Monday, October 22, 2007

Being the Body

From Charles Colson's book "Being the Body"

"We, too, live in a darkening land. No, we don't suffer the overt repression.... But the long shadows creep from within and without. War and its rumors fill the air... random shootings, in schools and on the streets... economic uncertainties... disdainful voices scorn God... the forces of terror lurking in any seemingly ordinary situation.

And amid it all, Satan spins his snares of weariness and fear, dejection and despair. He tempts God's people to feel trapped, impotent, helpless.

But what does the risen Lord of the church tell His people 366 times throughout the Scriptures?

Fear not!

Fear not!

Fear not!

His perfect love casts out all fear.

Satan's sin of despair denies God's sovereign truth and the way He chooses to work in this broken world. God acts through His people, His Body.......Christ has told us that we are the light of the world. Even as we step forth with our smallest flames of love and truth, Christ's great light will blaze and dispel the darkness... for the darkness cannot overcome it.

So we need not despair. The simple truth is our greatest hope. As we live as His Body on earth, God will use us for His purposes....."

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