Friday, November 4, 2011

a heavy heart

i have to admit that i have had a really heavy heart this week.  it is so disheartening to hear about people falling into sin.  it is especially disheartening to hear about fellow friends and ministers of the Gospel falling into sin.  i have thought a lot this week about a quote my mom used to have in her Bible...

"you're bound to touch another life by what you say and do,
so never think that when you sin, you're hurting only you."

okay, i'm not sure that those are the exact words, but it's something to that effect, and you get the meaning.  i have thought a lot about how does this kind of thing happen?  why did it happen?  how many people in the long run will this affect {and i can tell you, it's going to be thousands of people in this situation!}  my heart hurts for the family and the makes me so sad and angry to see the Enemy ruin a life and testimony of someone!  so many scriptures running through my head at a time like this...

Ephesians 6: 10-12:
10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
11) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles {schemes} of the devil.
12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I know that these are well-known verses, but that's all they are to so many people {and i'm talking to myself here, too}...head knowledge...we know that daily we need to put on the armor of God so that we can stand against the devil; we know that we do not wrestle against flesh & blood, but against Satan and his demons and his armies of darkness, but what do we do about it?  do we truly understand that Satan schemes to ruin our life?  do we strive to stay strong in the Lord?  are we putting on the WHOLE armor of God?  i fear that we're not, and that's why we're falling.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

Do we {and i do mean me, too} understand what this really means?  do we really understand that the devil
is walking about, and he's a hungry lion, and he's seeking to devour us, to destroy our lives?   because of that, we need to live sober...vigilant...careful...on guard...IN THE WORD, PRAYERS LIFTED AT ALL TIMES TO HEAVEN {pray without ceasing...},WITH OUR ARMOR ON!  

friends and family, i urge you that we cannot take this too seriously...and lest we think that "we would never do that" {whatever "that" may be in your own life}, let us remember:

1 Corinthians 10:12
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

i understand there is no good thing in me.  all of my righteousness is as filthy rags.  only by the grace of God am i where i am today.  i do not deserve to be where i am today.  only by heeding God's word and realizing that i am in a WAR and armoring up for the battle are we going to be able to withstand the devil...

Psalm 119:11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

we can fight the devil with scripture.  we can fight our minds and hearts and the lusts of it with scripture. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh {according to the flesh}
4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal {of the flesh}, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
5) Casting down imaginations {arguments}, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ...

we are in a war that we will never win if we fight it in our flesh.  we must bring every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.  then we {Christ!} can pull down our strongholds!

i'm sorry this got so long, but like i said, my heart has been so heavy.  i am just so sad.  i don't want to see more friends fall, and more people turned from the Gospel.  i don't want to fall because i am not being sober and vigilant.  this has reminded me to stay focused on christ, to not just read the word, but to heed the word, and to hide God's word in my heart.  and to pray more diligently for all of you, my dear friends and family!

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