Three Things Worth Fighting For - All Else is a Waste of Our Time and Life
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 8:24 AM

Three Things Worth Fighting For - All Else is a Waste of Our Time and Life

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 8:24 AM
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 8:24 AM
Life happens. Time passes. From the time we take our first breath until we take our last, many find out only on their death bed were there only three things between the dash (birth date "dash" death date) worth fighting for.
While still on the left side of the dash know that there are only three things worth spending the most valuable currency we have - time.
The only difference between a successful life and a failed life is how we spend our 24/7. God gives each of us the same 24/7. The only difference between the successful and the failed is how they chose to spend their 24/7. 
In all of life, there are only three things worth fighting for:

1) Name
2) Family
3) Purpose
Since Adam and Eve this has been the case. And we have an Adversary to try and damage, discredit and destroy them all. In all of life, this is what he is after because these three are the substance of life from which all else is made that makes a complete life.
He will bring so many other things to distract us from these main things. His ultimate goal is to destroy or cause us to self-destroy these three most important things that are life. The only three things in our short time here that matter.
Satan separated Adam and Eve from their true identity - name.

Before they could conceive and reproduce, he wrecked what was certain to be blissful living - family.
He deceived Eve and diverted God's Plan A for their life - purpose.
Thus began the written history of God's word to teach us, instruct us, and guide us in the things that comprise life as He intended.

Is there any wonder then why the greatest battles we are fighting today are centered around our identity, our family, and our purpose?
This will no doubt upset some people but that makes it no less true. There is no accident that the most visceral battles are wrapped in, up and around name and identity. Male or female? Binary or non-binary. Transgender. Fluid. Other. 
The battle over the definition of family. What is family? Two moms. Two dads. Same-sex marriage. Open marriage.
The inward battle to discover and pursue purpose. Ask 50 people why they are here on earth - why they were born. What they were born to do - their purpose.
Likely 47 of the 50 couldn't tell you why. Most people exist from day to day. From paycheck to paycheck. From event to event. Job to job - with no real sense of purpose or vision.
Family is so important to God that he has provided a family for us all - the family of God - his family. The church. This is why the attack is so against the church and even the church itself losing its way in the muddy waters of politics. The church family is disintegrating in America right before our eyes. Some self-destructing having lost their way and others have been targeted by the Adversary for destruction.
The family of God is under assault like never before. This is why in addition to our nuclear family being part of a local church is so important, especially for those with no family or toxic families. The Lord has made provision. Why? Because of how important family is! One of the top three. And the devil knows it!
And lastly, our purpose. Fight for it. But first, you have to know what it is. And the Adversary has made it his business to make sure most of us never do. He has legions of demons to make sure. To distract us. Detour us. 
The very reason God gives life to our spirit through dirt bodies is to carry out his purpose on earth. We come equipped, wired, and ready. If the Adversary can kill us pre or post-womb, he would have succeeded in thwarting God's purpose through us on earth. It's just that simple and satanic.
We all are an answer to a problem or a prayer. It's called "purpose."  Someone needs what God has equipped and purposed you to do and the Adversary has made it his goal to stop you. And me. Us all. Just as he did with Adam and Eve.
God poured the spirit into the flesh to accomplish his will (our purpose) during our short time on earth.
If you are going to fight, fight for the above. Your name. Your family. Your purpose. Not silly, meaningless skirmishes on social media, at work, road raging, or engaging in meaningless, time-consuming arguments that 5 minutes or 5 years from now won't matter and would have only detracted and subtracted from you.
It is the devil's trick. Distraction ultimately leads to destruction. Either partial or total. Both will ensure you don't fulfill your very reason for being.

So teach us to number our days, That we may present You a heart of wisdom. - Psalm 90:12
Anything else, all else, everyone else is the devil's distraction and you'll wake up one day and it's time to go. Somebody will be planning your funeral.
On your deathbed, only these three things will be on your mind. Not what so and so said or thought about you. At that point, we are going to meet the only One who ever did. Creator God.
Most just find that out too late. So if you fell yesterday in either of the three, get back up. Today is a brand new day to fight for what matters. That's why God gives us new mercies every day!
Three things. His name. His family.  His will.  Now you know. You don't have to be involved in everything and with everybody who wants to be involved with you. They are time stealers!
All else and whoever else is not worth the most valuable and the two most precious and unreplenishable things we have - time and life. Time is life. And life is time. When either is gone, both are gone.
Don't Fight. Stand!
Thursday, May 18, 2023 7:29 AM

Don't Fight. Stand!

Thursday, May 18, 2023 7:29 AM
Thursday, May 18, 2023 7:29 AM

As a leader or one who is public about your faith in the public arena where we serve, lead, and/or govern, I don't even know what the battle is about, but I know that as a follower of Christ, you are in a battle, about to go through a battle or have come through one helluva battle.

You are either oppressed in the spirit, depressed in the mind, anxious in the heart, or sad down to the deepest depths of your sanctified soul.

Some reading this are so under attack that even when you try to read the Bible, as much as it has brought healing and joy in the past, you have lost your appetite for it. When you even try to read it, it makes no sense, doesn't "hit" where you're hurting, and brings little to no comfort anymore.

My friend you are beset by demons. You are under attack by one or more demonic forces sent to shut you down, shut you up, get you to back up, back down, not enjoy your blessings, blind you to your blessings, steal your joy, your peace, your future and most of all the assurance that God loves you, hears you and is with you.

You have rebuked the devil, called on friends to help you, pray for you, joined prayer calls, read devotionals, pulled off the shelf a book of prayers because you know you are in a spiritual battle and you have to do all these things and call on prayer warriors and intercessors to pray for you as you fight.

Slow your roll. God never told us to "fight" the devil. We are not equipped to fight the devil. The Apostle Paul tells us in
Ephesians 6:10-17: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil... "Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore..."

Let me break it down so you will get what Paul is saying because many of us so often miss the whole point because we focus on the wrong thing - the armor.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil... "Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore..."

Do you see what before many times you may have missed? God never told us, neither does Paul to "fight" the devil, but to get dressed and stand firm. Clothed in God's word with only one defensive weapon, "the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God."
- Ephesians. 6:17

The devil can and will, depending upon our threat level to his plans and schemes, throw everything against us to bring us down or take us out. Bringing to mind every sin, the worst of our past, doubts about our future, doubt that God loves us, doubt that God is even real, illness, betrayals, the illness of loved ones, and losses of various kinds.

He will use colleagues and co-workers to spread rumors. He will stir up jealousies and insecurities in others and cause them to unfairly target you.

God tells us through the Apostle Paul to stand and to keep standing. That's what stand firm means - stand and keep standing.

Michael, the archangel, in the book of Jude, when challenged by the devil over the body of Moses didn't even become entangled with him. "But Michael, the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" - Jude 1:9

Michael is a powerful archangel. The devil too, as Lucifer, was a powerful archangel, before leading a rebellion against God and heaven. He retained his power, his wisdom and knowledge - but it is wicked but no less powerful. 

This is why we are no match for him. It's not about power. We can never beat the devil in "our power" but in the power of God's might. His word.

This is why Paul doesn't tell us to "fight" but to stand firm. Stand firm on the truth of God's word even though it may not seem to be "working for you" or working quickly enough. 

Stand firm in what God has given you that is more powerful than the most powerful attack the devil can throw against you. The absolute authority of God's word. This is what defeats him!

In Jesus Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit, we have the power of God at work in us. We just don't put him to work for us, choosing to do the work ourselves. This brings nothing but more defeat, depression and doubt.

Stop letting the devil bait you or bully you into a fight he knows you can't win. And he doesn't fight fair.

Instead, arm yourself, yourself with the authority of God's word and stand firm. Stand. And keep on standing.

Which is more powerful? A police officer in a blue uniform or a man or woman in a blue suit? Both are dressed in blue but the uniform carries authority. The word of God carries authority! The police officer doesn't have to say one word. His or her uniform speaks for them. All they have to do is show up in uniform and stand in the authority that the uniform gives them. 

This is how we are to show up in the face of the devil. We don't have to fight with him, just stand firm dressed in uniform (i.e. the armor of God) in front of him. And then use the one defensive and most powerful weapon we have - God's word. We use the sword of the spirit to slice and dice him until he flees!

Show up in uniform today. It has both the power and most important the authority to defeat whatever the devil throws at you.

Be blessed and stand!


Seek the Source
Monday, April 10, 2023 4:48 PM

Seek the Source

Monday, April 10, 2023 4:48 PM
Monday, April 10, 2023 4:48 PM
Religion is man's search for God. The Kingdom is what people are seeking. 
If you are still dissatisfied with God, it's not God. You have yet to discover the Kingdom.
You will find everything in the Kingdom. Once you find it, you will stop seeking. You will be like the man Jesus talks about in Matthew 13:44. You will value it more than anything and there will be no need to search any further. No more wandering, wondering or longing.
Spiritual currency that can never lose value and is consistently replenished. The source of every resource. Seek first the Source (the Kingdom) and every needed resource will be supplied.
It has been so decreed by the King and a King's decree cannot be rescinded!
The Genuine Leader
Friday, March 17, 2023 7:53 AM

The Genuine Leader

Friday, March 17, 2023 7:53 AM
Friday, March 17, 2023 7:53 AM

Genuine leaders aren't people out there trying to get their name recognized but trying to make a difference.
It's work. Hard work. Some people won't like you. Others will criticize you. Others will tear you down. Others will look at you with suspicion.
But one thing about genuine leaders. None of that bothers them because they have a steely resolve in their heart and mind that nothing or nobody on earth can tear down.
They are honest with themselves and honest with others.
They have been through hell and back, spent time on the backside of the desert. Suffered loss and pain, all the while God is changing and re-arranging, purging and growing. Then sent on a journey, a mission.
They see what others can't see, hear what others can't hear, loves deeply on one hand but unmoved by feelings on the other.
Genuine leaders are genuine people and whether being pat on the back or stabbed in the back, they are unmoved by either.
Actually, they don't even consider themselves as leaders because they themselves are being guided and the only voice that matters to them is the voice of their Guide.
All other voices that seek to distract or destroy become just background noise.
Genuine leaders are genuine people who neither look for nor need the limelight.
Their light source is brighter than any limelight and it comes from within.

Thursday, March 16, 2023 7:34 AM

New. Informative. Inspirational. Timely.

Thursday, March 16, 2023 7:34 AM
Thursday, March 16, 2023 7:34 AM