Posts Tagged ‘difficult circumstances’

With SwordReflection #3: Spiritual leaders will face opposition.

Scripture tells us that we are at war against “powers and principalities.” So, not only do we constantly face spiritual situations but we are operating in a spiritual war zone. Moses, Elijah, and King David recognized spiritual reality and exercised leadership in their context. Their leadership was intentional, spectacular, and visible. But they are not the only spiritual leaders in the Scripture. Joanna (the wife of Chuza), Joseph of Aremathea, and the Good Samaritan maneuvered well their physical/spiritual context and exercised spiritual leadership in practical ways.

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 A few days ago I spilled my coffee cup on my desk and remembered a good life lesson: that to clean up life-messes we must lift everything up.

Once upon a time there was a little tree that took root on the side of a big mountain. As the little tree was growing, the wind and the rain kept shaking him, making him extremely tired. Because he was fighting the weather all the time, he had little time for himself. One day, the tree remembered that when he was smaller the wind and rain did not shake him so much. So he sought council from Wise Owl, who said “maybe you’ve overextended yourself; you should cut back a little.” Pleased with the advice, the little tree trimmed his roots… and felt lighter… for a while.

IMG_4224The church in the first century (like today’s church) faced many kinds of circumstances.  In the book of Acts, we see the believers started out with wonderful times of friendship and harmony (Acts 2:42-47) but these times were followed by times of trouble (Acts 5).  Fortunately, the troubles did not define them and then entered a period of great adventures.

The Early Church (.mp3)

Listen to the entire sermon to hear how God moved his church through

  • Times of obvious blessings
  • Times of hidden blessings, and
  • Times of unexpected blessings

IMG_4361We are told in the Scriptures that we fight not against flesh, but against the powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:12).  Additionally, we see that “The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way – never have and never will….” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

The bottom line is that we don’t fight power with POWER.

In other words, we don’t fight the powers of darkness with human (flesh side) power.

So where does that leave us?

We need to live by the Spirit.  “My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness…. “(Galatians 5:16-26)  When we live by the Spirit we will fight power with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (all that while we put on the armor of God).

Because power likes spin more than truth, speaking the truth is a must; and it must be done in humility and love.

Why?

Because when we do we promote unity and we all “grow up into him who is the Head…” (Ephesians 4:1-16)