Don’t forget the Poor!

despicable_me_mMatthew 25:35 ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

This Christmas don’t forget the poor. I came back from shopping today and walked past a drunkard man on the street and the Holy Spirit prompted me to give him some bottles of ‘Thank You Water’. I felt convicted in my heart that while I’m out buying gifts, there are literally thousands of people here in Australia and millions beyond that will spend this Christmas alone, broke and without hope.

I obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and 4 bottles of water led to another gift and another gift and then another gift until I ended up driving this guy to his very run down home, sharing God’s love with him. I sat in my car crying and broken up inside and asked God to never let me forget the poor. I’ve been cut up about this all afternoon. I don’t want you to think that I’m such a holy superhero because the truth is I’m self-centered at the best of times but I only write to inspire someone else to do something that will truly make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas. Love ya!

Galatians 2:10 ‘Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.’

The Oracle!

We are in a War!

Ephesians 6:12 “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

I’ve been quite unwell the last 10 days and as I dragged myself from the bed this morning to go one of my scorching runs to revive my body (I think I might have killed it instead), I was reminded once again, that every day of our lives, on this planet, we are in a war.

Just stop and think about the resistance you feel, even at this present moment, towards yourself or against something you are working towards. Satan, sin and death has been conquered by Jesus death and resurrection but the mark of fallenness permeates every aspect of this world and relentlessly wars against us.

  1. We are in a war against sin – Our flesh doesn’t do what we want it to do and rather does what we don’t want it to do because of our brokenness.
  2. We are in a war for our health – Sickness and disease attacks our bodies constantly and trying to maintain a healthy body is like facing a UFC fighter in the octagon.
  3. We are in a war for our minds – The battlefield is often won or lost in the mind. There are so many distracting ideas competing for our attention, that we are so easily misled. We need a constant renewal of our thinking to conform to God’s thoughts and ways.
  4. We are in a war for people’s souls – The stakes are huge. People’s lives hang in the balance. Preacher, you aren’t just a communicator, you are a weapon in the hands of God, finely tuned to make war with your words. Load your cannons and fire!
  5. We are in a war for truth – Never, and I mean never, has there ever been a time, where God’s truth is under attack as it is today, both inside and outside the church. “Preach the word, in season and out of season, for the day is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but will heap up for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” (2 Tim 4:2-3)
I want to encourage you to ‘lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet’. (Hebrews 12:12) I know you may feel like, no one cares, and that life is just too hard but you have not been left to fight this battle by yourself. Jesus said, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)
God has not left you defenseless but in fact, has made available for you weapons of warfare, that are not carnal but are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. If you have downed your tools, then pick them back up again, compose yourself and run back into the fray of the front line of whatever it is God has called you to do.

Grace!