Choose Well…Love Well

I found myself deeply grieved by recent events in the news and as I was processing how we have gotten to where we are right now, these are the things I pondered.

When we make a decision from only a personal perspective we fail to see the bigger picture. It is not just a single act, it has a ripple effect on society and becomes culture.

“You do you and I’ll do me” has become a motto repeated from college campuses, family dinner tables, and even some churches. It seems we have lost the ability to look out for the greater good. It seems we have lost our love that looks further than what’s right infant of us and loves deeper than ourselves. It seems we have lost our heart.

It seems we have lost the ability to see the ripple effect of our actions. When I make a decision and think it only effects me as a person and what is in my best interest, I am being deceived.

When we replace absolute truth with relative truth, we lose right and wrong completely. This breeds indifference to other people’s decisions. We see it as “not our problem” and “not our business”.

We need to care about people’s decisions and love them enough to help them work through that decision. We need to get our heart back for others. When did we lose our love to the point that we don’t step in and offer a better way?

When we lose right and wrong as a society as a whole, we also lose the need for repentance in our own minds. There is no shame for what we do that is wrong because we believe it’s not wrong for us. There is no more guilt… no remorse…for anything. Everything and anything becomes acceptable. There is no need for a savior in a world that believes anything goes.

The truth is that it is OUR world. We create the world we live in with OUR beliefs, OUR words and OUR actions.

We must return to the truth that we are all connected and what you do and say absolutely effects me, it absolutely effects us. We are building our world each and every day. What are we building?

It starts with each of our individual attitudes and choices. Our decisions matter more than we understand. Our decisions must be rooted in truth, love and what’s best for all. Choose well.

Learn to Oppose the Opposition

We live in a time where it is too easy to be oppositional and confrontational about EVERYTHING. In prayer I have heard this… It is time to intentionally oppose the opposition! Intentionality will bring divine strategy and surprise victories!

 Intentional love… purity, honor, and humility, eyes of wonder.. kindness, gratitude, worship and seeking His heart…WILL BRING…Strategic insight and revelation… Strategic prayer and decree… Strategic momentum and movement!

It seems pretty basic, because it is. Sometimes we make things really complicated when they are actually really simple.

The enemy has been strategically intentional in trying to push you (to do or say things) through situations and your emotions. It’s time to be strategically intentional in pushing him back God’s way.

No more will we be moved or not moved by how we feel moment to moment! No more allowing situations to dictate how we feel and what we do!

You cannot fight this battle with the same spirit that is coming against you. You must figure what the attack is against in order to see the key to overcoming it.

We are told to be careful what we think about so guard your eye and ear gates! Don’t let anything in that will defile the clean hands and purity of heart He is wanting to re-establish in this hour.

  Phil 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.

You will see and hear much in the days to come that has the capability of causing deep distress, anger, and fear. Don’t allow anything to shake you to the point of trying to use the enemy’s own weapons against him. You do not overcome evil with evil. You do not return hatred for hatred. That’s not our inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.

  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. (TPT)

If you are being assaulted by disrespect, hatred, no desire to pray or worship, strife and oppositional behavior, anger, sexual temptation, discouragement and hopelessness, envy, greed, etc., step intentionally into the kingdom opposite.

   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Whatever is being challenged, intentionally engage the kingdom opposite! It’s a holy push back against what is opposing you! Heaven is backing you up!

We must resist the corruption that the enemy wants to bring into our hearts. The enemy desires to make us cynical, suspicious, callous and cold-hearted. Evil breeds where evil is cultivated. We are called to cultivate the kingdom instead.

 Matthew 10: 16 – Now, remember, it is I who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves.”

 It’s not a denial of the bad that is happening in the world, but an intentional and strategic focus on what is good. It’s not being clueless to what the enemy is doing, but a conscious choice to focus on what God is doing! The fruit of the spirit is a weapon! If someone throws rotten fruit at you, throw back the fruit of the spirit!!! 

  Romans 12:21- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The New Standard for the New Normal

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I’m thinking about colors this morning in my prayer time and how God’s purity and truth is white as snow while the world is filled with shades of grey (compromise).

I think many Christians believe adding more grey into their life makes them more relatable to the world and reaching more people for Jesus. I believe this only makes the world believe there isn’t much difference between us and that there is nothing to lose by becoming a Christian. We have told them about the benefits while leaving out the fact that we are called to die to self.

   **Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.**

The truth is they are called to lose it all. A true death to self. We seem to be missing this truth in much of our witnessing. We’ve traded our intended impact for the kingdom for relatability and friendship with the world.

**James 4:4- 4 You have become spiritual adulterers who are having an affair, an unholy relationship with the world. Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.**

He never called us to become grey, but to introduce the world to the One who can make their Grey a sparkling White!  He desires to give them a clean slate. It is only through the blood of Jesus that can turn us holy and clean that slate.

I’ve been reading the red parts of the Bible at the suggestion of Francis Chan in a video I watched recently. Jesus was not grey in anything He said or did. There was NO compromise made with the world. He loved well but He also called it what it was. He gave us the perfect example of how to be set apart yet living in this world.

Some of those grey colors in the world seem quite beautiful and even loving as in the belief that everyone goes to heaven or there is no hell. It is deception at it’s finest.

Jesus on the earth was so full of both love and truth that He drew people to Him without having to compromise a single bit on the truth of who He was and who He represented. He was so captivating in His convictions that people desired to have what He possessed. They desired both the love they saw and also the truth they heard. That is what we are called to do. It’s who we are called to be.

I challenge each one of you to ask the Holy Spirit where you have compromised truth out of a desire for relationship. Ask Him to forgive you and to give you clean hands and a pure heart and the holy boldness to walk through this world in absolute purity in thought, word, and action.

It was Jesus who said that looking at a woman lustfully was as bad as adultery and that harboring hatred toward your brother was as bad as murder. He was raising the standard of what was ok and not ok. He is reminding us of that standard in this season. What was ok in 2018 will not be ok in 2019.

The more I ponder this word I believe it goes hand in hand with my other recent post about a new normal being given to us. The new standard of living causes the new normal to come. The new always has a higher standard. We must not be afraid to be set apart because the set apart is actually the way to the set up. We must keep loving well without compromising truth.