For those of you who live under a rock somewhere, let me advise you that the LSU Tigers won the “Game of the Century” on Saturday night defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide. I couldn’t help notice all the folks in Tiger Gear as I moved around on Sunday. I have to think these guys are not wearing the same clothes they wore to the game Saturday night. Much of the gear had the look of not having been worn in a while. I suspect the sale of Tiger Gear which has been rising steadily all season as the Tigers continued undefeated, will shoot up this morning after Saturday’s win.
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
Too many of us daydream about doing something great for God . . . someday. Maybe we will be a missionary or bring thousands to Christ through the power of our preaching. It probably isn’t going to happen. But not to worry. Maybe we worry too much about big things. Isn’t it the little things that add up to our lives. We grow not so much by leaps and bounds but by doing the small things well. We also slip into bad habits not with huge moral mistakes, but by slipping up in the little things.
A great parent isn’t cherished for the great gifts they gave at Christmas, but for the little words of encouragement that flowed on a daily basis. A great pastor doesn’t become so with the presentation of one tremendous sermon but by serving his flock, day by day in innumerable small ways. The little noticed person who faithful prays and supports ministry is building up a treasure trove in heaven.
You probably won’t have the opportunity to do something tremendous today, but you can do all the little things of the day well. Why not focus on that?
- 1 in 5 adults suffer from some form of sleep apnea.
- More than 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes have sleep apnea.
- 8 out of every 10 people who have sleep apnea have not been diagnosed for it.
I’ve been alone for the last couple of days in Baton Rouge. Oh there have been lots of folks around, but they weren’t my wife or daughter or grand kids. They were not my family. I had a great dinner last night with Tyler, Jesssie’s boyfriend. He’s almost family and that was great, but then I moved on to the Sleep Center where I spent the night. Alone again. I didn’t like it. I have to spend the rest of today in a seminar in Baton Rouge, alone. It’s not good but it’s not the kind of loneliness I have felt. I guess the most alone I’ve ever been was in Vietnam. I wasn’t in country or anything that heroic but I was far from Rose and the kids. It was bad. All the worse because I was also far from God.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
We’ve been discussing spiritual warfare for several days. Perhaps a bit of review is in order.
It seems that everything is involved in this warfare. We have an Enemy who opposes us in every way. He seeks to disrupt our relationship with God and with each other. He frustrates our plans, confuses our minds, and promotes anxiety and despair.
The battle is real It’s easy to forget what we can’t see. That’s why the natural world so easily overwhelms us. We need time with God to keep us focused on the reality of the spiritual. Our companionship with Him will sharpen our spiritual senses and strengthen our discernment.
The battle is spiritual. Our friends, our family, our pastor our brothers and sisters in Christ are not the enemy; but neither are the worldly, the politicians, the apparent bad guys. Our battle is not with flesh and blood, whether apparently friendly or seemingly unfriendly. Our enemy is spiritual and so is our battle. But it’s spiritual nature does not lessen it’s impact on all aspects of our lives, our mind, will, emotions, desires, and even our bodies.
The battle is tough. The enemy doesn’t acknowledge the Geneva Convention or for that matter any rules. He fights dirty, and the encounter is “up close and personal.” There are no non-combatants. Our family is often the target of his revenge for our attacks against him. It’s not fair but it’s real. There are demonic beings who work unceasingly, even when we sleep. As long as we are on earth, the war will continue.
Although the Enemy is strong, there isn’t reason to fear—he’s no match for Christ, who lives within us. We’ve been entrusted with Jesus’ divine power over the Evil One. However, we can access the Son’s authority only by submitting to His lordship and walking in obedience to His Spirit.
As we study and begin to move in the spiritual, the breath and depth of the battle can intimidate and over whelm. Don’t let it. Be steadfast IN THE LORD, and see HIS victory.
I agree with Joyce Meyer, “Many people ruin their health and their lives by taking the poison of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness.” This is the condition of racists, homophobes, and anti-whatevers. The mere appearance of some people or even their mention in conversation brings out bitterness and anger. It seems useless to point out that these feelings are the result of unresolved unforgiveness. Notice how Paul identifies forgiveness as the antidote for “all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking.”