(Part 34)




May 2, 2011

Today’s readings:

Acts 4:23-31

Psalm 2:1-9

We serve an awesome God. He is the “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 4:24b). As His servants, we engage in spiritual warfare against the forces of the enemy. This is the face-off. “The kings of the earth took their stand and the princes gathered together against the Lord and against his anointed.” (Acts 4:26).

These forces of the enemy are also very powerful. In the fight for the culture of life, these forces of the enemy include the US government led by Obama, the European Union, elements of the United Nations, billionaire philanthropists, international liberal media, giant abortion providers, homosexualist groups. These forces of the enemy seriously threaten family and life, our Judeo-Christian faith, and our societies. They have their diabolical agenda, and continue to plot in order to force their agenda on the world. They seek to impose the culture of death, and destroy every good that God has brought about. “Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the Lord and his anointed.” (Ps 2:2).

Thus on our own we would be easily defeated. Thus we look to the Lord’s strength. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 5:29-30).

So we look to the Lord’s strength, knowing that He is already victorious. Though we might be greatly disturbed and even terrified by the works of the evil one, God certainly is not. “The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them.” (Ps 2:4). But God also does not take their threats lightly. They are out to destroy His works. God in turn will destroy them. “Then (God) speaks to them in anger, terrifies them in wrath.” (Ps 2:5).

How do we tap on to the Lord’s strength?

Basically, we need to be profoundly connected to Him. We need to truly be His people. We must acknowledge Him as Savior, as Lord, as Master, as our all. We must worship Him, acknowledging Him as King of kings, the One who is omnipotent. We must keep ourselves connected to Him in prayer. Then we can experience the awesome power of God that the early disciples experienced. “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31).

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit, who emboldens us to become true witnesses who will proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus to the whole world. The Holy Spirit is the breath that renews the face of the earth. The Holy Spirit keeps us on track along the path of holiness and righteousness. The Holy Spirit strengthens and encourages us in the face of challenges, persecution, oppressions, suffering and pain.

We must know who or what we are called to be. We are servants of Christ who are evangelizers and missionaries. We are soldiers who go into the thick of the spiritual war that is raging in the heavens and on earth. We are instruments that God wields in order to defeat the works of the evil one. We are a people through whom God manifests His glory.

We are those who proclaim: “My God is now my strength!”

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