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    “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. –2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

Isn’t it nice to know that the way the world fights doesn’t have to be the way we fight?  It is in our nature to defend ourselves and to take up for each other.  When something comes up that we don’t like, or feel slighted because of, we want to fight to get our way, and yet God’s way is different.  His way involves trusting Him, and allowing Him to be our defender.  Think about it this way, if you had the power to demolish “strongholds,” or things in your life that you would consider the enemy, would you rather do it yourself or allow God to do it?  From my experience, when I have attempted to kick down doors to win battles, there are consequences to me doing that, even if I am successful.  However, in times that I have simply allowed God to “demolish strongholds” those consequences seem to be nominal.  The easy choice is to allow God to be our defender and win the battles for us.

 

With that said, it just isn’t that easy.  We fight our own nature to want to fight our own battles, and do everything we can to kick down those doors.  Our nature tells us to take matters into our own hands.   I do believe we are responsible for doing the work that has to be done, but then trusting the outcome to God.  For example, if I am sick, I believe I should go to the doctor.  If I need a job, I should be the one to be actively pursuing jobs by looking online, going to temp agencies, polishing up my resume, etc.  These are the things that need to be done and I should not abdicate my responsibilities in these battles.  That, however, is not taking the fight out of our Lord’s hands.  He still is the one to “demolish strongholds.”  He is the one that will create the perfect timing for the job to open up, or put the right doctor in the office that day you go in.   He orchestrates the victory, while we simply put one foot in front of the other.  This is the beauty of fighting a battle and allowing God to be our captain.

 

I have heard it said before that there is no such thing as a fair fight, and I believe this is true.  Someone always has an advantage.   As a Christian, I am glad that I have God on my side defending me and fighting for me.  I feel as though in the battles I fight in my life I am the one with the unfair advantage, because the Lord is on my side!

 

As always, I am blessed to have such a loving church family.  This past Sunday we had a Youth Ministry sponsored benefit singing in the evening service.  As a result of your generosity, we raised $1,249.00 to put toward our Grace to the Finish Campaign! Thank you all for supporting our students and Student Ministry in so many ways.  Your kindness does not go unnoticed.             Jason

 

Upcoming Youth Events:

-October 12th:  Homeless Ministry- Food Prep and Serving

-December 26-28: Winter Retreat to Pigeon Forge

-January 1-3: Ski Trip to Boone, NC

-Feb 7-9: DNow 2014

 

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