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Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 11:09 AM CDT
The ungodly tension we're in as a nation cannot long last. It will not last. Many Christians have bent to the will of the Adversary in further dividing ourselves along racial and political lines. To the point where we can't even have a conversation or amicable disagreements on social media without name-calling and anger.
God will intervene and even now is intervening to right this ship in such ways that neither side will be able to take credit for smooth sailing after such stormy seas. If we don't destroy one another first. Are you right or left? Blue or red? A Conservative or a Liberal? Progressive or regressive?
In the great and small schemes of things and people, only God's side will matter. Are you on His side?
God is shaking up the shakeable to reveal that which can't be shaken. His will. His power. His truth. His word. His authority. His Kingdom.
We can do nothing apart from God; and in a blink of an eye, as has been made clear to us with the now over 500,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 in less than a year - all of our time here is short and can end suddenly without warning.
God has no respect of person, position, power or pedigree.
We as individuals and as a nation are blessed beyond measure, blessings we have and often take for granted. We are blessed more than we deserve yet far too many of us act as if we deserve it all. We don't.
Prophets of old in their generation admonished their own. They did it not on their own, without any righteousness of their own, but on behalf and at the behest of righteous God.
We, too, as people of God must boldly speak and admonish our own in our generation. We know a lot of what we're seeing isn't right, yet many of us are too afraid to speak up for fear of risking the loss of support, relationships and or status.
God has no respect of person, position, power or pedigree.
Let me ask you this. If you knew today would be your last day on earth and tomorrow you meet God, would any of that still matter as much, if at all? Would the focus of your attention change?
Which begs the question, who is to be pleased more than God? Who can compare to God? What can people do to us that God cannot overrule or reverse? Yet many fear the wrath of a man more than the wrath of God.
Concomitantly, what can people take from us that God cannot replace ten times over or one hundred times better?
We must speak truth not on our own accord because we all are as filthy rags before Holy God. Not based on who we are, but who He is. The One who is blameless, all-powerful, perfect and in whom there is no darkness at all. He used others in the past and He wants to use us now in marvelous ways.
The question is, how willing are you to be used by God to stand for truth even if it means standing against your political party or others whom you think hold your future in their hands? Guess what? They don't. The same God holds theirs.
What are we apart from God and what do we have that He has not given? The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. The Lord raises up and the Lord puts down.
No amount of wealth impresses God. No amount of false worship appeases God. No amount of power can equal God's.
Notoriety, fame, reputation, human feats, exploits, and records mean nothing to Him.
No human endorsement moves God. He is God and God alone. He sits high and looks low. The earth is His footstool and nations, yes even the great America is as only a drop in a bucket to Him. He is God.
As a Christian and as a leader, if God has placed you in a position of high regard and authority, your first allegiance is to Him. Not your political party and certainly not to any other human.
Who created the nation to which we pledge allegiance? Who formed the hand we raise to take an oath or gave us voice, reason, and ability to even recite the Pledge of Allegiance?
How dare we boast of the created with a wink and give but a cursory nod to the One who created it and us all.
How dare we worship the created rather than the Creator. As we continue in exalting the political elite, calling that which is good evil and that which is evil good, there will be a hefty price to pay and the bill is coming due.
Who will stand for right and call that which is wrong, wrong? There is increasingly no distinction between those of God and those who aren't.
Is there little wonder why so many Christians are losing their effectiveness, impact, and witness?
It's not so much where we stand on issues but how we stand on truth. Truth today is determined by our talking heads of choice rather than by the Head of the church - Christ.
The real danger is the infusion of the political into the spiritual and thus we have painted ourselves into a corner and like cornered wounded animals, we are angry and more apt to fight anything or anyone that could actually help.
Americans are locked, loaded and ready - increasingly oblivious to the fact that we are destroying one another and if not careful, the country.
What can be shaken is being shaken. And when it's all said and done, we all may be shockingly shaken to our very core.
Published on Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 4:59 PM CDT
Rare are great leaders that started out to be great. Great leaders become great not by taking leadership classes but by taking chances in life and on themselves - their talents, skills and passion.
Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 6:01 PM CDT
Many Christians serving in public service are oblivious to the reality that the world of politics is the devil’s domain. It was handed to him by God. Satan even reminded Jesus of this as he repeatedly tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:5-6).
In fact, Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthian church that Satan is the god ("small g") of this world and has blinded the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4). The Adversary rules, but God overrules.
Given this is true, no Christian, no matter how strong in the Word we are, no matter how many times a week we attend church; and, no matter how much we love Jesus – none of us is smart enough, wise enough or experienced enough to avoid the traps of the Enemy. And he makes them glitter like gold.
Why? Because he knows us by name, even more he knows the name of our favorite sin. He has us pegged. While we may sometimes forget, he never forgets that we are in a battle with him for our life, our way of life, our gift of life and our eternal life. He knows we're at war and he never ever waves the white flag - even though he also knows that at the cross, God had made good on his word in Genesis 3:14-15.
Spiritual warfare is real. Sometimes we are prone to forget this because we become way too comfortable in our roles, routines, titles and positions. This is when the Adversary positions himself for victory over us.
We forget while he never stops remembering - present-tense participle, meaning he is always in the act of remembering. We remember when we come up against something we on our own can't resolve or make sense of. Then, we remember.
For some that "aha moment" comes way too late. When the divorce is imminent or when the handcuffs are slapped on.
When we step into the world of politics, we step onto the devil’s territory and no one but God knows the territory better because it all belongs to him. Think of earth as an outpost or colony of heaven because this is exactly what it is.
The whole of the Bible is the story of God and his kingdom told through the lives of humans. God is spirit. Satan is spirit. Angels are spirits. You and I are spirits, wrapped in humanity just as Jesus the Christ.
Satan knows what traps to set for you and for me, where to place them, with whom and when. Do you have a big ego? He has a trap for you. Proud? He has a trap for you. Low self-esteem? He has a trap for you. Overly ambitious? Eager to please? Crave power? Prestige? Money? He has a trap with your name on it.
Afraid to be anything but politically correct at the expense of God’s truth? He has a trap for you. Got a lust problem? He has a man or woman waiting for you - one who, if you take the bait, will wreck your career and life.
But for the Holy Spirit at work in our life, the Adversary has an irresistible trap set for you and for me. As with any enemy, our Enemy studies us. And though he doesn’t know all as God does, he was created a powerful angel by God and though fallen, he has been around since there was human life on earth. He knows intimately, humans. He was there in the garden with Adam and Eve, and he is where he wants to be in the course of our life and career.
We just don't know when, where or in whom he or one of his demons will show up. He knows every kind of human personality because he has seen them all.
He can predict with uncanny accuracy, based upon centuries of data, what you and I will do if he planted the right thought and laid the right bait. He is a masterful and wicked strategist, manipulator and trapper. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Only God knows us better.
As a Christian in his world of politics, he has set strategic traps for you. We read about brothers and sisters getting trapped all the time. This is not happenstance, it is strategic and by design.
We can’t traverse this political territory without God. He knows where the Adversary has placed every trap for us and once entrapped, by His grace and mercy only He can free us.
God said His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Don’t be naïve and don’t be fooled.
You are in enemy territory and every encounter is a potential trap. Ask the Helper, the Holy Spirit to help you to know. He is the only one who can.
Avoid the devil’s traps. Pray throughout the day for protection and wisdom to spot them and avoid them. Because for sure, there is a trap somewhere, in your day, along your way with your name on it that the Adversary has designed and set ... just for you.
Take care, take a second, third and fourth look if you must. But whatever you do, please don't walk headlong in the devil's trap.
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper.
Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 4:31 PM CDT
Racism in America is much more complex than either the conscious conspiracy of a power elite or the simple delusion of a few ignorant bigots. It is part of our common experience, therefore, a part of our common culture. - Dr. Charles Lawrence
Published on Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ 8:22 AM CDT