July 21, 2017
- Fri Jul 21, 2017
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Expecting is the very root of faith. This is a powerful and important word that gives power to our daily walk of faith. It’s fine to believe in Christ’s victory over Satan at the cross. We all need to believe in that promise of Satan’s ultimate defeat. But it’s a far different thing to step out on that promise and fight when you’re outsized, outmanned, outsmarted, and outmatched in every way. Jesus had already told his guys they’ve already won, but how many are ready to walk in that promise and actually fight? You have already won by virtue of your salvation, and it’s not of you, but of Him. Don’t get played by Satan and attach to his power. Everything, whether pain or pleasure, no matter what your physical and mental experience is right now, it’s used by our loving Father who supplies everything to build our character. It’s your choice - God or the one who destroys our character, Satan.
Expecting is an attitude of the mind that brings confidence and courage. Caleb chose not to focus on the enemy but on the promise of God. A fighting God’s man is not owned by the Devil; he’s caught up in the victory, he knows God’s already won. That sort of man is an unstoppable force; the kind of motivated fighter God is looking for. Listen to what God says about Caleb: “Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” Numbers 14:24. Caleb expected because he chose to expect. God controls and has promised, are you expecting?
Father, thank you for giving me the motivating root word of faith, Expect!
July 20, 2017
- Thu Jul 20, 2017
Live As a Son
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will Eph. 1:4-5
Becoming like Christ means learning how to live as a son, how to trust your Father so intuitively and implicitly that conscious communication gives way to an internalized symbiotic sonship. You can go from guessing to knowing what He is feeling and respond to that as your guiding force. You can know His desires as His son; know the look in His eyes, the nod of His head.
Yes, you can be this close. In God’s mind, you belong to Him. Consider this belonging to be the distinction between vocational worship and relational sonship. One flow is time and people driven. The other flow is presence and Father driven. One is public process of mutual partnership and investment in a co-mission. The other is a masculine dance of soul and knowledge between Father and son. According to the Scriptures, both of these dynamic relationships are meaning oriented, but only one is personal, extending into the realm of a family tie that binds closer than all others.
Jesus Christ was tight with his Dad and they loved to make each other smile. That’s sonship. This is our prime example of his uncommon connection of reciprocity between two souls.
So, Son, get to know “the look.” And walk like your Dad.
Father, It’s so amazing, You the creator of the universe, You are the same Father who walks with me and smiles at me all the time. Wow!
July 19, 2017
- Wed Jul 19, 2017
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 12:12
When it comes to loving others, the Bible does not reveal an emotional love like we see in the movies or read about in novels. Biblical love usually speaks to the will. To that end the gospels show a Savior sweating blood in a garden and going against His emotions and discomfort to love sacrificially. The ones on the receiving end of this love experience a deep gratitude because sacrificial love stirs deep emotions. This is you and me. We have felt this amazing love of God through the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in our lives, so in response, suddenly we pick up our cross, make our sacrifice, and die our own deaths to self.
The Holy Spirit reminds us that our highest priority on earth is time sensitive. The clock is winding down every day. This reality invests every interaction, encounter, and relationship with greater meaning. Knowing this frees us to love like never before, with focus and attention, the people God brings into our life. We don’t delay as much in offering forgiveness, we say “I am sorry” faster, we risk more to connect with strangers, we minister with more care, and we teach with more urgency. Remember, you’re it and time is short. On the other hand God does bring about those moments that we just know His Spirit is upon us and gives us the timing to “be all things to all men that we may win some.” God is love and we have his Holy Spirit within us. God is so good; He provides all we will ever need.
Father, you have thought of everything and given everything. Thank You for loving me and revealing to me all I will ever need.
July 18, 2017
- Tue Jul 18, 2017
The well trained soldier during war time is fastidious about training, obeying the rules and not taking shortcuts, because he knows after 8 weeks of basic training his life depends on it. He knows that training practice ends and the real game is about to begin. He is super focused and purposed in all he thinks and in all his actions. There is no room for him outside the boundaries.
The athlete, Paul says, cannot bend the rules to his liking and still expect to win. He can’t take a shortcut to get a head start on the competition or adjust things according to his comfort level. He has to compete fairly, respect the boundaries, and run hard just like everybody else for a shot at the prize. The point is, the contest is bigger than any individual athlete. An athlete’s primary quality is his respect for the rules. And when he wins legitimately, he has integrity. So he trains right, competes right, and when it’s showtime, he focuses on the victor’s crown. He dreams of being on that podium, receiving the prize for his hard work and dedication.
Now a farmer, Paul says, has to be super diligent in his season of work. He keeps showing up morning after morning, laying those hands to the plow. He doesn’t sleep in, and works late when it’s time to sow and cultivate. He endures the early wake up calls, the aching hands, the smells of fertilizer, and the sore legs from walking up and down his fields. He is diligent and determined during the critical time that makes the difference between a good harvest and a bad one. The promise of the harvest spurs him on. He doesn’t sow sparingly because he knows the result.
Father, thank you for giving me purpose and meaning and showing me the boundaries to win the crown you have planned for me.
July 17, 2017
- Mon Jul 17, 2017
Condition vs. Position
He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. Ephesians 1:5
You are already victorious over Satan through Christ. Not only has God said it, Christ has accomplished it; this is your position in Christ before, at present and in the future. The second part is a little harder to swallow — and requires faith. That is, while you and I are victorious, we can’t escape the battle just yet. We must head into the fight with that promise from Christ strapped under our belts — He has given us power over our enemy, and He will help us achieve the victory, this is our position. Guys who get this are commended in the Scriptures as having a different spirit.
We need fighters who discern evil, who walk in victory over the Enemy, who are willing to show up every time. I realize that only a few will have this kind of spirit, but I’m praying that you will be one of them. Dare to submit to God’s promise not just in your comfort but in a willingness to fight.
Roll the film on how Caleb responded to the promise by running to battle — At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land… They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large… “If the Lord is pleased with us he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” Out of the twelve men that The Israelites sent into the promise land only two, Caleb and Joshua trusted in the promise of God and understood his love for them. They were surely God’s men, for they were the only ones that God permitted to enter the land 40 years later.
Father, Thank you for helping me as you promised, to be a God’s man.