Rest and Resist

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

[Y]ou yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:5

We rest from the false teachings of woke America every time we gather around God’s Word and Sacrament. In this rest, our Lord equips us with what we need to know in order to resist the sinful and godless influences all around us. Not only that. He also gives us the power to resist evil by giving us His Holy Spirit. He does this for each of us. Together we are built into a community (the church), which, by God’s design, shapes the culture around us, bringing truth to the lies and light to the darkness. However, if we resist God and stay away from His Word and Sacrament, which He promises to give to us when we are gathered together in His name (Matthew 18:20), we remain wearied by the world’s ways unequipped to combat the advances of our adversary.

How did the first generation of Christians resist the evil of their day and convert their culture? By “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25).

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 2:42

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