Kingdom Steadfast Boldness

I was watching one of the awards shows and it amazed me to hear a few of them who have said that they are believers in Christ say that the glory belongs to God. Well, I could start off saying that they were dressed half naked and using profanity at the same time … but let me move on. Looking at them reminded me that all of us who say we are believers in the Almighty God are surrounded in this earthly realm with many who do not really believe. Because we are in a realm where it is believed that saying “God” is powerful enough, we can be lulled into a sense of complacency. We sometimes are led to believe that all we have to do is call upon the name of Jesus, and all will be well … forgetting that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the base of all that we say that we are. Christ’s death and His resurrection is the base of Christianity; without this base our hopes are no more!

Allowing the world system to step into our minds and hearts will leave us thinking that it doesn’t matter what other people believe AND that it is not our business to ‘push Christ on them’! But if we believe, REALLY believe, that Christ is who He says He is and who God says He is; that He died and was raised to the end that our victory has been secured, then we must also know that there is no more worthy thing we can do but work fervently, passionately and full throttle for His Kingdom!

We cannot merely accept the idea of His resurrection – we have to let it become a heart belief!

If you really believe in the power of His resurrection – don’t waver; don’t be discouraged … work passionately for the Kingdom of God, Our Father!

Unless you believed in vain … be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil (labor) is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:2,58

Father, please help me to go hard after the things that build Your Kingdom. Help me to love so that people are drawn to You. Help me to be bold about the ONLY truth. Help me to remember at what price You secured me for Your own purposes. And let me not be weary in well doing! Amen

Avoiding Reproach – Nearing Self Righteousness

His word and commandments and expectations are clear – but knowing we are out of compliance causes us to question – in the name of clarification.

  • When is a fetus a person?
  • Is there a difference between kill & murder?
  • If I accidentally pick up the pen from someone’s desk and later discover it, is it theft?
  • They live across an ocean, do they qualify as my neighbor?

I am moved to conviction in my heart as I see us asking God for “clarification” when we really want exoneration! We are called and commanded to love – yet, I see so much hate in the church (the Body of Christ) directed toward the world. Asking God for direction is one thing, but seeking our own spiritual loopholes is another matter altogether.

Purge our hearts, O Lord! Make us to see ourselves in the light of Your holiness, though we dodge the truth. Give us Your own conviction and help us to stand firm in obedience to all that you have said, avoiding the need to justify our sin. Cleanse us and make us whole and complete so that we can move toward experiencing the abundant life that is only found in You!!!

Vengeance ain’t mine!

In ministry life, there are times when we witness the prosperity or success of people who call themselves by His name, but truly act in ways that disobey His Word. I admit that in my own heart, I sometimes develop within me a desire to ‘bring them down to size‘. For those of us in ministry, se forget that just as we say that some people don’t know the devil is using them – the same applies to the fact that some people don’t know that God is using them and many don’t see God’s hand upon them or His guidance of their actions and even their words.

In God’s Word, the Assyrians destroy many and they believe that it is their will and power; not knowing that God was using them to do his bidding — and in the end the Assyrians too are destroyed.

As believers, we’ve got to learn daily to rely upon, and trust in, the truth that vengeance belongs to the Lord. Yes! He will pay! Y’all we need to be careful to remind ourselves that He sees the deeds of the wicked and has the plan AND the power to bring them down low.

My prayer for us is that as we seem to continually find ourselves int eh sights of the wicked in the midst of committed ministry work, we will thank Him for the reminder that He sees the wicked and will repay for all disobedience to His Word. The disobedience to His word will be punished by Him. I truly do pay that He will have mercy upon them! His peace is upon my heart and in my mind. I am praying for His help to rest in the truth of his recompense and in the shadow of His wings.

God can use the godless to destroy the godless; and thinking that they operate by their own power – they will do it whole heartedly.

He Knows What Lies Beneath

When people are impressed with us – or when they see the “value” in something we are doing – we tend to bring them readily into our circle of supporters. Jesus, however, knowing all things — took a different route — one that should be taken note of.

Instead of allowing the praise to go to our ego — we must take a step back and remember the nature of men. One minute, they love you — the next, they don’t. A man’s heart — yes, our hearts – are deceitfully wicked and not to be trusted. Because we cannot know what lies beneath the praise that man gives — we would be wise no to entrust ourselves to men – instead we must get and stay firmly in the grip of God’s unfailing grace.

Jesus had no issue discerning the hearts of men – because He knows every man and because of this, He did not put His confidence in their faith … only in The Father.

Please Father, do not allow us to be deceived by our own pride when people rush to praise us because of what they see us do. Remind us that it is You, who is at work within us – to accomplish ALL that we do. And that it is You to whom the glory is due. Remind us of our own hearts so that we might judge well the hearts of others. Help us to put ALL of our hope in You. Humbling ourselves as we wait for Your perfect exaltation!

Victim — it’s not where God desires that I dwell

I AM NOT A VICTIM!

I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.  I’m a child of God.  I’m a branch of the One True Vine; a conduit of blessing to the world.  I’m free from the law of sin and death.  I’m accepted by Christ and am a joint heir with Him.  I am a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.  I am God’s workmanship, created for good works.  I am complete.  I am holy and beloved.  I am loved and cherished.

The craziness swirling around us right now can trick us into believing that we are victims – losers – without hope.  But the Word of God tells me that this is not so.  When I am careful to set my mind on His kingdom each day my heart will want to give and not receive; to serve and not rule over; to forgive and not avenge.  I will see the world and all its happenings as my Father in Heaven sees them and not as a person separated from His Spirit.

My feet are surely on this earth – but my mind is the mind of Christ and it must be my aim to help make this earth more like heaven.  Both my outward life and practical pursuits and my inward life and spiritual focus will reflect the image of The One True God.

It is my given role to practice the presence of God every single day no matter what!

Many people in America are being victimized right now – abuse, injustice, false accusations, and violence – but as a believer in Christ we are assured that we will overcome and that these sufferings will be glorifying to our Lord dependent upon how we endure and how we choose to walk after being mistreated.  How do you adjust your attitude?  By setting your mind on things above – including your identity according to the Lord your God! Instead of dwelling in the ‘what you see’ – choose to have a mind that dwells on our true lives which are hidden with God in Christ Jesus.

God has never misled us telling us that we’d walk on a bed of roses in this world — in fact He was quite clear in John 16 that we would have many and various trials; but just as Christ overcame by renewing His mind with the truths of the Father — So Can We!  2 Timothy 2:3-4 tell us that we are to “Suffer hardship … as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” and reminds us that “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”

It’s alright to feel hurt and even to demand that the offender see what they have done to you.  But at the end of the day none of us will ever get the justice we want from men – it will only come from God.  If you don’t believe me have a conversation with a family whose offender was executed on death row and they’ll tell you that they expected to feel vindicated, but it did not happen.

I encourage you to give God your hurt and lean into His truths about you and you will walk victoriously! and when God gives the victory it cannot – will not – be taken away from you! His plans for you include victory – His way.