Your prayers are important and we thank God and you for them. Our Equip team seemed to be under attack for a few days last weekend and Monday. Michelle got sick about 3:30 am last Sunday morning and as a caution we kept her in the hospital for one night, then fellow team members had their house broken into while they were at church, another team member had trouble with an incision that just would not heal and got infected, and by God’s grace on Monday as I was taking the vehicle we are using into the garage, a ball bearing went out about 100 yards from the garage. Had I been on the open road when the ball bearing when out at a high rate of speed about 10 minutes earlier, I would have had a very serious accident.
We’re so thankful for your prayers, especially as more ministry opens up and as we stand up for the name and person of Jesus Christ – that name in whom the Gentiles trust! The enemy loves to get us focused on anything else besides Jesus, because He is the power of God to salvation (1 Cor 1:24; Rom 1:16).
If Satan can get us focused on our failure, on the peripheral shadows and not the substance, on our problems, on our obedience, on him the devil, or any other thing, he has had some success. Unveil the enemy by exposing the light of Jesus Christ. Look to Jesus, the source of our strength. Abide in Him. As one song entitled, (click on link to open in a new window and listen) “The More I Seek You” puts it,
“The more I seek You;
The more I find You;
The more I find You;
The more I love You.”
“I want to sit at Your feet;
Drink from the cup in Your hand;
Lay back against You and breathe,
Feel Your heart beat.
This love is so deep,
It’s more than I can stand.
I melt in Your peace,
This is the love of Christ – seeking Him, not His blessings; not His gifts. This is intimacy. This is sitting at a meal with our Savior, sharing our deepest thoughts, listening to Him and then going out and letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, sharing our bread with the hungry, bringing in the homeless, covering the naked, and not hiding ourselves from our own flesh (Isa 58:6-7).
Look at how the apostle Paul describes the minds of those who are perishing, “whose minds the god of this age (Satan) has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…should shine on them” (2 Cor 4:4).
That Gospel is not the gospel of Jesus’ Kingdom, it’s the very Gospel preached during this age of the church that is the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ by grace.
Ask yourself this question, if God would give you a world with no fighting, a world with no problems, a world with no tears, a world with no pain, with no sickness and all your needs satisfied, yet Jesus would not be there. Would you want to be there?
Your answer reveals how much you love Jesus and how much you love His gifts and blessings. Which (or better, Who) do you desire most?