What is the source of quarrels and conflict?” (James 4:1)

 

headbutt

 

We have plenty of conflict in our world today. Conflict over ideals. Conflict over the handling of those ideas. Conflict of who said what and who should have said something else. 

 

When it all boils down, we just want our own way, huh?

 

Then how do we live?

 

Be encouraged.

 

This is the very time that we can be a great contrast to the world. Through Him, we can love one another. It’s obviously, not happening on the media or in our politics, but we’ve been given a greater grace. In other words, no matter what, we’ve been given the aid of divine favor

 

We don’t look up to the mountains or to our government for help. Our help must source from the Lord. His Presence and Power resides within us and is greater than anything surrounding us.  

 

Be encouragers. 

 

In such a climate, encouragers will serve as magnets to the discouraged.  While others are skeptical and distrusting, the Spirit-thriving individual will stand out like an anomaly. Pure Christianity is perfect suited for such a time as this. 

 

We’ve talked about peace, joy and love. Now, let’s live it out. Let’s be more intent upon prayer than protest.

 

Find your strength deep within His Presence.

 

Brother Yun, a Chinese Christian evangelist who’s served several prison terms for the cause of Christ states this well:

 

“Once I spoke in the West and a Christian told me, “I’ve been praying for years that the Communist government in China will collapse, so Christians can live in freedom.”  This is not what we pray!  We never pray against our government or call down curses on them.  Instead, we have learned that God is in control of both our own lives and the government we live under.  Isaiah prophesied about Jesus, “The government will be on his shoulders”  (Isaiah 9:6.)

 

God has used China’s government for his own purposes, moulding and shaping his children as he sees fit.  Instead of focusing our prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.

 

Don’t pray for the persecution to stop!  We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure!  Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects his love and power.

 

This is true freedom!”

 

 

No matter how we voted, we must live united as Kingdom citizens. Jesus lived in the midst of a volatile political climate and yet there are very few places in which He even mentions a current event (see Luke 13:1-5; 31-32).

 

So here is my blessing upon you today:

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

 

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heartheart

My dear Child,

 

We need to have a talk. 

 

I know that you truly want to be free and we’ve talked about it quite a bit. Yet, there is still that one thing that keeps pulling you down. 

 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I can forgive you over and again….70×7 and then some (Matthew 18:22). But, I see how the pattern of sin-confess-sin-confess is getting you down. It’s making you discouraged and unable to really like the you that I love so much.

 

Let Me give you some practical guidance on breaking this bondage, okay? 

 

You know that person that you respect so much? The one that you look up to and admire their walk with Me? Yeah, that’s the one. Well, I want you to go talk to them about this habitual looping sin. I realize that it won’t be easy, but breaking recurrent behavior is going to take some decisive action on your part. 

 

I’m not asking that you confess this to a huge group or air out your dirty laundry to everyone. But, you need accountability. Someone you can confess to, who won’t tell anyone, but will instantly and continually pray for you. That’s where healing begins (James 5:16). Their prayers for you will help keep you focused on just what it looks like to go all out for Me and have nothing left over for fleshly living (Romans 13:14).

 

Of course, you are already quite aware that saying “yes” to that little sin issue just opens up the floodgates for other deception to influence your thoughts and emotions. Giving up in this tiny thing declares war on your soul (1 Peter 2:11). And the next thing you know, you are grumpy and quarrelsome (James 4:1).

 

On the contrary, saying “no” to it….even just once at first….begins the victory I have already prepared for you (Titus 2:11-12 NIV). Let’s not give the evil one any opportunity to gain a foothold in your soul, okay (Ephesians 4:27)?

 

I love you with My Life. In fact, I’ve actually given My Life in exchange for yours. 

 

I don’t want you to have just a partial deliverance. Make an appointment with this friend. After all, I want you to be as proud of you as I am.

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Kandy here:

As my speaking schedule picks up, I am going to cut back on M-F posting. Beginning next week (June 9th-15th, 2013), I will post twice a week on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. May the Lord continue to speak to all of us as He reveals His heart on this site. Grace and peace on your day.