In “How to Overcome Everything”, we looked at Noah; that he was asked to build an ark in preparation for rain, at a time when there had never been rain on earth. He had to endure and overcome both personal doubt and external ridicule. Also, our conditioning in church positions us as “victims” to the enemy’s attacks, rather than victors through the power given to us to be called Sons of the living God. Be encouraged.
We are conditioned to want the empowerment “hallelujah” but not the test that proves the empowerment. What use would the ark be without flood waters? Can unity exist without division? What purpose will light serve if there was no darkness? Embrace the test.
Let’s Embrace Our Place in Darkness
Cynical readers will say, ok then I won’t pray to be light, because I don’t want to deal with darkness. I hear you. Problem is, not praying is just as problematic. You will be tested with all manner of distractions – remember David when he should of been out fighting…Bathsheba-gate happened…eh hem!!
Light needs darkness, lets be ready to embrace the darkness. I said embrace, not join in!! Jesus shows us clear examples of embracing darkness to shed light on it. Jesus met a lady at the well who was living with a man that was not her husband (John 4:1-26), He sheds light on the issue, which led to an entire village embracing the light of Jesus.
Wherever you are, embrace your place in the darkness and shine the light of Jesus the Christ.
Lets Embrace Pastors, Leaders, Brothers and Sisters Sowing Division
Unity is misunderstood and mis-communicated in the church. When church leaders use the word unity, listen to the context they use…they are actually explaining “agreement” NOT unity. So when someone in leadership or the congregation sows division – currently, somebody has to leave the church…fact. From today, lets “restore people”. We often use the phrase God reveals to restore. As children of God we should only do that which we see the Father doing (John 5:19) – restoring people, let’s do that.
Let’s also get better at recognising “division”. Because someone may say something you or the senior pastor disagrees with, in no way means division is being sowed. It simply means there may be a disagreement. I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, but division looks more like this: celebrating Mothers Day but downplaying Fathers Day. Labelling people as backsliders, or carnal; or making disparaging comments about… “the men in the church” and what they are or are not doing.
These comments and statements are not normally referred to “sowing division”, but ponder for a moment what outcomes these comments achieve. They alienate people, discourage people, dishearten people…they make a judgement about the person, rather than encouraging.
Lets Embrace Family, Brothers, Sisters and Colleagues when they Target us with Hateful words and Actions
So you want to love more (may God help you literally). This one is hard. I suppose the best example is to quote Jesus – “Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing” Luke 23:34.
That one statement sums up love, spoke by someone who understands love in a deep way. The ability to embrace those who hate you, while they are actively-hating on you! I shared my experience of being horribly accused – by a family member, who is also a Christian; well I reluctantly made the call (I actually avoided making the call for over 2 months). It was as hard as I anticipated it would be. Now I am an undisputed victor…and that family member is being restored!!
It’s your turn to make a call to someone who has hurt you. I will be asking…
Embracing people who hate on you comes with a promise, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:44-45.