March 13th, 2018 –IGNITE

When I started college (many years ago now), the very first class I had was Beginning Latin 101. I was in the pre-seminary curriculum and was given this class without me even approving it. I remember wondering who spoke Latin and why did I need to learn it. I wasn’t planning on going to any Latin speaking countries, so how was this going to help me prepare for the ministry? Little did I know before the class even started that Latin is a dead language. No one speaks it anymore. Can I just tell you, if I would have known that I probably would have dropped out. But as it turned out, I ended up taking Latin all four years of college, with the same Professor, and even got a minor in Latin.

The first Bible verse I learned in Latin has stuck with me all these years. It’s Romans 8:31 – “Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos.” “If God is for us, who can be against us!” Not only was it an easy verse to say – it was an easy verse to understand.

But as easy as it was to say in Latin (or English) and as easy as it is to understand, evidently it’s not always easy to live out in life. We have so many enemies attacking us – all which seem bigger than life.

The financial mammoth has eaten all of our assets. We struggle from month to month wondering where is our daily bread? The physical leviathan has us knocked down and knocked out, gasping for air, hanging on to a thread, causing us to limp through life. The emotional gargantuan allows us to see the sun at times, but most often cast dark clouds overhead, draining us of joy and hope. The spiritual behemoth prevents us from hearing the voice of our Father when we pray and dulls the reading of the Word. Our worship is dry and calculating. Our love lukewarm at best. Our ministry nonfunctional.

But there is a truth we‘ve forgotten. It’s found in the cross. The cross says it all, because the cross paid for it all. Jesus came and conquered those colossal monstrosities so that we could and would rise up above mediocrity and live in faith because God is for us and nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing that rises up against us, can defeat Him. God is for us and so therefore nothing can be against us!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: This is going to take faith. It’s not as if all our enemies are just going to walk away and give up on us. No, they’re probably going to attack even more. They’re going to be relentless in their attack hoping that you and I will once again get tired and give in. But not this time. We’re not going to give in because, “If God is for us, who can be against us!”

Let Your Word encourage me today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen