THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
GOD FIGHTS FOR US
Gamaliel told the Sanhedrin about the apostles, “if
it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you
may even find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts
5:39). IF it comes from God? You MAY be fighting God? Gamaliel
had a good insight. But we KNOW that our work comes from God,
and that it is He Himself acting in and through us. Thus our
fight is His fight.
we know these realities, then they determine how we are to
work and act. First, we should evangelize with a passion,
persistently and insistently. “And all day long, both
at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching
and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.” (Acts 5:42).
we should never be afraid. “The Lord is my light and
my salvation; whom should I fear?” (Ps 27:1a). We have
been saved. We live under the Lord’s protection, care
and guidance. “The Lord is my life’s refuge; of
whom should I be afraid?” (Ps 27:1b). We can always
turn to the Lord in our troubles. “When evildoers come
at me to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes themselves
stumble and fall.” (Ps 27:2). God fights for us and
defends us. God has already won the victory, in which we share.
whatever afflictions we suffer at the hands of our opponents,
we rejoice. “So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor
for the sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41). We wear suffering
and persecution as badges of honor!
God is about a might work. God has given us the privilege
of being instruments of this work. Are we still afraid? Are
we discouraged? Do we not see? God knows what He wants to
happen. Do we see it as well? Can we pass the test? Jesus
asked Philip how they could feed the large crowd, an impossible
task given the situation. “He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.” (Jn
6:6). But Philip was thinking in human terms, answering that
200 days’ wages would not be enough (Jn 6:7). Andrew
also thought in the same way. “There is a boy here who
has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these
for so many?” (Jn 6:9).
then worked his miracle, feeding 5,000 and even having more
leftovers than they started with. Only then did the people
see (Jn 6:14a). We need to look beyond our own physical and
material resources. We do God’s work and He provides.
In fact, as those who believe in him, we are to do his very
works, and even greater ones (Jn 14:12). God Himself is the
One acting in and through us.
how is it with us? We need to BE.LI.EV.E!
As we go off to evangelize, which automatically involves us
in spiritual warfare, we need to trust in God’s word,
God’s commission and God’s anointing. “Though
war be waged against me, even then do I trust.” (Ps
27:3b). Even as we face impossible odds due to the powerful
forces against us, we are not daunted, but rather we stand
even taller. “Even now my head is held high above my
enemies on every side!” (Ps 27:6a).
both protects us but also projects us. “He will conceal
me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock.”
(Ps 27:5b). We have defense and offense. We are covered on
what else do we not see?