The Power of One Person

January 17, 2013

And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel. Judges 3:31 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways. Judges 5:6

  
If you want to make an impact for God, I encourage you to keep reading.  The information below has been gleamed from the book entitled Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans.      

  

The story of Shamgar takes place in the times of judges. The time of judges was a time of chaos followed by peace followed by chaos. Much like our contemporary culture of today, the book of Judges recorded that "everyone did what was right in his own eyes"Judges 21:25. 

 

Shamgar was a farmer who became a judge and third minor prophet of Israel.  He started in an ordinary existence, an honest man trying to provide for his family. The text indicates he possessed a farming tool called an ox goad.  He was neither a military man nor a politician, however he was a man that did not wait until things were easy to do something on behalf of his nation. He did not wait unto he became great to do something great. Shamgar saved the entire nation of Israel and he did it as a farmer. There are several lessons we can learn from the life of Shamgar. 

  
1. Stop making excuses. No more delaying what needs to be done until you feel you are in the right position to do it.  I understand life is hard,  not enough education, you made mistakes, money funny, self-esteem issues, etc..  Jesus said, He who believes in me, the works that I do, he will also do; and greater works than these will he do. Jesus is talking about you.  I am sure you believe in Jesus. What are your excuses?    

  

2. Use what you have. Shamgar used what he had, an ox goad to deliver the nation of Israel. He did not wait for a bigger tool, a bigger weapon, a bigger name or bigger Army. He did not make excuses for not having any of that. He saw a need and met that need with the resources he had. Don't wait for the perfect situation, God wants us to be faithful with what we already have. Never let limitations limit what God can do with you. Moses had a staff and parted the Red sea, David a slingshot, and killed the giant; Samson, a jawbone and killed the Philistines. We all are in possession of something.  What do you have?    

 

3.  Advance one step at a time.  If you read, Judges 3:31 too quickly, you might not stop to think about one man killing six hundred men.  It does not make sense, it is illogical and also does not seem possible. Even if he had a machine gun in his hand, he would hit a few, but eventually go down. So how did Shamgar kill six hundred men and remain standing? He took them down one man at a time.  You lose one pound at a time, write a book one chapter at a time, live your life one day at a time?  Shamgar saved a nation simply because he didn't attempt to save it all at once.  Remove the excuses, use what you have and take the first step.  Are you ready to take your first step?

    

Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric

Status Quo or Spirit Flow ?

January 10, 2013

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:1-4

 

Is it going to be the status quo or will you allow the Spirt to flow in 2013?  I am currently reading a book entitled "Unleashed", which challenges the Church to make a greater impact upon the culture. This impact can only be realized through the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.  
  
Before His ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. Acts 1:4 He knew the assignment ahead could not be completed in their own power or strength, but only by the Holy Spirit.  It was the same power that God anointed Jesus with, who then went about healing all who were under the influence of the devil. Acts 10:38   
  
The plan and assignment the Father has for you, cannot be completed without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. In the text above, we see how the Holy Spirit came upon those who were on one accord in one place desiring to please God.   
  
1.  He came suddenly   
2.  He filled the place were they assembled 
3.  He sat or rested on each of them
4.  He filled them with his presence
  
Life changed for those faithful disciples on that day.  They became bold and confident.  I encourage you to read the book of Acts and discover the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of ordinary people.  In Acts 17:6 -7, they were accused of turning the world upside down, doing contrary to the decrees of Caesar and proclaiming, "there is another King, one Jesus".  The word tells us that no one can say that "Jesus is Lord", except by the Holy Spirit.   
  
Right now, I sense the presence and power of the Holy Spirit upon me. He is real and roaring on the inside of every believer.  He wants to use you and me to impact the culture for God's glory. Be forewarned!  With this power, you will undoubtedly cause a commotion wherever you go, just as Jesus and His first century followers did. When they showed up, the social, religious and political systems were confronted with the power of God. They were oftentimes persecuted, threaten, imprisoned, and flogged in an effort to silence their voice and influence.  
  
Are you ready to move beyond the status quo and let the Spirit flow? Embrace the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who is unstoppable, undeniable, and gives you the unction to function for God.       

  

Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric

Let This Be Your Season

January 3, 2013
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  Psalm 1:1-3

 

Are you ready for 2013 to be your season? Above are principles that will ensure you bring forth your fruit in your season, be firmly planted, remain vibrant, and prosper in all you do.  If you implement these principles, you will be blessed (happy,fortunate).

  

1. Walk not in the counsel of the ungodly - His Counsel.  The counsel of the ungodly will always contradict the word of God. Godly counsel is critical to you walking in your season. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14.    

 

2. Stand not in the way of sinners - His Way.  The sinner has his way of doing things which are contrary to the will/word of God.  To experience your season, ensure your ways are God's ways.  Endeavor to walk in the way of righteous with a heart that desires to please God.  

 

3. Sit not in the seat of the scorner or mocker - His Seat.  Do not allow yourself to sit with those who despise God and the truth of His word.  Sitting is a position of learning or being taught.  Make sure you are sitting in places that provides more than information and inspiration, but the revelation of God's word.  

 

The ungodly, sinners, and mockers all represent relationships that are not healthy for you.  Their conduct and character opposes the truth of God's word. As you fellowship with such, you are drawn away from God and ultimately undermine the plans He has for you. The psalmist  goes on to say, a blessed  person is one who delights themselves in the word and meditates upon it both day and night.  Let the word of God and the God of the word, rest, rule, and abide in your life.

 

I declare 2013 to be your season! I see you as God's tree of righteousness; walking in His counsel, standing in His ways, and sitting in His seat.      

 

Love, Peace and Blessing,
 

Pastor Eric