Aug 25 2016

World Changers

I was watching a movie a few days ago and a major plot in the movie was that an investor decided to take a big risk on something he knew was going to have a huge payout, but it would cost him millions of dollars over several years before the big payday would actually come. Somehow, he just knew he was right. And even though everyone around him thought he was crazy, he stuck to his intuition, made the investment, and then rode out a tumultuous storm for a few years. In the end, he was proven right and brought in almost a 500% profit on the investment. As it turns out, great risks can produce great rewards.

World changers are usually the ones who look foolish to others because no one else seems to understand what they do. It can look foolish to give up everything in order to pursue a dream God has put in your heart. Very few people agreed with Martin Luther when he challenged the Catholic church’s position but hundreds of millions of people today have benefitted from the risk he took. If we want to see God move in amazing ways through our lives, we have to learn to be risk takers. We have to be willing to say yes, even if we don’t know where the “yes” is going to take us and even if everyone else around us thinks we are crazy. It also helps to have a few good risk taking mentors that can help you make sure you are hearing accurately because it can be quite confusing in the midst of the journey to where God is taking you.

God is always faithful. He has proven himself time after time in situation after situation and he has never let anyone fail who was passionately pursuing His purposes. Ask God about the risks he wants you to take, say yes, and then get ready for a crazy adventure of changing the world!


Aug 19 2016

Cancelling out chaos

Society is falling into chaos. This is the message we see in the news everyday as violence and lawlessness continues to increase around us. We can look at this in a few different ways. We can agree with the turmoil around us, become fearful, and retreat within the comfort zone of our theological walls. Or, we can take action in the same way Jesus did. Did you ever notice that Jesus didn’t spend anytime judging the Roman culture around him? We don’t see any mention in the Bible of Jesus condemning the activities of the Roman government, or the rampant perversions that commonly occurred during his time on earth, or getting sucked into the political arguments of the day.

What was his model? To bring the kingdom of God to earth. How did he do it? By going into the marketplace and anywhere else people commonly congregated and revealing the love of God by performing miracles, setting people free from demonic oppression, and teaching the principles of his kingdom. The church in today’s society is poised to be incredibly impactful if we would adopt this same model. It’s easy to wait for people to step into the four walls of a building before we try to minister to them but there are so many people who won’t come anywhere near a church. So we have to go to them.

We have what the world needs. We have access to everything in heaven and we have an opportunity to change the world. We don’t need to be concerned about what is happening around us. We can change that reality if we are willing to step out in faith and actually do what Jesus modeled for us. When the world sees that there is a better way, they will abandon the chaos and step into the love of God. This is how we change the world. This is how we change society. This is how heaven comes to earth.


Aug 5 2016

Perfection

“Be perfect, therefore, as you heavenly Father is perfect;” that’s a big requirement Jesus gave in Matthew 5:48 and one that most of us probably think is out of reach or completely impossible. But I have this theory, if Jesus tells us to do something, it’s possible for us to do it. Jesus made other seemingly impossible statements about healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and doing greater things than he did. If you are of the belief that the supernatural ways of God have never ceased, then you probably familiar with God’s desire to work through people to bring about supernatural results and you know that these things are not outside of our reach. But this whole idea of being perfect is a tough one to think about, probably because it is something we cannot logically picture as a state we can achieve on this side of eternity. But Jesus said it, so it is possible!

One of the things that stands out to me in Jesus’ earthly ministry is that he was 100% accurate with every prophecy, word of knowledge, and any other spiritual gift he used. And he healed every person that came to him. I wonder if he operated at this high level because of his perfection. It’s common in most healing meetings to see 10%-20% of the attendees healed but what would it take to see 100% all the time? Jesus talked about how a mustard seed’s amount of faith could move a mountain so I don’t think it requires a ton of faith to see greater levels of the miraculous. But it might be attached to this perfection idea. If we could live out a perfect life, I suspect we would have zero distractions to keep us from clearly hearing God’s voice for every situation we encounter and we would be able to bring the solution every person needs. Of course, this is just a theory because Jesus is the only person to ever live a perfect life. But, he left the door open for us to follow in his footsteps of perfection and if we are supposed to represent him, then maybe, just maybe, we have a chance at hitting that mark and operating at a much higher supernatural gifting level.