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Your Call Is Meant To Disrupt

In the beginning was the Word. The world was without form and void.  Everything quiet, everything was calm, until God opened His mouth and said “Let there be light”.  Light is always disruptive. As human beings we tend to prefer to stay I  the dark. In darkness there is no responsibility.  You can trip over anything.  You can excuse yourself, because you couldn’t see. However, once there is light, you become accountable and you can’t blame anyone else.

What have you been called to do? Why do you shy away from it? What kind of ground could you shake up if you would just step out into your call? What would happen if you just open your mouth? Your call has been to shake up the status quo. Is meant to move mountains. You were sent to help rescue those who are lost.

Just like God interrupted your life when He called you, your call Will disrupt the lives of others. Look at Peter. The peaceful, routine life of the fisherman was turned upside down by Jesus. He traveled the places he would never have gone to and met with people he would not have saying if he had not accepted the call of this life. Many people were healed and saved through there and counters with Peter.

Paul would be another great example. He had spent a good amount of time persecuting Christians. But one day on the road to Damascus he had an encounter with Jesus. He went from persecuting to proclaiming. He became one of Jesus’s greatest ambassadors. He became the bridge for the Gentiles to get grafted into the vine of Christ. Imagine the souls that would have been lost if Paul had not converted and done what he was called to do. He would have to endure various attempts on his life, being snake-bitten, being shipwrecked , and being in prison several times throughout his journey. I’m sure that’s not what he thought he signed up for when Jesus called him but the call is disruptive. Everyone will not understand or agree with the call on your life, but they don’t have to. It’s up to you to act upon it and do what you were meant to do in the kingdom of God. 

Again, what would happen if you just open your mouth? What would you accomplish? Who needs to hear what you have to say? How long will you let the rocks cry out in your stead?

Don’t be afraid to be disrupted. Don’t be afraid if things don’t go your way, they aren’t meant the follow your plan but His.

Let Him disrupt you so that you can disrupt the lives of others.

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What Are You Submitted To?

Have you ever wondered when you rebuke the devil in a certain of your life why he doesn’t move? That’s because you have no authority over what you have submitted to.  You can’t rebuke what you have entered into league with.

“Do two men walk together unless they have made an agreement?” -Amos 3:3

The very first example we have of this is in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were given dominion over all the living things.  Adam named them, and he and his wife were set to rule them. In the end, Eve ended up giving her authority away to something she was suppose to have dominion over, the serpent.  The creature that was meant to be inferior, became superior.  In turn, Adam had given up his authority by listening to his wife and going against what God had personally told him.  Once they had sinned, they were plucked from the vine of life and they brought forth spiritual and physical death. They no longer had authority in the earth.  Once that authority was lost, they would need to be redeemed and grafted back into the vine in order for their authority to be restored.

We do it all the time in our every day lives when we compromise on certain things:

  • “It’s only one little white lie.”
  • “I only said a couple of curse words.”
  • “I am only going out for a little while to unwind at the club.”
  • “I’ll only have one little drink.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile”?  Well, if you give the devil an inch, he will try to take your life.

So, what have you submitted to?  Where have you compromised yourself?  You can’t have authority from a compromised position.  Just like in any battle, once your position is compromised, you have no leverage.  You may be able to delay a defeat for a time, but once a crack is spotted in your defenses, you become susceptible to attack. You need back up to come and rescue you.  That is where Jesus comes in.

Maybe you haven’t necessarily come into agreement with anything evil, but you aren’t doing the things that you need to do in order to grow strong spiritually.  In a sense, you have come into agreement with laziness. Yet, had you been doing what you were supposed to be doing,  (watching, praying, and fasting) you would be able to wield command over anything that came your way. You can’t have power just by association with the One.  Power not only comes by hearing but by doing also.

Look at the story of Jesus healing the demon possessed boy in Mark 9:17-29.  The father is distressed because he brought his son to Jesus’ disciples so that they might be able to heal him, but they could not.  When they come upon Jesus, the man explains what the demonic spirit is doing to his son, how it makes him foam at the mouth and how he tears at himself.  He also mentions that the spirit keeps his son from talking.  Upon seeing Jesus, the spirit takes hold of the boy.  The father pleads for help and Jesus tells him, if you will believe, then it will be done. The father proclaims that he does believe, but he needed help with his unbelief. Look at that last sentence!  The father believed but he had his doubts, like we all do sometimes.  Could that be why the disciples couldn’t heal the boy?  Maybe they compromised their faith, possibly comparing what seemed to be possible to what they were trying to do.  After Jesus cast out the demon, the disciples asked privately why they couldn’t do it.  Look at a couple of things, first, they asked in private.  Could it be that they knew they would be embarrassed once Jesus told them the answer, or their pride wouldn’t let them appear to be weak in front of the crowd outside? Like any child, they probably didn’t want to be admonished in front of their friends.  Jesus replied that the spirit could only be removed by prayer and fasting.  So here comes the second thing.  What had they been doing to get ready for a moment like this? Had they been doing what needed to be done in order to strengthen their faith and power, they would have had dominion over the spirit. They knew Jesus, but they did not really know Him.  You can know a person and hang out with them, yet not know truly who they are or what they are about.  Look at the people who left Jesus on the mount after His sermon, they thought they knew Him but once He started getting a little too real for them with His “hard saying” and they found out who He was, they left.  The disciples walked with Jesus everyday and saw His power and they wanted to be able to wield that power also.  Yet, power doesn’t come by promixity, but by pursuit and preparation.

Again, what are you submitted to?  What have you given your authority up to?

 

 

God’s Insurance 

I believe that God answers every prayer. But it’s crucial for us to remember who we’re talking to in prayer. We’re not giving God orders and He’s not at all hesitant about the way He answers.

  

The first answer is “Yes.” That’s the most frequent answer you get to prayer. I have never asked for strength and not received it. I have never, ever prayed for wisdom and not received it. But I have often not prayed for wisdom and regretted the decisions that I made. When I’ve applied James 1:5 and recognized my lack of wisdom and asked God to supply, He has delivered!  Most biblical praying receives an immediate “Yes.”   
God’s second answer to prayer is “No.” That’s why James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” But the only time you get a “no” is if you pray for stupid stuff or if you pray for good stuff with a timeline. I have found God very unresponsive to my ultimatums. God doesn’t respond to blustering, bluffing, or threats. If we’re praying foolishly, we’ll get a “no.” 
But if I’m praying according to God’s will, entrusting my future in God’s hands, He has a third option: “Wait.” The only thing between you and the delayed “yes” is time.  How often do we forfeit our “delayed yes” through doubt? God has made promises about a lot of stuff, but He retains the sovereign choice of timing. So we pray unceasingly, and we wait patiently.
Prayer: Father, I don’t want to derail Your promises by my doubts and impatience. Thank You for reminding me that Your timing is perfect, that Your ways are right, and that Your plans are always best! Help me to keep returning to Your promises and resting in You as I wait to see Your answers to my prayers.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

​Moses’ Vertical Call

When I hear the name Moses, I picture a giant in faith with a long grey beard and weary eyes as he stands on a mountain with arms outstretched. I revere that vision of Moses, but I resonate more deeply with the Moses of early Exodus. Rash and aggressive, younger Moses tried to accomplish his calling in the flesh, ending quickly with a corpse buried in the sand. Forty years later God gave Moses a second chance but he seemed stuck on lesson one: “I can’t.” 
In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses “in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (v.2) that burned but was not consumed. In response to God’s call, Moses refused to be God’s messenger of deliverance, wallowing in his own inadequacy. I’ve done that too; have you?
Have you struggled to embrace what God wanted you to do and for a time refused to do it? I understand Moses’ initial refusal to do a big job. But God pressed in as He does with all of us. In the end God’s greatest provision for Moses’ or my or your sense of inadequacy is simply and profoundly His presence with us. The answer to Moses’ persistent pattern of “I can’t” was not “Yes, you can, Moses” but “I can, I will, I AM.” 
Prayer: Father, I confess that my first instinct is to refuse Your call and even try to run away. I realize that I’m stuck sometimes in fearful, horizontal thinking and forget that You invite me to look at everything from Your vertical point of view. Help me remember that Your call always comes with whatever else I need to do and be what You ask of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Don’t Speak Recklessly

 

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

We sometimes forget how important words can be. Words often cut sharper than any blade. We know that we should be careful when talking to or about others so that we don’t hurt their feelings. Yet we don’t apply that same consideration when speaking about ourselves. The bible also tells us that we can call a thing to existence when we speak. We often think of it in this way, “That thing/person I want, if I speak about it like it is already there, then I will have it”. That’s true, but don’t you think that also applies to the negativity that we are all guilty of speaking over our own lives? We are not known for being patient, at least I am not, we tend to want things on our timetable. If God doesn’t move when we think He should we often confuse that as Him not moving at all. So, then we get in our feelings and flesh (first mistake) and start to declare EVERYTHING dead. “It’s never going to happen”, “I’m never going to get the job”, “They’ll never notice me”, and the list goes on and on. After you declare all of that over yourself, you wonder why nothing is growing in your pasture?! You’ve already declared it all dead!!! You end up pitting your spirit against your flesh. You want God to perform miracles and work in your life, but you have declared your purpose dead. Don’t get me wrong, God can bring dead things back to life, but what good will it do for Him to resurrect you, if you are going to keep putting yourself back in the grave? He won’t waste His grace. You pray for life but speak death. When the words you speak don’t match your cries to the Father, you can’t get upset when He doesn’t act. Don’t question His abilities when your actions don’t match your prayers.

When there is a mismatch between the two, you become a double minded, wavering man. As James states, “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let him not think that he will get anything from God”, 1:7-8. If you are going to ask for something, you have to ask in faith and you have to cling to it. When things are not going well, it is easy to become afraid. Becoming afraid isn’t the sin, but dwelling fear, empowering your fear over your faith is the sin. Pressure always comes, but it forces your faith life out in the open and shows its true colors. When it comes, don’t despair and bring death to your purpose by speaking recklessly. Let your spirit do the leading and not your flesh.

Stop speaking death over your life.  If everything IS dead, then maybe you should stop talking, pray  and LISTEN.

Sonship

When Jesus came to earth, He gave up many of His divine rights in order to accomplish His earthly goals.  There was one thing that he would not give up and that was his Sonship. He freely proclaimed it.  In the gospel of John, God is referenced to as Father 110 times.  There are 248 references in the New Testament.  No other New Testament book comes close.  The claiming of Sonship is something that aggravated the Jews and Christ knew it.  Yet He didn’t care.  He seemed to say, “I’ve set aside My crown, My position, My glory, and soon I’ll set aside My life for all of you.  But I tell you this:  I will not lay down my Sonship. God is my Father. Deal with it.” We need to get to a position of not laying down or sacrificing our Sonship.  We tend to get to a place where we don’t want to make other people uneasy. People may not want to hang with us because we are always proclaiming these things.  That’s fine.  Don’t stop proclaiming it.  If they want to be near you, they will have to deal with it.  Otherwise, they can stay comfortable if they like.  Sonship is not an easy thing, not everyone can do it. 

However, remember this, if you are comfortable you’re not growing, you’re not being challenged.  Don’t give up your Sonship to make it easy for everyone else.  Your relationships are important, but your relationship with Him is most important. 

Distant vs. Designated

 

You have heard the phrase, “Know Your Circle”, we all have supporters in our circle. Some are close and some are distant.  We know that there are those in our circle that we can only count on for a few things.  We have seasonal friends and some lifelong.

You have distant supporters and designated supporters.

There is a difference between a distant supporter and a designated supporter: distant supporters tend to wander in your circle whereas designated followers are CALLED to be in your inner circle.

Distant supporters just want to know enough about you to cheer you on, but sometimes it’s superficial.  You have to leave them behind, they can’t go all the way with you.

Designated supporters can see the real you and watch you wrestle with your flesh and the divine, and not lose respect for you when you fall.

Designated supporters are hand picked.  They see, hear, and know more.

Let’s take a look at the Bible.

Can you imagine being in Jerusalem at Passover week?!?! The crowds calling for Jesus, proclaiming Him to be the Messiah.  Everyone is crying out Hosanna and making way for the king riding in on a donkey. They laid palm leaves at his feet, gave celebratory cheers, celebrating the man who in their eyes would bring down the Roman government by ushering in a new kingdom.  However, by the end of the week they were ready to crucify Him.  These are the same people who were ready to proclaim Him king just seven days prior. The crowd basically went along with the general mood of the people of those in higher office (high priest, Roman prefect), and they went with what would serve them best.  See everyone that is with you, isn’t with you.  They are the distant supporters.

On the other hand…

Jesus’ disciples were close friends and were very close to Him.  However, I would consider Peter, James and John to be designated.  All of the disciples traveled with Jesus, but only three went deep into the garden of Gethsemane.  Only three were with Him during the transfiguration. All of the disciples were called to follow Jesus, but only those three got the “behind the scenes” access. You can have close friends in life, but there are very few that you will let see you at your lowest, at your messiest. They are the ones that get to see you when you don’t have it all together but also when you are at the highest points of your accomplishments.  They don’t have to be with you all the time, but when they are, it is like they never missed a beat. They are designated.

Going back to our own lives, you need to be careful about having everyone properly in their place.  Sometimes things in your circle can get chaotic.  You may need to do a survey and make sure that you don’t have distant people in designated places.  They are not designed to handle the responsibility that a designated position requires.  Designated positions require commitment, and you are going to be hard pressed to find distant people that commit to anything other than saving themselves.

If you take a look at who you surround yourself with, you will probably be able to easily see who fits where.  Where do you fall?

 

Do You Trust Him

Do you trust Him? 

Do you really trust Him?

We all say that we love Him, who would say otherwise? Yet we have a hard time trusting Him.  With any other relationship, trust goes hand in hand with love.  So why is it so hard for us to trust God? Think about it.  We pray to Him repeatedly about a situation.  He may not have given us an answer yet, or maybe He has and we don’t like the answer.  We come before Him and lay the situation at His feet only to turn around right after praying about it, and pick it back up again to work on it ourselves.  What was the point in praying?  Some of us don’t even get to the point of laying it at His feet, we are still hanging on to it while we are praying about it and asking for a solution.  We almost take our hands off it, but decide we need to try one more thing to see if we can get a solution a little bit faster.

Have you ever considered that maybe that is why you are so frustrated?

You are trying to carry a burden that you were never meant to carry by yourself.  Don’t get me wrong, God gives us wisdom to do a lot of things and He blesses us with discernment in many situations to help us see the path forward.  However, a lot of times, the circumstance/situation itself isn’t really the issue at all.  Sometimes, God just wants to see what you will do with it, if you will obey this time and leave it at His feet. He wants to see if this will be time that you take your hands completely off it and let Him handle it.  You don’t have any control, anyways right?  You keep finding yourself here with the same issue, wondering why it still hasn’t gotten any better.  Maybe if you let go of whatever it is, it will. As humans, we tend to make mountains out of mole hills, or we have come to worry about a situation so much that it has become an idol in our hearts.  The situation has become a distraction to our obedience to God.  Everything is huge to us because we are in the middle of it.  We tend to forget that the God of the universe sent His spirit to dwell within us.  He is bigger than any circumstance.

We are like little children.  We play with our toys (circumstances), then when we feel like we are tired or don’t want to deal with it, we bring it to our Father and ask Him to hold it.  Not five minutes later we are back in His presence, taking it back again. If you couldn’t handle it before, why are you picking it back up?  Do you not trust God to hold on to it Himself, completely, without your interference?  Did you just need a small break from what was going on? Trust me you don’t have to check to see if He’s working on it.  It may not look like it from your perspective, but He’s dealing with it in terms of eternity.  His time scale is on a continuum, whereas yours is finite.  Waiting, although uncomfortable, is something you will have to learn to do. Don’t ask for an answer, if you are not willing to wait on it manifest.

God created the universe out of nothing.  Trust that He can handle you and your concerns too.

Concurrence Not Needed

I am not sure how familiar you are with the Matrix movie series, but the basic synopsis is the main city, Zion, is set to be destroyed unless a savior (Neo) rescues them. Not all believe that this savior exists or that the guy everyone thinks is the savior truly is.  However, there are those who are fully persuaded that he does exist in the embodiment of Neo and will save Zion. Below is an exchange between Commander Lock and Morpheus, two of the main characters in the series.

Lock: Morpheus! Not everyone believes as you believe!

Morpheus: My beliefs do not require them to.

 

So, I have some questions. Does your belief in God require someone else to believe?  Does your belief require someone else’s approval before it can be valid?

Don’t get me wrong, we should ALL share the gospel and message of Jesus and make sure people understand and get the opportunity to get to know Him.  If said person questions you or your belief, or chooses not to believe, that is not on you, but on them.  People will doubt or question you, but that shouldn’t diminish your belief in the One Who Saves. Sometimes we inadvertently let the opinions of those closest to us, who may not have a relationship with God to influence how strong our belief is.  It may be due to us trying to make the other person feel comfortable.  We want to try to fit in with the vibe of our little groups. We don’t want to seem pushy (and you don’t have to be). We don’t want to come across as “bible thumpers”.  If there was anything you were EVER going to peddle, why not let it be the Word of God? You don’t have to “sell” the Word or force it, IT speaks for itself because IT IS ALIVE. 

Let me let you in on something: God is still God whether you or anyone else believes.  You are the very evidence He exists.  You were created in His image, to do His will in the earth and to glorify Him.  His mercies are new each day with the rising of the sun.  He blesses me when I am frustrated and don’t understand how He is working. He blesses me even when I doubt.  He gave His life to save me knowing full well that there may be a possibility that I might not love Him back.  That’s commitment and true love.  If you pay attention even to the smallest of things that occur during your day, you will see Him there. We need only look.

Not everyone believes as I do, but my belief doesn’t require them to.

My faith doesn’t need anyone’s approval, concurrence or validation besides that of the One who set His love on me when He gave His life on The Cross.

Everything and Nothing Less 

My best. My all. If you want to go to a new level, you’re going to have to give your all. You’re going to have to give your best. If you want to grow in God, you’re going to have to give up everything to get something greater. You’re going to have to give yourself up and fill yourself with Him. You can’t just give up SOME things, but EVERY thing. Everything and Nothing Less. 

Why?

Because someone gave everything for you. 

His best. His all.

To bring in many sons and daughters He gave His life. He couldn’t just take over an earthly kingdom or government. He came to change our way of life and save souls. He had to pay the ultimate price.

He gave everything, anything less wouldn’t work.