THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2012
PREPARED FOR WAR
Today’s reading: Psalm 33:4-22
Today’s psalm bring us to our themes through the years
since the restoration. These themes build up to prepare us
for the theme for this year.
2007 we had the theme of hope. In today’s psalm, “we
have put our hope in you.” (Ps 33:22b). No matter what
happens, even in the most severe crisis, we look to God and
put our hope in Him.
2008 we had the theme of joy. In today’s psalm, “For
in God our hearts rejoice” (Ps 33:21a). God listens
to prayers, does not abandon for long, but restores His people
once they have learned the lessons of Lamentations. As such,
we can always rejoice, knowing that God is always there for
2009 we had the theme of trust. In today’s psalm, “in
your holy name we trust.” (Ps 33:21b). As God is our
Savior, we can always trust in Him. Jesus went to the cross
out of love and mercy, and these we confidently hold on to.
2010 we had the theme of the justice and righteousness of
the Almighty, its implication on our worship, and an emphasis
on redemptive suffering. In today’s psalm, we see that
“the Lord loves justice and right” (Ps 33:5a)
and His “eyes are upon the reverent” (Ps 33:18a),
“delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times
of famine.” (Ps 33:19). In the depth of our suffering,
God redeems. God is just and righteous, and if we place ourselves
in right relationship with Him, if we give Him the worship
that is His due, if we are purified through suffering for
the cause of Christ, then God will surely bless us, even through
trial and tribulation.
2011 we had the theme of strength in God. In today’s
psalm, we are led not to look to human strength (Ps 33:16-17)
but only to God, “who is our help and shield.”
(Ps 33:20b). Having been formed in the necessary virtues of
hope, joy and trust, having entered more deeply into a relationship
with God with a deeper appreciation of the cross of Christ,
then we are prepared to take on the fullness of God’s
strength in order to accomplish His eternal purpose for us.
Facing the crossroad in 2011, now we are ready to move on.
God now has brought us to our theme for 2012, that of “Choose
Life.” This brings us to the very plan of God for the
world as seen in the book of Genesis. This brings us into
the thick of the spiritual war raging in the world today.
This opens up to us the whole culture of life intended by
God versus the culture of death fomented by Satan.
third millennium is marked by the advance of darkness, indeed,
a veritable tsunami of evil threatening to overwhelm the whole
world. The threats are to the very fundamental realities of
a life in God, that of faith, family and life. Satan has marshaled
the most powerful forces on this earth in order to do his
diabolical work. We are in the end times.
In the period of restoration God has prepared us in CFC-FFL.
The lessons of Lamentations and the lessons of Job are continuing.
At the same time, with the tsunami of evil hurtling forward,
we need to stand and fight. Not to do so would be to accept
inevitable defeat. The crossroad is right before us.
are reminded of who we are as CFC -- centered on Christ, faithful
to our covenant, carrying the cross. We fight for FFL -- faith,
choose life. Choose the life that God has chosen for you.
Choose the life that is the fullness of what God intends for
you. Choose the evangelistic and missionary life that is the
calling of every true Christian. Choose the life that leads
to eternal life.