A while back I began using this plan to memorize the book of Colossians in a year. I am about half way through chapter three. It has taken much more than a year to even get this far, much less finish in one year, but I am excited to even have done this much. (I should say that if you are interested in the plan, the problem with not finishing in a year was me, not the plan! It is very doable.) God has been kind to keep me motivated, help me to remember, and bring it to mind when I need it. For example, on this Monday morning, I prayed from chapter three of Colossians that I would have a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience because the old self has been put away and the new self is being renewed in knowledge after God’s image. What a glorious thought!
In the text below I am so glad of the “when” instead of an “if.” This is huge for us as believers. For if Satan is sovereign there would be no mercy. His intent is to kill and to destroy. Yet, he is subject to Jesus who is sovereign. One might ask why does God who is sovereign allow Satan to remain? My first statement would be, “He will destroy Satan.” However, for now God has a purpose for him. In this text, God uses Satan to strengthen Peter and Peter strengthened his brothers. Satan demanded but his demand is limited by the sovereign Lord. Not only does Jesus limit the demand, He prays for Peter and had determined that he would not be destroyed. For Jesus says, “when” not “if” you turn again. But for now there will be sifting and interceding for the strengthening of the saints.
Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32
1. Take courage that Satan is not sovereign
2. Take courage there is purpose in suffering
3. Take courage that Jesus intercedes for His own
4. Take courage that God alone is all-powerful and sovereign
This year as part of our homeschool, we are reading The Chronicles of Narnia as a family. Our oldest daughter is using this study guide for accompanying activities. (We used one by the same author last year as we read through The Hobbit and The Lord the Rings trilogy.) We have just finished The Silver Chair, which was excellent. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Aslan’s instructions always work: there are no exceptions.” -A reminder that God’s instructions always work-there are no exceptions! “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant King caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including this.” -A reminder of God’s sovereignty. He has always been in existence and knows all things-even whatever it is you are going through right now. “‘Courage friends,’ came Prince Rilian’s voice. ‘Whether we live or die Aslan will be our good lord.'” -A reminder that whether we live or die on earth, when we trust in Jesus Christ, He is our good Lord and there is hope! ~Kimberly