Under New Management

We have all seen companies post banners across their building that says, under new management. The sign is to let past, present and future customers know that this company is under new management. This means things are going to be different than they were before. Many companies when they go under new management, will keep the old employees and just train them under the new management that is in power. Some employees will conform to the new management and others will leave and find a new place to work. But still some will stay and cause problems for the new management, for those employees do not want to conform to the new corporate culture that is being created by the new management.
 
The Bible does not invite us to come under new management, rather it tells us we are under a new King. When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, to be savior and Lord, we are inviting a new King into our lives. For those who have never lived in a kingdom or who do not know their Bible, this idea of what it looks like to come under a new King may be foreign and sound extreme, but it is biblical. In the Old Testament we can read two whole books about the changing of kings, in 1 Kings and 2 Kings. Some kings did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, others did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord. But, every king had one thing in common, when they came into power as the king, they got rid of every trace of the last king from their kingdom. Not only did the last king need to move on, their offspring and officials needed to as well.
 
Psalm 21 says it this way, “Your hand will find out all your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate you. Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men.” For some this is hard language, but that is because we do not understand kingdom. When a new king is enthroned in a kingdom, for them to establish their throne, they must remove all the offspring, officials and remnant of the last king, or their throne will not be established. Every king throughout history has done this and Jesus Himself will do this when He returns to rule and reign over the earth. Selah.
 
This is not just about earthly kings and earthly kingdoms; this is a message for our lives. Many people have made Jesus the King of their life, but they have not allowed Him to get rid of all the offspring, officials and remnants of the last kings rule over their lives. It’s as though we have said, Jesus I want you to be King of my life so I can go to heaven, but I still like some of the things the old king (Satan) had to offer, so I am going to maintain his rule over those areas of my life. This is why so many Christians are struggling with things of the last king they were under and the last kingdom they were apart of. We are called to come out of her (the world), complete and total removal from the world and the world’s ways in order for Jesus, the King of all kings, to establish His throne in our lives.
 
Friends, we have tolerated, for far too long, the old king’s offspring, officials and remnant in our lives. When are we going to say, enough is enough, they must be eradicated from every area of my life? I am not just under new management; I have a new King and His name is Jesus and He gets to have full and complete control of my life. Until you allow Jesus to eradicate all those leftovers from the last kingdom, you will never know the power, authority, and victory that comes from living under the reign and rule of Christ now on earth as it will be in heaven. The world doesn’t want your King, because you live just as defeated, in debt and discontented as they do. Let Jesus reign and rule over you, let Him be King, let Him rid your life of all those old king’s ways, words, and woes. You are under new management, you have a new King, let Him establish His throne in your life, you will not be disappointed that you did.

Hit It!

One of my favorite summer places is being at the lake and one of my favorite summer time activities is waterskiing. The Lord knows this about me, just as He knows some of your favorite things, for God uses these things to speak truths to us. Just as Jesus used parables that were understandable to the disciples and the crowds who followed Him, He uses parables in our lives. The Lord used waterskiing as a way to convey a truth to me yesterday, that I believe is for the body of Christ. If you have never been waterskiing, you may not understand completely what I am saying, but if you have been or have seen someone waterski, you will catch on quickly to what God is saying to us right now.

Waterskiing is a great sport, but just like riding a bike, it takes time to get used to the intricate details of how to get started. In order to waterski, you first my sit back in the water, like you are sitting in a chair. Your life jacket makes this easier to do, but with two ski’s that are much bigger than your feet, a tow rope and a life jacket, it does take some maneuvering to get the positioning correct. But once you are in a seated position, you bring the tips of your ski’s out of the water, for they must be above water or they will drag you down into the water. After getting your tips up, you grab the ski rope, which is attached to the boat and place it between your ski’s and hold on. The driver of the boat, will tighten the rope just slightly for it must be tight in order for you to get up. If the boat pulls you a little bit, it may cause you to tip to the right or to the left, but once you are seated securely, with tips up and rope between your ski’s you are ready to have the boat pull you out of the water.

Before I go any further, let me say this, many people are dressed for the days we are living in, many have their tips out of the water of the world and their issues, but their rope is not tight. The rope is the word of God. It is the plumb line, the prophet Amos spoke about, if the rope is not tight, you will not come out of the water. In order for the rope to become tight, we must hang on to the word of God with both hands. Jesus said it this way, “Keep both hands on the plow and don’t look back…” (Luke 9:62). As the Lord is tightening the rope, we may find ourselves a bit unstable, that is because He is tightening the rope, without a tight rope, we will not come up and out of where we are currently seated.

Once the rope is tight, tips are out and you are in the seated position, the only thing left to do is tell the boat driver to Hit It! This is when the boat driver accelerates rapidly, in order to get you up and out of the water and onto your ski’s so you can enjoy “walking on water”. The challenge many people face is that they either let go of the rope before they are pulled out and then sink back in or they try to pull themselves up and fall face forward into the water. In order to come up and out, you must let the boat do the work, all you have to do is hang on to the rope. Therefore, what the Lord is saying to us is, many are falling in their attempt to come up and out of their situation because they are either letting go of the rope (the word of God) or they are trying to pull themselves up, rather than letting the boat (who is God in this parable) pull them out.

Psalm 40:1-3 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him” (NIV).

As we wait in the resting position, with our tips out of the water, with the rope between our ski’s, tightened, then when we say Hit It! the Lord will lift us up and out, if we hold on, but don’t try and pull yourselves up and out, He has enough horsepower to pull us out of any situation we have got ourselves in. All we must do is hang on to His word and let His power pull us up and out. I don’t know what you stuck in and feel like you can’t get out of us, but your life jacket is your salvation, remember you are bought with a price; your ski’s are mercy and goodness; the rope is the Word of God; and the boat is the Holy Spirit with the Father as our driver. All you have to do is say, Hit It! and hang on, He’s got this, your coming up and out!

Pride and Patience

The Lord our God is creative beyond comprehension; majestic beyond description; and perfect in the ways He deals with us as His children. People that don’t know Him are truly missing out on the adventure of walking with Him, for there is really no one like Him. I was in prayer last night while listening to Paul Wilbur sing, Spirit of the Sovereign Lord, come and make your presence known, reveal the glory of the risen King. For you that don’t know the song, it goes on to say, let the weight of your glory cover us, let the life of your river flow, let the peace of your kingdom reign in us, let the weight of your glory, let the weight of your glory, fall. For you that do know the song, I am sure you are singing along as you read this. I love these songs that we used to sing, for they carry a substance that is not seen as often in today’s worship music, but that is another blog.

As I was praying, the Lord spoke to me about someone in my life and the Lord said, “Their pride, produced in you, patience. Now let patience complete its work and you will be complete lacking nothing.” I was stupefied by this statement for it was true. I have someone in my life that is proud, their pride manifests in being stubborn, and unwilling to be transformed. Little did I know, their pride, which is still in operation to this day, has produced in me a patience that I did not see until the Lord revealed it last night. James 1:4 says, “Let endurance, steadfastness, and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfectly and fully developed, with no defects, lacking nothing (AMP).”

Maybe you have someone in your life, usually it is someone you are with daily, a boss, a child, a spouse, a family member, who is proud. They refuse to change, they do not see in themselves what others see in them that is hindering their relationships with God and others, they do not recognize how their pride is blocking their prosperity and they just frustrate you to no end. What if instead of getting frustrated with them; what if instead of nagging them; what if instead of focusing on them; you allowed God to work in you, patience, so you are complete, perfect and lacking nothing? What if, God’s was using that person to develop something in you that you did not recognize you needed? The Lord showed me that when we are lacking something, we look to others to fill that lack or meet that need. It is not the other person’s job to fill a lack in your life, that is God’s job.

The Lord says in Isaiah 55:8, “My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts”; He says in Romans 8:28, “For all things work together for the good of those who are called according to Christ Jesus”; therefore, God knows something we don’t know and we as people (stubborn, disobedient, just to name a few things) have already worked in God patience, so He is complete, perfect and lacking nothing, now He wants that worked in us. We are created in the image of God, we are to be a reflection of Him to others and the only way to do that is to let Him work in us patience, so we are lacking nothing. Who would have ever thought the person that is proud, would be used to work patience in you, in me. God did, for He sees the connection between pride and patience. Can you see it?