Underestimation

I was sitting here watching Star Wars – The Clone Wars (the animated series).    For those who have not seen Star Wars, it is a series of movies that focuses on good vs evil in space.  I used to be shocked when people said they had never seen any of them, but I understand it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

This thought came to me, while I was watching one of the episodes.  God is extremely underestimated.  Both by Satan & by Christians.

Throughout the movies, the dark side always underestimates the Jedi.  When things don’t look good for the Jedi or at least from the view of the dark side, they always think they will come out on the winning side.

Darth Vader & others have said many times, “You underestimate the power of the dark side.”

Then soon after that, the dark side loses.

I see how God is highly underestimated.  Satan thought he could kill Jesus, which only ended in Satan’s defeat, when Jesus rose from the dead.  That defeat still stands today.  Jesus has overcome the world & Satan (John 16:33).

Satan also thinks he can defeat God’s children.  But that is impossible, because God is for us, therefore no one and nothing can be against us (Romans 8:31).  Even if we pass away from this earth, we don’t really die, we just change our address & we are with Jesus forever.

There are people who underestimate the power of the Jedi & put too much fear in the dark side in the movies.  They are even sometimes leery of being on the side of the Jedi for fear of the dark side.

There are times when we as Christians underestimate God.  We don’t see a way out or things don’t look good.  But God is fighting for us.  He is right here with us in the middle of it all (Psalm 23:4).  Satan can only cast a shadow & his power is nothing compared to the power of God.

The Jedi must use the force to defeat their enemies.  We must trust in God & believe that He will come through.  He is always right on time.  No matter what Satan tries to do, God is with us & He is fighting for us.  We just don’t always see the fighting.  When the time is right, we will see the outcome.

Now I’m not saying that Star Wars is biblical or anything.  But sometimes God shows me things in a storyline or something in a movie or book.  I am learning to write those things down & share some of them as I feel led to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Tortoise & The Hare Revamped

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

A good illustration of this was found today on google.  There are always pictures or short video illustrations when going to google.  The video today was a version of the tortoise & the hare, but told a little differently.  They were in a skiing race.  When the race started, the hare was in the lead & the tortoise/turtle was going really slow, like in the original story.  In this rendition, however, the hare looks back & sees the turtle not going as fast, so he goes back & puts the turtle on his head & skiis on with him.  They cross the finish line together.

In the original story, the hare is full of pride & takes a nap during the race knowing that he will win.  Then when he wakes up, he is surprised that the turtle won.

What if we were more like the revamped version & looked back, put down our pride & went back to help others.

Our pastor, Pastor Rowdy, was talking about pride this morning in service.  It was an amazing message.  He used the following scripture, among others.

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ‘ 1 Corinthians 13:4

What would our marriages look like, if we were a little more like the revamped tortoise & hare story, as well as the Scriptures mentioned in this post?  What would our friendships or relationships with our family look like?  What would our relationships with our coworkers & other people we know look like, if we put down our pride & encouraged each other?  What would happen if we built each other up instead of tearing each other down?

 

 

Looking To Him

words that hurt.heal book

I have been reading this book as part of a women’s Bible study at my church.  It is a powerful book.  I highly recommend it for both men & women.  It is not gender specific.

As I was reading the chapter for this month, there was a profound thought that I wanted to share. It is at the end of  Chapter 9, which is about gentleness.

I have been rereading Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, in which the missionary talks about the exchanged life, exchanging your life for the life of Christ in you.  He discovered that being faithful is not as much in trying to be faithful, but in looking to the faithful One.  Put gentle in there: Being gentle is not so much in trying to be gentle, but in looking to the gentle Savior – knowing Him deeply and intimately.  Being gentle is gazing into His face until you become more and more like Him.  God’s Holy Spirit will fill us with gentleness as we contemplate Him.

This statement got me to thinking.  I have reread this paragraph many times.  I try so hard to be exactly the way I need to be & fail so many times.  When it’s all in looking to the One who is the things I’m trying to be.  All of the fruit of the Spirit could be inserted into that statement.

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”

He is all of these things.  If I look to Him & contemplate Him, who is all of these things, I will become more like Him as I continue to do so.

 

I Will Not Be Silent

Psalm 30:11-12,  “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

These verses remind me of all that God has done for me.  He has brought me back from despair on more than one occasion.  He has delivered me from many horrible circumstances.  He has saved me from all my wrongdoing.  He has promised me a place with Him in heaven.  I am so grateful.  He is so much more than I could ever proclaim.  He is my God.  I will praise & serve Him all of my days.  He has never given up on me, even when I have given up on myself.  He is patient & kind.

I can’t get enough of Him.  When I don’t make time for Him in a day, I feel the emptiness & my soul cries out for Him.

I can’t be silent about my God.  He is everything to me.  I can’t live without Him.

The most glorious part of it is that I get to praise Him for eternity.  I am free to live for Him & give Him praise!

I need & want more of Him every day!