November 23, 2017
- Thu Nov 23, 2017
How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand -- when awake; I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18
If you have allergies you soon realize that invisible airborne agents make their way in and cause all sorts of reactions. What we see physiologically is a hyperactive response of the immune system to certain foreign invaders. The result is misery until medications kick in.
Here’s a little secret: Satan has allergies. Spiritually speaking, there are behaviors that short-circuit his tactics and seriously irritate his system. More and more these days, I find that when I’m actively expressing the following character qualities in my life, the more protected I am against the Devil’s tactics — and the more allergic to me he must feel. These are all strengthening disciplines for God’s man and weakening influences for the Enemy.
I have found that Humility is a character quality and is the antigen of pride and stimulates the production of spiritual antibodies: faith, surrender, and willing submission to God’s will. Forgiveness releases you from the grip of bitterness, resentment, and anger. It takes away a major fuel cell of satanic power in your life. God’s man short-circuits many evils doing for others what Christ did for him. Unforgiveness is a foothold of Satan, giving him space on the beaches of your life. Forgiveness, offered freely and unconditionally, evicts the squatter and takes back the beach. An attitude of Gratitude: Apply liberal amounts of gratitude to your daily life because nothing else kills pride like gratitude. You will never meet a grateful narcissist.
Father, help me to not live my life without tools of warfare.
November 22, 2017
- Wed Nov 22, 2017
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (MESSAGE BIBLE)
There was a time when you and I were not first family. God let us in; the Holy Spirit signed for us and marked us for first-class delivery to heaven. We didn’t earn it or deserve it. Such a man accepted graciously by God, should be the most accepting and inclusive man on the planet. God wants us to remember that the kingdom of God is open for business to all who come in contact with it. This is especially true for those who have been made us feel less than worthy or left out of God’s plan in any way.
Men can act according to their culture’s values or according to the values of the Holy Spirit in the character of Christ. A tender warrior looks after those in his context who are unable to defend themselves or are vulnerable. The men of the church are the sleeping giant who can, if untied, turn the tide of the world’s worst exploitation of women and children. But they must stand up as one for the vulnerable. This is Christ, the man of Pentecost, and this is a God’s Man full of the Holy Spirit. We look after the vulnerable ones to prove our faith and say no to the culture’s exploitation, apathy, and neglect.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and see his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (I John 3:16-18). The Holy Spirit will call upon all God’s Men to sacrifice of themselves materially to make others feel the peace and security of being provided for by God.
Father thank you for including me and make me aware of others needs.
November 21, 2017
- Tue Nov 21, 2017
Search me God; and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24
We are far more educated in what we need to be thinking and doing than we actually pull off in our real-time, day to day choices. So the goal of every God’s man is to close that gap as best we can. Let’s talk about our choices in loss.
Loss for the sake of loss is stupidity, but suffering a loss, real or imagined for obedience to Christ is faith at its very best. The loss of money — relationship — a good feeling — a secret — a job opportunity — our image at church — friends — possessions — a dream — control over the outcome.
What does God like to see most in us when He speaks into our lives? Inner agreement matched by prompt obedience. If we’re known for anything, it should be for our willingness to respond to God’s direction in the face of great personal loss. It’s easy to obey in our pleasures, but it’s not so easy in our pains. The real measure of God’s men is our willingness to do what God tells us to do, even when it means losing.
Obedience in loss is the evidence that convinces the world that we are indeed grateful. What’s pathetic is a man who has been the recipient of His grace and mercy but doesn’t act like one. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t realize the price that was paid for his God-given life and is a candidate for God’s discipline. Like a little boy, his attention wanders from the Word, and he is led away by his feeling or false pride. Our God is a God of giving; He is the one that has supplied even the air we breathe. Are we the one leper who came back to thank Jesus? Obedience in pain is our thankfulness.
Father, you are an amazing God that is always with me in my loss.
November 20, 2017
- Mon Nov 20, 2017
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus let His Father decide what the dream for His life on earth would be.
The minute I start letting feelings, culture, or others decide what defines my dream, I’m cooked as God’s man. Jesus is our Master Baker on this one. “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26-39). Jesus let His Father decide what the dream of His life on earth would be. The dream didn’t depend on His circumstances, His right, His parents, His friends, His critics, or His feelings. It’s no surprise then that the exact dream God has for you is in the mold of His Son. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the first born, this has been the plan, and this is the process we are all engaged in: becoming like our firstborn Brother, Jesus. Resolve to let God decide what goes in His recipe dream for you.
Your reality is God’s glory. Everything that is happening in your life — especially the stuff you want to keep a secret — is an ingredient in God’s greatness. You might be thinking, I don’t want God to use that! God’s reply is, that is exactly what I want to use. God is eager to use your now-life, not your cleaned-up version. To fuel the dream, He prefers struggles over strengths. One gives Him glory, the other gives you glory. Yep, it’s the spots on the lepers and their utter helplessness that got God excited and put the clean to shame. Got some ugly spots dotting the epidermis of your life right now? Got old spots and scars that the masks can’t cover? God is operating in your uncomfortable realities today, not in the ideal future. Sound weird? You’re in good company.
Father, let my life be your recipe not mine.
November 19, 2017
- Sun Nov 19, 2017
I urge you, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made known to God. I Timothy 1:1-5
Prayer is one of the most difficult disciplines to develop as God’s man. Satan pulls out all the stops, engineers interruptions, rationalizations, and other diversions — anything to keep you from getting on your knees and connecting with the God of the universe. Imagine Tiger Woods as your partner in a golf scramble, Warren Buffett as your financial backer for your business start-up or a team of navy SEALS with you on a mission. All of these dudes possess some serious firepower, radically changing the odds of success and inspiration for your confidence. And while you may never experience these parings, the Bible says that Jesus has your back and is ready and willing to do war with you and for you — if you just ask.
Your decision to pray sends shivers through the world of evil because once again this is a language that is understood and feared deeply. More to the point, Satan knows who’s going to show up on your behalf. Satan will suggest, “You can do that later.” But the Bible says, “Pray continually.” If you keep pounding the Enemy with heavy artillery, you’ll confuse and disperse him. Not as a last resort but as your very first option, every day, 24/7.
The only thing I would add to that encouragement would be to stop moonlighting as morons and pray continually. Pray in the morning, on the drive to work, before your next sales call, before your meetings, while driving home, on the plane for the person next to you, and every other chance you get.
Father, thank you, the God of the universe, for assuring me of your availability in every situation.