For those of you who do not know, I am in the middle of a huge transition. I have been speaking about transition off and on for… Read more “Dealing With Transition In The Kingdom”
“And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David a house…” (2 Sam. 5:11). We have… Read more “A Sure Success Is Found In God Alone”
Here’s a question for everyone…Are we called to “fall in love” with someone?… Or are we called to “grow in love” with one another?
Have you noticed the many broken people in the world around us? Could it be because they have “fallen in love” when we were never called to do so? The laws of the universe testify to the fact that if something falls enough times, it will become quite fragile and brittle over time. Eventually, it will become difficult to “fix” it. In relation to humanity, that which is broken will become more difficult to heal. Why? Because we keep falling.
When someone falls, they go down as a result of losing control. Losing control means that we become vulnerable to anything happening to us over which we are unable to exercise any type of power to prevent the event from happening. This is why we have some people fall into depression after “falling in love”. Some people attempt suicide. Some people become angry, bitter and resentful. Why? Because they have experienced some form of hurt from falling.
However, if we “grow in love”, we take time to go through a process. We live day by day. More than this, we are taking our time to nurture and mature. We understand that we do not automatically “be” one, but we are “becoming” one. In addition, we do not lose our identity, but we find out more about our identity. We do not diminish any nor suffer any loss, but we gain value. Why? Because as we “grow in love” together, there is something phenomenal going on beneath the surface…our root system is becoming intertwined together that becomes one single root system instead of two. The root system becomes so strong when we “grow in love” together that the winds of life cannot uproot it…regardless of how strong and powerful the wind becomes.
In other words, “falling in love” is not Biblical, but “growing in love” is scriptural. Let us find our way back to sound teaching by following in the footsteps of Jesus and overthrow the works of the devil. Save your marriage. Protect your family. Save your ministry. Stop “falling” and start “growing.”
Accountability is something that many of us wish did not exist for obvious reasons. The main reason is that accountability exposes us and makes us vulnerable to… Read more “Mere Accountability”
Let’s pause for one moment. One constant that has remained since giving my life to Christ is that I am deeply flawed. I do not say this to seek for anyone’s sympathy. I say this because regardless of how many times I may fall short, God’s loving grace has lifted me up. This is not to say that I abuse God’s grace for my personal gain. It is to say that I realize that I really need Him to help me live this life into which He has called me.
Let’s pause for one moment. What does this mean for myself and others? It means that, as our Heavenly Father, God does not throw us away every time we get it wrong. On the contrary, He offers us a chance at getting it right. He knows that “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5). If it were not for that second, third, and fourth chance (more for some things) to get it right, we would be forever lost without hope. Without hope, this life is futile.
Let’s pause for one moment. We struggle with different things. Some things we lay down at the foot of the Cross with ease. No living person goes through life without temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation as we experience temptation (Heb. 4:15). Yet He was able to overcome this temptation. But how? Some say because He was God. I say this is a great answer, but I agree with the Apostle Paul when he says,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…” (Phil. 2:5-8).
Let’s pause for one moment. This verse says that Christ humbled Himself and became obedient. Christ, through His example, gave us an example of how we should overcome the various areas of life wherein temptation confronts us. The example can work for us as well if we place our all on the altar and trust God for the outcome of the process.
All we need to do is pause for one moment in order to understand that we still have a place in this race. We may have fallen down, but if we get back up and continue to move forward, we still have a chance at winning the race. But if we stay down in the place we have fallen, we allow the enemy to usurp our victory given to us through Christ.
“And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year…” (Josh. 5:12).
If the thing which sustained you previously no longer sustains you, then a change must take place. It is a new day and you will need something new to sustain you from this point forward. Jesus said in Matthew 9:16-17,
“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up take the from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine run etc out, and the bottle perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
God has no desire to leave you empty, but has “come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10). Another translation states this another way. It says, “…and that you might have it to the full…” (NIV). God knows precisely what you will need to overcome and conquer the opposition which lies ahead seeking to prevent you from a successful conquest and campaign. He will provide (Gen. 22:1-13).
Just as you have trusted God to bring you thus far, you will need to continue to trust in Him to lead you in the days to come. Although the physical journey may have ended, your spiritual journey with God still continues. Look up to He Who sustains all things by the word of His power (Ps. 121; Heb.1:3). You will find all that you need to continue this journey. It is indeed a new day in your life!