The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Super Heroes

Ephesians 6:10-11  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

Batman, Robin, Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman. What do all these have in common? They are super heroes and we hold the memories of their good deeds from decades ago. These super heroes were ordinary people with ordinary lives yet they had the ability to become super heroes and to call upon super strengths and insights. They each had a costume (uniform) that empowered them and they each possessed some unique power or gesture once they engaged in superhero mode. When there was trouble or danger for themselves or others, they donned the "suit" and used the super powers to save or rescue people. Each character craved justice and wanted to see evil defeated. Each hero had his/her own enemies and usually one arch nemesis.

We should all have the same cravings and desires to see God's ways and word carried out. When we know that people are in trouble, danger or burdened, do we delight in this, walk away in oblivion or do we put on our armor and swoop in to make a difference? Are we willing to go the extra mile to help or rescue people from evil and oppression? Are we willing to take on our enemies and arch nemeses?

I challenge each of you to put the "S" on your chest and become a Superhero for God. Crave justice, peace and to see evil defeated. Look for opportunities to improve mankind, to uplift those in trouble and make a difference in our lost and dying world!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Troubles

Psalms 9:9 "The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."

When troubles come, and they will, it is easy for us to wonder if God has forsaken us. We may ask God, "Are you there? Have you forgotten me? What am I doing wrong?" The Bible tells us that as Christians we will be persecuted. (1 Peter 2:19-23; John 15: 18-20; 2 Cor. 11:23-26; 2 Timothy 3: 10-12) Our persecutions come from Satan and those that enable Satan to use them. Persecution may be in the form of ridicule, gossip, torment, physical injury, or character assassination just to name a few. It is Satan's goal to steal from us, torment and destroy us.

As Christians, we should rejoice and embrace these persecutions (Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 5:40-42). This does not mean that they do not cause pain or that we will feel like celebrating, in fact some persecutions are painful and grievous. But we should be honored to endure for the Lord and remember the sufferings that Christ endured for us.

When people persecute us, we are tempted to become angry and sometimes to retaliate. In our times of suffering, we must not sin but hold steadfast in our faith. God promises us that he will provide a way out of the suffering and will hold us when we hurt. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that God will not give us more than we can bear.

Each of us has our own troubles and heartaches. They come in different flavors, different degrees of seriousness and have different outcomes. But one thing remains the same: God offers us comfort and refuge.   In those times of torment and persecution, be still, be quiet and watch God work for you.