;

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< Encouragement Café with Luann & Friends

On Guard! - Encouragement Café - November 20, 2018

  • 2018 Nov 20
  • COMMENTS

On Guard!
By Paris Renae

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men (women) of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

The holidays are upon us.  Preparations are in full swing.  The turkey, then the tree, and four short weeks later Christmas morning!  Yikes! 

When we boil it down to the basics, it sounds like something to check off the list.

Yet we know it is to be more, much more.  The celebration of Christmas isn’t to be hurried and rushed into, but our enemy wants it to be just that: a rush.  Somewhere between shopping for gifts, decorating, and cookies, Satan tries to trip us into high gear so that we miss the simple beauty of the Gift.

Be on your guard…

In fencing practice, the command ‘On Guard’ means the opening position to either be ready to attack or defend and throughout the contest your stance must be on guard.  How can we be ‘on guard’ against the enemy?

Stand firm in the faith…

Building our faith comes with practice, just as being a good fencer does.

This holiday season will give us many opportunities to practice standing firm in the faith.  Our stance will be with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.  Memorize our key verse, cling to it in those moments when you feel you’re being tugged in too many directions.

Finally, verse fourteen says

Do everything in love.

If love isn’t the motivation for baking the cookies, get the store bought ones and love the fellowship.  If love isn’t the motivation for the decorations, skip them and celebrate the moment instead of the ornament.

I want to be a woman celebrating the greatest gift ever given.

Will you join me in:

clinging to His Word

making people more important than baking or decorating

cherishing the moments so I don’t get lost in the rush

Father, help me to stand firm this holiday season, standing on Your Word and Your love.  Putting aside the urgent when it gets in the way of the important.  Help me be courageous enough to not have the best decorated house so that I have the best view of Your precious gift. In Jesus, Name Amen

For more encouragement, visit Paris at https://parisrenae.com/.

© 2018 by Paris Renae.  All rights reserved.


Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  Pull up a chair… He’s been waiting for you.

Need a refill?  Please join us at the Encouragement Café with Luann and Friends

The conversation at the Café is always hot and fresh.  We invite you to listen in as we gather around the table to discuss everyday life.

Comfort food for your soul is always on our menuand friends are always close enough to hug.  We invite you to join us daily, as our writer’s share how the Lord continues to transform them into His glorious image.

Still craving more…Join us as we grow together in grace and truth through our online bible study.

Stop by Encouragement Café and listen as the girls share life. Find podcasts, videos, Bible studies, prayer, resources and daily helpings of hope, laughter and friendship around our table. We've saved a seat just for you!



Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com