People are not our enemies

Sermons

pressencePeople are not our enemies… they are simply strings being torn out of tune, as demonic forces corrode their flesh, and possibly their spirits, in a way that our so-called enemies can’t see or hear Jesus Christ calling to them. As guitar player, I would rather have a string slip out of tune than a string break… and I think it should be the same way with people. Still, Satan has pressed his fingers against their throats and in their desperate attempts to simply survive, they are sent grasping into the end of their lives. The only way they will see Jesus is if we go to them, extending ourselves beyond our comfort zones, allowing our Father to move His chord up the neck, pressing us into a stronger chord so that we might withstand the struggles that are facing those in peril.

If we are going to help any of them as the body of Christ, we first have to understand what we are and how we unite despite theological differences. That is through the love that Christ has shown us all and the love that we have for Him. We have to understand that God has us all at different places in His chord, but that there is no law against Love, as it is actually the very thing that all the Law and prophets hang on! This is a kin to saying each and every note in our Fathers precious child hangs on LOVE!

Now, I know that personally, I am a bit of a ‘b’ string on the six string guitar… I typically find myself on the outer edges of the chord as the player breaks his pinky trying to reach what ever note is needed… I am naturally difficult, but I don’t mean to be – where as my elders in Christ might be like the open ‘e’ string carrying the stable and solid bass note that adds so much to so many chords and riffs.  You may be an ‘a’ string, offering a simplistic and wonderful counter part to the ‘e’ string… but regardless of what string we are, we ought to be united in love, and we ought to be loving those we think are lost.

We need to bring them the Gospel, and hey, if we need to speak about it, we can do that too. This isn’t about holding signs, judging folks, or looking down on them. Its about coming along side these folks for nothing more than the chance to show them the love of Christ so that they might see His light and begin to find their way out of the darkness of addiction.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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