Living confidently means staying positive and trusting God. No matter what lies the enemy tries to tell us, no matter who the enemy uses to tell us the lies remember that it is just the enemy trying to get at you. I read in a book that if when trouble comes to your life you think of a curtain, pull back the curtain to see Satan pulling all the strings. That’s all it is, there often is no trouble just manufactured trouble that we escalate out of all proportion.
Like this morning, I blogged last week that not many people are bold enough to preach about relationships and yet today our preacher touched on this both mentioning Gay marriage and couples who co-habit before marriage. The theme was really about unity and how we embrace all within the church but I felt drawn to speak to him afterwards and I asked him his viewpoint. Suffice to say he was solidly on the fence, remaining 100% politically correct and felt that in the bigger scheme of things the subject was trivial and that Jesus was really not bothered at all about it. TRIVIAL (I was so mad inside at that comment!) OK so I am passionate about this and with good reason, and fortunately for me I am surrounded by strong Christians who pick me back up when the enemy has a pop but I see now that is exactly what was happening the enemy was even using a Minister to try and get to me.
So I am sticking to my guns, I feel today I was hard pressed but not crushed and you know the great thing, although only a Christian for a year I wielded the sword of the spirit in my conversation, I knew the word of God and that was an awesome feeling to be able to speak God’s word in boldness and confidence.
2 Corinthians 4:8 – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is God Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work
Hard pressed, people trying to impress their views, the enemy seeking to confuse, pulling the strings, devious puppet master using false teaching and preaching to his advantage, but here’s the thing, all scripture is God breathed, doesn’t matter what Jesus did or didn’t say, Jesus may not have said it’s wrong to be gay, but just read what others say in his word and we know that all scripture is God breathed and God leads the way, his word is as alive today as yesterday, no this is not some old fashioned view, take a look in Hebrews the word of God is alive and active, we have to be reactive and yes it judges the thoughts and attitudes of us all, don’t contribute to another’s fall, be prepared to stand tall, support your brother with love and care but don’t be scared to use God’s word for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training and then you’ll see unity, an army of disciples thoroughly equipped for every good work, a loving, caring and relevant church.