Monday, February 6, 2017


What a promise God makes to the children of Israel. I will be an enemy to your enemy and oppose those that oppose you. But doesn't God love everyone, how could he take sides? Aren't we all God's children? We may all be God's creation, ie: human beings, but we are not all his sons and daughters. We are not all His children. " but all who did receive him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His Name".  It is clear in The Bible that God does make a clear distinction between those that serve him and those that don't. What a promise this is to us, God's children; that our enemies will be His enemies and He will oppose those that oppose us! The only thing is, is that still relevant for us today? And if the answer is yes. Then why are so many of us, beat up and losing? It could be, that one of the most difficult aspects of Pastoring, is watching the members of your congregation get beat up and surrendering the white flag to their enemy or those that oppose them. Perhaps knowledge isn't the great elixir, but application is! Perhaps we don't even have the knowledge, "for my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge..."  I would say between those that don't know God's Word and those that know, but don't apply it, we are in a battle, a fight, that we are going to get beat up in. The general rule of thumb is, don't get into a war you cannot win.
I have seen 6' 4, 240 lb men taken out of this fight, in just a few months, but yet the Leader of the Fellowship I am in, is 5'5 and weighs probably 140 lbs soaking wet! What's the difference? One man with knowledge and application is leveraging God's Power on his behalf and winning, 40 plus years later, with over 2000 churches under his leadership and the other man is losing for either "lack of knowledge" or knowledge with no application. Which one are you?