The Lord is God. Though the nations roar in battle and the bullets fly past. Though the smoke from buildings and cry of the dying rise into the air. Though the earth longs for peace and the innocent are murdered. Though the fear of many and the hate from others are all around I will not fear. I will not hate. I will not curse. For when Jesus was killed he did not hate though he had the right. He did not curse though he had every reason. He had courage because he knew what was to come after death. I will not fear for the Lord God Almighty is with me. I will not hate for the Lord God does not hate me. I will not curse for the Lord God does not curse me. I will give grace and mercy because my God gives grace and mercy. I will give love and peace where ever I go because my Lord brought love and peace to my troubled world. I will pray for those who persecute me. I will love those who hate me. I will bring peace to those who bring turmoil. I will be the salt of the earth. I will be the be messenger of grace and the bearer of good news.
Armor of God - Post by Téo
"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. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." - Ephesians 6:10-20
This is my favorite part of the Bible because I love armor. My brother has a bible study and he talked about The Armor of God, he helped me get a glimpse of Gods armor. I really liked when he said that the helmet of salvation was to protect our thoughts. I also like verse nine-teen where Paul says “ I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” This is very amazing to me because it means he would even die for God's word. I want to be like Paul and not care if I died. Because I would know I would receive a prize better than gold! I want God to have complete control of my life!
Why I Am Free - Post by Silas
Aug 25, 2015 8:43 PM
To spiritually exercise during the school year, I am going to write a Bible study for anyone who wants to read it. [*editor's note: I want to read it!] This is mostly for me. I recently did a civics discussion for school, and one of the questions was: "When and how should anyone resist the government, or is it acceptable at all?" I came to believe that the government should protect freedom. One of my classmates said that the government is made of men, and men are naturally evil. Now, my post doesn't have much to do with that topic at all, but I came to wonder,... if the government isn't perfect, how can it be what defines freedom? Naturally, its definition of freedom wouldn't be perfect either. Today I read a passage in the Bible that talks about this. The first part of it somewhat explains the respect one should have towards the government.
1 Peter 2:13-17 New International Version (NIV)13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
Obviously, we should respect the government, but that is not what I want to talk about. Ultimately, my King is Jesus. If the government should go wrong, I will follow Him. I will follow Him first anyway, though. In this world our job is to make disciples of all nations. (Mt. 28:19) That's the mission field. What would freedom be defined as in God's present kingdom on earth? In the U.S., many people think that freedom is the right to be able to do anything they want to do. They are "free" to think whatever they want to. They may live in whatever way is the easiest for them. I've been guilty of thinking like that too. A lot of times, that is true for the United States.
Jesus is perfect, so He should be able to define freedom for a human being. This passage says that to be free is to be slaves of God. At first that makes no sense at all. In fact, even Christians around the world who live as slaves of God don't seem very free sometimes. That's one of the amazing things about God. He is not only able to grant His children physical, earthly freedom, but He also gives spiritual freedom. He sets the heart free and filled with joy when His children do His commands. All the hard work and persecution a Christian may go through will not be done in vain. Instead, he/she will be rewarded greatly for the battle they faced on earth.
That is why I am free. Not because I live in America. Not by any worldly measure or definition of freedom. No. I am free because I am a slave. I am free because my Master is perfect. He is good. I am free because I don't have to worry about life in this world; I have hope in the life to come. Most of all, I am free because my Savior came to earth to die for me. I was sinful, but Jesus paid for it with His own life. I am free because He is holy. I will live a life worthy of what I believe in.