Back in 2015 there was an article about ISIS bulldozing a 1,600-year-old church and monastery after purportedly kidnapping and beheading its inhabitants. According to media reports, the terror group has bulldozed an ancient church and monastery near the Syrian city of Homs. The church is said to have been constructed on the spot where Saint Elian died. Saint Elian was killed by his father who was a Roman officer because his son refused to denounce his Christian faith. Why did ISIS bulldoze the church? It was their attempt to rid the world of Christianity.
Bulldozing bricks is one thing. Busting up belief is quite something different. When Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25) he wasn’t making a structural guarantee a but spiritual one.
Listen to Jesus. Stand on his promises. Receive his forgiveness. Act with faith. And you’ll be unbulldozeable. Oh, yes, cancer may strike and storms may destroy and violence may attack but none of it can break the spirit of someone who believes in Jesus.
“Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging,” Psalm 46 reminds us … “we will not fear.” Not because we are so strong, but because “God is within” us. And nobody can bulldoze our Mighty Fortress.
Pastor Martin Spaude
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