If you're reading this email you must have survived week one of the semester - good work, only 14 to go! I hope that getting back didn't hit any of you too hard, and that classes are going well. There are a couple of awesome opportunities coming up with Cru- our Women's Retreat, and Spring Break trips- and I would encourage you to check out some more info on those below! See you all tonight, 7:30 in the North Reading Room of Wilbur Cross!
UConn is a large college campus, with almost 20,000 students. We are constantly surrounded by distractions, temptations, and brokenness- all things that the enemy can use against us, to draw us away from our faith in God, and to pull us down into the darkness. It's inevitable that we are going to deal with temptations, and as humans our sinful condition can make it hard to resist. It is hard to resist under the best circumstances, and pretty much impossible if we are passive about it. Pastor John Piper calls us to make war against our sin, while Puritan theologian John Owen writes, "Be killing sin, or it will be killing you." Our sinfulness and our giving in to temptations is not just going to disappear by itself.
How do we fight it then? We suit up. We put on the full armor of God and we go to war daily. Ephesians 6:10-13 reads, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." There are forces working against us. They want to keep us in the darkness, trap us in our sinfulness, and not allow us to find hope in the Lord. But we cannot let that happen, either to ourselves or to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Put on your armor daily: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, and the Gospel. Use the tools that God has given us; truth, faith, His Word, one another, and most importantly, Himself. We need to suit up daily and go to war. Our lives depend on it.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.