Arguing with Athiests Part 2

In my previous blog about the ministry to which I feel called, I told you about the spiritual opposition that I have faced. There have been times when I have felt that I have wandered in very close to the battle front of spiritual warfare. I have felt your prayers in a more real sense than I have ever felt before: sometimes prompting me to back off, sometimes giving me wisdom and perseverance, and very frequently reminding me to pray and to arm myself for this battle.

Since my last blog, I have received comments from a couple of you to be careful. Especially now when my health is not permitting me to attend church regularly, I need to guard my personal devotion time with God. The most effective tool that the enemy has in his arsenal for me is to confuse my passion for spreading His word with my pride in my knowledge of His word. The difference here is subtle but deadly. If I have the ability to find a relevant Bible verse for every situation; if I can answer every question; and if I have the perseverance to stay up all night with a suicidal forum dweller, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Yesterday, I was on the receiving end of a couple more of those Divine Coincidences. I had been up late, again, and then spent most of the day, again, discussing why I believe that the Bible is really the word of God, and I was feeling spiritually drained. I had a strong desire to get out of the forum and talk to a Christian. I clicked over to my email to write to my friend Cyndi, and there was an email from Pastor Nathan, passing on a message from Albert Moman that he had been concerned for me the past two nights. Then before I had a chance to reply, the doorbell rang and it was Cyndi, coincidentally stopping by to return a few books she had borrowed, and asking if I had time for a visit. I thought, this must be how soldiers feel when they have been on the front lines, and then they come home.

Thank you for praying for me and my family. Please don’t stop. I’ve had a refreshing break, and now I’m going back in there. Pray that I will know when to advance and when to retreat.

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