Common Sense REBORN Devotion

February 26

When we pray, “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:13), we are affirming our participation in Abba’s kingdom and our incorporation into Jesus’ resounding defeat of the evil one.  In a very real sense, the armor of God is a portrait of Messiah Jesus.  (Dr. Gray, Derwin, “God, Do You Hear Me?”  pg. 260)

It’s hard to find the right words to start these blogs during this unsettling time.  My heart is breaking for the people of Ukraine.  This invasion by Russia’s military is being tweeted, live-streamed, and reported by thousands on the ground, as events are unfolding.  With a world connected like never before, you could easily let the round-the-clock coverage consume you.  It is important that we pay attention to this tragedy.  God is with the people of Ukraine.  They are inflicting heavy casualties against a much more superior military might.  Russian citizens, realizing the depth of their country’s sins, are taking to their streets in protest.  Many are coming to the aid of the Ukrainians, including the Hacker Group “Anonymous”, who has launched a cyber war against the Kremlin.  Ukraine’s President has refused to leave the capitol, stating he is staying where the fight is.  The only one’s not getting involved are the military forces around the world that are watching the brutality of this attack and doing nothing.  Which is what is so heartbreaking about this war.  The world is watching and doing nothing.  And God is watching the world.

But there are ways we can all help.  Sometimes prayer is not enough.  We need to be people of action.  God knows what the people of Ukraine need.  What we should not do is just carry on like nothing is happening.  This is a beautiful time of year to visit Savannah.  The weather is perfect, a lot warmer than usual right now, but not as hot as it gets in the summer.  The azalea’s are beginning to bloom all around, and the city is packed with tourists.  We usually visit Savannah during my off weekends, but we are avoiding the city this weekend because it is not right for us to enjoy our freedoms, freedoms we did nothing to earn, when fellow Christians are being killed on the other side of the world. So we are spending our weekend brainstorming as a family what we can do to help the people of Ukraine.

Today wraps up our first book of 2022.  I hope you enjoyed all I was sharing from Dr. Derwin Gray’s book, “God, Do You Hear Me?”  When I return on here next week we will begin our journey into Mandy Smith’s eloquent and deep journey into child-like faith.  Unfettered is a beautifully written book that moves along at a slower pace than our first book, but with only eight chapters in the book, we’ll knock out a chapter a week for the next two months.

A lot of great new music came out yesterday that can help lift up your soul from these dark times.  One of my favorite’s was the radio version of Jeremy Camp’s latest single, which you can hear by clicking the image below.


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