Greater is He: A boy and his song

1 John 4:4 says: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

As Christians we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.    The spirit of this world or as Paul states it, the “god of this age, has blinded the minds of unbelievers.”   This is referring to our adversary Satan.  His ways and the demons that followed his ways hate everything that God loves.  There is no agreement between the light and the darkness.    The Bible tells us that Jesus is the light of the world and that the darkness cannot understand it or overcome it ( John 1:5)

What we carry is unnerving to the enemy.  They fear the Lord Jesus Christ and don’t care to be around Him.  Just read the Scriptures where Jesus encounters them.

I read a story yesterday of 9 year old boy who was kidnapped in Atlanta out of his front yard.   The man who took him was swearing and told the kid he “didn’t want to hear a word from me” the boy states.  The man than proceeded to threaten him, if he told anybody.

This is quite an intimidating circumstance for a little boy.  So what does he do?   He started singing a gospel song called:  “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker.  And he didn’t stop singing this one song for 3 HOURS!  You know what?  After 3 hours the man threw the kid out of the car onto the street and drove away!

Why?  I will tell you.  First the little boy didn’t depend on his own strength, but the Lord’s.  As the boy worshiped, the Spirit in him flowed out of him and drove the spirit in that man crazy.  The darkness does not like the light and the same spirit that influenced that man to TAKE and KEEP the boy had to get the boy and the Holy Spirit in the boy away from him.

I saw this happen to in front of my face back in the late 90’s.  On a mission trip Chicago we went to the Robert Taylor housing project.  I was taking 3 teens through the building inviting people down to the lawn out front.  As we got to the bottom of the building and almost out the door two men stopped us.  The biggest one probably 6’5 and easily 300 pounds, crossed his arms and  blocked our way out of the door.  His friend tall and thin stood next to him.

We were stuck in a small entry way about 8′ by 8′.  I knew we could be in a dangerous situation and I didn’t want to make it worse and risk the students being hurt.  I thought about my options.   2 men vs. me.  Nope I couldn’t make them move or fight them out of the way, beside someone could get hurt.   I couldn’t threaten out the way, and I couldn’t be a “nice guy” and ask them to move, because they were doing this on purpose.  I was stuck.

At this point nobody had said a word and an awkward minute or two went by when all of  the sudden something happened.  A freshman girl who was literally about 5′ tall and weighed less than a 100 pounds, stepped forward to the top of this man’s stomach/bottom of his chest, stuck out her finger at him, shook her head (you should have seen her long brown hair swing from side to side) and said:  “in the name of Jesus move!”

I thought uh-oh what is going to happen now?  The man looked down at her and without saying a word stepped out of the doorway and let us out the door.  I let the students go first and then I left expecting to get hit in the back or something and yet no one touched us.

The Spirit in her was greater than the spirit in that man.  That will probably be the closet thing I will ever see to David-vs-Goliath.  That day I learned a lesson.  What a 190 pound man couldn’t do in the flesh a 100 pound 14 year old girl did in the Spirit.  Truly, greater is He that is in us, than he that is in this world.  Remember and believe this.  To God be all the glory.

Take risk; touch the world with His love, life and power.

Doug

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Death and Resurrection

This is the wonderful time of year where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.   It is this fact alone that stands out to prove the Christian faith, that validates Jesus claims to be God and to be the exclusive way to the Father.

If Christ did not raise then we are hopeless in our faith and fools even more.  But He did rise.  God entered space, time and history in the person of Jesus Christ and left a historical trail of evidence for His life, death and resurrection.

Why did He die?  Why did He give up His life?  Because all of humanity was under the the curse of sin and death.  Every person was sentence to eternal punishment. We were condemned (John 3:18,36) For what? Falling short of God’s glory and living in sin.  A holy God by nature judgment against sin was necessary.  

In fact the truth is that is was the Holiness of God that motivated His love to provide a sacrifice in our behalf.  He was and is and will judge sin.   God desired a way to deliver people from this reality.

In the Old Covenant He provided a lifestyle of laws to live by to attain righteousness and He provided animal sacrifices that would temporarily cover the sins of people.  But a better Covenant was designed by Him that would do away with the problem of sin.  He sacrificed His Son Jesus.  Jesus lived a life that completely pleased God and was still punished for our sins (Isaiah 53.)  He took our punishment so we could have peace.   

This peace is only accessed by our faith in Christ.  (Romans 5:1-3, Rom. 4:4-8)  Jesus will stand as the judge of the world one day (Acts 17:31)  But as a person puts their belief/faith in Jesus Christ they have forgiveness of their sins, peace with God and eternal life 

Read John 3:15–21  and be blessed, ask God to show you Himself as you look for Him.  Look in His Word the Bible, seek Him and you will find Him.  He has revealed Himself  as a loving God who is dying to save this world.