The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The “Pure & Simple” Way

RISE!

The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. ~ Proverbs 21:8

On this day of days the King of kings chose life. We do not have to conquer death, He did that for us. We only have to conquer ourselves…

The globalist who sees the American President as a threat to the New World Order, makes a statement that “Coronavirus will forever alter the world order”. Does he mean the end of the Nation State that has been in existence since the Flood? There is only One who knows for certain, and He does not appear ready to tell us…yet. We know how the story ends, but even with all the signs, we remain unknowing of the time.

Its hard to see the present time as anything but a curse. People are sick and dying. And more of the living are living in fear. Fear of getting sick, fear of losing a job, fear of losing our homes, and our most basic comforts. Its one thing to understand the Christian path of suffering…its quite another to actually walk it. But in the present time, like no other before it in our lifetime, there is a great opportunity…

“Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God, and that you have turned their hearts back to you again”(1 Kings18:37)—and God did. How did the prophet gain the ear of everyone who heard his voice? We can discern a number of reasons:

  • His courage: He was willing to stand alone for God.
  • His conviction: He had a passion for what he believed.
  • His character: He was honest and forthright with everyone.
  • His connection: He magnetically drew the people to himself and to God.
  • His credibility: He eventually gained the people’s ear because he got the results he wanted. ~ When the Real Leader Speaks, John C. Maxwell

Think of it this way. One minute we were all racing to Hell, whether we care to admit it or not. And the next minute God said STOP, and so we all have. STOP gives us more time…to conquer (another great c-word) ourselves. The devil wants us all focused on the c-virus. I myself prefer to think of all who shape the four domains of human life (politics, economics, culture, religion), or wish to, in the context of the five c-words above. It’s easy if we try. Think of the vitamin C depletion in the areas that matter most!

Time-outs and discernment go very well together…another week of Maxwell/Chambers collaboration!

I pray your heart is well in these dark uncertain times in this, the Holiest of Holy weeks. Our prayer focus for those who are able to join us for tomorrow’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday will be “Pure & Simple” as inspired by my Oswald Chambers’ read, The Pure Life, taken from Proverbs 21:8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. That we may discern When the Real Leader Speaks, as found in 1 Kings 18:37 “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God, and that you have turned their hearts back to you again.”

One of my favorite sportscasters is Warner Wolf who’s famous for his line, “Let’s go to the videotape.” He was providing fans the opportunity to look back at sport plays, good and bad, for the purpose of keeping them up-to-date with their favorite teams and players. And then you have the coaches who use the same videotape to help their players learn from the past in order to improve their future. That’s where I see us now my friends. The Globalist wants us to think of ourselves as the fans. I see us as the players…in the game of our lives. Whether we are preparing for the game, or in the locker-room at halftime, we have the greatest Coach of all time to lead us onto the field.

I was given a great insight this week regarding a certain spirit on a very important team. The insight given was the fact that this valued player was possessed of a spirit contrary to the mission of the team. Interestingly, it is the very same spirit I wrote about last week. The kinds that enter in through the slippery slopes…The question is how to best use this videotape insight to learn in order to literally save this player and best prepare the rest of the players to avert disaster and improve their future?

The pure and simple fact of life is this. Churches and baseball teams have a great deal in common. The spirit of the team is in many ways far more important than the talents of the individual players on the field. The spirit we allow into the locker room will destroy the mission of a baseball team, just as the spirit we allow in the pews can defeat the mission of the church. Winning spirit, competitive spirit, and team spirit are all great for the former. But there is no room for other than the Holy Spirit in the latter. The invasive spirit in the locker room tends to come in the form of the strongest player (think Alex Rodriguez). In the church this is not always the case, in fact often times it is just the opposite. In either case, in subtle and not so subtle ways, the coaches and shepherds yield to it, submit to it, and when we are no longer able to call the spade a spade…bow down to it.

Think of what I am saying in the context of this very astute summary of who and where we are as a people, and how divided we fans have allowed the players to make us:

Regarding these present changes and shifts, some portion of the world’s population will find these changes glorious and will advocate for them to continue; some will find these changes barely tolerable, but will conform out of a desire to survive and sustain basic life along some line of a familiar status quo; a few will likely outright and openly reject, resist and attempt to stop these changes. Finally, some of the world’s population will find these changes so unbearable that they will suffer what Alvin and Heidi Toffler referred to as “Future Shock” and will simply shut down, becoming “Wards of the State,” as they will be rendered entirely dependent upon an outside system of support. These individuals will simply have been “struck dumb” and will no longer possess the capacity to self-sustain and self-support.

Please use this STOP wisely to STOP being fans and START being the players God made us to be. Why? The reason is pure and simple…Because He Lives ~ Performed by Kristyn Vellenga

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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