Posts Tagged ‘fight’

loveJust like military leaders in combat, spiritual leaders must know and accept their mission. This is difficult because we tend to focus on “secondary missions,” which are usually more tangible. Secondary missions are important things like running a business, serving in church, loving your family, or leading a small group. The danger is that secondary missions can become idolatry when not kept in proper relationship to the primary mission: loving God and loving our neighbor. When the mission is properly understood, spiritual leaders give themselves to God in all things – the business, the church, the family, the small group, or any other noble endeavor.

[Reflect on how Joanna, the wife of Chuza, may have understood the mission. What secondary missions could she have had?]

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.

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.

The title of Wonderful Counselor in Isaiah 9:6 is not the opposite of a lousy counselor – it is more militaristic than many would anticipate.

Wonderful Counselor (.mp3)

Listen to the entire sermon and perhaps you will see Wonderful Counselor in a new light.  It starts with a broad perspective, describes the governing position, and highlights the potential for today.

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)