1 Timothy 6:15 ~ NIV
“which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,”
We hear about God reigning a lot, we talk about Him reigning over every situation, every season, every heart. But today, as I was reading through my Bible, I had this thought of, “God isn’t the president. He’s the King, so let Him rule.” That was quite a challenging thought for me.
Far too often, I am tempted to try to ”veto” God’s authority in my life. He’ll tell me that I need to deal with something, and I’ll explain to Him why that’s not possible. It isn’t convenient for me, or I just don’t want to. But that isn’t my right. I don’t get to tell God what He can and cannot do in my life. There are no checks and balances with God, and if He wants to do something we should probably get out of the way and let Him do it.
God is the King, and He has every authority and power in our lives. But, there’s even better news. He’s a good King. He wants what’s best for His people. God isn’t a selfish King, He is a loving King; and if we allow Him to have full power and control in our lives, the outcome will be better than we ever expected. We just need to get out of the way and let Him rule.
Ephesians 6:14-15 ~ ESV
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”
The main thing that I noticed this morning about this verse was, “having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” It speaks to the necessity of preparing for our battles before we fight them. This whole section in Ephesians is talking about the different things we need in order to be effective in battle. We always need to be ready to fight, because the enemy isn’t going to wait until it is convenient for both of us. In fact, he is more likely to attack when our guard is down.
How do we combat this? Well, we stay ready and we prepare in advance for our battles. If we wait to read our Bibles and pray until troubles come, odds are, it isn’t going to end very well for us. But, if we spend time with God every day and we have an active relationship with Him, we are more likely to succeed.
I read a book (at some point) and someone said, “If they had kicked Al Capone out of Chicago when he was just a small-time operator, he wouldn’t have been so hard to handle; but they waited until he became a first-class criminal with his forces built up. Then it took an army to bring him down.” That works in our lives as well. If you kick the devil out of your house, your church, or anything else before he can get comfortable, then we won’t have such a big fight on our hands.
Anytime the devil comes and tries to bring chaos into our lives, as long as we are prepared in advance, we will be able to take the peace of God and stomp out the devil’s plan before it even has time to cause problems.
2 Corinthians 10:12 ~ ESV
“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves to one another, they are without understanding.”
Today’s world places a lot of value on appearances and trying to look good to everybody. So, the natural response is to look at other people and try to see how you can ”better” yourself, in order to look more like the people who seem to know what they are doing. But, that doesn’t make any sense at all, when we compare ourselves with others, we are missing the point. God created each one of us just the way He needed us to be to grow His Kingdom. We aren’t going to look, talk, walk, act, pray, worship, eat, grow, lead, follow, or learn the same way as everyone else. We just aren’t! And that’s okay.
God has given each one of us, unique talents and gifts to further His Kingdom, but too often we hide those gifts because we are afraid of what other peple will think. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it is the wrong thing to do. When the early church was first becoming established, it wasn’t the POPULAR thing to do. They still followed Jesus because they loved Him.
When we are comparing ourselves to other people, we are missing out on so many things God has made us to be. He didn’t create us to be cookie cutter Christians. He made us to be activated warriors for Him. The only one we should ever compare ourselves to his Jesus, anyone else should not be our standard. The only standard of what our lives should look like comes directly from Jesus, nobody else.