Sunday, August 05, 2007

TARGETED BY THE ENEMY

Our world is at war. It's not the terrorists against America. It's not the Democrats versus the Republicans. Neither is it the kids against the parents. There is a much bigger battle and we are in the center of it: the seen world against the unseen. We become frightened over Iran but indifferent over our personal spiritual blindness. As long as we feel fairly comfortable minus any great danger, life seems to be going well.

We do not see our days as extraordinary. Yet, they are! We have foolishly bought into mundane and hassle as normal. They aren't! Our lives have become a dime a dozen. They aren't! One of the things which saddens me is to find much of humanity sitting at the back of the bus in life. We've lost our drive. Negative experience and bad breaks have barked us into a corner in which we've believed we've learned we should obey their bossy voices.

Jesus, however, came to set the captives free. Why do we, then, volunteer to be arrested? Why do we dumb our lives down to fit the status quo of average? Why is it we have lost our backbone for life? One main reason seems to be we have misplaced the fact we live in a truly great mystery.

C. S. Lewis wrote, The value of ....myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by "the veil of familiarity". John Eldridge follows Lewis' comment with, You are not what you think you are. There is glory to your life that your Enemy fears, and he is hell-bent on destroying that glory before you act on it.

You have been targeted by the invisible enemy to be reduced to mundane existence. Jesus, however, targets you for "resurrection-kind-of-power" life. May we inform our hearts to awaken to the call of really living. My we not allow anyone to short-sheet our awesome destination of living life to the maximum!

4 comments:

Greg said...

Terry: I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning with no place to go! Janice is helping with the grandbaby and we've been going to Long Beach every Sunday since moving over here (I continue to preach until they hire a new family). We've not visited any congregations around here. This blog was a great devotional for me this morning. Thanks.

Katy said...

Terry: Thank you for your encouragement. (I don't think I can ever say that enough for ALL of the encouragement over the years.) It is so easy in this world to settle for mediocrity, but I find that God calls us to excellence and I don't think He'll settle for anything less. He has given us a spirit of POWER, just like you said, and so many times, I find myself forgetting to tap into the Source!!!

I'm new to the blog world but look forward to checking in on all you have to say!!

Your friend,

Katy Terrell

preacherman said...

Terry,
Your blog is a great encouragemnt to many.
God bless you brother!

Liz Moore said...

The unseen is the greatest battle of our lives. Satan tries so hard to invade every crevice of our lives. When we don't see our lives with Jesus as "extraordinary" we allow him to steal our joy. Thanks for such encouraging thoughts!

Another great book about how Satan corrupts our thoughts is "Lord Foulgrin's Letters" by Randy Alcorn. Blessings! Love ya friend!