I Came to Peck A Fight!

General Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history, once said, "We're surrounded.  That simplifies the problem!"  Chesty had it right, we are surrounded.  We are surrounded by evil that takes us down left and right.


Today's evils abound in the form of  life controlling issues. A life controlling issue is a fetter.  A fetter is a defined as a chain or bond around the ankle.  A fetter in your life is something that imprisons you in your past, overwhelms you in your present circumstances, and keeps you from your ordained purpose in life.


Back in the day, the Marine's motto used to be God, Country and Corps.  I betcha Chesty knew who to take to the fight!  Chesty had a heart like David.


When David found Goliath defaming the Lord, taunting the Israelites and holding them captive for 40 days, he was aghast.  David couldn't believe that God's people would be paralyzed with fear because of this Philistine.  Just a boy, David stepped up to the plate and declared that he would fight. People laughed at him.  Saul told him to go if he insisted.  He even gave David his armor despite the fact that Saul saw David's actions as a suicide mission.


David shrugged off the king's armor.  He knew he didn't need man's protection.  He knew he only had to toe up to the line and  peck the fight because God would win it for him.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  (1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV)
The philistines of our day are the evils that surround us and control us. What's tying you down, neighbor? Is it being an orphan, an addict, an alcoholic, a convict, a run away, or an illegal alien?  How about  being abused, neglected, homeless, or poor?


There is another who came to make war on the evils of this world.  There is one who came to set the captives free.  Not only did he come, but he also defeated sin and death.  Who is this superhero?  Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.


As a follower of Jesus, he incites me and my hubby to follow Him to the gates of hell and overcome the evils of the world with His blood and the word of our testimony.


He tells us to be his hands and feet.  He tells us,  "Get moving, get to work.  Go out and find people who are paralyzed by hunger and thirst.  Tell them about Me.  Show them my heart.  Take them to the well to get a drink of Living Water and give them a piece of the Bread of Life that will eternally sate."


The Lord has set a vision in mine and my husband's hearts. This vision is to free young people, specifically young men,  ages 14 - 18 who have life controlling issues.  


That's HUGE.  


Yes, I know.


He's shown us the battle plan.  Get this...come closer...let me whisper it in your ear..."Seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God."


Robin, really? How is that a battle plan? 


Well, because my Bible tells me so?  Seriously.  God cares about our physical and spiritual poverty, the Lord has impressed on us that we have to show people his love for them.  He has guided Chris and me to the fact that we will and must help these young people physically and spiritually.


What does that mean, 'physical and spiritual help'?


Physical help would be defined as providing a home, food, education, life skills, therapy, a trade and health care.  Spiritual help would be defined as providing  unconditional love, friendship, support, encouragement, and discipleship.


That's bigger than two people. 


Yep.  We are two simple people, but God...God is a big God.  Like David, we will throw off the ill fitting armor and sword given to us by cowardly kings.  Instead, we will charge into battle against these giants who imprison our next generation.


Robin...that's insane. 


Sounds like it, right?  But see, I take God at his word, "If He is for us, who can be against us" Who can stop it?


One more thing...He's not sending us into battle alone.  You are coming with us.


Us?


Yep.  His church, the body of Christ.


He's telling us that we must unite and excite the body of Christ to go out and find the wounded and let the Great Healer restore them.  That means mobilizing God's people and  going to trailer parks and projects, talking to the pimps and prostitutes, adopting the orphans, sheltering the homeless, giving a hand up to the addict and alcoholic lying in the gutter.  It means that it is time to stop drawing lines between denominational efforts, stop meditating on ideas, stop discussing it in holy huddles, and to get out in the streets, roll up our sleeves, and take our Freedom, our Redeemer to the captives.


People.Are.Dying.


So, you coming?


Listen to the words of these songs:
Jesus, Friend of Sinners sung by Casting Crowns
Overcome sung by Jeremy Camp
Our God sung by Chris Tomlin


Verses to Chew On:
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly[a] with your God."  Micah 6:8-NIV


..."I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it."  Matthew 16:18- NIV


..."For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.  They [The Believers] triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much     as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!..His time is short."  Revelation 12:10 - 12-NIV


Prayer practice:
Slowly say the Our Father on your knees with your arms stretched wide open.  Consider every word in the prayer. Consider Jesus' death on the cross.

  • What did God say to you during this time of prayer?
  • Did your perspective change?
  • Are you overwhelmed with love for Him?

Want to get fired up? Read these books.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Radical by David Platt
Radical Together by David Platt





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