I never cease to be amazed at how powerful simple sentences from God’s word can be if we will just take the truth of them to heart and trust them. Here’s one.
“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).”
Pause for a moment and let your mind chew on that. He who is in you (the Spirit of Christ) is greater than he who is in the world (Satan and all his forces).
There is power in the truth of that sentence to cast out fear, to resist temptation, and to turn despair to hope. That truth had sunk deeply into Martin Luther’s heart and it came out in his Psalm 46 inspired hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us
We will see this truth revealed in Jesus words and work in the Gospel of Luke this Sunday. To prepare your heart for our gathered worship, take some time to read and meditate on Luke 11:14-23 this week. What good news of great joy for all people is revealed and underscored by these verses? What would an unbelieving response to this news look like? What would a believing response look like?
Kenny Clark will be preaching and Caleb Parker will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And let’s pray Jesus’ prayer in John 17:17 for one another, “Sanctify us in the truth; your word is truth.”
See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Matt Boswell
Did we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing