Christine Casten, Director of Intercession with The Warrior Class recently wrote a four-part blog series that highlights the importance and value of “instead of” thinking. “The Instead Community” is part 3.
God created us for community. He purposefully designed us to work together, meshing our strengths into a unified focus and purpose. Fanning flames of passionate intentionality for more of the Lord is encouraged through the God stories of others. Personal growth comes as we exhort, encourage and edify each other to fullness in Christ.
Graham says it best when he says, “We are calling people up into their identity. We’re creating an environment and a culture that calls people up. It doesn’t call people out on their behavior because that’s not accountability. Accountability is calling people up into their identity. ‘Man, you don’t need to do that. This is who you are!’ In our conversations and our dialogues, that’s what we’re doing for each other. We’re teaching people how to overcome.”
These are the people I want as running mates. These are the people with whom I want to walk along side and share my journey. I want to be in a community that challenges me to reach beyond the status quo of ho-hum Christianity and embrace a passion-filled Christian life. Continue reading
“Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things… Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” – Romans 14:1-4
Self-improvement is a big deal today. A whole cottage industry has risen, developed and spawned an empire dedicated to various different ways of making money out of the fact that people don’t feel good about themselves or their lives. Can you imagine that? It’s such an accepted part of living today that ‘life sucks’ that people can make millions out of telling us ways in which it can ‘suck’ less, or at least ways in which we can care less.
One of the central mantras within any facet of the self-improvement industry is to simply ‘be yourself.’ The idea behind this is that by staying focused on who you are, and preventing outside influences from derailing you, you will succeed where others might fail. It’s so telling that people believe that they have to drum this simple adage into our heads, that something so obvious is considered such a vital life lesson: because the world of the outer self is plagued with the petty and the vindictive.
We’re encouraged not to take pride in ourselves, and the result of that is a world of people too embarrassed to step forward and rejoice in who they are and in their potential as people. Continue reading
This poem is an excerpt from Manifesting Your Spirit about frustration and how to use it to direct yourself toward a new upgrade in the spirit.
Frustration does not exist
in the kingdom.
It is a device of the world,
A negative construct contrary
to the nature of the Bright One.
Frustration is an admission that we
are baffled, checked, blocked,
neutralized in faith —
by people, circumstances, and opposition.
Frustration legitimizes negative emotions,
giving them a place in our experience.
Frustration is discontent
opening our heart to lethargy.
We become irked, resentful, disappointed,
gullible to defeat —
Owned by pessimism.
We must learn how to use frustration
and not be used by it.
To be frustrated is to admit
that I do not possess at this moment
The required amount of patience, peace,
and joy for the circumstances of my life. Continue reading