Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stewardship Strength

Days of Praise
Stewardship Strength
August 17, 2010
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." (1 Samuel 17:45)
Our Lord Jesus taught us to expect ongoing instability until He returned (Matthew 24:6). Sometimes, it seems, we must be reminded by circumstances that this world is not our home!
Psalm 2 is a rather important perspective for God's people to keep in mind. Physical circumstances often seem rather bleak, and the "bad guys" seem to have it their way much of the time (Psalm 73). But we are continually reminded that their apparent success should not trouble us (Psalm 37:1; Proverbs 3:31-34; etc.), for "he that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2:4).
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
This verse encourages the ministry of the Institute for Creation Research. We see ourselves as fighting the "imaginations" and the "strong holds" of those who would dare to set themselves against the authority of Scripture and the evidence of the Creator and His creation. The Western world has embraced the anti-God and anti-gospel message of evolutionary naturalism as its religion. ICR wages spiritual warfare against that terrible lie. The battle is very specialized in our world today. God has brought dedicated "warriors" to ICR to engage the enemy, and we invite you to join us in that mission with your support and intercessory prayer. HMM III
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