Aug 24 2020

Active, not passive

Did you ever notice that Jesus was incredibly active in his ministry on earth?  We don’t see any passivity.  He wasn’t just hanging out waiting for others to come to him.  He was constantly on the move traveling from place to place to share about his kingdom and to bring healing and freedom to everyone he encountered.  Today’s church model is a little different because we tend to shrink back into the four walls of a building and minister to those who show up; a lot of times this means ministering to the same people over and over again.  There’s nothing wrong with that model but there is a better way to do church.  We need to be active not passive.  We need to be an active response in a passive world by releasing good news of his kingdom everywhere we go. Now I’m not talking about being the megaphone guy on the street corner screaming at everyone who walks by. But what if you could share a prophetic word with a waiter at a restaurant?  Or maybe pray for a sick person sitting next to you on an airplane.  What would the world look like if we started doing the things Jesus did in the same way he did them?  So the next time you walk out your front door ask God to send someone to you that you are equipped to help and then get ready for a great adventure.

Aug 14 2020

Effective pleas before the throne of God…

“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” — Dan 9:18

Mercy in this verse is translated from the Hebrew word “Chesed” which means to show favor, mercy, or kindness to one who has no right to claim something from you.

I’ve often heard people petition God based on what they think they have earned for their good deeds almost as if they believe God owes them something. As they prayed they would say things like “I pay my tithe, where’s my blessing?”Or “I live a good Christian life, why can’t I have a nicer house?” This attitude in prayer is not only foolish; it’s a virtual guarantee that you will get no answer at all. God promises to bless his people when they are obedient but it doesn’t mean any of us deserve anything he has to give.

God doesn’t owe you anything and nothing you do will make you worthy of anything he has to give. It is only because of his chesed that we live and it is only because of his chesed that we are blessed. Always be mindful that you are addressing the creator of the universe and the next time you ask God for something, be sure to remember that it is because of his mercy that you are even able to ask.

David’s prayers were effective because he did not ask on account of his own righteousness but rather on account of God’s great mercy. Put this into practice and your prayers will take on a new dimension of effectiveness.

Aug 7 2020

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.