January 16, 2018
- Tue Jan 16, 2018
Facing the Fact of Evil
“Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8
There was a time before Septemer11, 2001, when counterterrorist agencies possessed good intelligence about a group called Al-Qaida. We knew who their leader was and where he was, we knew where their training facilities were, we knew how to “touch” them, and we knew the United States was the object of their Islam-o- fascist brand of hatred, and yet, with so many other higher-priority issues, international and domestic crises, and lack of “actionable intelligence.” We didn’t assign enough attention to this character Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network. The world knows the rest of the story.
Between foresight and hindsight is a crucial lesson in the battle with evil. When all you have is a fuzzy foresight, you must focus more attention and resources on the Enemy who wants your head on a platter. If you do, your hindsight will be much less painful.
We believed the terrorists were out there, but we acted like we sort of believed in Intel. Sort of believing in a real enemy and real threat produces a sort-of response that sort of gets people killed.
Satan wants you killed or at least neutralized (living but not a threat). The most tragic mistake a God’s man can make is to sort of believe in evil. Do you sort of believe you have an enemy?
Father, you have shown me that Satan is as real as you are. It’s not my power but your power that will defeat him.
January 15, 2018
- Mon Jan 15, 2018
Exchange Your Vision for God’s
The prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened. Numbers 24:4
Some men envisioned their lives would turn out a certain way, but those plans fell apart. Some of those guys are angry and feel ripped off, because they were supposed to achieve their dad’s vision. A lot of men were wounded so badly by their dads they chased the opposite vision in response. Some men were trained by tradition, their mom’s and dad’s made them feel a certain way and that’s exactly what they turned out to be. But, that’s not the man’s life, it’s the parents. Still other guys have built their lives on their own insecurities and masculine fears. These are the men who attach to cultural definitions of success, stock piling pleasure, power, and possessions to gain what they could not find in their early relationships. In each of these situations the dream leads to emotional, relational and spiritual bondage.
If you’re God’s man, the contract reads like this: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
This means: The man-made versions of greatness are supposed to be thrown out, the “in Christ” vision mutually excludes the world’s self-serving vision. Self-preservation and security must cease being a vision — you cannot be your own cause if you are God’s man. It’s not just a wave of new behavior but a new wave of thinking that never ceases. Christ-likeness becomes all.
Father, you have given me faith, a mind that can choose your vision and a will that can bring it into being. Wow! You are awesome.
January 14, 2018
- Sun Jan 14, 2018
Final Flight Orientation
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
God comes to man most powerfully in the midst of his darkest hours and biggest challenges, calling him to trim out his faith and fly into the wind. Verses what? Fragmenting or panicking in the midst of trials, choosing to act “pigeon” ending up planted comfortably on a ten-foot perch in a cage (looking goofy). The difference from flapping hard to stay aloft in the air versus soaring in a different dimension is knowing how your faith is designed to respond in the midst of some heavy winds. Just as gravity is necessary to experience life, so change and challenge are necessary for God’s Man to soar spiritually and experience growth through the Holy Spirit.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline,) then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live? (Hebrews 12: 7-9)
So, how about you? Are you ready to get off that perch and spread those wings? Your Father, through His Spirit, wants to say to you, “Could I have a word with you, son?”
Father, it is time for me to accept your power and soar higher, I will not fight you.
January 13, 2018
- Sat Jan 13, 2018
No Interest or Just No Stomach
“I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.” Timothy 6: 12
We will have struck a deep blow to our enemy if our concept of the spiritual battle moves forcefully from being an afterthought to a way to believe and behave. Based on the attitudes I encounter in men worldwide regarding evil, I would want us as an opponent if I were Satan.
The painful, sad reality is that the underworld has the upper hand on the ground level of this war with God’s men. Many times we assume the submissive position of a scared pooch, or freely give permission (by our inaction) to evil to trample over our lives and the world with impunity.
A reality check is in order. It’s time to look in the mirror and not be satisfied with what we have become in the midst of the Great War for our King. We must make peace with the fact that we are spiritually enabled, empowered, and equipped to make war on the Enemy and do something. We are commissioned to inflict losses, unmask and thwart plots to kill, and deliver those in bondage to darkness into the freedom of the sons of light.
Satan knows who you are. Get that. That’s what every God’s man must do on a more urgent basis; you need to accept what that means. What’s that you say? Simple, you cannot ask for a hall pass to get out of this fight. You must also stop living in ignorance and denial. Instead, you need to understand and get to know Satan’s ways. Why? Because, you are to be feared not laughed at.
Father God, You have supplied all that I need to return the love you have shown to me. You are amazing.
January 12, 2018
- Fri Jan 12, 2018
Reside in the Glory of Your Reality
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Your reality is God’s glory. Everything that is happening in your life, especially the things you want to keep secret, are ingredients in God’s greatness. You might be thinking, I don’t want God to use that! That’s exactly what God wants to use, your now life, not your cleaned up version. To find the dream, he prefers struggles over strengths. One gives him glory, the other gives you glory. Yep! It’s the lepers that God got excited about and he put the clean to shame. Got some spots that are dotting your epidermis right now? Got old spots and scars that masks can’t cover? God is operating in your realities today, not in the ideal future. Sound weird? You’re in good company.
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parent sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 8:1-3)
Reality is where glory resides. I know this from personal experience. If the disciples saw me as a seventeen year old, they would have asked, “Lord who sinned, this man or his parents that he should be doing drugs, lying, and making choices that will ruin his future?” Jesus replied, “This is happening so that the work of God can be displayed in his life. And it has! Feeling better? The result is, God’s man bears His reality and others see the transformation and begin to believe!
Father, you are very aware of my life as it is, I will trust you to direct me. You have given me the will and the self discipline to execute.