“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.
I will bear the indignation of the Lord
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.
Then my enemy will see,
and shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is the Lord your God?”
My eyes will look upon her;
now she will be trampled down
like the mire of the streets.”
A couple of things about these verses.
#1. It’s my favorite section of scripture.
#2. John Piper calls this “gutsy guilt” When you know you have sinned, you know deserve chastisement but you refuse to surrender hope. You refuse to be overtaken with a sense of hopelessness, the refusal to deny that God is bigger than your sin.
#3. I have a tattoo based on this verse. It is the Hebrew word Nits-dak. It means justified, vindicated, right, righteous, just etc. I got it in November 2010 on my right forearm. It is a reminder to myself. See I’m my biggest critic. Quick to speak mercy for others, but wrath for myself. The tattoo is reminder that no matter how many times I fall down, make mistakes, fail, there will be vindication for it. That voice in your head tells you it’s your fault. You are doomed. You should give up. The thing is though, its not about how bad I was or am, it’s not about me at all, it’s about how good Christ is. You miss that and you miss the entire gospel.
#4. Try something out for me. Next time you make a mistake or fail, instead of getting on to yourself, remind yourself how good Jesus is. I promise His joy is far more powerful than your wrath.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“When God accepts a sinner, He is, in fact, only accepting Christ. He looks into the sinner’s eyes, and He sees His own dear Son’s image there, and He takes him in.”
Everyone has dreams, aspirations, visions for their life. Many want power, fame and fortune. Others, to find that certain something. Some it’s simply to have a wife, kids, and a dog. Few have a dream quite like mine. I want to go to the land of Somalia. Arguably the world’s most dangerous country. I want to go and love people who hate everything I am about. I want to see them come to know Christ for who he truly is, not as they have been deceived to believe. I want to educate, train and inspire the people of that country, in a way that will allow them to help themselves. To build a legitimate nation that they can call home. One that is safe, stable, and providing. I plan to spend my life there, and pour out all of me that I have on them. Whatever the cost.
Most people don’t have dreams like those. Most even disagree with those dreams. They say they are reckless, foolish, fantasy. I say that the fantasy is the lie that we buy as we grow up. The time when we go from saying, one day, I’ll do great things. To eventually saying, it’s not possible. I submit to you that I refuse to be defeated though. I gladly will give my time, money, possessions, abilities, health and life for those people, because God has given me a heart for them. A vision of glory for His Righteous Name and He, nor I through Him, will be denied. I pray that others will come to have this dream too.
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; support the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4
Somalia land of the fatherless, with a life expectancy of 50 years, you don’t have too long to spend with children. Especially when 180 out of every 1000 children die before age 5. Let me make it a little easier to grasp. Nearly 1 out of every 5 children will never make it until 6 years old. I was in Kindergarten at that age. Life is far too short for them. As for the poor, Less than 2% of the country can afford the most basic radio. Yes, they are being oppressed too. Somalia home of warlords. Militas. Pirates. Breeding grounds for terrorist networks. One million people have died so far from famine, violence has limited the World Food Programme’s abilities in the region. The country is in a State of Emergency. There is no central government. We talk of the struggles for those in Ethiopia, get this though, Somalis go to Ethiopia to get medical treatment because the quality of treatment in Somalia is so poor.
Isaiah explains my heart better than anyone else:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… Isaiah 61:1
10,000,000 people of this land are dying oppressed by demonic forces at a pace that is hard to comprehend, nearly every single one of them on a path that leads to an eternal Hell.
We Americans are too often cowards.
We CHRISTIANS, are too often cowards.
To live is Christ, to die is gain.
Behold I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Why do we numb ourselves with luxury and comfort and call it blessed? Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The few who do allow themselves to heed the call, immediately drop the most dangerous places, why? There is no peace in this world for the Christian! There is peace in our soul, but not in this world! We speak of God’s love, and say that we surrender all (MOST) and we say that we care and deep within we bury the truth under excuses. There are no known ministries in Somalia. None. There were a few attempts, they were either feeble, or selfish and they failed. They need help. If not you, then who? When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. Will you go?
I’m not trying to make martyrs. I’m trying to spread the gospel. I have no plan to go over there and get killed. Death is an accepted and quite possible reality though, and I refuse to allow it to break my spirit.
The prophets and the martyrs don’t see the hooting throng, their eyes are fixed on the eternities. I will go. My question to you is will you go? Somalia needs workers, the harvest is plentiful, ten million strong, but the workers are so few. They need, teachers, journalists, laborers, doctors, ministers, engineers, they need it all. It’s time the Spirit of Freedom came to the land of the broken and beaten. Who will carry the light? Pray on it. If you have any questions, or want any information, please feel free to contact me.
“Go for souls and go for the worst.” – William Booth
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As you can very clearly see, this place does not look the same one bit. I’ve decided to refocus this a touch. I came out of a fast last weekend and I had one thing really shown to me. The direction for this blog. Thanks to a few friends I’m bringing this vision to life now. I want to share this vision with you all to give you some idea where this is headed.
Originally this blog was just a general thing. I posted lessons, insights, random things etc. I’m taking the focus off me now though (which is why their is a title change and more) and I’m directing this towards a ministry. I want this place to be a place where those saved or unsaved can come with questions and be able to get answers in safe non-condemning way. Maybe a believer has a subject or an idea they don’t know much about and would like to learn more about it. They are free to ask it or it could be something they are afraid to talk to a pastor or someone they know and want the truth. Others may come looking for answers to the questions of things in their life and they want to know the Gospel. I’m glad to help. I want this to be able to have open conversation and dialogue among the readers in the comments discussing the things talked about. I want those who want to learn, grow or explore, to have a place that they can come and ask questions and get a biblically truthful answer to put it in a nutshell.
There are plenty of ways to ask questions. You can reach me via facebook, email, twitter, the comments or in person if you are around me during the day. It’s my goal to hopefully be able to answer every question. Whether that means a series of questions to a post or a whole post for just one topic and question. I do still plan to post lessons occasionally, after all this is a learning environment. You also can’t exclude the occasional poem.
Now as for the title. Waging War with Lions. I look at it this way. All of this comes down to spiritual warfare. In this war, we have two lions. The Lion of Judah. Our Savior, our Redeemer, our Hope. The other is the prowling lion. The one we do battle with. That’s why the title is such. Waging War with Lions. Satan uses ignorance, stubbornness, and condemnation against us yet this blog would wage war against him by exposing our doubts and weaknesses. We turn our ignorance into knowledge and understanding. We shine light on stubborn views. We take the high road and rather than condemning others, we choose pray for and to help those in need with love and gentleness. We flip the script on the idea of war. No longer a physical, earthly war, but a biblical war. A spiritual war. A war we are in at this moment, regardless of your beliefs, whether you like it or not. We are choosing to wage war on Satan and ourselves with Christ as our commander. Make sense? The perfect verse came to me while I was thinking over the title, Psalms 91:13:
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet.
That’s our motto you could say, or maybe battle cry would be more appropriate?
Anyway be looking over the next week or so for some new content about The Trinity, and some talk on the End Times. Please get in touch with me with your thoughts, ideas and questions! Thanks!