My new friend Eric (@GlobalHike) tweeted the link to this video. I thought it worth sharing. Take a moment to watch and listen if you can…
Check out what Paul said in Ephesians 6 (the Message):
10 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. 11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 12 This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 13 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. 14 Truth, righteousness, 15 peace, 16 faith, 17 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
May we enter into the relationship that the Sender intended for us (with Him), may we embrace the mission that the Sender has called us to, and may we engage with the weapons He has provided, for our enemy is real and those who are lost are loved.
12 It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. 13 “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” 14 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? 15 And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? (Romans 10:12–14, The Message)
Lord, I don’t want to play it safe. Please give me ears to hear and eyes to see You leading. Please fill my heart with love and compassion like only You can. And please grant me wisdom to lead my family beyond safety in comfort to security in mission, knowing that this is a dangerous mission we are on.