Today’s guest blogger is Terence. Doctor, Researcher, Husband, Father, Leader of the youth group, faithful servant of God, and Orlando Magic fan.
Wow, I’ve never blogged before. Until today, I hadn’t realized that bloggers can be celebrities in their own right. Anyway, would this count as a publication?
But seriously, Barry spoke at last Sunday’s service. If I can summarise, I think the message was that God’s ultimate plan for us is to find contentment in Him. The map lies in His Word, the Bible. However, God’s people, or the church, are not fully on board. Some are undergoing spiritual attack but are completely oblivious to it; some are taking it in but are too proud to beg for help.
To be honest, I think I have elements from both camps. Like Barry from when he was young, I had real trouble concentrating during sermons. This then spread onto Bible studies, people sharing and even during group praying. I thought this was because of exam stress etc, but things actually got worse during holidays. I thought I was hiding it well, because of my skills as an amateur actor. But I got completely found out by my girlfriend then, who later on became my missus.
This last week I had to cast off some serious accusations against me. It was not easy. For about an hour, I was plotting in my head. I was fully aware that this was an attack, designed to compromise my integrity and put a stop to my ministry if it stood. Again, the missus reminded me that this was not a fight I needed to go by myself.
In both cases, she simply asked if she and our trusted allies in Christ could pray for me. It’s a simple thing. But the act of humbling yourself before Father, Son and the Spirit can be a real antidote in the perfect storm. In particular, this week, God had imprinted in me the image of Christ from Revelations 19:11-16. Check it out. I found real peace from this.
Christ has already won the final battle against sin and Satan, on the cross. Let’s not live in denial of this. Let’s realise God’s perfect plan for us in the promised land.
This week’s sermon response was written by Terence.