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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

We are living in dark, dangerous times. Civil unrest, censorship, socialist agendas and the persecution of those who don’t tow the party line increase daily. 

BUT

You have a choice. Pull the covers over your head or combat evil.

As a disciple of Christ, I choose to push back. Knowing if God is on our side. Tell me whom should we fear? If He did not spare His own Son but handed Him over on our account. Then don’t you think that He will graciously give us all things with Him?

 Can anyone be so bold as to level a charge against God’s chosen? Especially since God’s “not guilty” verdict is already declared. 

Who has the authority to condemn? Jesus, the Anointed who died but more importantly conquered death when He was raised to sit at the right hand of God. Where He pleads on our behalf.

So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing.

 As the psalm says, “On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly. We are like sheep awaiting slaughter.”

But no matter what comes. We will always taste victory through Him who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing— not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth nor any created thing— can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39

How can you push back?

PRAYER

“Prayer is simply a two way conversation between you and God.” (Billy Graham)

How many times have you heard someone praying and soon found yourself daydreaming?

OR

The prayer sounded like a foreign language because of the religious jargon?

OR

The prayer was barely audible because of the timidity of the one praying?

For many, prayer is difficult and powerless because they do not know God as Papa— the PERFECT Father.

Yes, our heavenly Father sacrificed Jesus so you could call Him Papa.

Yes, Papa so passionately loved you that He allowed His heart to be broken so He could heal yours.

When you pray. Do not be as hypocrites who love to pray loudly at synagogue or on street corners. Their concern is to be seen by men. They have already earned their reward.

When you pray go into a private room, close the door and pray unseen to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. When you pray, do not go on and on, excessively and strangely like the outsiders. They think their verbosity will let them be heard by their deities. Do not be like them. Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiose— for your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him. Matthew 6:5-8

UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” (Desmond Tutu)

Would you like to be one of the elite— an unconventional thinker?

Reject obsolete, inapplicable, conventional wisdom.

Just because it has never been done. Does not mean it should not or cannot be done.

Try new things.

Be a life-long learner.

Challenge the status quo. 

Stop doing things just because it’s expected, or it’s what everyone else is doing.

Be transparent and authentic.

Stop being a people pleaser. Learn how to embrace rejection.

Listen to those who disagree with you or think differently.

Continually seek knowledge.

Interact with people outside your circle of influence.

Including ethnicity, age, gender, profession, etc.

Experiment. 

Try new ideas even if you are not certain they will work.

Change your paradigm regarding failure.

Failure is a learning experience. One that teaches you something you would not have learned otherwise.

Seek Papa’s wisdom.

Unlike man’s wisdom, Papa’s is eternal, unwavering and not influenced by the prevailing truth of the culture. Cultural truths that are here today and gone tomorrow.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never know Him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21

Take up your sword today. Fight the good fight of faith. The souls of a multitude are at stake.

As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:30-32

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Then some Pharisees and some of Herod’s supporters banded together to try to entrap Jesus. They came to Him and complimented Him.

Pharisees: Teacher, we know You are truthful in what You say, and that You don’t play favorites. You’re not worried about what anyone thinks of You. So You teach with total honesty what God would have us do. So tell us. Is it lawful that we Jews should pay taxes to the Roman emperor or not? Should we give or not?

Jesus (seeing through their ruse): Why do you test Me like this? Listen, bring Me a coin so that I can take a look at it.

When they had brought it to Him. He asked them another question.

Jesus: Tell Me, whose picture is on this coin? And of whom does this inscription speak?

Pharisees: Caesar, of course.

Jesus: Then give to the emperor what belongs to the emperor. And give to God what belongs to God.

They could not think of anything to say to His response.

Mark 12:13-17

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