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As the Bible study is based on the movie "Courageous" which speaks of having courage in many aspects of our lives, the title of the 2nd meeting was "It takes courage to cherish what matters most".
So we started the second meeting of the "Courageous" study with this simple question that has a great meaning: Is it something you "Do" or is it something that you "Are"?
Everyone will agree that there is a big, if not huge, difference between being "in the police" and being "a police" (Sentence hard to translate from french which means: The difference between working for a law enforcement agency and being a law enforcement officer).
In the same way we can also ask ourselves: "Do you simply have the STATUS of Christian or are you a Christian? Do you simply have the husband STATUS or are you a husband? ".
The difference will be in the attitude of the person in that he will strive to set an example. Whoever will spend each day wondering how he could shine for Jesus will be called a Christian compared to one who will only go to church on Sunday morning.
In the same way, the one who will honor his wife by treating her needs first will be called A husband compared to the one who will spend his evenings with his friends leaving his wife alone at home every night.
If we wish to take another step and go further in our lives, we must ask ourselves this question. In fact this question becomes fundamental in the following four topics: "Christianity", "Husband/wife", "Parent" and "Police officer".
At the meeting we prioritized these topics according to their order in our lives and then reclassified them in the order we would like them to be.
No need to tell you that we must honor God 1st, our spouse 2nd, our children 3rd and our work 4th.
But whatever may be an order for these things, the fact remains that ALL these subjects are worthy of being approached with ALL our possible efforts.
Therefore, I gave the example that for me, as long as there would remain a single cross on my territory (it does not matter whether it is on the roof of a church or in the basement of a house), as long as there is only one cross left, it is MY territory! It is not me who walks on the territory of the bandits but it is the bandits who walk on MY territory.
Which brings me to the question: How much is it YOUR territory and that you will spare no effort to protect and grow it? How much will you not accept that intruders destroy your territory?
In other words, how much is your marriage YOUR territory, that you are ready to fight for your wife and that you will not accept anyone to come and destroy what you have accomplished together? How much is your family YOUR territory and you will not accept someone to come and destroy it?
How far have you planted a cross on YOUR territory?
"He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing"
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor"
Then when Jesus finished his reading, he rolled the book and proclaimed that "today" this prophecy was fulfilled.
In saying this, Jesus affirmed that through Him, God wanted to transform our "Ashes" into "Crowns", our "Places of Mourning" into "Oil of Joy" and our "Spirit of despair" into "Garment of praise".
I would like to tell you that if you have experienced several failures in the past among these 4 subjects, to the point where you consider them to be "Ashes", a "Place of Mourning" and a "Spirit of despair", know that nothing is impossible for Him and He really wants to transform this situation into "Crown", "Oil of Joy" and "Garment of praise".
God bless you all!