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Weapons and Warriors

Any good soldier knows his weapons. He uses them so much that the actions necessary are grooved into his mind. He operates out of his subconscious rather than conscious mind. Like becoming proficient in using a clutch for a standard transmission, it becomes something he doesn’t need to think about. He cleans his weapons. Maintains them. Keeps them safe. Knows the rules to use them properly, and uses them. Paul laid out to the Corinthian church the weapons of the believer. These were, he said, "not the weapons of the world." But he said, our weapons "have divine power to demolish strongholds….arguments…and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God," and further in the battle with the world, he said, "we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience" (2 Corinthians 10:4-6) The weapons of the believer are not passive but active and destructive to worldly forces. The…

Giving

We are fast approaching harvest in the fields of America. The sun and rain have done their job to provide essential nutrients for grain to grow. It is interesting to examine the eight foot cornstalk to find a spiritual lesson. The farmer goes out and plants seed in the field. He does not spare the seed but generously spreads it knowing that his generosity will lead to a bountiful harvest. Each seed produces around four corn cobs. Now, let's view the numbers here: 1 seed produces 4 cobs and each cob has an average of 800 kernels on it. 1 X 4 X 800 = 3,200!!!  This is the return on investment. Paul uses this same illustration to talk about giving. First, he says it has to be a willful decision to give. He wants them to "give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) He doesn't want people who are caught off guard, not prepared to give and certainly not giving from their heart. Fur…

Thanksgiving

This simple combination of two words has a powerful effect on our life. It raises us to a new level of life. So, where does thankfulness spring from? What does it do inside of us? The psalmist said, "He that offers thanksgiving glorifies me; And to him that orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." (Psalm 50:23) Leupold said in his book on the Psalms, "Thanksgiving is so wholesome a matter that it is the mother of all the other phases of true worship." A thankful heart is a heart that will praise, worship, give, and glorify God. Thankfulness remembers God, the sovereign. It honors God and recognizes His part in all that has happened, is happening and will happen. It brings us to a place of peace with the circumstances of life that affect us. It dispels pride and self-aggrandizement. It reveals a clean heart and opens that heart to instruction. It clears our mind and opens our eyes to positive alternatives for our problems. And thanksgiving will …