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Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 19 "Systems" Ezra 4, 5, 6

Ezra 4:4-5 The Samaritans reared up their ugly heads at the building of the temple.  Satan shows up to discourage and undermine and bribe those who want to do good.  These returned revived revelers were beautiful exiles and so full of joy.  But, they were so targeted by the enemy of their souls.  Let us remember that that the god of this world seeks to devour our attempts to walk and worship.  He is out looking for good intentions.  And out fatal flaw is not looking into our own souls when opposition bombards our temples.  

We are all looking for a Redeemer.  But the nails and mortar and curtains and boards trap us into finding our worship on paths that are going straight to destruction---like the offer of these Samaritans.  

"We must not offer people a system of redemption,
a set of insights and principles.
We offer people a Redeemer."
Paul David Tripp

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, give us the courage to more than just face obstacles and opposition and oppression from the enemy of our souls.  Give us hope that You are with us and More than anything we face.

PHOTO:  The graffiti of our soul.  What words will we write today in this story we live.

1 comment:

  1. Father, I pray we truly keep our eyes on our Redeemer and continue on the course You have set before us with determination and courage when times and situations are hard. May we be filled with joy as we celebrate our Sabbath just as the exiles were when they celebrated Passover in Israel.