Hope In The Dark

And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army? ’ ”
She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
2 Kings 4:13

This week we are going to look at what it means to be the hope of the world in such dark times through having a volunteer spirit.

The first important characteristic of the volunteer spirit is that it initiates provision. We need to be sensitive to the needs of those around us so that we can help people in the right way, just when they need it.

A great way to begin to develop this volunteer spirit is to begin to acknowledge and respect those in leadership roles. When we do this, we set ourselves up to start serving the leaders around us. As we begin to serve, we may gain greater responsibility or ‘rank’. We need to remember that we do not need to serve others less as we
gain ‘rank’. The volunteer spirit is vital no matter your position or title!

Finally, the volunteer spirit always gains God’s favour. When we serve others, God promotes and takes care of us. Our Father is a God of multiplication and as we sow our service he multiplies it so that we may reap the fruit of it.

Reflection:
– What can you do to become more sensitive to the needs of those around you?
– What leaders are there in your life that you can begin to serve above and beyond what you currently do?
– What area can you trust God for provision and multiplication as you live life with a volunteer spirit?

Know Your Enemy

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
– Ephesians 6:12

This week we are going to look at what it means to know our enemy and what we need to do in order to prevent him from getting us off track.

Firstly, we need to remember who the devil is. The Bible calls him a liar, a thief and the accuser of the brethren. We need to be on the lookout for these tactics that he uses to attack us. If we can recognise these attacks for what they are it allows us to discern true danger and respond in the correct way.

In line with how we respond is knowing what tools to use. We must know the tools we can use to fight our battles. The weapons at our disposal include the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the Word, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. If we can use these correctly, it will allow us to effectively fight against any attack.

Finally, we need to be constantly training ourselves in the ways of God by being in an intimate relationship with him. This way, we will develop ‘muscle memory’ and always be ready to face any attack without even needing to think.

Reflection:
– What tactics does the enemy use to attack you in your personal life?
– How can you better use the weapons available to you in order to fight against the enemy?
– How can you develop ‘muscle memory’ in your life?

Running With The Horses

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?”

Jeremiah 12:5

This week we are going to look at how we can prepare ourselves to run with the horses by getting rid of distractions, focusing on Jesus and preparing for the battle ahead.

We often become distracted by ‘foot soldiers’ in our lives. These can take the form of worries, excuses, circumstances, and many others. We need to learn how to handle these things the right way so that they don’t wear us out before the real battle comes.

God is calling us to not just do church, but to be the church. In order to do this, we need a heart revelation of who Jesus is. Otherwise we’ll be side tracked by the ‘foot soldiers’ that will prevent us from being able to withstand the ‘horses’.

The real battle is coming. The horses are on their way and we can’t stop them. What we can do is prepare for them and respond in the correct manner. We cannot do this in our own strength, but thankfully the power of the Holy Spirit is more than we could ever need to run with the horses.

Reflection:
– What ‘foot soldiers’ are you currently dealing with?
– What does it look like for you to be the church?
– How can you begin relying on Holy Spirit more in order to prepare for the ‘horses’ that are coming?