On The Firing Line

“So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authorities and jurisdiction of the governor.”  Luke 20:20

Shockingly, I have discovered that life is not always cake and ice cream.  The fact is, it is most often just the opposite, aches and pains.  Now this may seem to be gloom and doom but it is not.  Here are the words of a great man of faith, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”  Job 23:10

Ours (as followers of Christ) is a life that is lived with daily opportunities of growth in grace.  One could say, “Ours is a life that is lived on the firing line.”  We have things hurled at us, by our enemy, to trap us and to derail our witness for Christ.  But at the same time these things are allowed by God to strengthen our walk and to magnify the witness of Christ in our lives.

For example, consider our More For Christ readings for today, Luke 20:19-40.  Jesus is on the firing line.  There are those who are seeking to trap Jesus.  But their trap turns into and opportunity for Jesus to teach truth that magnifies the name of the Father.

This morning I discovered two things:

1.  The wisdom in always using truth as our weapon of choice on the firing line.

Jesus faced a question about allegiance.  His answer was God’s truth.  Brothers and sisters we must arm ourselves with His truth while on the firing line.  Anything else leaves us wounded and in shambles before the world.  Jesus faced a question about marriage.  Again His answer was God’s truth.  If truth was Jesus weapon of choice, I want it to be mine as well.

2.  The joy in knowing that the truth will set you free from all attacks.

As we study God’s word our minds are freed from the confusion of the matter.  We can see clearly and we can stand firmly on the rock of Jesus.  As we study Gods word our lives become powerful examples of what it means to live the Christ life.

This day I pray for you as you are on the firing line.  This day I plead with you to arm yourselves with the word of God.  His word is the only weapon you need in your fire fight.


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