As I finished my bible reading this morning, 1 Kings 15 & 16, I was having trouble deciding what to present here at Bread Crumbs for a daily post. Hmm...that's the reason I didn't write yesterday! Too many things to say, I suppose. I turned on my laptop with the intention of writing about how our broken dreams and broken hearts lead us in full humility to the feet of God. But I'm putting off that post until a later time, even though the subject has been pressing on my mind, to write about something totally different - Saddam Hussein's execution.
Don't fall over in your chairs, dear friends, at the thought of me writing about a current event or politics. I'm not going to delve deeply there. When I "heard" the news via a friend's blog, I was surprising saddened about this evil dictator being executed. After all, I thought I'd be happy about it. But, thoughts went through my mind about his eternal fate, and how he is probably in hell right now because he believed not in Jesus, but in the God of the Muslims, who is not the same god as our God of Christianity. He sincerely believed in something, but he was sincerely wrong. I am truly saddened by his fate.
Our soldiers in Iraq have made that country a better place by removing Saddam Hussein, an evil dictator and murderer from power. I believe they are fighting a good fight. But the battle needing to be fought is a deeper and more difficult battle than a physical one. The true battle lies in the hearts of men. Don't you wonder what it would be like if men and women all over the world would hear the gospel and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives? Their hearts would be changed forever if they would allow the Holy Spirit to work inside of them. Sounds simple doesn't it? It is simple. The simple truth of the Gospel can change the world from the inside out. Wow.
Christian, are you letting God work on you from the inside out through a daily cleansing of bible reading and prayer? Are you winning the battle on your own home front? I wonder if I am sometimes, but I keep pressing on, picking myself up when I get too battle weary and fall to the ground. Confession: Sometimes the "picking myself up" consists of a friend sending me an encouraging word or a bible verse or two to put me back on track. So, I suppose I must give that credit to God. Friends, if you are battle weary, I would love to "pick you up" today. The battle we fight is a crucial battle. The world - even if it is just our little slice of it - is counting on us.
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.