This morning while I was driving and thinking about needing to work out, I turned on the rock music station and blasted the volume. I thought about making a new rock mix to pump me up before a work out while aggressive music poured against my face. I thought for a while about it and eventually switched back to the local Christian station where “Courageous,” by Casting Crowns was playing. So I quickly found that a song about how strong I am and how powerful I am going to become can pump me up until I’m ready to go pummel tree trunks, the line in the song, “The only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands,” can bring me to tears. We rely so heavily on our own strength and what we can do that it’s so easy to forget that the strongest stance we can ever take is being prostrated before Christ.
” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” 1 Peter 5:6
I am in no way saying not to work out, I highly encourage it, but I was reminded that exercising the Spirit is much more important. Why? Because we’re still warriors and we’re still on a battlefield. The Devil is very real and his Demons are very real and the souls they are claiming are really going to Hell. How do I know? The Bible says so.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The song talks about rekindling passion, and here is where passion usually fails. New Christians usually go around telling everyone they see about how sinners should repent lest they go to Hell but soon they hit a block where constant rejection of the Word has discouraged them, or maybe a family member or friend is truly hurt to be called, “a bad person,” and it’s easy to want to step away in order to keep friendships alive. Where’s the middle ground?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23
Sometimes it’s so easy when we’re talking about God to use that verse more in a, “You have sinned and You fall short,” kind of way and that’s why it’s so easy for the world to hate Christians. Things to remember: We are ALL born into sins. All sins. For some people lying is prominent and murder is dormant and probably won’t ever show itself, but the liar still has the capacity to murder and a murderer still has the capacity to lie. So next time we condemn someone for struggling with homosexuality we should try to remember that we struggle too.
Who is the enemy? Sin, temptation, the Devil and his Demons. Be passionate about that. As far as an unsaved soul goes, your job is to love them, lead them by example, and share the Word with them. If they want to keep sinning after you’ve done that, that’s between them and God. Don’t worry about it because it’s likely you have your own sins to ask forgiveness for.
From one of my favorite video games of all time, there is a cut-scene that I’ve always loved watching because it was just so powerful to me. Loki (god of mischief – Norse Mythology) has amassed an army of giants and is attacking Asgard. You see two sentries at the gate, one of whom sacrifices himself to save the other from the gate as it falls. Once the gate is open, Loki and his army charge the wall. The sentry runs out to meet them with his war hammer trailing behind him, all very epic, and slams through the front-lines of the giants, taking more than a few down with him before they overwhelm him.
This is the courage and the passion I want. In the morning when my daughter isn’t awake yet, do I sleep an extra twenty minutes, or do I get up and study God’s Word? When I’m stuck in traffic do I groan about getting home fifteen minutes later or do I use that time to see why God wanted fifteen extra minutes of my attention today? It’s the little things, where we can choose to sharpen the Spirit, that we need to be aware of. Those small victories that can make the difference in our spiritual war.
I hope you guys liked the post, I feel like I may have digressed a little in the middle, but I feel like it all needed to be said. Thanks for reading, let me know what your thoughts are.