Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Chaplain's Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

Everybody needs an edge, something that will help them be just a little better than someone else. In police work it's very important to have an edge over the bad guys. That edge can be training and skill or maybe a physical edge - like being in better shape than the guy you confront.

The spiritual world is just as real and just as, or more, dangerous as the material world. In the spiritual realm we need an edge. Those of us who are Christians need it more than those who are not, because Christians are the ones the enemy, the devil, is coming after. He already has the others, and quite often leaves them alone. They are his, so he doesn't need to pay much attention to them. But, those whom he has lost to Christ - he's always trying to destroy.

The Apostle Peter says it this way,
"Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack."
(1 Pet. 5: 8)

Now back to the idea of needing an edge. Since the devil is out to get us we need to be prepared, locked and loaded, as it were. Psalm 119 verse 98 says,
"God's Word . . . gives me an edge on my enemies." (The Message)
And when Jesus was being directly tempted by the devil He used God's Word - to get an edge, to gain the victory, over Satan - and it worked. And Eph. 6:17 says,
"God's Word is the sword of the Spirit."
No good police officer would be caught without his weapon. May I say, no good Christian should be caught without God's Word. I'm not talking about just carrying around a Bible in your pocket; that's not where you need it. Are you putting God's Word in your heart and mind? Are you reading and studying the Bible? Are you making it a part of your daily life? When was the last time you spent 1 hour, 30 minutes, or just 10 minutes - reading and meditating on the Bible?

Today would be a good day to get started; here's a great link to help you:
Bible Study Tools site.



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