Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fish Out of Water

I borrowed this story for this blog. It is

Discovering Your God-Given Purpose

There once was a man who netted three trout from a mountain stream and carefully placed them side-by-side on a thick patch of grass. Before he removed them from the water, they were like a liquid ballet in motion. Fluid. Graceful. Vibrant. Alive.
After he netted them, it was another story.
As the trout lay on the grass, they were motionless. Their eyes were fixed. They gasped for air, and they looked — and acted — stupid.
The man noticed they seemed unhappy, so he talked to them, hoping that his encouragement would change them.
“Little fish, don’t be sad. You’ll like the grass. Just try it out for a while.”
No movement. No response. No change.
A few more seconds passed. The man’s neighbor walked by. “Hey, Bob! Come and check out these fish!”
Bob sauntered over and the man explained that he was certain the fish could adjust. “I’m sure they could prosper here on the grass. Don't you agree?”
“Why not?” Bob replied. So he also tried to tell the fish it would be good if they learned to like the grass. After all, he liked the grass. Why shouldn’t they?
Still, the fish didn’t blink. They just lay there looking dumber by the second.
Finally, a little boy approached exclaimed, “What are you doing? Put them back! They can’t be all they’ve been created to be when they are out of the water.”

Finally convinced, the man carefully placed each fish back in the stream. After splashing for a split second, all three swam away effortlessly. Again, it was like a liquid ballet. What ease! What grace! What beauty!
In that moment, the man realized that no matter how long the fish lay there they would never adjust to the grass, and would never be satisfied — no matter how much he (or anyone else) told them otherwise. Even if the fish tried to convince themselves they could learn to like the grass, they never would, and they would never prosper. In fact, they would eventually die.
Do you feel like a fish out of water? Your prolonged dissatisfaction, God-given gifts, passions and the voices of others could be telling you that you were created for another purpose. And like these fish, if you feel like you are dying inside, listen up. It could be just what you need to push you into another, more satisfying ocean.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Spiritual Warfare is Real

Spiritual Warfare is real. The bible gives us a glimpse of a battle in the spiritual realm in the book of Daniel. Daniel has prayed for 21 days for the answer to his vision, the answer to his ministry. An angel comes to him, an angel not named but assumed to be Gabriel, the same angel that came to him previously. This angel tells Daniel that from the time he had humbled himself and prayed, his blessing was on the way but that the prince or Persia had tried to block his blessing. The Chief angel Michael had to come help in this battle in the spirit realm so that blessing could be released in Daniel's life. (Daniel 10:12-14)

If you are aware of spiritual battle then you know about the Amor of God we are told about in Ephesians 6:10-18. This armor prepares us defensively and offensively for spiritual warfare but the book of Daniel tells us we aren't in the battle alone.  Angels are fighting for us. 

In a broken and sinful world, it appears at times that too many bad things are happening and evil is gaining ground. We have to remember that we are only getting a partial picture. God works all things out for His glory! Those spiritual battles are ongoing but as Christians we know the outcome. Jesus has overcome this world (John 16:33

I share this because awareness equips us for the battles that we are all going to face. The strongest warriors aren't those that face the biggest battles, they are the ones that have faced battles and don't hesitate about going into the next one. It's those warriors that, win or lose, still have the confidence of Christ sustaining them to endure the next situation knowing the calling isn't about the single battle, it's about each soul that is saved and advancing the Kingdom of God. That is the war we are here to win. That is why Angels are on our side.

A Grateful Believer in Jesus Christ,