When did God become a wimp? When did Jesus stop recusing people? When did living a Christian life become nothing more than being nice, or trying to be good. When did life become all about do’s and don’ts? When did we come to this place where we think that God and his words are nice sayings to put in Hallmark cards but have no power in our life? When did we stop teaching about “fighting the good ole’ fight of faith”? For one thing I am realizing in my old age of 31, is that their is a war raging and I need the power of the One that created the universe on my side. I need the strong name of Jesus to rescue me from myself everyday. I need the Spirit of Christ residing within me so I can be empowered to stand and fight.
There is a fight going on…You know a fight between darkness and light, a fight between the lies of satan and the WORD of God, a fight over peace in our home, a fight to destroy marriages, a fight for our children, a fight between grace and hate, a fight between good and evil. There is a war raging for real and if we want to live in the power that God has given to us, we are going to have to fight. I have decided I am done laying down, I am picking up my armor and I am going to fight.
When we turn to the New Testament we read of the gospel itself as “the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith” (Rom 1:16). “To all who received” Jesus Christ “who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (Jn 1:12). In that life as children of God power is received from the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:8), inner strength to live in his service (Eph 3:16), power to be his witnesses (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:8), power to endure suffering (2 Tm 1:8), power that enables for ministry (Eph 3:7), power in the face of weakness (2 Cor 12:9), power through prayer (Jas 5:16), and power to be kept from evil (1 Pt 1:5). Those who do great things in the service of Christ do not do them in their own strength (Acts 3:12); he sent out his disciples confident only in the assurance that all things are under his authority and that they would have the power of his unfailing presence with them (Mt 28:18–20).Francis Foulkes
The God of Abraham, Isacc and Jacob, the God of Moses, Elijah, and King David is not a wimp. And the followers that Christ produced when he walked this earth were fanatics who risked everything for the cause. They even gave their lives because they had been so transformed by the power of the resurrection and the Spirit of Christ that breathed on them like fire. This same powerful God and the same transforming power of the resurrection can bring us back to life. The breathe of God can fill us and we can live a life of freedom.
You might say “Oh, Emily this sounds too mystical, too fairly tale land, do you really believe in all this spiritual stuff and demons and angels and God breath, come on?” I would say just look around. Look at our movie makers, our TV shows, look at our complete fascination with the spiritual world. I think we would all agree we are spiritual beings that is what sets us apart from the other creatures on this earth. Doctors and psychologist agree and deal with the fact that there is a part of the human being that is spiritual. I believe the darkest, scariest movie that comes out of the imagination of man, is a glimpse of the reality of the war that is raging for our lives everyday. (Notice the picture I chose for this blog, cute right?)
The good news is we do not serve a wimpy God! The good news is he did not have a wimpy Son enter this world and fail at his mission. The good news is Christ has overcome the world and every thing on the earth and under the earth will bow to the name of Jesus. The great news is we don’t have to be wimpy either!
I hope to continue this conversation in part 3…