Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Public Defender

At times we need to be reminded that we do not have to fight for ourselves. There is a time to fight, and usually it is on behalf of someone else. We must contend earnestly for the faith. As dancers, there is a time to be valiant and combative in movement. There is also a time for peace. We must discern the cause for which we are fighting, and choose our battles with the Lord's marching orders.

Wasting time on critics is time that we will not recover. When the ways of the world impede upon our ability to stand on the Word of God, we must not be silent. Many dancers are still fighting against church politics, negative family members, and praise dance assassins who seek to immobilize progress. Faithfulness and diligence will overcome adversity as the Lord Himself rises up to fight on our behalf. We cannot worry about the secretive attacks that we face from the adversary. The Lord rewards us openly, making a public spectacle of the enemy.

If there are areas in which we are fighting and seem to be losing, let us stand firm and release our God Almighty to handle it for us. He will give us peace and rest in the midst of warfare. Strategic positioning includes daily prayer and studying God's Word. When we prepare on a daily basis for the weapons that may try to harm us, we will take courage in knowing that we are protected by putting on the whole armor of God. He is our greatest Defender and Advocate. With Him, we always win!

Psalm 5:11 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.

Matthew 6:6 (NKJV)
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

John 18:20 (NKJV)
Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

Acts 18:28 (NKJV)
For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

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