First, here is the article from John Eldredge on Normandy… http://andsonsmagazine.com/29/normandy-pilgrim-war#.WcufZ-QzWM8
If you go to http://www.ransomedheart.com and click on “more in podcasts” on the right side of the screen, there are two podcasts (August 14 and 21) on his Normandy trip where he talks about what he saw. The podcasts are better than the text. You will gather more from them.
Second – here are the slides from last week and this week … Goliath
Please look at the slides – some great verses are listed in there that you will need as a part of your armor.
Lastly, if you want to watch Todd White’s full talk at Gateway Church, here is the link … If you want to watch just what we showed today, fast forward to 4:30 minutes in and watch for 2-3 minutes
We covered a ton of material this morning. Fast. I don’t want to linger too long on this discussion of us living in a world at war. Don’t want to glorify it, don’t want to over-emphasize it. However, a core truth is this, we do indeed live in such a world. Just watch the news at night. The world feels like it is about to come apart at the seams. The acceleration of hatred, division (NFL), animosity, political correctness and fear is shocking. I mean, it is FAR worse than it was just a year ago. If you don’t understand this, you’re going to have a very hard time interpreting your story or understanding the goodness of God. In the insanity of this world, the constant noise, the demands on your time and the pressures of money/work … it is very easy to miss God’s voice. That’s the enemy’s intention. God is at work and He speaks but you’re going to have to fight through the noise and opposition to get to the Source of Life.
Satan was cast out of heaven and to the earth he came. This is his domain, his stomping grounds. You do NOT live in Eden. You live in a cesspool and a swamp filled with cottonmouths. The result of all that is we all battle Goliaths in our lives – Fear, Rejection, Comfort, Anger, Addiction, Self – just to name a few. They are symptoms of a bigger problem … our sin nature and this world we live in. The big risk and frankly, the design of the enemy is that you take these Goliaths and curve in upon yourself. That you would embrace “comfort” as your goal for life. Seeking comfort at every turn, a man will quickly turn inward on himself. Toys, nicer vacations, creature comforts, living a safe life? Inward. A raging pornography addiction … inwardly focused. Living with fear at all these possible risks? You turn inward to protect self.
One of the great costs of war is that you turn in on yourself.
THAT is what we want to defeat. Christ did not come and die on the Cross for you to live a comfortable, safe life. He came to save and then to lead the saved into the battle to fight for others. What did He do with the Disciples? He taught them, trained them, equipped them and then scattered them so the Gospel could spread. Todd White brilliantly reminds us in that clip …
God did not save you so you can fill a church. No, He says He wants you to be the church. You house Me. Holy Spirit wants to completely possess you to make you a detriment to the devil every day – so you can destroy the devil’s works everywhere you go. It’s an exciting Christian life. It’s no about getting into heaven one day. It’s about heaven getting into you so that you can destroy hell every day of your life, everywhere you go. Jesus didn’t pay the price for me to then go hide in four walls. He paid a price for me be a warrior and conduit to destroy hell.
YOU have a role to play. It is time for Goliath to fall. A life focused on my “self” and my “comfort” is a very small life. The big life is the life that empties itself and leaves nothing on the field. It is a life that fires all the arrows in your quiver. It truly is a LIFE LIVED OUTWARD. A beautiful thing.
Go do it.