Fanning the Flame: September 2011

Fanning the Flame Update: Spiritual Battle Cry

And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him… Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants. And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down. These four were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. (2 Samuel 21:16-22 ESV)

Did you know there were real giants? These were formidable warriors, carrying weapons that few could wield. They were champions in battle and people fled before them—all but David and his men. We read time and time again about David’s mighty men who fought giants and faced impossible odds in battle and yet won. David and his mighty men foreshadow Christ and the church battling against the ruler of this age, the devil, and the spiritual forces of evil that seek to destroy God’s people. The apostle Paul explains, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 ESV) These forces look daunting and are strong enough to cause any man to run. But Jesus is stronger and as we trust in him so are we, just as David and his mighty men were stronger.

This is an important lesson to learn as I, and perhaps many of you, have felt the spiritual battle come to our door. Busy schedules, differences of perspective, and other factors have converged to bring a sense of unrest and are a very real threat to our march forward toward God’s vision for us. So please read this is a trumpet blast, a battle cry calling you all to pray mightily against the devil and his schemes and the world and its allures, so that we might progress toward becoming a church that faithfully equips God’s people for renewing our families and our city for Christ.

Specifically, please pray:

  • That God would lead us not into temptation and would deliver us from evil.
  • That God would raise up a Fanning the Flame team member to serve as our Administrative leader.
  • That God would raise up a Strategic Task Force leader to direct our efforts in tackling our first strategy.
  • That God would grant us fruitful discussions filled with charity, and unity with regard to his purposes for us.

We are selected our first strategy which is to develop effective structures to facilitate ministry within Cornerstone. This will serve to provide us a framework for the remaining strategies, so that when we seek to launch a new ministry effort, we will have an effective structure in place to initiate and direct it.  This will also provide us with a more effective way of ensuring new family members find a place to serve according to their gifts and our needs.

Blessings,

Carter

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