Love is War (Part 1)

Love is War (Part 1)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23

Everyday is a struggle, but it’s a choice to stay down or to get up on your feet.

Everyone of us is going through something, but there’s always that person carrying the most painstaking situation, desperately gasping for air, or just waiting for the volcano inside them to burst.

How much do you love? Better yet, how prepared are you to love those kinds of people?

Sad, broken, angry, arrogant, clueless, and “impossible” people which you interact with eight hours or more daily? It might be your co-workers, business partners, volunteers, or a family member.

These people or situations exist not as a BARRIER, but an OPPORTUNITY to LOVE, but like a prize, we have to FIGHT for it.

Everyday is a war, and only the toughest soldiers get to conquer the promised land. There are different kinds of soldiers according to Job chapter 39.

  • Wild Donkey (v. 5-8)

God has saved you yet you complain and do not obey, and search for his own prosperity.

  • Ostrich (v. 13-18)

The proud or one who regards himself highly, forgetting God’s wisdom.

  • Horse (v. 19-25)

The powerful who charges in battle and rejoices in his own strength, but actually tied to the rider.

  • Behemoth

A mighty animal that totally relies on God’s power.

  • Hawk

Flies to its purpose at God’s direction.

  • Eagle

Who builds nests for God’s people at God’s command, and resides in the place he has been appointed to while supporting the young in the nest.

 

Will you choose to be the behemoth, hawk or eagle? Or, will you chase after the wind like the donkey or be selfish like the ostrich or boast in your earthly riches like the horse?

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.” Galatians 5:24

The only way for us to defeat the enemy and conquer every test that comes our way is to consistently know and to persistently follow our identity in Christ, and that comes by hearing and doing God’s Word.

His greatest commandments were these: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love one another just as you love yourselves.” Matthew 22:37-39

— to be continued —

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Training a Leader

Training a Leader

Create in me a clean heart O God; and a renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10, NIV

Why lead?

We lead because God has led us to His way, and to partake in the riches of his glory.

What do I need to lead?

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:13-18, NLT

The Leader’s Challenges

When you lead, there will always be oppositions, whether from yourself or from others, and there will never be a day that we won’t feel lack or hurt, because we’re all humans. We’re not perfect.

To recognize we are fearful and we are at lack is not a bad thing, but to own it like there’s no other hope is the bitter part of being a leader; to own the objections and reject the proper corrections are even worst.

It happens most of the time, that when you’re in a group, and someone is asked to pray, they’d push around each other to see who will volunteer to pray.

A leader steps up when someone else is in need, a leader is not defined by a title, by age, by head knowledge, but by the strong desire and commitment to do something unusually different  that benefits one or more people. Leaders humble down wherever and whatever they are doing. They love to obey, love to do good, even if it costs them their time, money, effort or even their life. They admit that they are no good, but they have a God who is good, and His power rests in them, so that they are made strong in their weaknesses. They boast not of their own, but of their Creator who made them and gave them the freedom, a freedom not based on doing what they wantbut doing what they ought to do. They understand that the will of their Father is perfect, nothing can be added or subtracted to it, so every struggle, every test laid before us is God’s training for us to be more like Him everyday, and to share in the riches of His glory. The challenge is: “Will you be joyful at all times?”