Week of September 23
Well here it is the end of September and almost October. I love the season of fall. .Now, coming up in the month of November is the Breeders Cup. The World Thoroughbred Championships. The best horses, jockeys and trainers in the word meet for two full days of dirt and turf racing. As just a fan, an observer, I can only imagine what it must feel like to compete in such high level events let alone win. Those special feelings are saved for, and rightfully so, those who participate.
This reminds me that faith without works is dead, just as the body is dead without the spirit. There are a lot of Christians who are sitting in the bleachers of life instead of being in the event. These “squatters” will never know the feeling of engaging in battle. The thrill of a victory over the enemy is promised. We are told hat we are more than conquers and not to fear. “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40). I know that you must meet fear to have courage, but is that not part of the thrill? Is this that not part of the victory? How we live revels what we believe.
Without deeds (actions) we have an unchanged life and a spiritually hard heart. As Christians we are to become Christ like and our hearts are to soften.
There is a saying in the rodeo world, “Pain is guaranteed, suffering is up to you”. I would rather feel the pain of righteous battle then the suffering of fear.
May God our Heavenly father bless and hold you well.
In the name of our savior Jesus Christ of the Nazarene.
Cowboy Pastor T. Nazarenus