Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Sword of the Spirit 1/26/2013

It was great to have Forrest back on the team tonight. He is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of action for many months. Praise the Lord for His gracious work of healing in all our lives. Our dedicated group also included: David, Mark, Sharon, Debbie, Ruth, Dean, Sai, and Steve.

It was a chilly and uneventful night in Burbank. Displaced from our usual spot by a cacophony of "musical" efforts by disparate instrumentalists, our hearty band of diehards set up on the sidewalk at the busy intersection of Palm and San Fernando. The Truth was proclaimed. Many Bibles and tracts were given out.

David had a lengthy discussion with our friend, Roger, "the Nemesis." It is not slanderous to say that Roger holds fast to, and contends vigorously for, every "wile of the devil" one can imagine. At the root of it is the lie that man is god. And, of course, that is true for those who exalt their own intellect above the revealed Truth of God's Word, the Bible. Although he is familiar enough with the Bible, Roger has a false interpretation for every word of it. And yet, ironically, Roger is drawn to dialog with us, dine with us, and fellowship as well. Would it be inconsistent with God's sovereign grace to consider that our entire team effort has been, all along, to fulfill God's plan by witnessing to this one man? Please pray, with us, that the scales would fall from his eyes, and those of all who rebel against the plain and true meaning of scripture.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."  (Ephesians 6:10-13)

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