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Thursday, November 19, 2015

#114 The Pitfall of Arrogance

C. Peter Wagner: "If we go into spiritual warfare and expect to have God's power without humility on our part we are in trouble.

Paul said to the Corinthians, 'I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling" (1 Cor. 2:3) and, 'When I am weak, then I am strong' (2 Cor. 12:10).

At the same time, Paul was one of the most powerful spiritual warriors in the New Testament. He made even Diana of the Ephesians tremble!

Effective spiritual warfare requires a delicate balance of weakness and power. The minute we begin to think we are doing it ourselves we become vulnerable to the enemy's attack.

Johannes Facius admits this was part of his problem. He knew he was to stay in unbroken, intimate fellowship with the Lord. But he let it slip.

Facius says,

     'Due to too much busynessbusyness in the 
     Lord's business—I came to the point where I
     let go of my dependency on the Lord.' "

(Google image and my emphasis added)

#114 The Pitfall of Arrogance
By C. Peter Wagner
(p. 188) Regal Books

    Father, when we come to You for guidance and help, may we remember that You're the one who will bring things to pass, so that it honors You.
    I trust our own interests will not be involved in what You want to accomplish through the ministry we're concerned with, and are involved in.
     Glorify Your Holy Name, Jesus, and keep us from thinking we're the ones who'll do the work in bringing what You've directed to pass.
    Help us remember that our praying in Jesus' Name, will be what causes the Enemy to back off from our efforts.
     I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 73:28 "It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the LORD God, that I may declare all thy works." 

Today’s quote: Bill Irwin

      "Every day we have a choice, 
           and choices we make dictate our future. 
       Will we focus on our weaknesses, powerlessness,
           or will we look for opportunities
           to implement and experience change?"

(Taken from p. 25 of When a WOMAN finds her Voice, by Jo Ann Fore)

Some thoughts today: Is there a stirring within you to seek God? Moses was drawn by the non-consuming burning bush, mentioned in the Bible. Have you known an unusual drawing towards God through a song, sermon, Scripture or someone's testimony? (Ps. 95 can help)

~ Do you understand that God is Holy, majestic and distinct from all other "gods" that people bow down too? Our worship of God will bring revelation of Who He is. Check out Isaiah's reaction upon seeing him in a vision: Is. 6:1-8. Do we think we'll not fall down to worship Him, if we were to see Him? We will someday, for sure.

Will you be willing to serve Him? Will you go? It's all about God, you know, not us. Our purpose for living is to honor Jesus, our Savior. He has a good plan for each of us in the Kingdom's work. It takes seeking God, {special time alone} to know what it is.

If you're searching for a church that gives the Word of God in such a way as to mature you, please consider one of the following of our churches in upstate N.Y.:

Christian Fellowship Center Potsdam, Madrid, Moira, Richville, and Gouvernour. Call the Madrid office at 315-262-0222 for information of addresses and times of service.

21st- Saturday's  post:  The Simple Beauties we See
Lee Forbes
22nd- Sunday evening's post:  The Power of One Single Act           James H. Cagle
24th- Tuesday's post:  #115 The Pitfall of Lack of Personal Intercession      C. Peter Wagner
26th- Thursday's post:  #116 The Pitfall of Unguided Prayer
C. Peter Wagner

A popular post:   Laying Hold of the Victory Dutch Sheets shares with us, “Intercession, according to our definition, involves two very different activities. One is a reconciling, the other is a separating. One is a tearing away—a disuniting, the other is joining to—a uniting..."

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