Archive for January, 2010

Jesus Warrior’s First Step

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

The first step in becoming a mighty warrior for Jesus is to understand the battle for the souls of men can be fought either in the physical realm or the spiritual realm.

Here is a quick lesson, Satan wants to fight you in the physical realm, with your 5 senses: Taste, Sight, Touch, Smelling and Hearing.  If you fight Satan here you will lose.  When I say lose, I don’t mean most of the time, I want you to hear me, you will lose every time.

Jesus’ victory completely destroyed the works of the Devil but it was a spiritual victory.  We must remember whenever Jesus fought Satan or his demons He did so in the Spirit. Using His authority and the word of God.

Step one in your training is to imitate Jesus, and by that, I mean, fight Satan only in the spiritual realm.  How is this done you might ask?  Your weapons are not carnal (physical) but spiritual.  This post is not going to get into detail about the spiritual weapons but I want to give you the best thing I have found for starting each day.

Whole Armor of God

Whole Armor of God

The Whole Armor of God-(Ephesians 6:10-18) I try to put them on everyday.  I do this by faith through a prayer something like this:

I gird my loins with the belt of truth, I shod my feet with the Gospel of peace, I put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, I taken in my hand the shield of faith, which will block every fiery arrow Satan shots at me and in the other hand, I grab the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. I do this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

This simple exercise helps you in two ways;  First, it will help you concentrate on the spiritual, first thing in the morning. Second, it will properly dress you for the battle each day. 

Remember God is no respecter of persons, if it works for me, it will work for you.  I pray you will take your first step to become the warrior Jesus needs you to be.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Jesus Mighty Men

In the next few weeks I am going to write about something the church is lacking. Mighty men, David had them, the early church had them, why don’t we have them?

We will discuss this in detail, in fact, I have started an ebook that will be available to everyone that asks for it. (Don’t ask yet)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Body of Christ needs to grap a towel.

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

Throwing in the towel

Throwing in the towel

In a boxing match when the trainer grabs the towel, the fighter is in bad shape and he is about to throw it in the ring to stop the fight.  When the Body of Christ grabs the towel it means we are about to take it to the “next level”.  Jesus taught a valuable lesson to His disciples right before He went to the Cross.  (John 13: 3-5)

The greatest among the body of Christ is the servant.  This life is not all about doing, but it is more about submitting to the Holy Spirit and His purpose.  Let me go on the record as saying, this is not the line most believers, including myself usually stand in.  I find myself asking God to use me, He shows me a need, I (through my human reasoning) determine it is “a little below” me and I go the other way.  This seems like an easy lesson to learn but it goes against every thing I have learned about life.

God’s ways are not our ways, neither are God’s thoughts like our thoughts.  My challenge to you and me this year, humble yourself, grab a towel every chance you get.  Think about what Jesus was wiping off their feet.  If you have ever worn open toe sandals you know how nasty your feet can smell and look.  Now add to that image dusty streets, live animals  (which produce piles of processed food) there is no telling what else made it between their toes.

Remember also how humbling it must have been to have their Master insist on washing that off. You know they had to be thinking, “Jesus, if I knew you were going to be doing this I would not have walked where I walked.”  Isn’t that how most people live their lives? When someone comes to “serve” them they either don’t let them help, or are embarrassed about the mess they are in.

Jesus loves you towel

Jesus loves you towel

I see no where in the Bible where Jesus talks about the mess He washed off.  The only thing we need to know is, He did it.  When God calls you to “wash the feet” He is not calling you to remember or remind them, He is calling you to wash them. When you see someone walking through a mess and the Holy Spirit calls you to “clean their feet”, do it as Jesus did.  Humble yourself before them and wash the world off of them. 

The other important lesson here is, these were followers of Christ, your brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Here is my nickels’ worth of free advice, don’t grab your towel and start washing feet.  Wait on God to show you someone in Christ that has gotten a little too much of the world on them.  They are mostly clean, but not all, grab your towel and get to washing.  Wash off the discouragement, the failure, the loneliness, the emptiness etc.  Anything you find, wash with the towel.

You may be thinking, “How can I wash that off their feet?”  I am not talking about a natural foot washing, I am talking about a spiritual foot washing.  Here are some different “towels” you might use: love, hope, faith, joy, encouragement, humor, word of God, etc.  Pray that Jesus would lead you and show you which towel to grab, but grab a towel and get to work. 

God has shown me people in my life to encourage.  So that is the towel I am grabbing right now.  I am going to be an encouragement to the body, specifically, the brothers in Christ God knows that need encouraging.  Again, I want to remind you, God is not a respecter of persons, so if He shows me someone, He will show you someone.  I want to “encourage” you. grab a towel and wait on the Lord.  He will show you someone in your life that needs a good foot washing.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

One of the great things about salvation is we are totally forgiven.  What ever we do or have ever done is completely and totally paid for. (That my friends is Good News!)  This is what we or at least what I do as a believer, I continually remind myself when and where I messed up.  Paul taught us in Philippians how to deal with the past, forget about it…good, bad, whatever you have done in the past is just that…the past. Concentrate instead on the present, Carpe Diem.

What a simple statement to say but in practice, I find it a lot harder to walk out.  This is how I overcome my past, I remember all that Jesus Christ did for me in His life.  He conquered Satan himself and told me, His victory, is my victory.  I believe, the best way to honor Jesus is to accept that He did it all for me (or you) and I remind myself I don’t get any extra points reliving all of the mistakes in my life.  So I don’t, when a stupid thought from the past comes in, I simply thank Jesus for taking care of that for me, and I move on.  Who the Son has set free, is free indeed, believing that is freedom!

Haiti Earthquake

Haiti Earthquake

Again, what happened in Haiti, happened because someone in Haiti or maybe even the whole country, invited Satan there as an honored guest, this invitation was delivered through Voodoo or maybe simply through unbelief in God.  Remember Satan has to have an invitation, (1 Peter 5:8) and being the murderous thug he is, he took their invitation, waited until the time was right and the rest is now history.  Regardless of what you believe, it is now time to forget what is behind and press on to those things which are ahead.

The body of Christ is there on the ground helping to comfort, protect and rebuild.  It will not happen without effort and prayer.  You need to be helping or praying or both.  Haiti needs help, they do not need our righteous judgement or condemnation.  They need to see, feel, taste, smell and hear the love of Jesus.  They are receiving all of that right now, pray they will embrace Jesus, bind up Satan and cast him out of their country. (James 4:7) If they can, God will show us what heaven on Earth looks like, because I believe, if you have seen the pictures coming out of Haiti now, we know what Hell on Earth looks like.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Did God Judge Haiti? Part 2

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  Romans 6:16

So,  if God did not judge Haiti. how could this have happened?  Again, Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and that is exactly what happened and is continuing to happen there. 

Satan has left his calling card, he is the guilty party, period!  How do we deal with this?  First things first, you pray for the people in Haiti. Second, go help with the rescue work if you can.  And finally, if you can not help, give to help those organizations on the ground that are there now.  Here are a couple of great choices:

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse– lead by Franklin Graham or the American Red Cross, I know there are many other places/charities to give, but my point is, if you can not go, help those that can.

Satan has been defeated by Jesus, but he has not been vanquished to the Lake of Fire.  That presents a problem for us here, we must continue to do battle with Satan.  The $20,000 question most ask is, how?  I thought you would never ask. (This is not a complete list but a great start)

How to defeat Satan

  1. Submit yourself to God (1st), resist the devil (2nd), then he will flee. (James 4:7)
  2. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
  3. Blood of the Lamb, word of your testimony and a sacrificial life. (Revelation 12:11)
  4. Your words have power, faith filled words speak life or death. Speak death to the lies of the enemy. (Proverbs 18:21)
Haitian Voodoo

Haitian Voodoo

So what does this have to do with Haiti?  Satan can only destroy where he has been invited in.  Satan goes about like a roaring lion seeking  whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) He can not devour at will, he has to have an invitation.  Enter Voodoo, do you think it is a coincidence that Voodoo has such a strong hold in Haiti?  This is nothing more than a door for Satan to walk through.

Pray for the people of Haiti, but pray that the Truth will come and set the people free. 

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

How ’bout them Saints

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints

I just wanted to give a shout out to the New Orleans Saints.  They played a great game tonight shutting down a very powerful Arizona Cardinals team.

Because we are located in Louisiana, we can’t help but say, “Who Dat thinkin they can beat them Saints?”   Hope Coach Sean Payton and his team, gets to play Feburary 7th in Miami.

Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. 1 Samuel 17:36

David was living his life and doing what he was told. He did not leave his house thinking, “Today my whole life changes”.  His father gave him a job to do and he did it.  God uses people while they are going about their life.  I have heard of people” staying in” and praying for God to use them.  If we are God’s hands, feet, mouth etc. what is God going to do with someone shut in, “begging” to be “used of God”?

I look to the Bible for examples: David, Gideon, Ruth, Peter and Mary, all were living their lives and God used them, hang-ups and all.  (When reading your Bible, please do not over elevate the people mentioned, they are people just like you and me.)  I could teach on this particular truth but that is not my Title.  We have a tendency to think our problems are somehow bigger than they are or at the very least, bigger than we can handle.  I believe one of the reasons for this is; we have “named” our problems wrongly.  (Note to self, your words have power.)

Let’s go to the example in 1 Samuel 17, this is the story of David and Goliath.  We can learn a valuable lesson from David;  

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

  1. Never give your problems, challenges, enemy etc. the upper hand.  Find a name/label that is easily defeated and attach it to your opponent.
  2. Elevate your position in God above your circumstances.
  3. Take action, trusting you and God can get it done.

 Look at what David called his problem, this uncircumcised Philistine, sounds a lot more manageable than enormous battle tested giant. Beware, the people around you will help you “name” your giant.  Look at what King Saul said, “You are not able to go against him; for you are a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.” (Some pep talk from your King)

David knew where he stood with God and answered Saul by explaining how he killed lion and bear and this uncircumcised Philistine was nothing to God.  When someone “speaks” something over you it is your job to come against it with words.  I know that sounds different but read Isaiah 54:17  No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgement you shall condemn… This is key when someone speaks negatively over you, CONDEMN IT.  I say something like, “I bind that up in Jesus’ name and cast it out of my life.”  Maybe a little over the top, but I would try it first before you discard it.

God is a God of action.  James 1:22  is an action scripture, But be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving yourselves.  Do the word of God, believe in its power and it will open powerful doors for you.  David acted on his belief that God’s people were superior to anyone else.  He took action, and the story, every time it is told, glorifies God. 

Continue in your walk with God and into His word. Remember Jesus is the Word and every time you open His Word you are getting closer to Him.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11