September 20, 2017
- Wed Sep 20, 2017
In Times Like These
Our times are unprecedented in human history. Much like our brother disciples of the first century, the global community of God’s Men worldwide is being turned upside down by events out of our control. Through technology, the world is sitting on our porch. The earth below the world’s feet is shaking as economies collapse and entire countries implode. Personal dreams are being ruptured; Expectations of the future are being altered. Reality is biting. And because of technology, everybody’s backyard is a cell phone screen away, and we can watch what is happening to everyone else!
Even in a closed country like Iran, what was once an invisible movement to the rest of the world is seen and experienced all over the world in real time. The benefit of Pentecost was the ability by a visiting world to see a movement in real time. The venue today is not a gathering of thousands in one city but of billions of technology users who can see and hear exactly what is happening on any day in any part of the planet. The situational dynamics of that first Pentecost and initial blast zone of the kingdom are now ours in these last days. But will the sleeping giant of God’s Men rise up, wait upon the Holy Spirit, get filled, and explode into their world?
God’s Men! Why are you standing there looking into the sky? Leave yesterday behind. Jesus is coming back! It's not a time for standing still. It is a time to go into prayer with your brothers, to wait eagerly and expectantly, to get soaked in the Holy Spirit, and to release the power within you to your waiting and watching world!
Thank you Father — for time such as this.
September 19, 2017
- Tue Sep 19, 2017
Most people in our society are sheep. Then there are wolves, and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There is no safety in denial. Evil, Satan, and demons are not only real, intelligent, and intentional, they are also lethal to their targets.
There are also the sheepdogs. If you have no capacity for violence, then you are a healthy and productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, they you have defined yourself as an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What you have then is a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is adaptable of walking into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia and walking out unscathed.
Identity is a choice, and alignment of will, and a statement of purpose. An identity requires duty and responsibility to that identity. Choosing one’s identity mitigates the fear connected with the duties he discharges. God’s man is dangerous and good, an awesome combination. That was Jesus. That is us.
God’s man is not out to win popularity contests among the sheep. He’s bent on one thing: dispossessing the wolf of his ability to harm the sheep.
Father, Thank you have called me to be a protector, a sheepdog, like Jesus.
September 18, 2017
- Mon Sep 18, 2017
Guilt is a feeling. This is how we feel when the moral conscience within us has been violated. The conscience within us is given to humans only. This is evidenced by our ability to choose between right and wrong. The natural way to treat guilt is to replace that emotion or feeling with something else. I don’t have to go into the many different thoughts and actions of how this natural process is done. Just change the channel.
Satan knows that this defective ability or gene in our DNA is a place where he can totally destroy our ability to walk upright by bringing us down through our thought process. After all he is called “the great deceiver” The question remains of how long we are going to remain laying there bloodied by the deceitful one. Here’s where the wonderful gift of choice comes in; when we choose to believe in the total forgiveness of our sin, past, present and future, which by the way most of us don’t have a handle on. Once we concentrate on forgiveness rather than guilt, God swoops in and fills us with His confidence. This lesson is of major importance. You can’t be guilty and joyful at the same time.
God’s word shows us in the Old Testament that we just can’t do it. In the New Covenant Jesus shows us that it has been done. You have been given the ability to immediately overcome guilt. Not only has your sin been removed but your guilt has been removed, believe it!
Thank you that eternal life begins now and get’s better as I believe in your love for me.
September 17, 2017
- Sun Sep 17, 2017
The End Game
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
God has made it clear; He has an “End Game.” Let’s look at the sequence of events in getting to the end game. First the revelation through the Old Testament that man is incapable of keeping the law. God contrasts the Law versus Grace, Old and New. The Father’s wisdom reveals our need for contrast. There is no understanding of white unless we experience black. There is no understanding of yes, unless we understand no. The greatness of the New Covenant of grace is not apparent unless contrasted by the Old Covenant. When a non-believer is approached regarding being saved, many times the answer is saved from what? I hope I’ve made my point.
Now let’s look at His “End Game” in His purpose for creating our existence. He is love personified. He has provided an environment where love can work its wonder. The workings of love can only be manifested through humanity given a choice. For example I cannot love my wife unless there is a process of selection which can only happen through choice. He has given everyone who is reading this a choice. God’s love is experienced by either acceptance through faith of His love or walking away from it. The evidence of your choice is sharing it with others. Thus Matthew 28:19 which says, in essence, share the Good News! The End Plan revealed. Joy to the world the Lord has come into my life!
Father, may your love for me be radiated to others by "a cup of cold water in your name.”
September 16, 2017
- Sat Sep 16, 2017
Relationship vs. Religion
“Spiritual abuse is rather like any physical or sexual abuse,” says U2 front man Bono. “It brings you to a place where you can’t face the subject ever again. It’s rare for the sexually abused to ever enjoy sex again. So, too, people who are spiritually abused by religion can rarely approach the subject of religion with fresh faith. They wince and twitch. In a way religious life is trying to get through a mind field without coming out of it in a wheelchair. Religion distances people from a real relationship with a living and loving God and leaves survivors with a spiritual limp. In short, religion messes everything up."
So how religious have I become? Am I distant from the real needs of those around me? Am I judgmental toward outsiders, afraid to get dirty, or “playing Christian” to feel better? Rest assured that Satan is playing you. The way you fight this, Jesus says, is by simply being the good neighbor who walks humbly, acts compassionately, and loves mercy. If you are thinking these qualities are not manly, you’re right. They’re godly.
Relationship is the core of Christianity not religion. Religion asks the question, am I good enough, it makes everything about me. The Spiritual relationship with the Father is all about Him and how much he loves me and then I reach out to others through grace, through his example, not law. Religion honors law and my constant failure to keep it. It’s a little difficult to be guilty and joyful at the same time, don’t you think? You are forgiven, don’t keep asking for it. Thank Him for it.
Father, habits are difficult to overcome. No more asking, always thanking, I believe you have forgiven me for all my sin.