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My God’s Bigger than a Politician

I love stories like the one of Jonathan and his armor bearer taking on the entire Philistine army.

Or David, a mere shepherd boy, taking on a giant that is feared even by the King and his troops. Youngest in his family. Chosen as King of all of Israel.

Or Gideon, the least of the least — the youngest in his family and part of the weakest tribe in Manasseh. But God calls him “mighty warrior” and chooses him to defeat the Midianites, their enemy.

Or Esther, an orphan and a Jew that becomes Queen and defeat’s Haman’s decree to kill all of the Jews in Israel.

Or Abraham and Sarah — father of nations? They couldn’t even have children. The Bible says their bodies were “as good as dead”. But God said their descendents would be as numerous as the stars in the sky — and they were.

Or Joseph, sold into slavery by his own brothers. He finally gains favor, then is accused of something he didn’t do and is thrown in prison. Waits and waits for God to move. God doesn’t forget him and makes him the right hand man to Pharoah.

Or Moses, a baby that was supposed to be put to death – instead ends up being raised by the ruler’s daughter. Is plucked out of the King’s house to lead God’s people to the Promised Land. Studders, doesn’t like to speak in front of large groups.

Or Jesus, our LORD and Saviour — a carpenter, a Jew, born in a stable, rides in on a donkey, saves the world and completely defeats satan be being beaten, broken, and mutilated, dying a “criminal’s death” on a cross.

The Bible, in my humble opinion, is a book of underdogs. Of unlikely candidates. Of weak and foolish things and people. And I love it because, since God is with them, every one of them wins, every time.

I love how God works. It gives me hope — that He can use me. And if you look around you, I bet you’ll see God doing the very same thing today. I know I do. I look at this election — and I see God working.

I see a very likely candidate – by numbers, by polls, by popularity, by money. And I see an underdog. An underdog that represents life and morals and values and righteous decrees. Yes, I see a man that’s weak and that’s failed and that certainly cannot repair our wounded country. But that same man stands up for what’s right. Abortion is not right. Taking an innocent life because it’s nothing more than an “incovenience” and a “mistake” is repulsive to God. 50 millions lives. Their innocent blood cries out to God, just as Abel’s blood did when Cain murdered him. I challenge you to find anything in the nature of God or His Word that encourages us or even allows us to put our wallets before the lives of those who cannot to defend themselves.

Life and family and morals may be behind in the polls, but my heart knows no fear. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6)

Esther has been summoned to the Palace….. for SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 3

It’s not difficult to feel hopeless about the world’s economic state. Especially since the media is always there, just like a faithful friend (or perhaps more like an unwanted enemy) to remind you of the decay and destruction and death that will soon be poured onto your finances. That is why, in times like these, I strongly encourage use of the OFF and MUTE buttons. But shouldn’t I be aware of everything that’s going on right now? You ask. No. Don’t fool yourself. Just as I said on Monday: The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38). That’s not a call to deny reality. It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.

God said that He’s set before us LIFE and DEATH, BLESSINGS and CURSES. Then He says this: Choose LIFE (Deuteronomy 30:19). He also tells us that there is LIFE and DEATH in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t declare over your finances and over your life the destruction that you hear radiating from the speakers on your TV (or the internet or the newspaper). No. How we fight this financial crisis we’re in is not be talking about it or reading about it or studying how much worse so-and-so says it’s going to get. You want a real weapon? A weapon that cuts through decay and destruction and death and lies? A weapon that’s stronger than any two-edged sword? Good. Let me pull it out for you to examine.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Wait, you say, the media’s been telling me that we’re dead meat if we don’t get a President who’s going to provide for us. Don’t look to man. Look to God. He is your source. Use His Word, your weapon, to defeat what’s trying to defeat you. Regardless of who or who doesn’t become President, God is the One who is going to provide for you. LIFT YOUR EYES TO HIM.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these [stars]?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But My salvation will last forever,
My righteousness will never fail. (Isaiah 51:6)

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;

Indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;

The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Wielding the Sword

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

The Bible is powerless in my life if I don’t believe it.  I can hear the truth, I can read the truth, I can copy the truth onto 3 by 5 notecards and tape them on my mirror, I can memorize the truth, I can shout the truth over my situation, but until I know the truth… I will not be set free.

More than anything else in life, I want to know the truth.  I don’t just want to read it.  I don’t just want to hear it.  I don’t even just want to think about it.  I’ve got to know it.  Because when I know it, I will be totally and unquestionably free.  Free from the every lie that tries to creep into my mind.  Free from intimidation and worry and confusion and fear.  Free from every symptom of sickness that ever tries to turn into something more.  Free from debt and insufficiency and lack.  Yes, that’s what I want.  I don’t just want to have the word stored away in my heart.  I want to live it!  Because it’s not enough for me to just read stories of victory and triumph, of nations being won for Jesus in a day, of the dead being brought back to life, sickness and disease vanishing.  I’ve got to live it.  I can’t stand to live another day hearing names like parkinsons and cancer and heart disease and hiv and standing back to make way for them — or seeing others gawk in fear towards them.  No way.  I’ve got to be in a position of such confidence in Jesus, in complete awareness of the authority I have in Him,  that I can stand and look down upon these ugly, horrible names that represent such demonic torment — not looking up at them in awe or intimidation, but looking down upon them in complete hatred and a complete lack of amazement.  They’ve got to be ants beneath my feet.  I will no longer make them to be anything more.  Jesus didn’t.  Jesus was not impressed with sickness like we are.  The Bible says that when He cast out a demon, He refused to even let it speak.  People today are not only letting the enemy speak to them and overwhelm them — they are speaking back.  I won’t stand for it.  Sickness and disease, cancer and hiv, tuberculosis and strokes, colds and flus — they are all Goliaths in our society.  Will we be like King Saul who cowered and fretted over this uncircumcised Philistine?  Or will we be like David? David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” I think we’d start seeing a lot more victories in our life if we treated sickness and torment and debt — and all of satan’s devices like David treated Goliath.

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