One-Liner September 18, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,
Today let’s look at steps #2 and #3 in making a covenant.
The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are mighty, for pulling down strongholds…” (II Cor. 10:4) “The power of Christ dwells in me.”(II Cor.12:9-10)  “He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (I Cor.15:25-26)
Covenant makers of old exchanged BELTS  and WEAPONS, to show that they will use their combined strengths to overcome their mutual enemies. When we covenant with Jesus, He gives us His Spirit, enlists us as soldiers in His army (II Tim.2:4), and belts us with His strength and weapons (His Name, His Blood, and His Word) to battle our common enemy, Satan.
Formerly, man was deceived by Satan, but now, armed with God’s power, Jesus allows us to retake our former dominion over him. It’s a real war, because the enemy, and the battle for lives, is real.
There’s one enemy that we couldn’t defeat, death.  But Jesus took care of that for us by dying and rising again, the “firstfruits” of all the saved, who will rise again to praise Him forever (I Cor.15:23).   What a covenant Partner we have !
A man wanting to be a Monk, joined a Cloistered Monastery where they worked and prayed but did not speak, except for 2 words a year, which they said to the Prior. 
After the 1st year, the man said, “Food cold”, and returned to work.
After the 2nd year, he said, “Bed hard”, and went to work.
After the 3rd year, he said, “I quit!”. 
The Prior replied, “I’m not surprised you’re quitting.
                               You’ve been complaining ever since you got here!”
“Enjoying Haiku Insight-Out”

Shadows of branches,
Reflecting upon the wall,
Quiver with the breeze.
Unpublished Work
Copyright © 2009 by Charles Gyurko
A WORK of the Lord in Japan.
Prayer at CFN-Japan, can take many forms.  Sometimes it’s the intimacy of worship in the school (photo at top). At other times it’s on a hill top, breaking the strongholds of the enemy over the nation, or a shout of thanksgiving and victory with uplifted hands. (photos below)
The outstretched arms (above) remind me of the shape of the Japanese character for number eight  (/ \), which is considered a fortunate (“Lucky”) Number, because the hands extended point to continuing expansion.
Jesus’ Kingdom is expanding, His victory is assured, and will be revealed when He returns. Until then, we must continue to use His weapons in work and prayer, in covenant with Him, that “…His Kingdom come”. 
Standing together with you looking to the Lord,
Charles and Dianne Gyurko