Sep 25 2020

Fight from victory

Everyone needs someone to turn to when they need justice or resolution for a problem. This was a lot easier to accomplish a few thousand years ago when kings ruled over nations and one person generally decided the fate for the whole community (maybe not always fair, but easier). But in today’s environment, if you were to go to a president asking for justice he would send you to the courts because he doesn’t have the authority to resolve legal matters. And if you go to the courts you will find they are limited by the constraints of the laws written be legislators. But if you had a king you could go to one person and get an authoritative ruling on any issue. This is because a king is seated with absolute authority over his domain. No one in the kingdom can question anything he says and all are subject to his rule. The first chapter of Ephesians shows us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, far above all other rule, power, authority, and dominion. Everything is under his authoritative rule. So anything Jesus decrees has to happen. There is never a scenario where the universe doesn’t obey his command. Even satan must adhere to his rule. Then when we flip to the next chapter we find out that we are seated with Jesus. That puts us in a place of authority as well. We are co-ruling and co-reigning with Jesus. So that means that any circumstance we face can end with a decree. We can issue decrees on God’s behalf, that are in line with his purposes, and expect those decrees to happen and to be carried out. We don’t have to fight for victory because Jesus already secured it through his death and resurrection. We fight from victory and that is a much better place to be.

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Sep 18 2020

Life Without Filters

As children we are taught to believe in things like Santa Clause, the tooth fairy, leprechauns, and other fairy tale characters. Our parents allow us to believe these things because it helps to filter out the harshness of life but as we grow out of adolescence we realize that these childhood fantasies are untrue; in essence, we learn to remove the filters our parents applied.

As adults we view polarizing issues such as politics, religion, and race through other filters–filters we acquired from our parents, or picked up in college, or attached through personal life experiences. The reality is that we tend to view life through the filters of what we have been taught. These filters tend to skew our way of thinking by forcing us into one-sided viewpoints and keeping us from considering other possibilities.

Christianity is a great example of this; we have so many different denominations with so many different theological viewpoints that we rarely agree inter-denominationally on any of our dogmatic beliefs. Did Jesus come to earth to create a new religion? Was God’s plan to spawn thousands of differing viewpoints? We are so busy filtering out everyone else’s opinions that we never stop to think about whether or not our own viewpoints could be wrong.

So here’s the deal, from God’s perspective there is only one viewpoint. Maybe if we tossed aside these filters we could clearly see God’s purpose. Maybe if we focused more on God and less on theology we could change the world. Maybe it’s time to live life without filters.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says ADONAI. As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Is. 55:8-9 (CJB)


Sep 11 2020

Supernatural

The spiritual world is real. Angels are real. Demons are real. God is a spiritual being. We exist as a body, soul, and spirit. These are facts that Christians all over the world believe and there is a lot of scripture to support it. So why is it that when supernatural stuff happens some people look at it like it’s weird, unholy, illegitimate, or even evil? Psalm 16:11 tells us that in his presence is fullness of joy so people laughing in the altar should be perfectly normal if they are spending time with Jesus. Exodus 34 tells us about Moses having to cover his face because of the glowing after effect of being in God’s presence. Maybe the gold dust or glitter that shows up on people’s hands and faces is a similar manifestation of what Moses experienced. Let’s not be so quick to scoff at something simply because we don’t understand it. God is so much bigger than our understanding.

Acts 8:6 and John 6:2 both show us that crowds show up when miraculous things happen. Here’s a news flash, signs and wonders are God’s PR program. Yeah, I know it’s bigger than that but if people come running when supernatural stuff happens and then you have an opportunity to tell them about Jesus, wouldn’t you want more supernatural stuff to happen? Society today is very curious about the supernatural and 1 Corinthians 12 reveals the supernatural gifts available to all of us that can be used to impact the world. We need to shift our understanding of normal so that we live from a supernatural perspective because that viewpoint positions us to see God do amazing things.

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