May 18 2018

Wounds of the past

Wounded people wound other people. That’s a reality of life. And when we know this reality, it is so much easier to not be offended when people do or say things that try to hurt us. When we recognize this fact, we can love people no matter what they do, because we can see that they are acting out of their own woundedness. In a way, it makes us feel sorry for them, sorry for their situation, and gives us a desire to see them set free. The great news is that we, as representatives of Jesus, have the authority to lead a person from a place of brokenness to a place of wholeness. I met someone once who told me he was struggling with depression, and he was a little shocked when I told him that I had authority over depression. Why? Because that is part of my identity as a son of God. The same is true of any other type of emotional wound that someone may be carrying around. Jesus already paid for them to be free of their baggage, and we get to help them give that baggage to Jesus. When you come across someone who is emotionally wounded, ask Holy Spirit what the root cause is, then pray for healing for that specific root cause. Even if they won’t let you pray with them in that moment, you can still pray for them at a later time on your own. God wants them to be free more than we do, and when we choose to partner with his vision for the people we encounter, we will see him do incredible things in their lives. I am sure you can think of at least one person right now who is carrying some emotional wounds. Maybe you are carrying some yourself that you need to lay down as well. Have a chat with Holy Spirit. Get his advice, and start praying for people to be free!

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May 11 2018

Orders

Back when I was going through basic training for my military service, there were some common phrases we would hear the training instructors yell at us on a fairly regular basis. We would hear things like, “I can’t believe you’re not done yet!”, “what’s your major malfunction?”, or, “what part of (fill in the blank) don’t you understand?” These were all very pointed questions to get someone back in line with what they needed to be doing. Sometimes I think it would be valuable for Jesus to ask us some very pointed questions as well. I once heard someone say that people who have served in the military have a tendency to step into supernatural ministry a lot easier than others, because they understand the concept of authority. Military members understand the importance of following orders as well as the authority to give orders. Military members understand that orders need to be carried out, regardless of personal opinion, or potential risk. An order is an order and it is given to accomplish the mission at hand. Being a follower of Jesus is a lot like serving in the military. When you join the military, you give your life to a cause, and you give up a certain degree of your rights for as long as you wear the uniform. When you give your life to Jesus, you give your life to Jesus. It’s not yours anymore. You give up your right to do what you want to do. You have put yourself into the service of a king. And not just any king, but the King of all kings. And yet, many of us live out our Christian lives from a perspective that we can just check a few boxes and then do whatever we want with the rest of our lives. But that’s not how it is supposed to work out. Sometimes I wonder if it would be beneficial if Jesus popped his head into the door and asked a pointed question like, “what right do you have to refuse the order of your King?” We have a King who has given us some serious orders and we (the church) haven’t done a great job following those orders. We all need to be in this together, pursuing what the heart of our King is focused on, and not giving up until he receives everything that he paid for!

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