My Hero

I was recently pondering some things with the Lord. I was reading Jonathan Welton’s book New Covenant Leaders(haven’t finished it, but very good so far), and was thinking about Jesus carrying ALL authority as a man on earth. He literally did things our hero’s do on movies(i.e. walked on water, teleported, healed people, set people free, multiplied food, and so many other things they can’t fit in books).

I began realizing the weight of His ability. The Father was giving Him the power and authority to do ANYTHING…. How many times are we puffed up when we get even a great revelation. We think we’re awesome when God uses us in any way. Jesus was given immeasurable power, and what did He do???

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Jesus washed the disciples disgusting feet…. He could have easily chosen to make His skin impenetrable to the soldiers beatings and weapons… But what did He do with all that power??? He allowed their weapons to sink into His blameless flesh. He allowed the thorns to sink into His “steal”…. I’m overcome with His humility in overwhelming power. Not only that He could, but that for our sakes He would. Jesus didn’t get angry and stop it, even after the horrible beating went on and on. I don’t really understand why, but He loves us deeply….

Oh how I long to be like my Hero!!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me(Jesus) will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Jn. 14:12 ESV

Joshua

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Surrender Everything

Such a tough subject, and yet one that is non-negotiable in the Kingdom. Don’t kid yourself. Surrender is a requirement, but it’s fruit is amazing! In the last year and a half, I’ve had to do more surrendering than ever, and I’ve never been doing better as a result.

For the most part, surrender is your choice although circumstances in life can prod you. Awhile ago I was diagnosed with MS and the symptoms that accompanied could have been devastating. To name a few, I lost most of the vision in my left eye for awhile, numbness in different parts of my body, and a while back lost most of the use of my left arm(for those who don’t know I’M LEFT HANDED). The temptation was a constant to get slammed since in some ways it felt like I was loosing my life. I was tempted to believe I wouldn’t be able to do things with my kids and wife, and everything I love could be taken away(enemy garbage). The result however was a drawing near to the Lord in intimacy I didn’t know was possible.

One of the things that saved my life was something I had heard Bill Johnson say… my paraphrase… we have to stay thankful for what we have and what God promised, and not focus on what God hasn’t done yet. I began thanking God for my right hand when my left wouldn’t work, that I could walk, eat, hear, etc. Then came… surrender.

The Lord brought to mind all kinds of things I hadn’t fully surrendered, and the one I want to touch on is family. I knew when I had heard stories of missionaries surrendering their kids to the Lord even unto death, I was not there, and I didn’t see how I could. Through time and many tears with the Lord I surrendered my whole family to Him. Whether it was thoughts of them making wrong choices, doing things that would hurt me, or even death, I surrendered. I handed them and their choices over to Him.  Luke 14:25-27 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”(ESV) The word “hate” can be looked at as an intense choice. Obviously, we are called to love our families, but this is more about not putting them before the Lord in ANY way.

The result has been an intimate connection with The Lord I wouldn’t trade for anything! I can say with all my heart that what I’ve been through physically has been worth it for the intimacy I’ve gained with Him. FYI I don’t believe you have to go through difficulty to get it.  I also do not believe He gave me MS to teach me, He’s not a dysfunctional Father. He has used it however, and I’ll literally be eternally grateful! Don’t wait to begin surrendering, do it now. Don’t try to keep getting the promises of The Kingdom without the path. You can’t get from A to C without B. You’ll find your life if you’ll have the courage to lose it!

What Are You Entitled To?

Ok,this is very simple, but hopefully life changing.  Literally.

I’ve recently been outside the US and had a startling realization—-some of the other “peoples” in the world don’t live with our attitudes!!:)  At first it took me a little while to discover what was different, and then I realized—- they aren’t demanding everything.

Here’s one of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for entitlement: —belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.

Do you realize how rampant entitlement has become?  We get furious when our home internet goes down for 2 hours(sometimes even when they told us it would).  We expect the piece of crap driver in the other lane to get out of our way!  Just about anything we want, we want it now and are consumed when we don’t get it as we demand….  Have they messed up your order in the drive through lately?

I believe we need deliverance from this plague.  We’re cluttering the spiritual airways with this attitude from hell.  This attitude has crept in which means thankfulness and gratitude have slipped away.  We are called to be thankful.  There’s something freeing when we align with thankfulness and choose to be grateful to God in any situation.  Buy this wisdom cheaply(not that I’m super wise), and take a minute now to find something to be thankful for–no whiny, bull crap excuses–travel as far down as you have to in order to find it.  If that means you thank God that your eyes blink and moisten themselves, then do it!  If you have no eyes, and someone’s reading this to you, thank God for breath!

Make this change and see what the Lord will do in you.  As I said before, we’re all connected so your breakthrough in this is our breakthrough!:)  Go for it.  I think you’ll be surprised by Him!  He’s always good!!

Joshua