Monday, January 6, 2014

January 4, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . God Promises Us An Offensive Position  (NPS)
Bible Study Verses
Psalms 91: 13 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. (NIV)
You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path. (Message) 
Gustavo is a Guanano Indian from the border of Colombia, South America and he catches catfish the size of boys with his bare hands, not a rod and reel. He's a true sportsmen. 
One day a woman came running from their community garden shaken and scared. She said, "There's a huge snake sunning itself across the whole garden," much like a telephone pole. 
Barefooted with his ax he sneaks up on the sleeping snake, careful not to let his shadow or the snap of a twig give him away. He approached stealthily and draws back his ax in a single breath, with all his strength, fully intending to dispatch the dangerous intruder to a once quiet village. 
But, the ax glances off its head! Now that's a really big snake and Gustavo is mighty close. I wasn't there to see his lightening fast reflexes and get away!
(Wes W)
Action Point
Gustavo is the first native pastor for that Guanano village. When God broke into his life and healed him of alcoholism, his wife and mother-in-law were among the first converts. They had never seen a man made over by Jesus, a man who didn't beat his wife while drunk. It broke their hearts.

God is promising us an offensive position, not a run in fear defensive position. As we swing our ax we'll say, "Fear this! That's all you got? You better run home to momma," as we kick them from the path. We'll send them yelping if they stand in the path God has ordained for us.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Get a bigger ax and a much bigger wet-stone.