“The only possible attitude toward out of control desire is a declaration of all out war…I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their shortcomings…and I see so little war! Murmur…murmur…murmur…why am I this way? MAKE WAR!” (John Piper)
This quote is the intro to Tedashii’s music video “Make War” which can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuYbkGAY_wU I highly suggest watching it prior to reading the rest of this note as you will be able to see what has been heavily influencing my heart recently.
Friends, brothers, sisters, and foes alike…I, Justin Meyer, am tired of hiding. I am so sick and tired of not being strong enough to claim victory over all sins. Whether they be physical, mental, spiritual, etc. You would not believe the number of times over the course of this semester that I have looked myself in the mirror and told myself that I wasn’t worth it. I’d look into the eyes of a 21-year-old man, overweight, unsuccessful, immature, and so…so undeserving. The truth is that I don’t deserve anything. I’m an American fortunate enough to have grown up in the upper middle class of society, putting me in a position to have some of the most elite opportunities in the world like a college education. But that doesn’t mean that I deserve anything.
I’ll tell you the truth…when I stood there looking in that mirror. I wanted to break it. I wanted to drive my fist into the glass and watch as the pieces shattered to the ground. However, realizing that this would lead to a trip to the emergency room and a bill from Housing and Dining, I opted out :)….but I did end up back in my room in tears. THANKFULLY and by the grace of God I have been blessed with INCREDIBLE friends who in this moment came to my rescue in prayer and words of encouragement, affirmation, and prophecy that STILL baffles my mind. I’m having difficulty believing everything that was said. But that’s an entire other story on its own…
As you can tell, I’m a broken man. I am NOTHING. I have NOTHING. I deserve NOTHING. What an incredible depressing story, right?…..WRONG! This is where things get crazy!
No matter how pitiful I look in the mirror. No matter what a terrible son I may be. No matter how pathetic of a sibling I’ve been, or the fact that I am incredibly selfish and not always there for my friends. God STILL LOVES ME!
1 John 4:7-12, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
This verse illustrates the INCREDIBLE love that the Lord has for me, you, and the rest of the world and it brings tears of joy to my eyes when I read this passage!
Excuse me for lack of flow…I’m writing this late at night while the Holy Spirit is heavy on my heart. But back to my original point of being tired of not claiming victory over sin and looking in the mirror at a broken man. Here’s the good news and I hope that if you have read this far, it will encourage you like crazy!
After attending Navigators tonight I spent a good deal of time meditating on the words in Romans, chapter 6, I HIGHLY SUGGEST READING THIS. As I read these words of scripture, although I’ve read it before, it was as if I was seeing the words for the first time! They seemed to come alive on the page and reach out crying for me to linger on their every meaning!
Brothers and Sisters, we are DEAD to sin! It NO LONGER has dominion over you! The blood of the Lamb has washed you clean, as you are presented as holy and blameless before the Throne of God! While we are dead to sin, we are made ALIVE in Christ! You no longer have to live a life in paralyzing fear as so many in our generation continue to do. So family, let’s RISE UP against sin! Let’s claim our victory over Satan and bring the LORD’s Kingdom to this incredibly broken world…
Family, The King has set you FREE! It is my earnest and continual prayer that you would not go crawling back to your previous master, sin. May you claim your inherent sonship and become a co-heir with Christ! The catch is that this is not going to be easy. I know from personal experience that every stride I’ve taken towards the throne of the Lord has been met by incredible opposition from the Devil. We MUST band together and become brothers and sisters at arms. We MUST become a city on our knees, crying out for the Lord’s power and Sovereignty.
I’m done being scared. I’m done being a boy. I’m ready to man up. I’m ready to put on the full armor of God and go sprinting full force into the agonizing battle that our world is in with sin! I’m ready to be a Warrior! I’m ready to shine brightly for the Lord in the darkest places in the nation and in the world.
I have two questions to ask you:
1) Will you join me and be my brother/sister in this epic battle against Satan, giving your ENTIRE LIFE to the Lord in order to claim your victory in Him?
2) Will you pray for me?…Because I need it desperately. This semester and my life in general has been hard enough as it is. But I just straight up declared war on the Devil. Things are about to get crazy…PLEASE pray for me and those who are brave enough to join this fight!