Position And Politics

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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”.
Mark 9: 34, 35

Jesus had just announced His imminent death and wouldn’t you just know, His disciples argued over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom after Jesus was gone. Imagine that!! “Who would be the greatest”? The boss, the one in charge? Yeah, there they were already politicking for position, honor and glory while Jesus was present. Arrogant and rude for sure, but isn’t that the world’s way of thinking? Elbow your way through at all cost! It’s survival of the fittest in this world! Look out for me, myself and I. Look out for number one!

In the Kingdom of God it’s a reverse twist ~ a very different story as God’s economy runs contrary to that view. How often do we get it wrong? In the natural world, our arrogance believes that heightened stature is the crowning prize in life until Christ comes along and waves a flag of caution in our faces. He shows us that ‘our’ way up is really the fast way down! He tells us that it’s not the driver in the lead, speeding off to leave their mark that wins the Father’s praise, but rather the one who silently crawls into the back seat, or the one whose willing to cook the hotdogs in the stands who pleases Him the most. Where are you today? Fighting for position, undermining others to gain leadership or control? If so, you set yourself up for a huge fall, and like Humpty Dumpty, who sat proudly on the wall, you may end up with nothing to show for your effort but shattered shell. Of course as the rhyme goes we know that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again, but In God’s Kingdom and sovereign rule, we know that He is in the business of redeeming, reshaping, remolding, refining, renewing and making His people whole! If you find yourself in a position of failure and ruin know that God will restore you if you stop trying to be number one! Become the ‘least’ in your program, as God’ takes first place. Take your hands off and let Him do His work in your life, your marriage, your work, or your ministry. Let Him recycle your pain and failure and make it into something beautiful for His glory and His honour.

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Jesus came to “serve” not to be served. We, as His disciples are to follow His example and honor will follow. Let’s be challenged today to take the back seat as we encourage others along the way to make it to the top!
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Will The Real Enemy Please Stand Up?


  • If only we could only grasp the fact and come to a full understanding that while in the heat of our battles our struggles with one another are not really with one another at all, but with the enemy himself in the unseen dimension of spiritual forces. In the middle of discouragements, anxieties, power struggles, deceptions, and all the horrendous battles we face, it’s the old enemy and deceiver who has gained a foothold and is doing all in his power to bind us in our strongholds of selfishness, pride, resentment, bitterness, anger, strife and unforgiveness. He knows how to render us ineffective and will target us in our weakest moment and at our weakest point. We must be on guard, alert to his strategies, ready to take our stand and stand our ground against him. It’s crucial to daily wrap ourselves in the full armor of God. To stand on God’s righteous Truth, grounded with peace, clothed and protected with the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and God’s all powerful Word; the sword of the Spirit. Notice, there is nothing for our back. A good indication that we are not to run from the problem by protecting ourselves with lies or calling judgement on others. Rather, we are called to simply stand firm in God’s confidence, trust Him, make the right choices, do the right things, and watch Him deliver us into victory.

    Christ out-witted the strategy of the Prince of the power of the air, milked the serpent of his venom, out-thought the thinkers, out-fought the fighters, outclassed the mighty and asserted His universal Lordship. Jesus Christ is Lord; Sovereign and omnipotent. Ruler and King of Kings.

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    Let’s raise the banner of God’s sovereign majesty and fly His victorious flag, high for all to see…His victory is our victory! Let’s claim it for our lives for it’s through His victory that our marriages become stronger, our homes become happier, our families become more stable, our children more secure, our churches more spiritually alive and personal lives more solidly grounded, more mature in the faith. Put on that full armor before you face your day, remember His faithfulness and His promises and step out under God’s banner of victory!

    Ephesians 6: 10 – 13

    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand and after the battle you will still be standing firm.”.

    Psalm 91: 1, 2, 4a.
    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High, will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He alone is my refuge, my place of safety. His faithful promises are your armor of protection..”

  • Whatever’s Going Down?

    Soul Fire
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    We’ve all been there haven’t we? Doing battle with the enemy? Trudging through the trenches, catching on the thickets, walking through the deadly fires of trial! In “deep” and just trying to keep our head above water as we find our way through the maze of whatever it is that’s going down? Yeah, we have! We’ve been there ~ everyone of us ~ trying desperately in our finite, and weak, human frame to just trust through a head knowledge that says “it’s” big and “it’s” steep and it’s out of our control, yet, it hangs over our weary heads, and tired frames like a Pig-Pen cloud! A cloud of thick, messy dust that just wants to settle right there overtop of our world. A dust cloud of “heavy” and “relentless” that wants to lodge right over our heads and weigh us down and push down, down and down even father still. You know it don’t you? Those wars that blow in out of nowhere to distract our spiritual focus and undermine our faith in the God who we say we trust?


    So beautiful soul, these are the times to rise up on wings of faith above all the difficult, above all the nonsense, above all the hard places and the tight spots and let God plan the strategy for battle. He’s so skilled and so equipped to do it. He’s got just the right fight for the enemy and can run him off-course so quickly it will make your head swirl. He’s sovereign! He sees ahead and knows just the right move at just the right time. His strategy is out of this world and divinely sealed with awesome and exquiste perfection. His compassion so rich and His grace so sweet and His faithfulness so rock solid, that it can make our problem puny and pale. So you and I and we and us ~ we can trudge through those trenches, get all caught up in those thickets and get burned in the flames of our own futile, attempts or we can simply turn it all over to a God who still cares so deeply and covers our back so faithfully! It’s a no-brainer sweet soul, so whatever it is that hangs over you today, as hard as it is to ‘let it go’, let it go! Let it float over the hard spots and right into the hands of the Saviour of your world. He’s got it and He’s got you and even though there might be difficulty ahead, you can know He’ll bring you through! When the battle rages, and gets hot, step aside and make room for God.

    For all of your broken heart  and weary, beautiful  soul, there is healing in Jesus name.
    For all of your broken heart and weary, beautiful soul, there is healing in Jesus name.

    “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’
    2 Chronicles 20:17

    “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”
    Exodus 14:13

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    Crazy Faith

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    So you and I and we and us, as Christ followers we have so much to be thankful for. We have a connection with a powerful God who is in control of our lives, and our world! We have a relationship with Jesus, the One and only One who brings us the solution to our sin problem, and yeah, we have some kind of a crazy faith that works. It just a crazy, mixed up faith that fights on its knees and runs on God’s power in His economy, where less is more, weakness is strength and loss is victory. Who can think it? Who can know it and who can understand it? It’s a crazy faith that wars against an enemy with a love and no strings and heals a hurt with forgiveness and no anger! A crazy kind of faith that rises to power, clothed in humility! A kind of faith that fights a war with peace and simply takes a back seat to become an honoured guest at the Royal table. It’s a strange faith for sure ~ but beautiful soul it works. You know it! It works in the difficult places and carries us through the hard times. It graces us in our most undeserving moments and oh don’t we know it when that grace washes over us?
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    Onlookers, think we’ve lost our minds to this crazy faith and Paul confirms that they will in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” The biggest need for those outside of the faith is to prayed into the faith and into the fold and into God’s kingdom. Our biggest responsibility is to do the praying to bring them in. It’s a daily fight ….this spiritual battle ..this war with principalities and powers in a dark and evil world. So beautiful you ~ put on your spiritual armour and grab the victory shirt for God’s team. He’s already won but we have to keep in the game. We have to play it out and fight the good fight of faith through prayer to a God who changes things. Fight for this crazy faith that works to undermine the enemy and put him in his place. Fight for our countries, our governments, our world conditions and for those who wander in search of truth. Fight for wisdom and enlightenment and for spiritual eyes to be opened to the light. Yeah you ~ grab that victory Shirt washed in the blood of the Savior and fight for your families and fight for your kids, and fight for your grandchildren. God’s awesome and amazing power is at our disposal. Our prayers unlock it and our faith unleashes it. Don’t give up! Not even for a moment in time!
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