The Servant in Battle

I bless thee that the issue of the battle
    between thyself and Satan
      has never been uncertain,
      and will end in victory.

Calvary broke the dragon’s head,
  and I contend with a vanquished foe,
      who with all his subtlety and strength
      has already been overcome.
When I feel the serpent at my heel
  may I remember him whose heel was bruised,
    but who, when bruised, broke the devil’s head.

The Servant in Battle, The Valley of Vision

I am trying something new this month. I left for church yesterday without my phone. I got the new Apple Watch Ultra last January, which has cellular, so I wasn’t out of contact, but no Facebook, Twitter, Safari, RSS, and other distractions. And… I brought paper: My Spurgeon and the Psalms book, an ESV bible, a Moleskine notebook, and a really nice new mechanical pencil.

It was refreshing to not have the pull of that screen around for half a day. And I took three pages of sermon notes.

2022 and 2023 were heavy. Last year the faith of my family lead to threats of death against me, threats against my children, threats against my job, and threats against my reputation. My family has stood steadfast in our faith and the attacks have gotten worse.

I have taken a beating. Many beatings.

But to my attackers, I say: I know the One who wins. And it’s not even close.

Calvary broke the dragon’s head and I contend with a vanquished foe. When the snakes snap at my heel, I remind myself of the Lord Jesus who broke the devil’s head.

My mission is simple: share the Gospel. In the words of Andy Mineo:

They try to shut us down, and it ain’t gon’ slide
Only thing I fear is God and he on my side
That’s the confidence of God, ‘cause he got me
That’s why I really feel like

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