Spiritual Gifts 7

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV

          This past week while taking a prayer walk I came across some heavily armed boys passing me on a trail. These young men were exceptionally equipped for adventure. Two home made wooden rifles complete with duck tape drum clips along with plastic sabers strapped to their hips made them an opposing sight. With a sense of determination and confidence the young lads broke with the trail and moved into the wilderness with weapons drawn. Watching those kids brought back many fond memories of my own wooden gun trailblazing days. 


         Watching those young men also brought to my mind the very real battle we face as soldiers of light dug in behind enemy lines. If we were as prepared to face the very real forces of darkness we contend with as those boys were prepared to meet whatever foe their imaginations could create, we would be in good shape. 


        Thankfully we have a very real and mighty-to-save Father who holds the enemy at bay. Yet God desires more for us than to simply rest in his protective care, he extends the privilege to each of us to join him in the fight. We never stand closer to God's heart than when engaging the front lines by his side. God has a designated post for each of us to fill and has amply supplied spiritual gifts that will prove mighty in the hands of God to the pulling down of the enemy's strongholds. 

          Sabbath February  the 18th, 40 of the Buford Family took a stand on the front line and for 4 hours poured out a gift of love which left a needy individual spiritually strengthened and greatly encouraged. More than a hundred bags of leaves and a massive load of trash were cleared from the front of a home. Beyond the physical impact was the freedom from judgement and genuine friendship which was extended to the one receiving our help. No amount of physical Sabbath rest could have been as rejuvenating or rewarding as how our family came together to engage our gifts yesterday to be a blessing to a woman in need. 

          Nothing is sweeter than the communion of serving side by side with our gifts for God's glory. The richest Sabbath blessings are reserved for times such as this.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew


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