Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Finding Peace in a Fallen World

Let's face it brothers and sisters, it's getting harder and harder to find the peace that Christ Jesus promised us. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are being horrifically murdered all over the world, the governing bodies we elected are negotiating to give nuclear weapons to terrorists, church denominations falling like dominoes to the wiles of Satan and his cohorts, and Christians are being hounded via the legal system for the sin of being a Christian. 

Personally, right now, I'm not in the best of physical health. I'd love nothing better than to recuperate and spend time with God's word, but my bride and I have been inundated by stuff. Some of this stuff is awesome (granddaughter on the way!!!), some of it is direct attack by people that we pledged ourselves to help, and some is just plain weird, but it's all stuff that keeps our focus diverted from Christ Jesus. According to CS Lewis the #1 thing that Satan does to separate us from Jesus is to keep us busy. He says that B.U.S.Y. is an acronym for Being Under Satan's Yoke. And he's right. 

Our church, the First Berean Congregational Church, is pretty awesome about busy. There's activities to foster fellowship and learning but we don't bury our saints in busy. So Satan attack in other ways, lately we're being hit by attacks as described in Psalm 6:19, and we know it's Satan behind all of  these covert attacks as well as the horrors going on in the world, 
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
As we approach the end of days it's going to get worse and worse. To conduct business we are going to be expected to pledge allegiance to acts of perversion, we are going to come under attack because we love Jesus, and other than having faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there's not much we can do about it other than weather the storm by living the life He wants us to lead. 

God doesn't want us angry, or sick with fear, He wants our love, not our terror. It's going to get worse, not better, especially for those that love this world, so being forewarned we need to find the peace we need to weather the storm, Luckily God gave us instructions on how to do this, we simply have to follow His word
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
 It truly helps when you concentrate on the good things rather than the bad.

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