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September 26, 2005

When I first became a Stockbroker, the lingo was so confusing to me. Seriously, people were using terminology I had never heard, and I thought that I was a complete (no, not partial, but COMPLETE) IDIOT for not understanding what I read, what was being said, even frankly the concepts. A man who has become one of my best friends, my business mentor, who is an Executive Vice President at UBS, Dean McGowan, gave me a piece of advice—simply, subscribe to and read the Wall Street Journal every day. Dean told me that simply by doing that, within a month or so, the “lingo” “terminology”, and more importantly, the concepts, would all become second nature to me. Dean, one of the wisest men I know, and a person I am proud to consider a very good friend, was absolutely right. Funny how when we are making sure that we simply expose ourselves to what is important, over a period of time, the knowledge, the concepts and vocabulary, sink in.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


God’s Word seem confusing? The Subscription is free. Keep reading it. If you can’t afford a good Bible, go to our website for a free copy. Keeping up then with the analogy of the Roman armor, the Sword of the Roman soldier was a short weapon, the only offensive weapon listed here. The short Roman sword was unique in its day in that it was a double edge sword, kept sharp on both edges, so that it would cut in both directions. Contextually, in this passage we see that the sword is to be used to counteract every particular temptation that we face, not to be used agains the humans around us. What is easy to overlook given the context is that the Sword does in fact cut both ways. Here’s a meaning for that: Too often I see Christians coming to God’s word (the “Sword”) in order to have what they have already chosen to believe confirmed. Here’s the deal however. We must never view the Word of God as a means of defense against the world. It is an offensive weapon not against our fellow man, but against the “schemes of the devil.” And it cuts both ways. We can never, then, come to God’s Word without first expecting it to work its way on us. To change us. If we ever come to scripture and leave unchanged ourselves, then we have failed in how we approach scripture. Want to apply God’s word to others? First, remember that this Sword is a weapon not for fighting our fellow man, but instead for combatting spiritual forces. Second,you better make sure you have let it change your own life. Yes, the Word of God is a Sword, an offensive weapon. But the weapon wielder must be the first to be changed, to be cut, if the wielding of the Sword is expected to be accurate in its effect. Easier, yes, to expect others to change, yet in what ways is God desiring to manifest change in your life through your tough circumstances, combined with His Word in your life? Will you apply scripture’s cutting edge first to your life, and realize that God's Word is not a weapon to be used against people, but instead against spiritual forces? No God's Word is not a weapon to be used against people--it is directed to set them free. Is that how you are using it then--as a instrument of change in your own life, an instrument with which to combat spirtual forces, and finally as an instrument with which to bring freedom to others? That my friend is a serious question.

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September 21, 2005

As we consider these instructions to put on this armor, a few things we need to remember: First, and I know I’ve pointed this out before, but it is important, the verbs used are imperatives—this is presented as a command, not as a “good idea” or as “cute imagery”. Second and related to it, the fight is real, and this armor will be needed. In fact, if you are living a life where you have not experienced real sustained attack, then I would actually question the efficacy of what you would call your Christianity. And do not be surprised either, when you find that the most vicious of attacks will often come form those who claim to be in your ranks. Christ himself said their would be wolves in sheep’s clothing—that’s why we should remember that the “breastplate of righteousness”, following the Roman armor model, does not just cover the front, but the back as well. The next piece of armor is effective from any direction, too. Oh, important to note as well that in the original language, verses 14-20 here stand as one sentence, that is one grammatical unit, stressing that all of these things are to be done together, and we then are just at the mid point of that sentence! (I've re-inserted some verse numbers today so you can get the feel of it.)

Ephesians 6:10-20

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; 16in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


“Take” is better translated here as”receive”, or “accept”. If you have accepted Christ’s gift of forgiveness by faith, then your future salvation is secure. That is not what this is talking about here. This is in reference to the deliverance we all need from time to time (day to day?) when the circumstances of life, which we are so often prone to attribute to “fate” or a “bad day” instead of to a real attack upon our person, are overwhelming us. The gist here is that this deliverance involves a real, mental choice to trust God rather than self, and to depend on Him, rather than our own wares, in other words, calling upon His name, for His strength, because this is after all His armor! Panic decisions can lead to trouble; but a conscious decision to wait upon the Lord for His strength, guidance and deliverance will result in a salvation from the blows that could otherwise take a man down. Heart and mind both need protection. Oh, an interesting aside as well—Beyond being incredibly functional to ward off blows, the Roman helmet when it was worn always made the soldier appear much taller, more formidable to an attacker. Appropriating faith in God for our daily lives tends to do that too…

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September 20, 2005

Armor, a tunic, shoes. These are all things that one wears, items which are affixed to the body, and intensely personal in nature. The next item mentioned here is interesting in that it really is the absolute first line of defense for the soldier

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.



There is a translation issue here—“in addition to all” can also very well be rendered “above all”, indicating that this really is a foundational piece of equipment. The Roman shield was about two and a half feet wide, and four feet tall, and was made out of wood covered with hardened leather so as to be virtually fire proof. It was intended that the shield cover, provide protection for, all areas of the armored soldier. And yet, a shield does no good to anyone if it is not used. It must be personally appropriated, “taken up”. This is key for us in our lives: yesterday’s faith lying on the ground gives us no protection. Each day, each moment we must take up our faith, and not go blithely on our way knowing that our “shield” is somewhere in our compartmentalized lives! We must never think that faith was a one time event—it must be taken up, acted upon each moment of each day. Another notable feature of the Roman shield—although it could be used singly, it was also designed to be used in conjunction with others. The Roman shield was most effective when lined up in interlocking fashion with the shields of the other soldiers. No “Lone Ranger” mentality here. The fact is that we must avail ourselves of the faith of others, not just our own faith, if we truly expect to be able to stand firm. The enemy’s weapons are real. Some pierce, some burn. Those weapons are foiled however, when we make the choice to live not by “skill” or dexterity, but instead by faith, and interlock our faith with that of those around us.

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September 15, 2005

Allrighty then! So we know that there is a serious battle in which we will be engaged. We also know that we are not up to the task in and of ourselves, in that the enemy is not only powerful, and his plan for our demiseis well thought through, he is also not visible to us. We (thankfully) know as well, however, that God has given to us His strength for this battle, as well as His armor. How then do we appropriate that into our daily lives?

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Again, the main verb as we begin this sentence (and please notice, we are only looking at part of one sentence today) is “Stand”. We are to Stand firm, and here is how we do that: “Having girded your loins with truth”—Ok, unfortunately, this is way too often sanitized, and in so doing, the force of the passage is lost. Cultural accommodations should not be made for God’s word, or for scholarship. God’s Word and the study of it should stand as written. Here’s the deal, and I hope no one’s sensitivities are offended. “Girding up ones loins”—that does not mean “putting on a belt” as it is often translated. The Roman soldier wore a short tunic, like a skirt. “Loins” refers to the testicular area of a man—a very sensitive region. To gird up ones’ loins, then was to take the skirt of the tunic, pull it from the front to the back between the legs and then up to be tucked into the belt. This created in effect a jock strap to protect the “loins”. In this manner, we then, too, are to protect our areas of sensitivity, spiritually and behaviorally, by pulling truth tightly around them. That means knowing first what truth is. That means thinking for yourself, questioning, researching—in other words, work. “Truth” is not assuming that a given political stance is right, or even what is heard from a pulpit or on “Christian” radio is correct. One must invest the time and energy to know truth. This is important for this reason-–how can a dishonest Christian, be they dishonest by commission or omission, hope to withstand the devil, who is the father of lies? We all have sensitive areas in our lives. Truth lends needed support to those areas. “Put on the breastplate o f righteousness”—Ok, we all screw up, and if you are a person of faith then you recognize that as respects God the Father, your righteousness is seated to His right hand in the person of Christ. However, behavior does have its issues in our lives, and in how we are able to withstand attacks. As a pastor I had a target on my back for a long time, I’ve been accused of virtually any and every heinous behavior imaginable by those who had a grievance with me. If those accusations had been true, then I would have been wounded. In that they were not, well, the blows fell uselessly aside, having done little harm. Finally, there is the issue of the feet, which are the warriors foundation and mobility. Roman soldiers wore highly sophisticated sandals with hobnails protruding from the bottoms like cleats. In this way the soldier could dig in to face a blow without giving an inch. The sandals, too, could be an offensive weapon. For us, we must remember that the foundation of our faith is the gospel, not some cultural norm or some denominational divide, and we each individually must be prepared to take that gospel forward. Still fighting naked?

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September 14, 2005

Ok, here’s what we know so far: God has provided His strength and His armor for us to use, because we are in a war with a real, evil enemy, who plans his attacks against us very well. This enemy is not a human one, but spiritual, yet with God’s strength and His armor, we can not only stand, but stand firm when the attacks do come. Grand theoretical lesson, but how exactly do we do that? That’s one of the wonderful things about scripture—you get both theory and application! Take a look:

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Paul begins this sentence with the word “therefore”, pointing grammatically back to the previous two sentences. The meaning is something like this –“Since we will be engaged/are engaged in a real battle against a real foe who is planning how to take you out, Therefore you have something to do, namely…” The main verb here is “Take”, which is key to the concluding verb of “stand”—One must take up the full armor of God if one is going to stand his or her ground. There is no point to argue here. This is an imperative. It is a call to action which flies straight into the face of the popular theology taught so often of “let go and let God”. In our progressive sanctification, we are called to work. Yes, the armor is God’s. Yes, the strength that we are to work from is God’s as well, yet we must actively choose to appropriate them both! Our government issues weaponry, helmets, and body armor to our soldiers in Iraq. Would you agree that it would be foolhardy, then for any soldier to march into battle in Iraq naked, having left his uniform, armor and weapon(s) in the barracks? Then why do so many Christians think that they can be successful in meeting the challenges, attacks even, of the day without time with God, without personally appropriating His word into their lives, without understanding even the basic principles of living by faith instead of self reliance? Don’t fight naked! You have been given everything you need to stand firm. All you need to do is appropriate it into your life.

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September 13, 2005

Where has civil society gone? Even within the Church, it is amazing that individuals will be vilified at the drop of a hat simply by virtue of their holding a differing opinion. That opinion may never be criticized, but the person holding the opinion most certainly will. Which, really, is our enemy—the untruth, or the person who wholeheartedly believes the untruth? That is part of the issue that Paul deals with in today’s portion of this section of scripture:

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Paul opens with a reality check here—Yes, there is a struggle that we must engage in. There is human responsibility that must be exercised if we are serious about growing in our faith. The word that Paul uses here for “struggle” is a very specific word—it is indicative of wrestling, of two individuals locked limb to limb in intimate combat. And yet, we have to note that this wrestling match is not with the people around us! Our adversaries are not the humans around us, no matter what their viewpoints—those folks are simply prisoners of war (yet too often those POW’s are shot, not by the enemy, but by us). Paul gives us here four characteristics of our true adversaries: “rulers”—stresses the nature of authority, “powers”, stresses the strength of our foe, “world forces of this darkness”, stresses the widespread evil influence of our foe in the world, and “spiritual forces of wickedness”, which reminds us again that the true battle is a spiritual one against a real and wicked enemy, but one that is not human. Yet in the Church we seem all too ready to forget that, and turn the sights of our weapons on those whom we are called to love. John Armstrong made this point very well when he wrote “In the face of growing citizen militia groups, committed to arming themselves in order to defend personal freedoms, it seems ironic that the Church has forgotten she is spiritually armed for an entirely different battle. As the Church, in response to various culture wars, increasingly turns to numerous battles ‘with flesh and blood’ rather than to the primary battle with ‘the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,’ one must wonder if we have forgotten the teaching of the New Testament itself.” A solid reminder that our battle is not one of words against the people around us, whatever their politics; heck, our fight isn’t even based on this earth, but in the heavenly places. The battle we face is a spiritual one, against a spiritual enemy, to be fought with spiritual weapons provided by God. Funny, I’ve never seen a voting booth or Political Action Committee mentioned in scripture…

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September 12, 2005

First off, my apologies—I got slammed last week both at the university and at work, so was remiss in getting these out! That said, you know, I have performed a lot of weddings in my tenure as a pastor. Enough to be able to tell rather quickly which will survive and which will not. The ones that will not survive are typically those in which one or both parties really do not realize that there is a difference between a wedding and a marriage. Weddings are filled with romantic notions, marriages, well they are filled with the reality of life. Too many couples focus much more on a wedding than they do on a marriage. If we are going to succeed in any area of our lives, we need to have a realistic view of what to expect. Many people avoid that. And in Christendom, many individuals teach something very different from what is reality. Scripture is very real however, and for the rest of this week, we’re going to be looking very closely at one very real passage: Ephesians 6:10-20. As we go through this passage, the verses we’ll be looking at for that day will be in bold italics.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all tiems in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am and ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Warren Wiersbe once noted that “Sooner or later every believer discovers that the Christian life is a battleground, not a playground, and that he faces an enemy who is much stronger than he is---apart from the Lord.” Wise words. Words that are ignored, pushed aside all too readily by those who simply want the sacrifice of Christ to provide them only with comfort, material gain, and a good feeling every day: an outlook like that is a fictional one. Here’s reality—Paul begins this passage with emphasis: “Finally” translates literally as “For the rest”, meaning, that for a great portion of our lives, our day to day meeting out of our faith, this is what we are to do, namely, “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”. Notice that the emphasis here is on God’s provisions, not our personal resources! The verb tense here is the passive middle imperative, with the rendering then of both “Allow God to strengthen you”, as well as “strengthen yourself in the Lord"—God provides the strength in both cases. We MUST be looking to God for His strength, because we’re going to need it. Another imperative follows “Put on”—this is not an option, not a good idea, not a suggestion. It is a command. And again, the armor is not ours, but God’s, emphasizing God’s provisions for what we will be called upon to face, namely that there will be attacks, real, vicious attacks, from none less than the devil himself, and here’s the scary part—these attacks are well thought through, they are actually schemes, not accidents of malice. So here’s a reality—the marriage after the wedding if you will—you’ve got a target on your back in the sights of a cunning enemy who is actively planning on how to take you down. You cannot survive these attacks out of your own merit. You need God’s strength, and His armor (not yours, His). The devil attacks to get you to deny, doubt, disregard and or disobey God, to get you to think you are self –sufficient. Satan has won a great battle in our lives if we mentally sanitize this piece of scripture, and think for one minute that the imagery here is “cute” or if we picture a shiny, chrome plated armor, or that this command was for those in a time long past. Here’s reality—one does not parade about in armor to look good. It is heavy. It is not for show. It is for protection from real, planned assaults against our lives, our loves, our hearts, minds and souls. That is why the verbs here are imperatives—commands. If you want to survive, want to avoid the wounds, you must heed this warning. Nothing cute here, just real advice on how to face real dangers. And we would be fools if we did not heed this command! Given the choice between a successful wedding or a successful marriage, I’d choose the marriage. Given the choice between a Christianity filled with pleasing platitudes or one which leads to success against the challenges to come, I choose to leave platitudes behind. Still with me?

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September 6, 2005

There are flaws in our language—I mean seriously, when you are head over heals in love, can you express you feelings accurately and succinctly? In part I believe the problem lies with how our verbs are used in English. In other languages, verbs carry with them what is called mood: for instance, the verb mood might be indicative, which means that it is just making an assertion; there is also the subjunctive mood, which expresses a supposition, or doubt/uncertainty. There are other moods in different languages, including the imperative mood. The imperative mood states by its very nature that what is being discussed is a command, not an option, not simply a good idea “if a guy wanted too…” Still, maybe we are stuck with our language as it is, because hey, who among us wants to be told what we NEED to do (no option)? Is that possibly indicative of our culture? Don’t we really all want to know what our options are, instead of what we really need to do? We’re going to be following this bunny trail for a few days, so please, bear with me… Christ knew of the importance of a command verses a “good idea” Consider this:



John 15:13-14



Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.




Did that sting to anyone but me? Not the love, and Christ initiating it, demonstrating it part, but I mean the part of what defines us as a friend (or not) of His? Don’t we in our culture want to be self directing….maybe even, really, self existent? The role of rugged individualist, who needs no one, takes direction only from his heart—even in the Church. And then this—“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Hmmmm, Are you and I really then His friend? If not, in whose camp do we obviously stand? Something to ponder. Why is it hard to do the simple things God asks of us? We all want our hands at the reins; none of us wants to acknowledge the bit and bridle in our own mouth. Fight the bit or yield, That really is what your choice comes down to.

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September 1, 2005

From Webster’s Unabridged—“Delight: A high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture. Something that gives great pleasure.” One of the things I love about being back in a university setting is the great sense of optimism, the possibilities that one sees through the eyes of the students. Some choose to delight themselves in the pursuit of career that will bring them power, some with the pursuit of careers that will bring them money, some delight themselves in the pursuit of careers that will bring them prestige. Still others delight n being the prettiest, or the most buff. In college, I delighted in the pursuit of a beautiful redhead. We’ve been married for twenty three years now, and I have received unmerited favor upon favor. And yet there is a reality to consider: some who delight themselves in the pursuit of money will win it, many more will not, and those who do win it may find that it did not bring them what they had hoped for. Same with those in pursuit of power, of prestige. Beauty and physique, well those are just simply going to fade—they do for everyone. So, where then are the guarantees in life? They are there, but all too often, not where many look. David looked in the right place, though, and this is what he had to say:



Psalm 37:4-6



Delight yourself in the Lord;

And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,

And your judgment as the noonday.




Funny, but did you notice that there weren’t any tasks listed there? This deals with a mindset, a choice, not a list of assignments. In all honesty, what do you delight in? It is your choice after all. Some choices may have a chance of beign fulfilled. And upon those chances being fulfilled however, do you think that you, yourself will be fulfilled? Delight yourself in the Lord and He sill give you your delight: Himself. Now that’s a guarantee. That my friends, is fulfillment not just of a desire, but fulfillment of your person, by The Person. Trust in Him, and He will do it. He will make you shine forth in ways you never dreamed of.

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