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July 17, 2011


“Side B…”

1 Peter 1:6-9

It hasn’t been that long ago that we listened to music on records or albums, the vinyl type that was played on a record player. I can still hear the 33 played at 78…chipmunks! Those old enough to remember are laughing in nostalgia. We can now get individual songs electronically. Back then, there were smaller, vinyl, records that had an A side and a B side. The A side was the hit song and the B side was another song from the artist’s album and usually not slated to be promoted as a ‘hit single’. It was simply a song to fill the back side of a record. In the life of a new believer in Christ, the A side of the record is this awesome, incredible, eternal new life with Christ and the decision for Him to be their Lord and Savior. The B side, however, is equally as awesome but a bit scary, painful, and not for the marketing posters. When someone accepts Christ into their hearts, their life is changed forever. That decision also propels them right into the middle of an all out war…against them. New Christians, and even older Christians seeking to get closer to the Lord, pose a threat to the devil. And he will do everything he can, as quickly as possible, to stop this life direction and choice. That means he will come with everything he has, from all sides and sources. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us “…the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” And, to use an analogy from the jungle, a baby antelope, or one that is wounded, is much easier prey than one that is older, faster, and/or experienced….and a part of a larger group.

Challenge: As Christians, we need to reach out to, take responsibility for, and be real with people seeking a new life in Christ. They need to know that a decision to accept Christ as the Lord of their life is the greatest decision they will ever make and one that will radically change their life forever. It is one that will bring them into direct and eternal fellowship with the all powerful and sovereign Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Great I Am, the Beginning and the End. They also need to know it is a decision that will bring about an all out spiritual attack intended to stop that ‘life’ before it gets started. They need to know, and we need to remember, that the devil loses (Revelation 20:10), earthly troubles have benefit (1 Peter 1:6-9), Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33), and that believers are heirs to the throne of Glory (Galatians 4:7) and will live forever (1 John 2:17).

Prayer: Lord, You are sovereign. I thank You for Your grace, Your blessings, Your love, and Your forgiveness. Thank you that I am new creation in You and that You are my very present help in times of need. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, beaten down, and discouraged by earthly troubles and the attacks of the devil. Lord, please be my strength as I want to live my life for you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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