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Are you smug in your Christianity?

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My, how smug we can be at times; yes, even as Christians.

“I’ve been saved thirty years, and I’m never tempted any longer.”

“I can handle anything that comes my way!”

“I’m God’s man of faith and power. I have on the full armor of God, and I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

Well, isn’t that just dandy!

Look, friends, I’m not knocking it. God DOES anoint His people to do great and awesome things. His word declares such.

But it ALSO says, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT)

So many people, myself included, have, at times, exchanged humility for pride; becoming great in their own minds and thus a wide open target for the enemy.

We think (or act like we believe) that God is so happy we’re on His side. Like without us His Kingdom surely would have faltered.

It’s as though we are self anointed and appointed. We walk on water continuously, while the whole world watches in awe.

Smug in our Christianity.

Fall into temptation? Me? Why, that couldn’t happen!

Right.

Apparently Peter wasn’t as inspired as we thought, when he wrote: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.” (1 Peter 5:8 – 5:9 NLT)

Do you know what it means to stay alert?

It means keep your eyes open and your heart guarded. Know you have a target on your back. You are in your enemy’s scope and he’s just waiting for that perfect opportunity.

Pride boasts, “I’ve got this! I’m aware of my enemy’s movements and have all the bases covered.”

Humility says, “Will you help me?”

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:23 – 139:24 NLT)

A man or woman of God shouldn’t trust their calling, gifting, or anointing to keep them away from the snare of the enemy.
Instead, they SHOULD trust God, ALONG WITH godly associates, to help them navigate life’s pitfalls and challenges.

If smugness defines your Christian walk, may I suggest you come up with a different strategy for living?

Understand God resists the proud but provides grace to the humble. The humble receive help, the proud push it away.

Words like, “Help”, “Thanks”, “Please”, and “Will you pray for me?”, are words spoken by every great man or woman of God.

Smug isn’t godly, cool, or becoming.

And it is one major reason why some people aren’t realizing their full potential in Christ.

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 ESV)

Are YOU smug in your Christianity?

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Lustful Lies

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Is sexual lust REALLY a problem?

It doesn’t take a high level of intelligence to understand why and how the enemy enjoys using this weapon. He’s taken out a good many men and women with it, and in spite of the fact his tactics rarely change with this weapon, it’s still just as highly effective in our day as it was 6000 years ago.

People who are seduced and controlled by sexual lust have bought a lie; actually, several lies…

Sniper On The Loose

20130513-054132.jpgViolence is everywhere! In the news, in video games, movies; all over the world!

And in the church.

No, I’m not referring to those instances where a deranged gunman walks into a Sunday church service and starts shooting people. The kind of violence I’m talking about won’t be seen but through spiritual eyes; spiritual discernment.

There’s a sniper on the loose! His plan is to pick off as many Godly leaders as possible. And he’s taken out far too many already.

How can he do such a thing? Where’s God at? Why doesn’t God stop the sniper?

In a way, He has. Through His Word, God has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1). He has told us to be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6). And He has instructed us the be “watchful, always on guard, because your adversary goes about…seeking to destroy…” (1 Peter 5).

How does the sniper take down the leaders, if God has made His protection possible? Like so:

Deception, greed, lust of the flesh, love of money, unaccountable to others, pride, isolation, etc.

None of those tactics will take down the Godly leader with the first shot. But the sniper is patient. He shoots and grazes a shoulder, a leg, an ear; and the target will know they’ve taken a hit. Like a temptation here, an innocent conversation there, an inappropriate website, a thought…their conscience will be bothered for a moment, but can eventually be ignored. The target will begin to rationalize and spiritualize their actions.

Another shot, a little closer to the head and the heart. The pain increases. But so does the target’s justification of their actions. They become numb to their conscience’s voice, deaf to the Spirit’s promptings, and irritated when a brother or sister in Christ confronts them.

The sniper fires again. Further isolation, deception, and increased pain and trauma. Loss of spiritual life causes family, friendships, and ministry to suffer. The leader is being set up for the final shot. Set up to be picked off, and taken out.

I’ve been there! I’ve also known a number of people who were called, gifted, and anointed by God to lead in the church, but don’t because they were taken out by the sniper.

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT)

Scripture says to “examine yourselves”. Look in the mirror (James 1) and ask God to show you any “bleeding” area. Ask Him for spiritual discernment. Be quick to repent of those things that have separated you from Him.

And don’t be too proud to ask for “back up”!

It’s high time we quit losing Godly leaders to the sniper!

What do you think?

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