, He is before and behind us. Perhaps political chaos or disease is troubling you. Know that God is with you on the journey. Follow His voice and guidance. He’ll make your paths straight and show you the way and will do the same for those you love.

If your heart is feeling uncertain and anxious, let the truth of today’s scriptures settle you and bring you to a safe place in the Lord. You’re surrounded by His presence and He’ll take care of you and those you love. Let Him fill you with this love and truth.

To hear how God goes before you, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Gideon and Purah crept up on the enemy just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. ‘In my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!’ His companion answered, ‘Your dream can only mean God has given Gideon victory over us.’ Gideon bowed and worshipped God then returned to his camp. – Slide 6

Everyone dreams although most of the time we don’t remember our dreams. Scripture tells us that both believers and unbelievers can receive dreams from the Lord.

  • Genesis 37:7-8 – Joseph had dreamed his brothers would bow down to him and many years later that dream came true
  • Genesis 41 – Pharaoh received a dream and Joseph interpreted it.
  • Daniel 2 – King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and Daniel gave its meaning
  • Matthew 1:20 – An angel came to Joseph in a dream telling him to take Mary as his wife.

These all were dreams from the Lord and gave insight and understanding.

The Lord gave a Midianite Soldier a Dream

God had given Gideon a daunting battle plan. He was to take only 300 men in battle against thousands and God would give him the victory. Gideon was fearful to follow God’s bold plan. To reassure Gideon, God instructed him to go down to the Midian camp. Gideon had no idea that God would give the enemy a dream about his upcoming victory. Only God could orchestrate such a plan.

Judges 7: 13 Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!” 14 His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!” [1] 

God can give anyone a dream if it suits His purposes. The Midianite solider had no idea that his dream would give his enemy the strength to win the battle. Through this dream Gideon learned to depend on God and God would receive the glory for the victory. For it was only through the power of God that the battle was won.

God Continues to Give Significant Dreams to People

Scripture tells us that the New Testament era will be a special time of giving people dreams. Acts 2:17‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.[2]

I believe God desires to speak through dreams to give encouragement and insight. Perhaps you’ve never received a dream from God, or at least didn’t realize a dream was from the Lord. Here is a process that has been helpful for me:

  • Expect the Lord in faith to answer your prayer.
  • When you wake up ask the Lord to help you remember a dream that is from Him.
  • Keep a dream journal and write it down.
  • Pray again and ask the Lord for meaning.

Remember any dream must match up with God’s word. If a dream contradicts God’s written Word or encourages you to take an action that is outside the character and nature of Jesus, it is not from God.

Be blessed as the Lord speaks to you through dreams. To hear more about dreams from the Lord, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Everyone has experienced fear. A child may be afraid of the dark, but as an adult realize there was nothing to fear. Even as adults we are aware of our large fears but may not realize we also have smaller ones. No matter what, we can be assured that the Lord helps us overcome our fears.

Fear is often used by the devil to make us miserable and destroy our lives. It begins as a thought and then creates emotions that rule us. One of the greatest damages caused by Covid-19 is not the disease caused by virus, but the fear of the virus. Jesus helps us overcome our fears and gives us His peace which is like no other.

God Helped Gideon Overcome His Fears

God called Gideon a mighty warrior, but he was a work in progress and had to overcome his fears to follow the Lord’s plan for his life. Judges 7: 10 But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. 11 Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.[1]

Gideon did as the Lord instructed him and realized that the Midianites were afraid of his small force because they knew God was with them. The Lord worked with Gideon to help him overcome his fear. God did not make fun of him but helped him move forward in His strength.

God Will Help You Overcome

The Lord will help us overcome fear as we ask Him for His strength and peace. The Apostle Paul models this for us. He freely admits that he “faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.” 2 Corinthians 7:5[2] He gave the Philippian church this advice. Philippians 4:Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.[3]

We can overcome fear as God helps our faith to grow. Our trust in God is based on His promises and His faithfulness. The Faith Chapter, Hebrews 11, is full of stories of men and women like Gideon who grew to believe that God would do exactly what He promised. Their trust in this faithful God helped them face their fears and act in faith. It helped them wait patiently and courageously endure terrifying trials.

The Lord will help us overcome our fear as we put our faith into action like Gideon. You may feel your knees are weak at first but keep going. Pause to rest and catch your breath if you need to. When you’re ready, take a few more steps. But set your feet firmly in the direction you want to go and commit to going forward. Whatever happens, always imagine the success that God promises. Keep exercising your faith, and it will grow.

To hear more how the Lord helps us overcome our fears, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Our greatest victories in life are always connected with the Lord. The Lord gives us victory; we are victorious only because the Lord goes before us What comes to your mind when you think of victory? You might think of a sports team that is victorious, a military conflict that ended with victory, or a personal victory. Victory is defined as an achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties. [1] 

The first mention of God giving victory is recorded in Deut. 20:4. For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!’ [2]  What does this tell us about God? How does God go before us today?

The Lord Gave Gideon the Victory

Midian was oppressing the nation of Israel and Gideon was the military leader of Israel. The Midianite army consisted of thousands of trained fighting men. Gideon had started with an army of 22,000 but God had whittled that down to only 300 men. The Lord wanted Gideon to depend on Him, not his army, for victory over their enemy. Judges 7:That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them![3]

Gideon stepped out in faith and trusted the Lord’s plan. Even though the Israelite army was vastly outnumbered, God gave them the victory. Judges 7: 22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath. [4] Gideon’s faith was rewarded with a victory by God.

The Lord Gives Us the Victory

We receive victory over sin, death, and the devil through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Lord’s victory on the cross is also our victory! The Lord’s victory on the cross enables you to be called to faith and become a believer in Jesus. The victory is secure because of what Jesus did, not because of any effort we put forth. All who trust him as their Savior and confess their sins are assured of this victory and all the benefits it brings.

1 Corinthians 15: 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. [5] We can humbly live in that victory.

Prayer

Lord, there is no way we can repay you or thank you enough for offering us the victory over sin and death. Help us to live graciously and lovingly in the confidence of your strength. In the power of your name, Amen [6]

To hear how the Lord gives us victory, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victory

[2-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[6] https://todaydevotional.com/devotions/the-power-of-victory

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I was over 40 years of age before I realized in a rational sense that God had a plan for my life. This was something I had not been taught even though I had attended church all my life. I found that when we follow God’s plan, He receives the glory.

 As I reflected on my life, I could see where the Holy Spirit had guided me just like a shepherd would guide sheep. The Lord had closed and opened doors for me when I was not aware of His plan. As I follow God’s plan, He receives the glory. God had been very patient with me from the beginning. He had a plan for my life from the very beginning and He certainly receives the glory for directing me even when I was not aware of it.

The Lord Received the Glory for Gideon’s Battle Plan

To the natural mind, God’s plans seem unusual and unlikely to result in success. Noah built an ark to save his family from a flood when it had not rained to that time. Sarah, wife of Abraham, had a child when she was ninety. Israel defeated Jericho by marching around the city for seven days. When on the seventh day, they circled the city seven times and blew the shofars, the wall fell.

All these plans appear to be laughable. How many people would have laughed at Noah? Sarah laughed when she first heard God’s plan. Yet amazingly, all these plans were successful, and God received the glory for them. It was God who saved Noah, gave Sarah a child in her old age, and defeated Jericho.

The Lord had a plan to defeat Midian with a small army of 300. It would take great faith to carry out this plan because the Midianite arm was so big. Through God’s plan, Gideon would win the victory and God would receive the credit and the glory.

Judges 7:The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him. [1]

Give the Lord Glory for Your Life

God has a plan for you that most likely has many twists and turns. Take courage and seek Him for what it might be but also trust Him as He lays it out for you. He may have the same destination that is on your heart, but more than likely will take a different route to get there. His plan for you will always include your well-being, protection, and future. Be faithful in what He has given you right now and be patient as everything unfolds.

God has already written in your book of life. Psalm 139: 16 You (God) saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [2]

The day of your birth and the day of your death are written in permanent ink in God’s book. Nobody comes into this world one second before God’s plan or leaves this world one second after God’s plan. Our lifespan is a part of God’s plan and He desires to receive the glory for it.

To find out how God receives the glory, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

"Trust in the Lord" The Meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6 | Lord's ...

What comes to your mind when you think of a key? You may think of something that opens a door or an opportunity. Depending on the Lord is key to growing our faith. We live in a culture where people strive to be independent. This independence often includes freedom from following God.

When we live a life independently from God, we have no interest in God’s plan for our life. God’s plan leads to salvation, purpose, and eternity in heaven. God did not create us to live life independently from Him but to depend on Him.

Proverbs 3:Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. [1] When we trust God, He will show us which path to take. God’s path is full of adventure and fulfillment.

Gideon Learned the Key of Depending on the Lord

Gideon seems to have a shaky faith as he prepares Israel to fight against Midian. God will use this assignment to teach Gideon to depend on Him. It would be a faith lesson Gideon would never forget.

Judges 7:1 So Gideon and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’ ” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.

But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him. [2]

God was teaching Gideon that the key to victory was depending on Him and not the numbers of his army. In this way, God would receive the credit for the victory and all who watched this would begin to trust Him.

The Key for You is Depending on God

Trusting and waiting on God seems difficult because we are not in control. We must give up our will and depend on God, that is key for a life of faith. When we depend on the One who is creator of all that He shows He cares as He guides us through difficult situations.

As we depend on God, prayer is a key. In prayer we actively depend on God to hear and answer our prayers. Our relationship with God is built up by communicating with Him. As we get to know and trust Him more, our faith increases.

Prayer

Dear Lord, this world is filled with such uncertainty. But I’m assured I can really and truly rely on God. You are the never-changing, eternal, ever-present God, whose love NEVER fails. I can always place my confidence in You, for You will never leave nor forsake me.[3]

To learn more how depending on the Lord is key, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://christianstt.com/prayer-total-reliance-god/

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The Lord wants to develop you. Here’s an example to help you understand that. I was on the cross-country team in high school. Our coach focused on developing each of us into a better athlete. Each of us had varying degrees of natural talent, and our ups and downs, but our coach kept with us to help us improve. That was his major goal.

 In a spiritual sense, we have a coach that is greater and far more interested in us than any earthly coach. The Lord Jesus, our coach, wants to develop you. He is coaching us as He shapes and molds us like clay on a potter’s wheel. Isaiah 64:And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. [1] The Lord’s goal is to transform our lives.

The Lord Worked to Develop Gideon

The people of Israel felt like God had abandoned them as the Midianites oppressed them for seven years. God had not forgotten about His people but used this time of persecution to draw them closer to Him. God had a plan, and He would use a surprising person.

Judges 6: 11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.”[2]

Gideon was literally hiding in a hole in the ground as he threshed the wheat. God could see what Gideon could become and called him a mighty warrior. When God called him, Gideon saw himself as insignificant and incapable. As God worked with Gideon, he did become a mighty warrior just as the Lord predicted. In this story we can see that the Lord wants more for Gideon than Gideon wanted for himself.

The Lord Will Develop You

Perhaps you are like Gideon, hiding in life and not realizing the potential God has given you. Hiding while threshing wheat may not seem like training for war, but God used it. God can use seemly mundane tasks to train us for what is ahead. The Lord has wonderful plans for you that are beyond your imagination.

The Lord knows your potential for He made you. He desires to call you to greater things for He wants more for you than you may want. When Jesus called Peter, his response was, Luke 5:8 Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”[3] Peter saw himself as a sinful, insignificant fisherman. Jesus knew his potential and replied. Luke 5:10“Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. [4]

Be encouraged to follow Jesus, even if you feel insignificant. The Lord wants to develop you and your faith. Jesus calls us to take up our crosses as we follow Him. It will be difficult, but well worth it. Remember the words of Paul. Philippians 3:13“ I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. [5]

To hear more about how the Lord wants to develop you, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-gideon


[1,3-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Jdg 6:11–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Have you experienced the God who brings peace? As I write this many people are bogged down with fear with what is going on in the world. When we experience fear it not only affects us, but those around us. Fear can be contagious and can suck the very life out of us. 

Our Peace Depends on our Relationship with God

Israel had forgotten God and gone their own way. As a result, God allowed the Canaanites to oppress them. Judges 4:Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help. [1]

The people had robbed themselves of peace by their own sin and lack of relationship with God. It took twenty years, but finally they came to their senses and turned to God for help. God answered their prayers as the He went before the Israelites in a supernatural way. When the Canaanites attacked Barak and Israel, God sent an unseasonable rainstorm. Sisera’s chariots were useless in the mud and the army panicked. This gave Israel a great victory. Then there was peace in the land for forty years.

The people of Israel had peace because their relationship with God had changed. Instead of doing their own thing, they were now following the Lord. The peace lasted forty years until the nation again turned away from God.

The Lord is the Author of Peace

Our peace also depends on our relationship with the Lord. The world can’t offer us peace because it has nothing in which to place its hope and trust. No matter how much wealth I have it will not bring me peace. People in political office come and go and what the culture values changes with the wind.  Our only constant is the Lord Almighty who is eternal. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of all. All authority has been given to Him. He longs to offer total and sustained peace to all who place their faith in Him as their Savior.

Jesus tells us in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.[2] Jesus tells us that peace is a gift and is something the world can never give us.

Paul gives us insight into peace and our relationship with God. Philippians 4:Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. [3] 

Prayer

I surrender and admit I can’t control people, plans, or even all my circumstances, but I can yield those things to You, and focus on Your goodness. Thank you today for every good gift You’ve given, every blessing You’ve sent, all the forgiveness I did not deserve, and, yes, for every trial You’ve allowed into my life. You bring good out of every circumstance if I’ll only let go and believe You. I know that when I pray and give thanks instead of worrying, You have promised that I can experience the kind of peace that passes all understanding. That’s your kind of peace, Lord. And it’s the kind I crave. Amen.[4]

To hear more about the God who brings peace, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-barak


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[4] https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/a-prayer-for-inner-peace.html

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What about being a warrior for the Lord? We often think of a warrior as someone in the military fighting a battle but being a warrior for the Lord involves a spiritual battle. The Apostle Paul writes about this spiritual battle in Ephesians. Paul calls us to depend on the Lord and to put on His spiritual armor.

Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.[1]

Jael was a Warrior for the Lord in the Physical Realm

Jael was a woman the Lord called to battle against the enemies of Israel in nontraditional way. With a single blow she defeated the general of the army of the Canaanites using the skills that she was given. Jael gave the general shelter when Sisera was on the run and after he had gone to sleep, she ended his life with one blow.

Judges 5:24 “Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents. 25 Sisera asked for water, and she gave him milk. In a bowl fit for nobles, she brought him yogurt. 26 Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg, and with her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head. With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples. 27 He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet. And where he sank, there he died. [2]

The Lord is calling You to be a Warrior for Him

What is your mission? Where is God calling you to be a warrior? Are you ready for the battle? You may not realize it, but the battle is all around you. We live in a culture that fights against God and His purposes every day. Ten years ago, you would not think of more than two genders, yet this is what we are dealing with today.

 Do you have children? Your mission is to teach them, to lead them, and to protect them. If you have a spouse, your mission is to fight for your marriage in a world that does not value marriage. Your mission as a Christian is to stand firm for Jesus by not wavering in the daily battle. This can be difficult because the ongoing battle can wear you down. When we are weary, we are more susceptible to temptation and defeat. In addition, we need to be warriors that refresh themselves in praise, prayer, and mediation in the word.

Your mission is to be a person of character that stands up for the Lord. Jael rose to the occasion in an unlikely way, and you can also. In your workplace, your mission is to not cut corners or to cheat someone or to do whatever it takes to make a dollar. Your mission is to show Jesus to a world that does not know Him very well, if at all.  

Prayer in the Spiritual Battle

Even as I write this, I want to be a better warrior for the Lord. Maybe you feel the same way. The good news is the Lord is in the business of encouraging His children so they can fulfill the plans He has for them.  Being a warrior for the Lord involves prayer.

Ephesians 6:18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. [3] A true warrior depends on the Lord and knows the battle first begins on our knees. 

To hear more about being a warrior for the Lord, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-barak


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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