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Fighting Life’s Dragons

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October 9, 2020 8:00 pm

Fighting Life’s Dragons

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October 9, 2020 8:00 pm

Have you ever fought a dragon? If you answered, “No,” author Eugene Peterson disagrees with you. In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, he wrote, “Dragons are projections of our fears, horrible constructions of all that might hurt us. . . . A peasant confronted by a magnificent dragon is completely outclassed.” Peterson’s point? Life is filled with dragons. The life-threatening health crisis, the sudden job loss, the failed marriage, the estranged prodigal child. These “dragons” are the supersized dangers and frailties of life that we are inadequate to fight.

But in those battles, we have a Champion. Not a fairy tale champion—the ultimate Champion who has fought on our behalf and conquered the dragons that seek to destroy us. Whether they are dragons of our own failures or the spiritual enemy who desires our destruction, our Champion is greater, allowing Paul to write of Christ, “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). The destructive forces of this broken world are no match for Jesus. 

The moment we realize that the dragons of life are too big for us is the moment we can begin to rest in Christ’s rescue. We can confidently say, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled Whiting wife's dragons was written by Bill Crowder you ever fought a Dragon if you answered no author Eugene Peterson disagrees with you in a long obedience in the same direction. He wrote dragons are projections of our fears, horrible constructions of all that might hurt us a present confronted by a magnificent Dragon is completely outclassed Peterson's point life is filled with dragons. The life-threatening health crisis. The sudden job loss. The failed marriage.

The estranged prodigal child.

These dragons are the supersized dangers and frailties of life that we are in adequate to fight alone but in those battles.

We have a champion not a fairytale champion the ultimate champion who has fought on our behalf and conquered the dragons that seek to destroy us whether there dragons of our own failures or the spiritual enemy who desires our destruction, our champion is greater, allowing Paul to write of Jesus in Colossians 2, having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them by the cross.

The destructive forces of this broken world are no match for him. The moment we realize that the dragons of life are too big for us is the moment we can begin to rest in Christ's rescue, we can confidently say with Paul in first Corinthians 15 but thanks be to God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Colossians chapter 2 verses nine through 15 for in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority in him you were also circumcised with the circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

When you were dead in your sins. And in the un-circumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness which stood against us and condemned us. He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them by the cross. Let's pray father, thank you for being more than enough for the threats we will face today. There are many people that are struggling today and we ask that you would lift their spirits with a touch from your hand.

We praise you with the apostle Paul and thank you for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would give us the wisdom and strength we need to walk with you every day. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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