Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Dear Colleagues,


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As you enter the concrete jungle of deadlines, cash flow crunches, failed expectations, re-shuffled priorities, and an uncertain market economy, your Advocate, the Good Shepherd assures you of his peace and provision. Your Adversary, Satan, however aims to capitalize on the worst the concrete jungle can deliver in order to destroy you:

"A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."

(Jn. 10:10 Msg)

For starters, your Adversary, the "thief" will take pains to play on your fears that your needs wont be met. Jesus, your Advocate however, promises his provision: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."+

Your Adversary will attempt to drive you to the point of exhaustion. Your Advocate however, will direct you to restful replenishment: "He makes me lie down in green pastures."+

Your Adversary will seek to jumble your mind and emotions, as you respond to the multiplex of market demands. Your Advocate however, will escort you into an inner calm: "He leads me beside quiet waters."+

Your Adversary will try to distract you from carving out private times alone with the Good Shepherd. Your Advocate however, intends to usher you into opportunities for spiritual renewal: "He restores my soul."+

Your Adversary will seek to blur your sense of direction. Your Advocate however, will direct and enable you to do what honors him most: "He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake."+

Your Adversary will work at playing on your fears as to what lies beyond. Your Advocate however, promises you his consolation as you anticipate the unknown: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."+

Your Adversary will undertake to produce in you a sense of uncertainty, surrounded as you are by a hostile and dangerous world. Your Advocate however, assures you of his provision, protection, and blessing: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."+

Your Adversary will strive to paralyze you with a dread of the future. Your Advocate however, offers you his favor and welfare here on earth, as you live in anticipation of your eternal hope: "Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."+

QUESTION: Today, as you enter the concrete jungle, are you willing once again to surrender your life to His Lordship so that he can shepherd you into a life of peace and rest? As always the choice is yours.

+ A portion of Psalm 23

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