Posts Tagged ‘Evil’


Posted: April 21, 2019 in cross, death, Easter, music, religion, Salvation Army, words
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When we succeed at something, when we’re victorious, you want to shout about it don’t you? That’s why the name of this cornet solo, The Victory Cry, is such a great title given it features the wonderful words the song The Power of the Cross:

Christ overcome the world when he gave His life for us. He achieved victory over evil and sin. Let’s shout about that victory this Easter.

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

There are some things in life that are difficult, but loving those hurt us or our families physically or emotionally, is definitely one of the toughest.

While we can say we love those that hurt us, but if we don’t really mean it, our words are worthless.

So let your words be sincere, let you love flow freely, and good will overcome evil.

Captain – a person who is at the head of, or in authority over others; chief; leader.

Even when there is a leader, a captain, in charge it doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly for the team they are in charge of.

When you’re in a war and fighting a battle, and you have God as your captain, there’s no way you are not going to win! ~ Joyce Meyer

For us as Christians, God is our captain. However, even that doesn’t that mean that we won’t have to fight any battles?

Far from it, every day is a battle against evil! But it is a battle we can win if we keep following our captain, God.

When we talk about protection, what do you think about?

  • protection from the sun. i.e. Suncream
  • protective clothing such as overalls, hard hats etc
  • door locks to protect our homes and cars from thieves

These are just a few examples of protection we probably all consider without really thinking about it.

What about protection for your soul? What do you do to protect yourself from evil influences or distractions? The answer I hope is clear, pray, read your bible and listen to God’s guidance because He will guide and protect you if you simply trust Him.

So I’ve spoken about God‘s faithful to us, and our faithfulness to God, over the last few day, but how about your faithfulness to others…to your partner, children, parents, siblings, friends.

Sometimes I think that we forget that faithfulness is not just something God expects us to show Him, but also to everyone we encounter. i.e. God expects us to be faithful to everyone.

So, are you faithful to everyone you know? It can be difficult sometimes being faithful to others when they expect/want more from us than we feel able to give them. That doesn’t make us bad people, it simply makes us human!

Faith is a confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person.

Faith in others is not something we humans find easy to do – We always require people to earn our trust/faith, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Now take a look at yourself, are you an honest and trustworthy person at all times, thus making it easy for others to have faith in you?

Make today your faithful friendship day – A day for new beginnings and start of new faithful friendships…friendships that will last forever.

Ever wonder what prayer would be like if it was answered during the prayer?  Would you be shocked, embarrassed, annoyed, thrilled, or speechless?
Think about how you might respond if this were to happen – your words are in blue and God’s responses in red:

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven.
Don’t interrupt me.  I’m praying.
  But…  you called me!
Called you?  No, I didn’t call you.  I’m praying.  Our Father who art in Heaven…
  There…  you did it again.
Did what?
  Called me.  You said, “Our Father, who art in Heaven.” Well, here I am.  What’s on your mind?
But I didn’t mean anything by it.  I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.  I always say the Lord’s Prayer.  It makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.
  Well, all right.  Go on.
Okay.  Hallowed be Thy name…
  Hold it right there.  What do you mean by that?
By what?
  By “Hallowed be Thy name”?
It means… good grief, I don’t know what it means.  How in the world should I know?  It’s just a part of the prayer.  By the way, what does it mean?
  It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Ah, that makes sense.  I never thought about what hallowed meant before.  Thanks.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…
  Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
  What are you doing about it?
Doing?  Why, nothing, I guess.  I just think it would be good if you got control of everything down here like you have up there. We’re kind of in a mess down here you know.
  Yes, I know; but have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
  That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your bad temper? You’ve really got a problem there, you know.  And what about some of the language you use and the stuff you talk about?  What about your impatience with others and thinking that you’re better than they are?  What about the people you’ve judged?  Remember, that’s MY job, not yours.
Now hold on just a minute!  Stop picking on me!  I’m just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!
  Excuse me?  I thought you were praying for MY will to be done?  If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it… like you, for example.
Oh, all right.  I guess I do have some issues.  Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.
  So could I.
I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things.  I would like to… you know, be really free.
  Good.  Now we’re getting somewhere.  We’ll work together, you and me.  I’m proud of you.
Look, Lord, if you don’t mind, I need to finish up here.  This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day, our daily bread…
  You need to cut out some of the bread.  You’re a little over-weight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute!  What is this?  Here I am doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my problems.
  Praying is a dangerous thing.  You could end up changed, you know. That’s what I’m trying to bring across to you. Remember, you called me; and here I am.  It’s too late to stop now.  Keep praying…………….Well, go on.
I’m scared to.
  Scared?  Of what?
I know what you’ll say.
  Try me and see.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…
  What about Susan and others who have done you wrong?
See… I knew it!  I knew you would bring her up!  Why, Lord? She’s told lies about me and spread stories.  She never paid back the money she owes me.  I’ve sworn to get even with her!
  But… your prayer.  What about your prayer?
I didn’t, you know, really mean it.
  Well, at least you’re honest.  But it’s quite a load carrying around all that bitterness and resentment, isn’t it?
Yes, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even with her.  Boy, have I got some plans for her.  She’ll wish she had never been born!
  No, you won’t feel any better.  You’ll feel worse.  Revenge isn’t sweet.  You know how unhappy you are.  Well, I can change that.
You can?  How?
  Forgive Susan. Then I’ll forgive you; and the hate and sin will be Susan’s problem, not yours.  You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.
OK… you know… you’re right.  You always are.  And more than I want revenge, I want to be right with You.  (Sigh)… All right, all right… I forgive her.
  There now!  Wonderful!  How do you feel?
Hmm.  Well… not bad.  Not bad at all!  In fact, I feel pretty good!  You know, I don’t think I’ll be going to bed all uptight tonight.  I haven’t been getting much sleep lately, you know.
  Yeah, I know.  But you’re not through with your prayer, are you?  Go on.
Oh, all right. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…
  Good!  Good!  I’ll do that.  Just don’t put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
  You know what I mean.
Yeah, I know.
  OK.  Go ahead and finish your prayer.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

  Do you know what would bring me glory and what would  really make me happy?
No, but I would like to know.  I want to please you now.  I’ve really made a mess of things.  I want to truly follow you.  I can see now how great that would be.  So tell me… how do I make you happy?
  You just did.