Two different crowds, two different cries. We find this in the book of Matthew as Jesus' time on earth was coming to a close. Today reveals the same. The faces may have changed, but there are still two different crowds and two different cries.
There is a growing population of those who consider it hateful to disagree with someone else's choices. What ever happened to 'agree to disagree'? Why is it that I must give my approval of another's lifestyle or be labeled a hater? Why all the anger?
As followers of Jesus it is not our goal to offend, but the message we carry definitely has the potential to do just that. And as the gap between biblical truth and cultural perspective widens, this potential only increases. As has been rightly stated, "The gospel that offends no one isn't the gospel of the Bible."
The Holy Spirit can give us a divine strategy that gives an advantage over the enemy. We see this in several places in Scripture. This message looks at the example of Gideon. A few different things took place in the service, so after the main message, there are three added segments.
If we don't take our thoughts captive, our thoughts have the potential to take us captive. When we allow wrong thinking and unbiblical ideas to remain and have place in our mind, they can result in strongholds that can greatly affect our lives in a negative way.
There is an unseen battle that takes place in an unseen world. It's a spiritual battle, not one of flesh and blood, and a spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons. These weapons are available to us, but we must become acquainted with them as a soldier would be with his rifle. We are told in 2 For.10:4 that our weapons are mighty!
Some things require little effort, whereas others require great effort. Then, there are those things of such value that you do whatever it takes. It's that attitude that goes the second mile - and then some. This is the attitude that has the greatest potential to affect lives for good and for God.
Proverbs 7 tells the story of a young man who makes a grave mistake. Some today might see this as a love story, but I would disagree. Love is mentioned, but it's not something that has the approval of God. I'm hearing a lot lately that "love wins." I don't necessarily disagree with this, but then again, it seems to need some clarification. What does it actually mean? And how do you define love? Surely, this matters.