Whether we like it or not, we’re all called to be servant-leaders. God has assigned each of us a significant role to execute in spreading the gospel and growing the kingdom. Our goal as servant-leaders is not to obtain power or celebrity. Instead, we are concerned with the growth and well-being of others.
The daily maintenance of our home? is important. However, every so often a deep cleaning is needed: we change the curtains, rearrange the furniture, and throw out what isn’t needed.?️ If it can be scrubbed, swept and mopped, we do so. This is not an overnight process, and can often take weeks ? to properly accomplish. Depending on the size of the space or the intensity of the mess, we may ask for help. We tend to do our big cleaning before company arrives, before major holidays, and when we’re bored with our surroundings. The process is tedious and frustrating, but when it is all done, it is so worth it.
For the past few weeks, we have been praying for God to reveal to us many different Spiritual Cancers: things that strive to separate us from God, things that would ultimately cost us our salvation. Today, we are going to pray for ourselves, our needs, our wants, our desires, the car, apartment, job that we desire, the spouse we are waiting on God for, a change of heart, a change in character, and to reflect God more in our day to day interactions with those who are struggling to learn God for themselves. While there is nothing wrong in praying for the big things (our country, world leaders, interceding for others) there is value and importance in seeking God for yourself and the things that you really need.
Habitual sin leads to a hardened heart. As our heart hardens, we are no longer able to exhibit the fruit of the spirit in our lives; we are no longer sensitive to the voice of God or the ministry of the Holy Spirit; we carry burdens that Christ has already covered at the cross; and we lose the desire to accept the free gift of salvation. We become zombies, existing to execute the will of the devil instead of fulfilling the Great Commission, heeding God’s commandments and pursuing our ordained purpose. We were not created to please the flesh and be in bondage to our feelings and desires. We were created to worship, minister and please God.
Yesterday we learned the main problem with sin is that sin separates us from God, but the effects of sin are vertical as well as horizontal. Sin also has a negative effect on our relationship with each other. The verse above lists characteristics that are far from ideal in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and makes it challenging for mankind to operate according to God’s original plan for humanity.
Within the body of Christ, there are many among us that are weak. They may be struggling with something, but don’t know how to turn to God to strengthen them in their weakness. We too may battle with various weaknesses that affect our lives, both in our spiritual walk and natural life. We create defense mechanisms that deflect attention from our weakness. These self-destructive behaviors make it harder for God to work on us, or shield us from communing with those whom He has already strengthened so they could minister to our particular weaknesses. Reality is, no one likes to talk about what their REAL weaknesses are. It requires transparency, honesty, and vulnerability with ourselves, others, and accountability partners.
The problem with sin is obvious. Sin separates us from God. We know this, yet many of us engage in a lifestyle of transgression against God and, in many cases, battle the same issues year after year. Whether it’s unforgiveness, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, anger or “borrowing” pens from the office, if it compromises our walk, we should refrain.
For the next 24 hours, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. we will be praying for America, our country’s leader, President Donald Trump, as well as the country’s political leaders (Congress and Senate). We will also lift up the world leaders who are in direct communication with The President. Finally, we will be praying for the countries and states impacted by natural disasters, as well as US cities negatively affected by gun violence. Instead of allowing the current events of the world to weigh on your mind and attempt to steal your peace and joy, we are redirecting our thoughts to focus on the Faith and courage that our Heavenly Father has called us to exemplify.
Today from 2:00 AM to 11:59 PM, we will be fasting from praying for ourselves and instead focus on interceding for others. As Christians, we are called to be selfless and to put the needs of others before ourselves, to reflect a Christ-like attitude. When Christ was on earth, He spent much of His time caring about the needs of others, talking to His Father about us, bringing us to His Father’s feet and asking God for the best ways to minister to His brothers and sisters, God’s children.
In every situation, our only choices are fear and faith. Since these two cannot coexist, we must always choose. We need to praise God in the good times and we need to praise God in the bad times. Praise is our weapon against the forces of evil; it is comfort in our stormy seasons and it gives us hope that God works all things out for good. Isaiah 25:1 says, “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” A life filled with consistent praise will forever change our walk with God. Add prayer to the equation and we’ve defeated every enemy on the battlefield before the war has started. Here are 5 benefits of praising God in advance.