A minimizing of sovereignty is directly related to a magnifying of worry."Most Christians salute the sovereignty of God but believe in the sovereignty of man" (R. We are putting the fear of man into them rather than the fear of God.
I hear all about Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Remington, but little about brokenness, surrender to God, and humility.
Our gun safes are full but our prayer closets are empty.
I am pleading that all prayer be Christ-exalting, God-centered, sin-confessing, Spirit-dependent, promise-trusting, holiness-pursuing prayer.
In other words, I am pleading that we really love people when we pray for them.
In Matthew Jesus says to Peter, "Put your sword back into its place.
For all who take the sword will perish by the sword."Jesus didn't denounce the sword, but clarified it's place.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. But I have found that it is rare for those with little love to Christ to pray as though they love him and his kingdom. They pray as though God were the giver but not the gift.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although 60% belong to a Christian confession, only a small minority actually practice their faith.” With varying percentages, the same is true everywhere Christianity has spread. They pray for protection, and shelter, and food, and clothing, and health, and peace, and prosperity, and social justice, and comfort, and happiness. They have no real heartfelt affections for the beauty of such prayers. Therefore, nominal Christians will deflect the exposure of their spiritual emptiness by twisting such prayers inside out and saying things like, “All you care about is pie in the sky.” Or, “Empty bellies don’t care about religion.” Or, “What people need is love, not religion.” Or, “You can’t even pray people’s needs without a few pious platitudes.” And so on. Except in the eyes of other nominal Christians — who do have a few million Twitter accounts.
to use wisdom."But some may argue, "Didn't Jesus say to love our enemies, and bless those who curse us, and do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us? It is taking a quantum leap to believe that Jesus is saying, "Do good to those who are trying to harm your family."Paul tells Timothy that if "anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Tim. But those who seek to protect their family, which is often a greater responsibility (if not equal), are often labeled war-mongers and accused of mis-applying the Scriptures. For example, when Jesus was slapped He didn't turn the other cheek.
He said, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me? Although we are to err on the side of grace and peace, there is a time and a place for confrontation and protection.
Every time God's people trusted in their weapons and armies, He called them to repentance. He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber ..."Our current trend beckons us to be very careful about who, or what, we "worship." Who, or what, we place our trust in.