When Things Are Going Great!

C. Hayden
It has been a great month for Central Christian Church as we have been filled to the brim with new and
wonderful Spirit-filled events. The renovated sanctuary has been opened and the worship has been “stellar.” That
reminds me of our “Stellar” Vacation Bible School which was a stellar success as many people volunteered to
minister to a great group of young attendees. The renovated sanctuary opened to several new baptisms the first
Sunday, 2 new baby dedications the second Sunday, requests for new member inductions, a wonderful Father’s
Day celebration, and a growing Church. These are all physical
manifestations of our Father God working, God the Holy Spirit moving,
and the presence of God the Son among His Church. So let’s
celebrate! Thank You Lord Jesus!
Even when seeing God do great things in our midst, we need to
always remain cognizant of how much the devil hates seeing the
Church walk in victory. The Epistle of 1 Peter, chapter 5:8, Amplified
version, says this, “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be
vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams
around like a roaring lion [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize
upon and devour.” Satan is always waiting and watching, looking to find a crack in the Churches’ armor that he
might exploit, utilizing our lack of vigilance to his advantage. It is in good times that we often take our eyes off the
Lord and on to ourselves, forgetting that it is our wonderful God who blesses us with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
With this in mind, we should continue to expect to see God at work, bringing people to Christ, growing
them up in the Lord’s glorious liberty, and training the body of Christ for His purposes. And this we will always
celebrate. At the same time, Satan likes to catch God’s people off guard as he did the nation of Israel who lost their
spiritual fervor after receiving the blessing. So let us continue to put on the armor of guard as instructed in Ephesians
6, knowing that we still are at war with principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual wicked forces in heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-12). Continue in God’s Word and in prayer.
May God bless you even more!!
Pastor Chris

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