As we are giving thanks and enjoying our comforts of home, food and family, how many of our thoughts are on those who truly have nothing in life? People who wake up everyday with nothing and end it with nothing. On Thanksgiving we may check the box of donating cans of food, or praying for the poor. But how many of us make them the most important person on that day? How many of us SHOW that to them, not just talk about it from our comfortable homes?
Satan attacks us in any way that he can. He seduces us, lies to us, whispers in our ear, using our own voice he leads us away to his purposes. And then leaves us alone in abandonment at the exact moment when God’s judgement comes against HIS actions, leaving US feeling guilty and responsible.
The cross has the final word. NOT US. We are called to love. We are to be the first responders to a brother or sister exposed in their sin, to help them through the trauma and properly love them; not kick them, spit on them, condemn them and deal judgment. That is exactly what is wrong in the world today. We are quick to judge and slow to love.
We can't feel bad about ourselves if we aren’t trying to feel good about ourselves. Right? I am not saying that feeling good about yourself is a bad thing. I'm saying that striving only to be a good person as your end goal, and basing your happiness on feeling good about yourself is a dangerous place to live. That foundation of happiness can be stolen from you as soon as someone challenges that you are indeed a “good person”. Your identity in God is founded in truth and releases you into true joy. Being a good person is only effective as long as you feel good about yourself. It is self-based or in other words, selfish thinking.
Creation doesn't come from casualness; creation comes from commitment. How do we do that? By focusing our minds on all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Today, let's not settle for cheap imitations. Let's not settle for fake filters. Let's learn to do things with reality, with integrity, with substance. We need to understand that these directives come from God because He loves us.
To live as a Christian without hope is to not understand God's character at all. Yes, there are moments we all struggle. I am not talking about that. I am talking about unpacking and living there. I am talking about building a life around poverty and calling it humility. We need to stop giving God the credit for the Devil's work. He is desperate for relationship with us. So much so that He sacrificed His own Son to make it possible. God's love is furious for us.
Jesus rests quietly on His proven strength and doesn't glorify His own identity, but reveals only the Father, God; Who, in turn, glorifies His Son above all... Love has a name. Victory has a name. Jesus is His name.
Satan is not worried about us going to church. He is worried about us understanding our identity in God! When we understand our identity in God we empower and release in our lives, the resources of the Creator of all things!
Revival is the momentum built by the small and often silent decisions we make in our hearts daily. Revival is built on the hearts of men and women, not in the tagline or mission statement of an organization...