A Commentary on the Modern World


Challenging Words for a Challenging Time
June 14, 2010, 7:10 am
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“In the abundance of counsel, there is victory.”  So says Solomon the wise.  (Prov.24:6)

In the midst of heated debate, sometimes individuals stop communicating.  When they appear to be listening, they might actually be simply waiting to talk.  When they appear to speak with knowledge, they could merely be repeating the ignorance of someone else. When the debate is heated, the flare of passions can often out burn the warriors of truth.  A vision for greater things can be destroyed by a passion for the things of the past.  In all circumstances, however, there is still the necessary expectation that a believer must adhere to what is true, just, and faithful.  When the passion and pride of our flesh corrupts these things, truly, we know that we have, once again, enthroned our flesh to the throne of Christ.  At such times, it is always necessary to hear the unbridled, uncomfortable truth that is contained in the word of God.

Messengers stood before me. Gripping truth like a gun. Aimed for our very hearts.  Cocked and ready to fire on the pride and passions of us fleshly men.  The justification for this firing?  Treason.  Ambassadors were assigned by a Kingdom that is at war with an evil world became the evil that they swore to confront.  They forsook the authority and teachings of their King for the pleasures of the world in which they lived.  Now they stood looking down the barrel of his powerful Word. The blast that would be fired on them was a most convincing reminder. The trigger was pulled, and only the most foolish of men would dare to continue in such treachery, for the gun of God was fired upon the hearts of the prideful.

One messenger would dare to say, “God has left our churches.” While another, whose dialect was so distinct, would remind the stewards of the faith of their forefather, Joseph. ” I am ever reminded of three specific characteristics of his faith that is inconvenient but necessary to practice. Never forget the grounding of his belief in the season of temptation.” He shouted. “For what he believed in his heart and mind would restrain him from what he wanted in his flesh and passions.” He would ask, “Have you forgotten the strength of his peace in the Season of Weakness?” Boldly he spoke. “God can take your platform of pain and make it a platform for opportunity.”  This is true.  For the strength of God always manifests itself amidst the weakness of the flesh.  Most importantly, this unique speaker would conclude that it was Joseph’s “testimony of Character in a culture of Contradiction” that impressed him most, for Joseph held fast to the conviction of his faith amidst a culture that served other gods and had no boundaries to their fleshly desires.

Then another stood before us.  He was tall. Very Dark.  A presence of power.  He smiled and then he laughed.  A false comfort came upon the hearts of many.  Yet, it was here that the trigger was finally pulled upon a number of prideful hearts. “Have you forgotten your calling?”  “You are losing the battle against hell because you have lost the authority within Heaven!” “Since you have stopped working on behalf of the Kingdom, you have lost the authority of its King!  Must I remind you that the church was created for the Kingdom?  Therefore, I say to you, as the Captain of the Lord’s armies stood before Joshua and spoke boldly that he was not there to take sides but to take over, so also now the Holy Ghost stands among the pastors of the church saying likewise.”  Just as victory did not come to Joshua through his cunning wit of strategy in battle, neither will the building of the church in this world come through programs.  Joshua had victory because he fought with God.  God did not fight with Him.  The church will be built because it will be built by the authority of God for the glory of God.  The church will not be built by the authority of God for the glory of men.  God is the author and finisher of his Work.  Truly, He will do all that lies in between.  No one deserves credit for what only He can do.  Thus, the question is if we will ask Him if we can join Him as He does so?

I say today: Oh Spirit of God.  Might my sin that caused me so much sorrow be drown in the blood of Christ and never permitted to breathe again.  May the agendas of your people fall and Your agenda for Your Kingdom arise.  I only ask, Father, that I might be of use to you in what you are planning to do.  As you are encountering the history of man in your own way, I pray that you would find a place for me to be used.  My pride, even now, resists this prayer.  Yet, no weakness is greater than your strength.  I submit my weak flesh to your strong Spirit that I might be a bold advocate for your Kingdom accomplishing your agenda until my tenure here is complete. May I bless your name for the rest of my days, and I will praise you forever.”

Truly, God has provided an abundance of counsel.  Truly, God has shown He knows the way to victory.  I pray you will join Him.

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