Staying Fresh

Zephaniah 1:12 “It will come about at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, `The LORD will not do good or evil!’ We have this fountain on our back porch. It is suppose to have a motorized pump that circulates the water for aesthetics. But ours doesn’t. Hollister Magasin The water just sits there waiting to be drunk (drank, drinked, whatever) by a dog or cat or something. All of us know what happens to the water if it doesn’t circulate or evaporate: Things begin to grow in it. new balance store buenos aires Kanken Rugzak Uitverkoop Things that are mostly disgusting. So disgusting that even the dogs look at it and look up at me like, “Really? I’m supposed to drink from this?” Every second that ticks off the clock moves all of creation closer to the consummation of redemptive history, the second coming of Christ. All of us are at different places in that time table. Some nearing the end of our physical presence in this physical world, others on the brink of starting their journey, and the rest of us at different points in between. new balance 996 femme soldes The challenge for all of us is to remain “fresh.” That is not too difficult for our young ones who are just beginning their journey. adidas neo daily team męskie As parents, our task is to get them armed and equipped and on the path that not only includes personal salvation in Christ, but also to be the means by which our Captain continues the process and progress of discipling nations, to be soldiers of the Cross. Theirs is the newness and freshness of the battle, to follow their Captain farther into enemy territory than any previous generation has gone. As God brings life to each succeeding generation, so He sounds the trumpet for that generation to courageously follow the lead of their Captain. But for those who have been in the trenches for a while, it is easy to become disillusioned, cynical, and just plain stagnant. Mens Nike Flyknit And so it is that too many veterans in the ranks have lost confidence in our Captain to bring His bride, the Church, to perfection. She is fragmented, dysfunctional, incompetent, and riddled with heresy and aberrant practices according to their view of the landscape. Our Captain is not paying attention. Andrew Luck Stanford Jersey He is allowing the troops to be ravaged, divided, and overwhelmed. baskets noires Asics Lyte Jogger “Oh” they will say, “He will eventually do it somehow, but right now, in this time of history, the best thing to do is retreat. ZX 750

I know for sure He will succeed. But not with me… not right now” Some, though they would never say it aloud (but their actions betray their beliefs) even believe that our Captain is in retreat. PUMA evoPOWER homme mochilas kanken no.2 Sadly, in their hurts and disappointments from the battles, they translate their sentiments to the next generation of soldiers who then look upon the battlefield before them and, likewise, quickly loose heart. Adidas Ultra Boost Dames The battle wages all around us and our families. Nike Air HUARACHE Pas Cher The strategy of the enemy is not new, but the means of conflict advances quicker and quicker (e.g., advancements in technology). asics gel lyte 5 hombre Air Max Pas Cher Our weapon, the sword of the spirit (the Word of God) is sure and sound, but the means by which we wield that sword must continue to progress and mature to match and overcome the aggressions of the enemy. Nike Air Jordan 13
We must not be complacent or stagnant nor are we to equip the next generation with an old sword that is less than adequate for the current issues of culture and life. Thus we as veterans are to be refreshed continually by our Captain’s means of grace so as to stand courageous at the front. buy ff14 And our children are to know for sure their sovereign calling by standing with us and with our Captain partaking of His means of grace – equipped for the battle.

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