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The Weapon You Have

September 14, 2015 — 1 Comment

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It is absurd to think that someone would consider stepping into a war zone as a solider without being fully equipped to fight. The old saying of never bring a knife to a gun fight holds some great merit. Know the tools you have at your disposal and use them wisely.

Yet, each and every day, Christians march off into battle and fail to use the one tool that stands superior – their sword, the Word of God. We compromise the battle before we step foot onto the battleground simply due to a lack of understanding. Our enemy, the devil, would have it no other way. He doesn’t fear the one who doesn’t know the word – he fears the one who knows it and applies it.

The Bible doesn’t mess around on this topic:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)

I was reading a story recently in the book of Samuel about the attack from the Philistines on King Saul and the Israelite.  The Philistines began going village to village – not to attack but rather to capture the blacksmiths and stop the production of swords and weapons of war.  The Bible tells us that it got to a point where it was only Jonathan and King Saul who had a sword in the entire nation.  As I read this story, I felt the Holy Spirit remind me that this is the same tactic being deployed by the devil today.  This story was almost prophetic of our ongoing battle with him. The devil is constantly trying to dismantle our sword – the Word of God.

Make no mistake about it, the devil has been up to his sneaky ways for some time now. He is always focusing on trying to get God’s people to ignore the Word of God. It started in week one of man’s existence as he slyly asked Eve if “God really said that?”

Today – he is whispering in your ear the same thing, “Did God really say that? Would God really send someone to hell? Does God really say we can be healed? Does God really care about your happiness?”

Take your pick. The tactic is as clear as day itself; he wants to ask you enough questions and get you to doubt the truth. Doubt becomes a stronghold – and we all know what happens to strongholds.

So what do we do? Stand firm, know the Word.  TRUST the Word.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)

If you hear that horrible little voice whispering words of doubt – about your life, your future, God’s opinion on you – silence it by going to the Word. God’s word will never lead you astray.

Question: How do you stay focused on His word?

 

Your Time is Now

April 8, 2013 — 1 Comment
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There has been one verse that has been running in my mind all week:

Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” (John 7:6 NKJV)

This statement comes on the tail of one of Jesus’ largest public miracle – the feeding of the 5,000.  Following that miracle, you can see a chain of events in John 6. I recommend reading it in its entirety – but I will provide the readers digest version here.

We see Jesus make some very bold statements throughout John 6 that He is the bread of life and whoever seeks after Him will be redeemed.  These statements perplexed many and offended others resulting in somewhat of a dissension in the ranks. John 6 tells us that many of His disciples turned away and stopped following Him. His own people rejected Him.

This statement in John 7 is given to His disciples who desired to go into Judea while Jesus did not:

My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready

A bold call. I believe this was not just meant for those 12 – but for all who are still following Him. For me and for you.

I spend quite a bit of time discussing seasons in life, the ups and downs, but one thing holds true with the words of Jesus: your time is now!

Everything you see written in red letters in your Bible is meant just as much for you living today in the 21st century as it was for those walking with Him over 2000 years ago.

I have always been a big fan of taking the promises we see in the Word and making them personal. Put your name in there, write it down, hang it on the fridge:

Then Jesus said to them, “my time has not yet come, but <insert your name>, your time is always ready.”

Are you in a place of loss? Your time is now. Are you in a place of victory? Your time is now. Are you walking through a desert season? Your time is now.

We are to be ready in all seasons. Do not believe any lies that try to propagate themselves in your mind. Today is a day of victory. Today you are being told: your time is now! Be always ready.

Question: What do you do to stay ready in all seasons?

Finding the Simplicity

 

I can be very guilty of overcomplicating things sometimes…am I alone in that?  Or are there others out there who do the same?  I can take what should be simple and over analyze it like crazy!  I don’t know exactly what it is in me that drives this behavior, but even if I know it is a simple concept, I tend to think “there has to be more to it then that”.

I do this with the Word all the time.  When you stop to reflect on the Bible, we have a tendency to overcomplicate it.  But we are instructed to find the simplicity:

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted by from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV)

I talk with fellow Christians all the time who say how complicated the Word can be – but let me challenge you today that perhaps it is our own selves that are making it that way.

There are a few key things I believe we must do to first grasp the simplicity of it all:

1. We need to believe the Word is true

If you don’t believe that the Bible is the true Word of God, then this can become an even harder concept to grasp.  If you doubt the validity of it – or believe it was meant for a different time period then ours – then you will doubt the validity of the simple truths it holds.  In John 17:17, Jesus declares that God’s Word is Truth.  The Bible is God’s Word.  Granted, we could afford to dig much deeper into this particular point – but I must save that for a future post.

2.  You need to be real with God

I want to let you in on a little secret.  God knows EVERYTHING about you.  Everything.  For some reason, when we pray or talk with God, we seem to forget this.  We put on a mask and try to hide our faults and our mis-steps – but He already knows everything there is to know.  You can’t shock or surprise Him.  Be real.  Have a real conversation with Him.  Tell Him you need help understanding His word.  He respects the authentic relationship.

3. Speak the Word

Start speaking the Word.  There is so much power in the spoken word.  Don’t just read it – speak it.  Declare it.  Make it personal.  Make it real.  Put your name in it.  Try some of these (note, I paraphrased some to fit):

I, Paul, can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)

I am a believer, all things are possible to me as a believer (Mark 9:23)

All of God’s promises to ME are Yes and Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20)

I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14)

The Lord has a plan for me – a plan to prosper me and not harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)

Start there.  Start somewhere.  When you start to speak it – it becomes real.  It becomes simple.

Jesus wants to meet us where we are.

Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Rev 3:20 NIV)

Jesus comes to us.  He is pursuing you and I.  All we need to do, is let Him in.  Don’t overcomplicate that decision.

Question: Do you find yourself overcomplicating the simple things?