A preacher friend used to always break me up when illustrating some conflict or disagreement and he would then give the definitive word on the subject....there would be a pause and sincere appeal to his listener's..."Come on now, can I help it if I'm right?"
Satan really believes he is going to win this war. That is his ultimate deception. His next biggest deception (and there is a pretty long list) is to get us all preoccupied with the thing he is preoccupied with.....and it is all Satan ever thinks about......his ultimate eternal damnation.....his ultimate consumption in the lake of fire!
I could go off in 18 different directions with that title....Martin Luther King had a dream.....we all have dreams ....dreams of things we want to do...accomplish...with our lives.... we win some...lose some...some are totally shattered....hopefully we grow because of them....and draw in closer to God in the process....it's much better than pushing Him away.
I got an OK from the Lord to touch this leadership thing a little bit. Jesus just wants to be the head of this thing (He is the only head honcho) and He does the appointing of leaders.
There were always leaders appointed in those places that Paul wrote to. They were called elders....there was never only one elder....always plurality.....always for an area.....and Jesus had a whole lot to say about what kind of folks they were to be, how they were to live and how they were to function in that responsibility thatHe gives those elders.
I promised to talk to you about another word that started out really awesome but has also lost its meaning over the years. That word is church! I want you to know that I love the church!
When we went down to New Jersey for my daughter's 50th birthday, Ellen insisted that I buy a jacket.....the last one I owned (purchased almost 30 years ago) :) finally made its way to "Second Chance" a couple years back and was not replaced. Just so you know....I do actually own a suit.....one suit....which no longer fits since I lost all this weight recently....:)
The system always tells us to be strong. I need to say....before I can go on to talk about any of the other things that are burning in my heart.....I need to say that it's time to break with that.... it's time for God's people to admit our weaknesses. Look at what the Lord said to Paul the apostle and Paul's response.
2Co 12:9* And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
We just returned from an extra-long weekend trip to New Jersey for a surprise birthday celebration of my oldest daughter's 50th, planned by her two children. It was a very special time.....in so many different ways....each of them significant....all having to do with relationships. Some healing, some restoration, some building and on and on. So many stories. So many things crashing thru my mind wanting to find an expression of some sort in some way.
Not only are we born into the middle of a war.....(I've talked at length about that before) but once we experience that new birth, hopefully, we become aware of the war that is raging within us. The apostle Paul refers to it as the war, (the ongoing battle), between our spirit and our flesh. There can really be no awareness of this battle until after we have been born again. Paul talks about this in several places like Galatians 5, but also in Romans 7.....
God is your friend. Did you know He wants to be your friend?