Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”—James 4:7
There’s an old saying that says the Devil can fight, but he cannot conquer.
Meaning our enemy can attack us, harass us but can never defeat us. Yet there are times we do become defeated spiritually. How can this be? If our enemy—Satan/The Devil/Lucifer—can fight but not win…then how does he win?
He wins when we surrender. He wins when we decide to give up. He wins when we decide what may have been worth fighting for is easier to hand over.
Nobody with a balanced brain wants to keep on fighting. Nobody. Fighting is aggravating, irritating and it just goes on and on. After a while, you just want to walk away. Why hassle it?
Yesterday we talked about maturity. We talked about growing up, and one of the things that happen’s when we grow up, and mature is we come to discover some things in our lives are too precious to give up on.
So we fight.
Then why do we quit?
One of the things I’ve discovered by submitting myself to God, daily, is that I am incredibly blessed. I/we have blessings that never seemed possible. We have blessings we never recognized before. We have joys as a direct result of these blessings that sustain us through all of life’s struggles.
By daily submitting to God, I’m reminded all of these blessings stem from the same source. They come from the Lord. When that connection is made and maintained, giving up/surrender is never is an option. It’s not a thought to even be entertained for a few eye-blinks during a difficult day.
So why do we quit…Why does the Devil seem to win all the time?
We don’t maintain our connection to God. We take it for granted. We come to a point where all we want from God is salvation and nothing else. When we get that salvation, we put it on our back-pocket and move on.
We fail to remember that the source of all our blessings needs to be the primary purpose in our lives. When we drift from the one who gives us the ability to resist the temptations Satan sends our way; we wear down, we compromise and, eventually, surrender.
Contact with God shines bright lights on our deeds and actions. There are a lot of deeds and actions we enjoy, so we keep on doing them knowing they are not pleasing to the Lord. So we stop submitting ourselves to his authority and depend on our moral rationalizations to get by on.
These rationalizations usually start out moral, well-intended and with high ideals and intentions…But they decay when we cut ourselves off from the one who is good; the one—Christ—who is the origin of every good thing we have. It becomes impossible for us to defend ourselves from the enemy’s attacks when we are separated from the Lord. (Welcome to Hell.)
The passage above is fourteen words long, but it might sum up everything the New Testament wants to teach us. Submit to God and your enemy will flee.
Fourteen words of awesome/powerful/marvelous instruction…But they are only awesome/powerful/marvelous if we want to live by them.
A VBS Unlike Any Other:
VBS Goes to Rome: The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”
The dates are June 26-30…Look at your calendar…share with your friends…Pray for Seana Zilbert, who is directing…Make plans to volunteer.
You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.
Note to Church: Expect much work to be taking place around the church throughout the month of June as we prepare for VBS.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
Eric Canto has created a Burbank Faith channel on YouTube and has placed all of our recent services there. Go check it out.
Check out Burbank Faith on YELP and be sure to write a review of our church.
July is Camps Month: Remember July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids will all have separate camps at Granite Ridge.
District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)
SrHi Camp: July 16-21
Kids Camp: July 23-28
JrHi Camp: July 30-August 4
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)…Old Testament overview. We’ll feed you and care for the kids. Mark your calendar. Big September is just like Big Wednesday times four…
Did You Know?
On this date…
…In 1930, missionary-linguist Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: ‘I must talk about God, or I cannot keep Him in my mind. I must give Him away in order to have Him.’
…In 1991, Mount Pinatubo (Phillipines) erupts for 1st time in 600 years
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
June 4: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
June 18: Father’s Day
June 26-30: VBS Week
July 12-14: District Assembly
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)
As believers, we have to remain in continual prayer for all of our first responders…all our leaders…not a political party but for those carrying the heavy burden of leadership in our country and communities.