August 17, 2018
- Fri Aug 17, 2018
Beneath the Surface
Jesus appreciated the fragility of the human heart. With great discernment, discretion, and love above all, He made it his aim to connect. In biblical terms, the heart represented a person’s beliefs, passions, emotions, will, drives, ambitions, and desires — all the spiritual hard-wiring.
Jesus knew this was what He was seeing — in painful, prideful, and fearful forms — below the waterline. The good news is that He wants to give you His ability to see those issues and help you be motivated to use that ability. This is real love. True discernment of people without Christ-centered love is not possible. Any other way and you have an agenda.
This is nonnegotiable following in the footsteps and becoming a good spiritual cardiologist. “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).
Beneath the surface speaks of the hidden unseen things that reside in us and in others. The prayer of Paul was that we grow in knowledge and depth of insight. This is the heart and anticipation of God’s Man. God’s man is not a surface person.
Thank you Father for the insight and depth of the daily exposure of your word and its impact on my mind.
August 16, 2018
- Thu Aug 16, 2018
For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice. Psalm 95:7
We hear the term “God’s voice” what does that mean? What impact do those words have on our minds? We have to admit that what happens in many cases is a term loses its impact the more we hear it, and we don’t look at our response to that particular term.
We are told in His Word that God has supplied His voice to each of us individually through the Holy Spirit who dwells within each of us as his children. The term “still small voice” is used in scripture, which indicates that it is a clear voice within us that speaks to us quietly. Often when real communication takes place it’s because we are very intent on hearing that voice. We are leaning forward to listen, making sure we don’t miss a word, we are anticipating, wanting to be sure we are reading the lips of God. If we are not intent, this is an indication that we have become somewhat blasé about the person who loves us perfectly, unconditionally, who has our best interest in mind. We are not so apt to receive his communication because we are so intent on the things that we can actually see around us, circumstances, relationships etc. Remember unless we are anticipating God speaking to us, we cannot receive and experience His amazing love for us.
Make no mistake — God has you reading this exactly because He wants us to realize that His voice is very important to us, and that we are very susceptible to the world, the flesh, and the devil without His guidance that he has surely placed within us.
Father, thank you for the faith that you have given me to listen intently and on purpose, to your words meant especially for me.
August 15, 2018
- Wed Aug 15, 2018
Hope is Power
“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother” (Matthew 12:50).
The Holy Spirit’s mission in our life is to remind us of our strongest hope:
What’s more, Jesus Himself gave us His personal assurance that if we discipline ourselves in our choices for Him, He will give us the very thing, feeling, comfort, or object we gave up. Specifically, He said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33). Jesus, through His indwelling presence in us through the Holy Spirit continues to say “seek first his kingdom” to the man of God at the crossroads of temptation. The pimp says the opposite? “Seek self-gratification or else you are going to miss out on all these things, Hurry!” One is the strong hope of the person and promise of Jesus Christ. The second offers the promise of a broken relationship with the Holy Spirit and bondage.
Jesus says that God’s will is your power. Self-control is synonymous with the strong hope of the kingdom of God and His will being done in and through you. Self-control is the difference between a willing spirit and a weak flesh, good intentions for Good and consistent action for God. The difference between impulse reactions and intuition that pauses is simply this: Who is at the center of our hope? And who is making the promise?
Father, I can’t even have hope on my own, Thank you for your Holy Spirit
August 14, 2018
- Tue Aug 14, 2018
Satan, King of Terrorism
As we’ve seen, the spiritual world is rife with well-engineered and malicious plots designed to gain control of men, introduce a second agenda, and produce maximum devastation. As a consequence, the game that is “on” is a game of disciplined discernment of those plots. God’s man is commissioned to be about the business of predicting and preempting the Terrorist’s agenda much the same way a counterterrorism agent is deployed. We are appointed to know the scheme of the Devil, called to study them, trained to discern them, and prepared to come against them. Being outwitted is not a part of our tradition as a fighting group.
The easy part is identifying the tactics. The hard part is knowing when and where they will be used. In many instances you can’t predict the situation. You simply have to be ready to respond.
This is the one advantage all terrorism has on the world of free men — the element of surprise. The Algerian terrorists’ plans included taking over an existing flight to accomplish their mission. The situation was already loaded with leverage they didn’t have to create. Twenty-seven tons of jet fuel, Check. Transportation to Paris, Check. Hostages, Check. All that was left was figure out how to insert themselves undetected to take advantage of the situation and execute their mission. For the most part being surprised is not a good thing, would you agree?
Father, thank you for the awareness of the Holy Spirit within me.
August 13, 2018
- Mon Aug 13, 2018
Tenderness Is Fearlessness
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”
When you look at Christ the King, you see the tendency toward tenderness. It is upside-down in man’s world but right-side up in God’s world. A true measure of courage is willingness to be tender when compassion demands it. Inability to be tender is fear — of man, of appearances, or of reality, which hides an even deeper fear of responsibility.
Ask yourself, have I trained myself through life’s tough spots in relationships not to feel? Start in your immediate circle of influence and ask yourself, Will I wimp out or step into those needs with compassion? Will I offer a gentle touch or rationalize it away? Will I let myself see the pain instead of trying to fix the problem? Will I give away my own dignity to restore someone else”?
We all have our protective devices to protect our manhood. Macho men are not tender. We quite naturally fight the feelings or compassion thoughts for ways to triumph by fixing the problem. It's hard to just show up and be there, without trying to offer some thought or some deed where we can step in and be the “man,” empathy is not the way we are naturally wired.
Compassion trumps condemnation every time and that practical empathy provides needed emotional shade to the sun-baked and weary soul — a comfort, a relief, a pause that allows that person to forget their pain and find hope again. The tenderness of Jesus in comforting others in pain is well documented. His kindness never weakened His stamina or softened His fiber—it just made Him stand out more as a leader. His tenderness made him both revered and fearless.
Father, thank you for teaching me to have the tenderness of Jesus.