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Posted by on December 23, 2015
Jesus in the desert

Jesus in the desert

Metrics, fruit, contribution, impact.  These are words we often use when we talk about wanting our work and our lives to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.  I can’t tell you how many Christians I (Matt) have spoken with that have been inflicted with undue discouragement when it comes to this subject.  The enemy loves to make the task to which we are called seem so overwhelming that we might just give up.  This is what he did to Jesus in the desert and this is what he continues to do to you and I. The accusations are endless and they are fierce, but they are ultimately absurd.

Throughout the narrative of scripture, we see the people of God meeting this attack head on with the weapons of faith and remembrance. Abraham, for instance, was promised that his descendants would outnumber the stars, but what did he actually see in his lifetime? Not much really. The author of Hebrews declares that the people of faith (like Abraham) are the ones who did NOT receive the things promised, but only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. Somehow, these great men and women believed that God was doing so much more underneath the surface than they could tangibly see. It wasn’t their contribution that was remarkable. It was their faith.Not only did they have faith, but they also took time to remember what God had done in and through them.  The Hebrew people practiced remembering their story. They even went so far as to set up monuments as a testimony.

There might not be a better time to take up these weapons of faith and remembrance than now.  As the year comes to a close we encourage you to pause and call upon the spirit of God to give you faith and to show you all that he has done and will do through you!


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