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Not by Might, Pt 4

Mark is an ordained minister, treading the tumultuous waves of a developing writing career, daring to dream a new dream.

Our Confession

crucifix laying on a bilbe

crucifix laying on a bilbe

The first Great Confession made in the Bible was Peter’s admission of Jesus as the Christ. (Matthew 16:16) The second Great Confession was also by Peter, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30). To put it mildly, we need God. God doesn’t need us, but he created us. We all have hopes, dreams, plans, and ideas. God wants to help us, to guide us. God delights in the success of those who believe in him!

However, we will not force, coerce, or dictate to God. Nor will God allow us to ignore him. Just like the plans God made and laid out for the creation of the universe, God has plans for everyone. The Holy Spirit has been unleashed to see those plans come to fruition. God will pull out all the stops, unleash all the angels, and dig up heaven’s golden streets if needed! What causes the most faithful of his people to forget to what lengths God will go?

The excuse we often use is that we’re only human. Human we may be, but an excuse it no longer is. We are “new creatures” bound to one another by the blood of Jesus, praying, working, hoping for divine destruction of sinful strongholds. We cannot do any of these things in our own power, in our own wisdom, in our timing, and never with perfect understanding. In God, we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

The devil would have us distracted by some petty concern, confused by an alternate purpose, or resistant to any change. When God moves among us, God expects a response, but if the devil has us at cross purposes, God's will won’t be accomplished. We might maintain some holiness and godly readiness, but it will be exhausting. The devil would have us exhausted, ineffective, and at cross purposes. Therefore, it is extremely important to test our spirits to seek God's purpose (1 John 4:1) and make any necessary course corrections. (2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Holy Spirit is moving among us. God has revealed to us his plan(s) both corporately and individually. We all have a piece of this divine puzzle. We would want our personal will to be done, our personal hopes realized, or our personal goals reached. In trying to accommodate everyone, we would remain fragmented and compartmentalized. Certain impassioned and well-meaning ideas might work for a time, but without God's approval they would not bring any significant, positive, eternal impact on our families, community, or world.

We need God for family, community, and the world. We need God for healing, forgiveness, and salvation. God redeems our past, sanctifies our present, and glorifies our future. Now more than ever, we need God to guide us in doing his work and will in this world. We need to hear what God’s spirit is saying to his church and respond as Samuel did, “Speak for thy servant is listening." (1 Samuel 3:10)

Let us become and remain "... strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might." (Ephesians 6:10) Our great and mighty God can do exceedingly more than we imagined (Ephesians 3:20) in and through our lives. This is the promise that God has laid before us. Let’s lay claim to this promise and turn our families, community, and world upside down for God.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Mark Lewis

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