Saturday, July 15, 2017

Service and Blessings on the Shabbat

Another Shabbat has arrived. Whew. It's been another very interesting week. There's so much that could be said, on so many important subjects.

First, I'm still here in Greensburg, and while no income has been generated yet from our efforts, Aaron and I have made progress toward that end, and we expect to have more to show for it very soon. Lord willing. To those of you who are kindly toward us with supporting prayer, encouragement and funding, Aaron and I thank you.

One of the trending themes in email and media has been with regard to the war on God that targets His authority and His expression of it in the world through men and women, husbands and wives. We are rejoicing to see more and more saints rising up, taking up their arms and engaging in spiritual warfare. This is a big deal.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7

Resist. It's easier said than done, but there it is. Read and consider the surrounding context of the verse. Resist the temptation to ignore or enable the devil's schemes. Resist. In doing so you become part of the solution. By default, we are complicit, part of the problem. Resist. This is serious and it is spiritual warfare. Resist the devil, not the Lord God Almighty.

The practice of spiritual warfare requires humility as a foundation. Submit to God. Obey. There is your strength. The joy of the Lord is your strength, too. Do you know this by experience and is it fresh in your life? The name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord Y'shua, yes - there is power in His name for those who call upon Him in His leading! Spiritual warfare involves praise, and there is a vital passion there. This is not a superficial thing. He is worthy of our praise, from our rising in the morning until the day is fully spent. If He is inviting you now, join Him, beloved. Spiritual warfare involves worship, which is far beyond the common expression familiar to most. It involves glory, His glory, the dynamic expression of His presence and mighty power.

Some of us have a long suit in those matters, a knack for it according to spiritual gifting. Others of us have gifts that serve the Body and the Head in other ways, but much depends upon our willingness to serve, our eagerness, our zeal to do whatever it takes, with whatever favor the Lord is pleased to grant us. Let me encourage you today to serve Him, with your best gifts, as is fit for the day.

Blessings in Y'shua!

Bob (and Aaron)

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