The Art of War - We Have a Situation
Monday, February 10
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These verses list a lot of situations that are topical in nature, but not specific in manifestation. In other words, your situation of distress may look different than other’s situations of distress but none the less, you are both stressing about a situation. What you must remember that your situation is not so great, big or overpowering that it will separate you from sovereignty of God. The sovereignty of God is the teaching that God is the supreme authority and all things are under His control. When false teaching and religion speak of God’s sovereignty they will tell you that everything good, bad, or otherwise comes from Him because, after all, He’s God and He’s in control. So, what ever happens to you must ultimately be His will. This thinking has derailed a lot of people’s spiritual walks because they question how a ‘good God’ can make ‘bad things’ happen to ‘good people’. This is why you must differentiate ‘from’ in these verses from ‘of’. If not, in the definition of your mind, you’ll spend time blaming these things on the One who you should be praying to about them. The truth is that all situations do not originate from God, but all situations must submit to the Sovereignty of God. No matter what difficulties life brings your way, if you bring them before the throne, they will have to submit to the all powerful Lord God who, by the way, just happens to be your Daddy. Today is the day that you stop asking, “Why” and blaming God for the struggles your going through and submitting them to the One who can lift then from your life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, February 11
2 Corinthians 2:11
So that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Despite what most people may think, the devil is not on an equal playing field with God. There is an unhealthy fear of the Church’s defeated foe that has plagued unbelievers for centuries. So much so, that people actually believe that he can read their minds and can control their thoughts and actions. The truth of the matter is that he can do nothing in or through you without your consent. What has actually occurred is a severe lack of self control and accountability. Rather than take responsibility for their own actions people are quick to throw out the age old excuse of ‘The devil made me do it’. It’s safe to assume that 95% of people’s issues come from poor decision making. Consider this perspective. If God Himself cannot violate your will then how can the devil? God put the enemy in his place when He resurrected Jesus from the dead. From that moment on, the devil has simply been deceiving believers into thinking he’s more powerful than what he is. The reason why many people fail to see victory over the issues they deal with is because they’re blaming the devil instead of holding the real culprit responsible…who is themselves. Stop for a moment and take a look at the most pressing issue you’re facing and then ask yourself the humbling question, “Is it the devil or is it dumb.” It’s not always fun to undergo a self-examination but when you know what, or who, the problem is you can direct your time and energy into overcoming it. Stop blaming the enemy for the dumb things that you may have done and start allowing the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and power to make better choices that will lead you into a better place in life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, February 12
11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
The blame game. People have been playing it from the very beginning. The sinful nature of fallen humanity has difficulty when it comes to accountability and responsibility. Rather than looking at self first when something goes wrong, the un-renewed mind is quick to try and wiggle its way out of facing the consequences that result from making bad choices. Spouses are quick to blame each other or their children. Employees are quick to blame their employer. Children, even adult children, blame their parents…all in an effort to escape what they feel will be punishment or adversity that results from their disobedience. Take a look at Adam in today’s scripture text. He actually tried to pin the blame for His failure on God. How could it have come to that point? What had he become? In his own eyes he became God, when in actuality he was the one who fell. When you become elevated in your own eyes, you’ll never notice how far you have fallen. Sitting on a self-made throne, makes you a slave to your situation. You become the god of the mess you create because pride tells you that you must refuse accept responsibility for the fact that you messed up. Even if that means that you blame God Himself. You become subject to the very sin that you’re trying to push off on someone else. Eventually everything comes to light and who you’ve become this process is far from who God had created you to be. It’s time to take an introspective look at your life while allowing the Holy Spirit to shed His light of truth on your current situation. No matter how far you’ve fallen, accepting responsibility for past actions, enables the Father to extend His loving arms and bring you back into right relationship with Himself. He will apply the blood of Jesus to the sins of your past and restore you to place He had for you all along. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, February 13
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you truly felt like it would take a miracle to get you out? If you’re like most people you can identify with that scenario pretty easily. Times when life’s circumstances seemed to snowball and start rolling downhill with no end in sight, other than the miracle your seeking. Maybe you’re experiencing life that way right now. As necessary as a miracle seems in those moments, most situations won’t be resolved in the next second, it will be resolved through a system. More often than not, God will solve your situation through a system rather than He will a miracle. Miracles, while fascinating and convenient only provide relief in the moment, while a process or system will grow and develop you as you’re faithful to walk it out. If God only solved your situation through miracles you would keep giving birth to baby situations rather than growing in wisdom. When He solves it through a system, He is saving you from the pain of going through the problem over and over again. You would become a slave or addict to miracles rather than growing in relationship to the Father as He guides you into a better way of life. His plan for you is to grow and mature to place where you aren’t constantly needing to be delivered from the consequences of poor decision making. He desires for you to be the one through whom He can perform miracles rather than remaining in a place of dependence on them. Are you in the position of needing a miracle because it feels like your only way out? Be careful to keep faith in Him, not the miracle. He is perfect in wisdom and love. Should a miracle be in order He is surely willing and able to perform it. But, should He choose to use another form of deliverance, remember that lifestyle change occurs in the system, not in the miracles. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, February 14
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Most people view today’s scripture reference as a promise, and they are correct in part. The only problem with that thinking is that there has to be a strategy in place to enable that promise come to pass in someone’s life. Any strategy, however, must be carried out one step at a time. The church is great about preaching on the strategy God, but has been horrible about putting the strategy into steps that make a system of successful Godly living. If strategy doesn’t start with a step and develop into a system, people will be left to die in their situations. You see, God didn’t just promise a Savior, He provided a strategy. The cross and the crucifixion was the strategy through which the Savior would bring His salvation to the world. Many a believer has lived a long and miserable life quoting Jeremiah 29:11 only to die without ever seeing it come to pass. Why? Because the promise is only obtained when someone knows the steps it takes to receive it. God will not force His promises on anyone, but they are provided freely through the covenant that we have with Him. So, the first step in receiving anything from the Lord is entering into that covenant by accepting Him as Savior and Lord. From that point on, by taking steps of faith, anyone is able to walk in each and every promise found in His Word. Your next step is to continually pursue a working relationship with Him, allowing Him to reveal Himself in a greater way each and every day. When God reveals a promise, or strategy to you, don’t forget ask Him what the first step in receiving that promise should be. One thing you can be sure of, His plan for you will always involve Him being in the very center of the amazing life He has planned for you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
Saturday, February 15
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
You’ve probably heard an expression that says something to the effect of, “We live in a microwave society.” What this refers to is how people today seem to think that they shouldn’t have to wait to get what they want. Just like you can cook a meal in a microwave and have it in 5 minutes, you should be able to have anything else you desire in life in a relatively short time as well. With this in mind, stop for a moment and think about the quality of microwave food compared to the quality of a traditionally prepared meal. This should give you an idea of what happens when you try to obtain something quickly that God may intend for you to receive through a process. Even though you do get fed via a microwave, what you eat isn’t nearly the same quality in nutrition or taste that you would get by eating something that was prepared traditionally. You can probably recall a time in your life in which your waiting just a little while longer, would’ve have gotten you something much better than what you ended up with. The same is true with the things of God. Just like the prodigal son was the rightful beneficiary of his father’s inheritance, he wasn’t prepared to handle it properly. You may feel like God needs to give you what you’e asking for right now. But, in His eyes, and from His perspective, if you’ll just be patient and stick with Him, what He’s preparing for you will far exceed anything you could have ever asked for. Whether you’re waiting on a spouse, a ministry, or anything else, don’t hate the process, embrace it. The time that you spend waiting isn’t for God to prepare what He has for you, it’s for Him to prepare you to receive it. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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