Nov 28 2014

Wisdom that releases strategies

The bible tells us in 1 Kings 4:30 that Solomon was the wisest man of his time. People came to him from near and far to receive answers to their problems, judgments for their disagreements, and maybe even for strategies to improve their businesses or lives. Imagine what you could accomplish if you had access to that level of wisdom. Imagine how much impact you could have on communities all over the world if you could simply ask a question and get the wisdom needed to solve a problem. There are so many problems that need to be solved and I am confident that if we had a Solomon on the earth today his wisdom would be incredibly useful. Well here’s the good news, we have access to the wisdom of God because of our relationship with him. 1 Cor. 2:6-16 is such a great passage that shows us that because we have the mind of Christ, because we have the Spirit of God in us, we have access to God’s wisdom. Problems should be easy for us to solve when we live in an intimate relationship with God. Wisdom should naturally flow from the life of every Christian. Business and government leaders should seek us out for solutions. I believe we are living in a time where God wants to release new strategies to solve problems the world has been struggling to resolve for a long time. Think of a problem in your community and ask God for the solution…and don’t be surprised when he gives it to you. He wants to use you to bless this world and bringing the solution to a problem will always be a blessing.


Nov 21 2014

Perfect timing…

Have you ever noticed how so many people in the Bible had to wait, sometimes for a long time, before different promises of God actually happened? Abraham and Sarah waited a long time for Isaac and even made some pretty significant mistakes along the way. But I am encouraged by this story in a few different ways. Hebrew 11 props Abraham and Sarah up as having great faith yet the story in Genesis shows Sarah laughing at the notion of becoming pregnant. So there must have been more to her faith than we realize. And think about this, if Isaac had been born 12 years earlier he probably would have never married Rebekah, which then means there wouldn’t have been a Jacob and Esau, and the history we know today would be completely different. So even though Abraham and Sarah made a huge mistake with Hagar, it didn’t affect God’s timeline. Isaac still showed up exactly when God had planned it. When it’s time, and if you are in the right place, God will accelerate everything into position. Even if you made some mistakes along the way. I think the enemy wants to discourage us by telling us we aren’t good enough or we are being delayed because of past mistakes. Moses hung out in the desert tending to sheep for 40 years but when God’s timing arrived, the scenario was accelerated and the Israelites left Egypt a few weeks later. And he murdered someone; that’s what put him in the desert! Waiting isn’t fun but as long as we use that time to pursue him we will eventually find ourselves in the middle of the acceleration known as his perfect timing.


Nov 14 2014

Through His eyes…

What would life be like if we could all see through the eyes of God? What would happen if suddenly we could see people the way God sees them? I tend to think it would make a difference in everything we do. Through his eyes, the world takes on a whole new perspective. He sees potential while we stare at the problems. He sees the possibility of freedom when all we see is bondage. He stands with open arms as a loving father even while we walk away from him. He sees the struggles, the pains, the disappointments, and he also sees every needed solution. When I see someone in need I have to ask God, “What is the answer for this person?” If we represent the King of the universe we should be able to provide the answer for any problem we encounter. But all too often we don’t even recognize the need because we are looking through the wrong set of eyes. Ask him today to see through his eyes, to see people the way he sees them, for his love to flow through you so that you can impact every person you come into contact with and every place where your foot lands. We have the opportunity to bless a hurting world. Let’s get to work.


Nov 7 2014

Danger…

“The devil is attacking me.” I don’t know how many times I have heard someone use this phrase or a similar one to describe a situation they were going through. It is really easy to fall into this trap of thinking that every time we are opposed it must be the devil trying to stop us. Almost as if the devil is trying to keep some future event from happening by coming against us. Sure, the enemy does try to block us at times but it’s not quite what most Christians think it is. The devil doesn’t know the future (outside of what he can read in the bible) but when he sees a person pursuing God it scares him and he reacts out of fear. He doesn’t know where God is going to take you but he does know that if you continue to pursue God you will become a danger to his kingdom. So he tries different tactics to slow down or completely end your pursuit. He knows from past experience that if he makes it uncomfortable for you then there is a better chance of you giving up. But it’s all smoke and mirrors. It’s a game. And we tend to give him more credit than he is due. The devil doesn’t have any authority. Jesus said “all power and authority has been given to me” so that leaves the devil with absolutely nothing.