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First, Your Sword Oct 20 2008


"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." - James 4:7

Britain claims no greater naval hero than Lord Horatio Nelson, the British admiral from the eighteenth century. Although best known for his brilliance and dedication to his duties, Lord Nelson was also noted for his courtesy and kindness toward those he defeated. On one occasion, a defeated admiral strode across the deck to meet Lord Nelson. With a sword at his side, the defeated admiral put his hand out to surrender to Lord Nelson. Lord Nelson looked at him but did not immediately shake his hand. Instead he nodded and said, "Your sword first, then your hand."

This is what our Heavenly Father says to us. He wants to give us the gift of grace and provision, and He wants us to enjoy the love of Jesus Christ. But He first demands that we submit our lives to Him. We are to give Him our hearts and our wills first. And then He will extend His hand. Submit to the lordship of Jesus and you will immediately be blessed with all that He has to offer - like kindness that knows no bounds.

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As new christian/veteran christians we battle with our wills and willingness to submit ourselves to GOD. Our fleshly nature is to resist and handle things on our own. Faith is the most important building block of the christians walk. GOD looks for child like trust and faith. It is only through trust and faith in GOD that we learn to grow and mature in Christ. It is putting our will/ego under our feet for Christ so God can rise up in us daily. That is why prayer, and worship is so very important. Keeping a prayer journal and a thankful journal helps to build and strengthen our willingness to surrender and submit to God's plans when we can look back on all that he's done for us.

 
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Please pray for my husband. He has been out of work for over a year and struggling with where to find work. I believe that God has given him talents that he needs to use - I pray he sees the truth in his gifts and finds peace.

 

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