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July 28th, 2014

Trainloads of Stuff

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Written by: Gene
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Question to all of my Bible studying friends out there…

I see these “inspirational quotes” out there stating something like, “if you are being attacked, it is because the enemy knows that you have a trainload of stuff coming in…”

Where is this found in scripture? I hear it preached from the pulpit a lot, but never a scripture reference…

We are told that we will suffer persecution when we draw near to Jesus and desire His will for our lives. But this verse tells us to focus on the Word of God so that we will have the faith to be delivered from the persecution. This is the path to being a complete Godly person, which is better than a trainload of stuff.

2 Timothy 3:12-17 – Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Isaiah 59:19 is often misquoted “…When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

I say misquoted because it is actually referencing the coming of Jesus, and how we needed to be forgiven and the law required justice be served. God could not find a sutiable permanent sacrifice.

Verses 16-21 (actually, read the whole chapter) tells us how the armor of God (Ephesians 6) works and how Jesus would stand against the temptations in the wilderness)

When we stand on the Word of God, that Word is the standard that is raised against the enemy. The first part of vs18-19 tells us that using God’s Word to stop the enemy gives Glory to God and causes the Glory of God to shine bright through us. 

Having a life that brings glory to God, is worth more than a trainload of stuff…

Matthew 6:31-34 says, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We are told to not worry about the stuff, but to focus on the things of God. We are told that we will always have trouble, but the blessings are coming to those who have their faith in God.

It seems to me that this little inspirational quote has left out one key component. The blessings of God are conditional to our faith and obedience to His Word, and trouble is always going to be there no matter what. We are not to worry about why the trouble is there, but that God has a way out for us in His Word.

If you look at Matthew 6 in context, we have a great pattern to live.
1) vs 1-4 tells us to do the right thing because we really want to please God, not to look good to others
2) vs 5-13 tells us to pray prayers of truth to God, so that He can hear us, and not so that others hear us
3) vs 14-15 Tells us to forgive others, so that our relationship with God isn’t hindered
4) vs 16-18 tells us to fast and do without certain things, as an offering to draw us closer to God, and not for bragging rights
5) vs 19-21 tells us to live for God for treasures in Heaven, and not trainloads of stuff
6) vs 22-24 tells us to focus on the Word of God and doing His will, and not other things that bring glory to ourselves. We are to serve God and not stuff, and our private acts to God bring Glory to Him

It seems to me that when we lives our lives towards God, with a desire to truly please Him, the things that we need will be provided. When we cling onto His every Word, we have the way through the attacks that come.

And that, is better than a trainload of stuff.


About the Author

Gene
A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.




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