Lazaroo – Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jul 02, 2009 I Lazaroo.

Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, with absolute sincerity:

“Rise, and let us go against her for battle.”
(Obadiah 1:1)

It’s easy to forget this part of following You, Jesus.

You call me to peace.

But You also call me to take up Your sword.

You teach me to turn the other cheek.

But You also command me to stand up for what’s right.

Whenever possible, You challenge me to find common ground with those who oppose me.

But You also order me to draw a line in the dirt beyond which I

will not

cannot

dare not

go.

You call me to forgive, to overlook an offense, to lovingly cover over a multitude of sins.

But You also call me to wage war against evil.

Yes, I’m one of Your lambs.

But I’m also a soldier.

And You’re my Commanding Officer.

So.

Who…what…when…where…

Do You want me – in Your strength – to fight?

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1 Peter 3:9-11; Matthew 10:34; Proverbs 19:11; 1 Peter 4:8; John 18:36; Luke 22:35-38; Matthew 18:21-22; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:12: 2 Timothy 4:7

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4 responses so far.

  1. Jeff Says:

    It seems in the age of Grace that these apparent contradictions do not contradict at all. In an age where we are to “heap coals of fire” on our enemies head by feeding them when they are hungry, we overcome evil with good (Rom 12:20-21). This is surrendering to His wisdom and not adhering to conventional wisdom.

  2. Steve Says:

    Ignition for your prayer time is what it’s all about, John. Glad the spark plug was working for you today.

  3. Ken Ferry Says:

    Who, what, when, where to wage war or peace. A very interesting meditation first thing upon arriving at work. Especially after a morning commute in which the minds of the various drivers were anything but united in cause. And especially after waking up this morning from an extremely frustrating dream that I suspect had its emotional origins in certain situations at work.

    Scriptures that come to mind as I ponder this:

    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

    When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 6:12)

    Not sure I have a handle on this yet, but I think I’ve at least found some boundaries.

  4. John Tevault Says:

    What a wonderful ignition to start the day with,or any other day for that matter.
    To know that I am a soldier for Christ,peace,forgiveness and strength,what more is there, when we love the LORD
    as He loves us? Thank You Jesus!!!

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