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THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING!
A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).
Intensifying one’s prayer life and commitment to prayer is always a good idea, but especially in times of extreme difficulty. So stepping up one’s prayer “routine” as the devil is stepping up his unholy guerrilla tactics makes good sense militaristically and mystically.
As Paul counsels us: “…the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (II Cor 10:4). Pray Onward Christian Soldiers! Pray On!
Every Christian will have his weapons of choice – spontaneous prayer, praise, thanksgiving, worship, the Mass, the rosary, morning devotions, quiet meditation, adoration, biblical reflection, novenas, litanies, group prayer, praying while out for a walk, and so on. However, one choice is not enough. God expects His troops to be multifaceted and flexible depending upon those situations that present themselves.
As Paul counsels us: “Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (I Tim 4:7-8).
The times in which we live call for extreme responses on our part, that is, extreme holiness, extreme self-discipline, extreme thoughtfulness, extreme compassion, and any other extremely inspired virtue you might wish to practice. We are talking PEACE here not violence. All virtues support a Peace Process within our lives. Wage a bold spiritual battle of Peace.
As the author of Hebrews counsels us: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16, KJV).
When we wake up in the morning we should dress ourselves in God’s armor. That is, prepare ourselves as if civilization depends upon us, because it does. We are fighting for a healthy Culture of Life, for a country that values virtue, moral law, order and truth.
As Paul counsels us: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication”(Eph 6:11, 14-18)
George A. Peate, July 25, 2008
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