What is Stored Up in You?

The good man brings good things of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” Matthew 12:35

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but babies leak. They also desire close proximity. At times this is a lethal combination for any parent, aunt, brother or sister who happens to be holding one when they — hmm, how can I put this delicately? You know, leak.  What’s inside comes out and on to those who are unfortunately in the hot zone. Smells, drools and foods, and don’t forget those numbers one and two. I think God designed it this way to show us exactly how big his love is for us and how it works. His precious wonderful creations that made messes.  Out of his love he cleans up and cleans up until we grow up.

In life, what’s inside will eventually come out, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. We do our best to prevent spills and leaks. Diapers, Tupperware and window caulking all prevent undesirable leaking of stuff into the protected spaces of our lives. But, when it comes to our character — that stuff inside that guides critical decision making — there are no controls to stop the leaks. And frequently we leak onto others.

Signals and stimuli inevitably trigger a flood of your character, which spills into your everyday interactions. These spills have a shaping influence on those around us.

The big question is, what kind of character am I leaking?

Thank you for the character that you are building in me. You know the exact tools that will do the job.

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Devotional Tuesday – Be Quiet and Know This

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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18

Satan is alive on planet earth.  This understanding will not be trouble free or painless.  Your enemy is intelligent, skilled, and personally driven by his cause.  He will fight viciously.  But God’s Spirit declares this is a new day for men He is making new.  The tide is turning, and the days of living in defeat and despair have been replaced with the full commitment of God’s men who are willing to fight in the open, hand to hand. Our collective focus on exposing, isolating, and moving aggressively against evil will change and reduce evil’s capacity to wage war.  We have overwhelmingly superior weaponry placed at our disposal and rising numbers of skilled warriors locking arms.  God’s men are on the march, and we are resolved to accept nothing less than a full victory, even if that costs our very lives.  In the words of “Brave Heart,” HOLD.

God has full confidence in your loyalty to His cause and your abilities to fight for Him when you are called upon by circumstances and the commission of Christ.  Your King has declared to you “All authority has been given to me.”  It’s time we deal with evil the right way — expose it, engage it and keep it on the run through Christ.

You will find that the biggest battle you will fight with the Enemy is in your own head.  Discipline your mind, because the attacks upon it will increase.  The spirit of fighting as God’s man is allowing yourself to be directed by God and applying what He shows you.  Every application will require your surrender in order to secure your victories. Ready yourself.

Father, you know war is ugly but victory is sweet. Thank you for the hope you have placed in me.

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Devotional Tuesday – Humble Pie

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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” I Peter 5:6

Humble Pie is kind of like broccoli, you don’t eat it for desert.  Jesus’ style of humility has personal influence under the control and management of the Holy Spirit.  He whispers, stop talking about yourself and get interested in God and then others. He invites you to take some of that bonus you just got and pay it forward. Give it to someone or something that God brings to your mind. Humility before God manifests itself in controlling your ability to influence.  The trouble comes when we transfer that control to a feeling, the moment, convenience, a fear, or our appetites.  Each of us has influence, and we’ll project that on to others for better or for worse. The question is, how will you use yours?

Will you be the person that uses his position to intimidate, demand, and threaten the man who possess wealth for his own pleasure? God desires that we lead but also to remember who gave us this position of leadership and for what purpose?  He gives us money and things to use and enjoy but not exclusively for our purpose. It really does get down to out of control selfish behavior.  Not doing without thinking. God desires the best for us but knows that the best for us does not include self-absorption.  The aroma of selfishness really kills the sweet taste of humble pie.

The lens of Jesus was a mission on earth of humility, that’s where it had to start and finish. He had to learn the rhythm of possessing royalty without flaunting His crown.  You may not be a celebrity, but you have influence. Similarly, you may not be pulling down six figures, but I know you have relational capital in the lives of others, use it wisely.

Father, your recipe for humble pie is the best ever made.

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