Have you ever seen the movie Taken? I love Liam Neeson’s voice so much I want him to read my eulogy! That would be awesome! Well, there’s actually a “Taken” story in the scriptures found in Genesis 14. It goes like this - Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was taken, along with all his family and possessions in an epic Games of Thrones-type battle, as ‘ol uncle Abraham watched from the sidelines.

And, he was content just watching the war because the battle didn’t affect him. That is…until it came knocking on his front door. By the end of the story, Abraham and his men launch an all-out assault against anyone and everyone involved until they retrieve Lot and all that was stolen.

Like Abraham, we’ve all had something ”taken” from us. Something stolen…something captured.

Maybe you’re miserable because your joy has been stolen. Maybe you feel devalued because your worth has been captured. Maybe you feel defeated because your hope is being held hostage. Maybe you feel helpless because you sat and watched from the sidelines as a relationship was stripped away from you – or your spouse…or your kids…or even worse…your ability to draw closer in your relationship with Jesus.

The time to ACT is now. The time to TRAIN and be ready for the battle is now. Stay true to the MISSION God has given you. Know you are part of something BIGGER than you.

Like Abraham, it’s time to get it back. It’s time to join forces with God and others in our faith family, and go get back what was taken from us. As we surrender our will and our issue to Jesus, and relentlessly pursue the enemy to retrieve that joy – that worth – that hope - that relationship…we watch and see how victory and restoration are possible.

Ephesians 6:13-18 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The Rev. Jeremy Moore is pastor of New Life Christian Center, Patterson campus. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.

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