“Bring It On”… (minus the cheerleaders)

Being a Christian and holding to your faith in most places of the world takes a degree of fearlessness.  There’s the risk of losing one’s friends, family, job, home and even your life… all because you truly believe that Jesus is who he says he is and give your life in following him.

This is not the case in America.  We can follow Christ openly, have access to the Bible, and can assemble together in church buildings.  We can wear clothing and have bumper stickers promoting our faith.  This does not mean that there isn’t tests or challenges to our faith.  Every difficulty, illness, setback provides opportunities for us to deepen our faith or walk further away from the God who loves us and has saved us.

God told Joshua in the Old Testament to “Be Strong and Courageous” multiple times, understanding the need to have a steadfast heart to persevere through all of life’s challenges.  We, of course, don’t go actively seeking out these things.  But we must be ready, willing, and able to fight on our knees through prayer and love to rise against the true “Enemy” in our lives.  Steven Curtis Chapman captures this spirit well in the song “Bring It On”, with lyrics and a video (from the movie “300”…clip-rated “PG”, honest) being attached below.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

 

Bring It On by:  Steven Curtis Chapman

I didn’t come lookin’ for trouble
And I don’t want to fight needlessly
But I’m not gonna hide in a bubble
If trouble comes for me
I can feel my heart beating faster
I can tell something’s coming down
But if it’s gonna make me grow stronger then…

Chorus:

Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trouble come, let the hard rain fall, let it make me strong
Bring it on

Now, maybe you’re thinkin’ I’m crazy
And maybe I need to explain some things
‘Cause I know I’ve got an enemy waiting
Who wants to bring me pain
But what he never seems to remember
What he means for evil God works for good
So I will not retreat or surrender

Now, I don’t want to sound like some hero
‘Cause it’s God alone that my hope is in
But I’m not gonna run from the very things
That would drive me closer to Him
So bring it on

Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trouble come, let it make me fall on the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let me be made weak so I’ll know the strength of the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Bring it on

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