Weak Greeks

wonder woman.jpgI watched “Wonder Woman” the other night at our daughter’s suggestion.  I had seen some of the other Marvel movies, so I knew what to expect. Although they are not my favorite type of movie, the ending made it worth watching.  Granted, all the Greek gods get on my nerves, but then they made me think about our one true God. Consider these comparisons:

  • Zeus is just a puppet god, a myth. He supposedly dies somewhere in the past as mentioned at the start of “Wonder Woman.” Our almighty Father is from everlasting to everlasting. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting (Habakkuk 3:2).
  • Zeus’ powers are limited, but Jehovah is omnipotent. God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God (Psalm 62:11).
  • Zeus lived on Mount Olympus and visited the people of earth, but our God is omnipresent. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else (Deuteronomy 4:39).
  • Zeus made mistakes. Our God is perfect. He knows everything. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite (Psalm 147:5). Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13).

According to “Wonder Woman” folklore, Zeus created man and Ares, his son—the god of war—is out to destroy man, believing that Zeus’ creation was a big mistake. As I listened to these statements, first, I was saddened to think that some folks watch these things and think, “Hey, why not!  Maybe that’s really how it happened!” Then, I think about the truth of the scriptures, that our Jehovah, God Almighty, did create man in His own image.  He did create Satan as a glorious being whose pride caused him to fall from heaven as well as from God’s grace. On this account, there are parallels between Greek mythology and the truth of the Bible. Our enemy is still trying to destroy us!

But two amazing facts just brightened my morning!

  1. Our loving, gracious, all-knowing, all-loving heavenly Father witnessed the fall and provided His only begotten (not made) Son as the ultimate sacrifice for man’s sin. AMAZING! Greek gods don’t do that!
  2. This one true God not only sent His Son, the perfect lamb, to die for our sins conquering death by rising from the dead, but His Spirit dwells in our hearts when we accept His gift of salvation. That wonderful fact—God dwelling in me—gives me an unshakeable, unbreakable, power in my life! Satan may load us down with all kinds of discouragements, accusations, temptations, and failures, but the power that lives within our hearts CANNOT FAIL US! I don’t know about you, but I think I need to go get a hanky and jump on my bed at that thought!!! Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1John 4:4).

I don’t think I can express the impact that this thought has had on my life. There are no words to describe it.  I cannot even comprehend it! As I watched Wonder Woman pick up tanks and hurl them at Ares, and he tries to destroy her with his electrical thunderbolts, I laughed.  “Ha!  That’s nothing compared to my God—the God which lives in me!” Can you imagine if we allowed that power to have complete rule in our lives what the result would be? Suffice it to say, Satan cannot win!  He can make this life difficult, but our God is no weak god! He knows all, sees all, plans it all! Hallelujah! Just had to share it!

 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Psalm 107:2

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Mrs. Fix-it Strikes Again!

IMG_7933-001I recently bought a remote-controlled truck for my three-year-old grandson. It was second-hand, but the woman assured me that it worked. So, we took it home, put batteries in it and, voila, the motor ignited. Hooray! However, our enthusiasm was short-lived, because when the wheels hit the floor, it stopped.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to fix things, especially toys!  So, Grandma took it home, tore it apart, and found the problem. Only a small problem—in fact, it was smaller than 1/16th of an inch; however, that tiny broken-off piece of plastic was necessary to hold the rod which held the gear that rested between the wheel gear and the motor gear.

So small, yet so vital. It made me wonder what little chink in my armor is causing me to malfunction! What tiny sin, if we can classify sin into sizes (and we do!), is shutting down the connection from my Savior to my heart? The problem was not with the motor.  If it had been, that would have been out of my range of fixing-skills!

There is nothing wrong with our “power source.” As born-again believers, we are charged with all the power we need to live holy, righteous lives—to “walk worthy” of the life God has called each of us to live. (Ephesians 4:1) So, are we living successful Christian lives or is something broken?

It was just a little piece of plastic, certainly not the most valuable part of the car. And why did it break? That little prong worked with its counterpart to hold the gear in place.  It probably received more stress and pressure than any other part of the car. (So why wasn’t it made out of metal! Because they don’t want these things to last forever!)

Where are you receiving the most pressure? That is the place where you need reinforcement! When we are heading into a situation where we know it will be difficult to act and react in a way that will glorify our Savior, reinforce yourself with the Word of God and prayer! And…

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16

The shield is the only moveable part of our armor. Thankfully, we can wield into position and aim it towards the incoming fiery darts. Satan also knows where the chinks are in our armor and he’s a dead-shot! He knows our weak spots and bombards them with his fiery darts, but…

Jesus knows our every weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Oh, what a Friend we have in Jesus! Even though we are frail—so easily broken, Jesus is our strength and shield! AND, He can fix ANYTHING!! Unlike a toy manufacturer who is trying to produce the most sellable, profitable toy, our Father created us with every flaw in place, exactly where He wants them to be, for HIS glory! Wow! What a thought! Our flaws can bring glory to God when we lay them at Jesus’ feet and allow Him to use them for His glory!

The truck is once again on my desk, waiting for the glue to dry. I’m not sure why I’m fixing it because I already bought a brand-new red remote-control car for nearly the same price! (Thank you, Wal-Mart!) I think I just need to fix things! And therein lies yet another lesson: fix what YOU can, but then give the rest to God!