Physical battles involve spiritual ones, and it works in the opposite as well. We must recognize that it is only the Gospel and the sight of Jesus in his saving grace that can give us faith and genuine obedience. Command and threats are part of Scripture, and we need to acknowledge them, and when we do so, we will more deeply feel our need for Jesus Christ, but commands and threats, even when nicely issued as helpful suggestions, cannot fill our sails with faith, hope, and love. Apart from the Gospel, the law is the most terrible burden and can lead us to either despair or the delusion of self-righteousness.
There are times in our lifes, we see evidence of God’s presence beyond any doubt. Passages of Scripture light up with meaning, and prayer flows easily. Worship brings us joy as we reflect on how palpably God keeps his hand over our circumstances.
In these difficult times we are living in voices surround us. Some of the voices express wounds of indescribable pain, resentment, hate, and hopelessness. Other voices are shocked, angry, sad, or express complete powerlessness. Anger over the years, decades, centuries of lies upon lies to perpetuate a subjugated belief.
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
Your gifts, talents and abilities were placed inside of you by God for His Pleasure and Delight, and through your submission and obedience, every gift and aspect of your life was created to give Christ Glory.
Christ willingly laid down His life for us. He willingly died just for you. He offered His life as a living selfless sacrifice. He loved us so much, that He willingly surrendered His life as a sacrifice for all who would receive Him. Christ was willing to pour out His life as an obedient sacrifice so that you and I can live.