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Equipped for Battle

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Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

I am convinced that a season of outpouring is upon us. I believe we are experiencing His Presence in a fresh and mighty way. Even though I can FEEL His Spirit in a magnificent way, I want to remind you that this isn’t all about feelings. Whether we FEEL all that God is doing at this moment is immaterial. It’s not what we feel that matters, it’s what He is doing that matters. I am also convinced that God has ordained a season for the “equipping of the church.”

What do I mean by that? Simply put, I think the church has been taught for years about Who God is. The church is full of the knowledge of Who He is but has very little “know-how” of what to do with what we know. Our problem isn’t that we don’t know Him; our problem is that we’ve done very little with the knowledge we have. This isn’t me being judgmental or negative. I too have been part of the problem.

This season will be different. In this season, He will teach us what to do with the knowledge we have accrued. He will teach us to worship in a new way. He will teach us to walk in His Presence in a new way. He will teach us to hear Him in a new way, and He will teach us to battle our enemy in a new way.

He is equipping us for battle. Sadly, I’m not sure this equipping will come to everyone in the church. I do believe, however, that it will come to those hungry to engage in a new way. I believe that God is preparing a remnant in the church for a supernatural move. Some will miss this new season because they are distracted, sidetracked, and simply not real hungry for change.

My challenge for you today is this: Be among the hungry. If you are hungry, He will feed you.

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Maybe

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Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Psalm 22:14-17 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint… 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones.

One of the things about the death and resurrection of Jesus that I can’t seem to get over is the fact that He was willing to endure so much for someone like me. It’s not that I feel like I’m the worst person to ever live on the earth or anything like that. I’m sure I can think of people who have done more wrong than I. But despite the fact that I may not be the worst person to ever live, I am well aware of all the failures of my life. I am well aware that there were times even after I heard about Jesus that I didn’t much live as I cared about all He did for me. Knowing all of that, it’s hard for me to reconcile in my mind how someone as perfect and beautiful as Him would give His life for someone as imperfect and dirty as me.

Maybe that’s the point. Maybe the fact that I realize how unworthy I am is the thing that keeps me chasing after Him on days when it seems hard to do so. Maybe it’s the fact that the most overwhelming emotion I feel about Him besides love is gratitude. Maybe it’s the gratitude that keeps me motivated. Maybe it’s the gratitude that keeps me coming back day after day to His loving arms. Maybe it’s because I can’t imagine doing what He did for total strangers, many of whom would not care that He did it. Maybe some of what inspires me to pursue Him is that it all makes no sense to the “common sense” side of my brain. Maybe I’m still in shock to have the privilege to encounter such love. Maybe my shock of the whole event is meant to always be a shock. Maybe I’m never supposed to get over that He did ALL OF THAT FOR ME! In fact, now that I think about it; I hope I never do!

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