Sunday, July 24, 2016

God's Secret Weapon

When your enemy attacks you, God has a Secret Weapon for you to use. Jesus instructed you to “pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28) and “pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Praying is God’s Secret Weapon to use against your enemies. My book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray (chapter 16) explains three reasons why you should do this.

1. Praying for your enemy protects you from becoming resentful and bitter. If you have been abused by someone, your natural reaction is to respond with revenge, which will eventually destroy you. Praying for that person prevents the seed of unforgiveness from being planted in your heart and puts you in a position to receive God’s blessing (Job 42:10).

2. Praying for your enemy starts the repentance process in them. Praying is God’s Secret Weapon to change your enemy. Sometimes it looks as those who are getting away with their evil behavior without suffering any consequences. God wants them to change and your prayer is what begins the process of them repenting.

3. Praying for your enemy releases the Holy Spirit to convict him and her of their abusive behavior. When the innocent victim prays for the person who caused the hurt, God intervenes and brings conviction on the oppressor. Only the Holy Spirit can bring true conviction, which brings change.

The Lord might even bring punishment on your enemy to bring him to repentance. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles, or the Lord will see it and be displeased, and turn His anger away from him” (Prov. 24:17-18). This verse tells us God is watching both you and your enemy. If you are thrilled to see your enemy punished, He might remove His hand from the situation.

If you don’t use God’s Secret Weapon and pray for your enemy, you are in danger of becoming bitter and the abuser may never change. And this is why Jesus said to pray for those who mistreat you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

What God Wants Most

What does God want the most from you? Out of 613 commandments in the Old Testament, Jesus said the greatest is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and will all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). He wants all our love and not just part. He wants us to love Him in four ways.

1. All your HEART.  Not half-hearted love. My whole heart. What am I most passionate about? Is it money? A hobby? I love my hobby, which is football, but it’s not my greatest passion. If I love my hobby or anything more than God, it becomes an idol. It’s not wrong to have hobbies, but the Lord wants me to be most passionate about Him.

2. All your SOUL.  The Greek word for "soul" also means “life.” I'm to love Him more than my own life. I should be willing to die for Him, and willing to live for Him every day.

3. All your MIND.  This is my thought-life. What do I think about most as I go through my day? I show my love for Him through my thoughts. He wants me to think good and holy thoughts, not evil or impure thoughts.

4. All your STRENGTH. I will love Him till my dying day. It takes strength to love Him through the good times and the bad.  

Remember we cannot do this until we first realize His great love for us. “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). You can pray, “Lord, I want to love you in this way. I surrender to you and ask you to show me how I can love you with all my being.” www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

It's Too Hard to Believe

Some things are easy to believe and other things are hard to believe. For example, you might find it easy to believe that I have $5 in my pocket, but you’d find it hard to believe I could have something from the Titanic in my pocket. The RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 and now sits over 2 miles deep at the bottom of the Atlantic. Suppose I told you, “I really do have something from the Titanic in my pocket.” Would you think that I was lying or telling you the truth?

You’re probably saying, “You must be joking. How could you possibly have something from a ship that’s been at the bottom of the ocean for over 100 years? It’s just too hard to believe.” Many things in the Bible are also hard to believe, such as how did Jesus feed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish? How did He give sight to the blind? How did He come back from the dead? And every other miracle.

Our faith shouldn’t be based on our ability to comprehend, but on the truthfulness of our information. Jesus revealed God’s power by saying, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Once you accept the fact that God can do what is humanly impossible, then it becomes easy to believe Jesus performed all those miracles, even though you cannot fathom how He did them.

As I write this, I really do I have something from the Titanic in my pocket. How is that possible? I was watching the History Channel about exploring the Titanic wreckage, and at the end of the program they were selling pieces of coal they recovered from it. I bought a piece of coal and have a certificate of authenticity to prove it. 

Just because something is hard to believe doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. Even though I wasn’t there to see them recover the piece of coal, I believe in the document that tells me it’s authentic. And even though I wasn’t there to see the miracles of Jesus, I believe in the document from eyewitnesses who saw them happen. What in the Bible is hard for you to believe? You can believe in it—if you will trust the testimony of the eyewitnesses. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Monday, July 4, 2016

The "R" Word

The “R” word is something that many people don’t want to talk about, but it’s essential for salvation (Luke 13:3). It’s “repentance.” A pastor told a man, “When you walked into the room, I detected you have 7 demons that are tormenting you. Would you like me to cast them out?” The man thought for a moment and said, “How about 6 of them?” Some people refuse to let go of the one thing that’s destroying them.

The Definition. Repentance means desiring to change so we can be pleasing to the Lord. Immediately after Jesus was baptized, He preached, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance is not simply changing your behavior. It’s having a change of heart first, which results in changing your behavior. You really can’t repent without the Holy Spirit working in your heart, who gives you both the desire and power to change.

The Turning Point. A counselor friend of mine went to see a youth in drug rehab. The counselor asked, “If I gave you a gun, would you kill someone?” The youth said, “No way. I would never kill anyone.” Again he asked the same question. He replied, “I already told you no.” He asked a third time. The youth got angry, “No! I told you I would never do that!” The counselor said, “When you feel that way about drugs, then you’ll be free from drugs.” You cannot be free from bondage until you’re determined to change.

The Reward. What in your life needs to change? Is it an attitude? An addiction? Paul wrote, “You turned away from idols to serve the true and living God” (1 Thess. 1:9). When you seek to be close to God, you’ll turn away from your sin—and only then you’ll discover a freedom and joy that you didn’t know was possible! (Rom. 15:13). But you’ll never experience these blessings until you first decide to change in your heart. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Monday, June 27, 2016

The House Built on the Wrong Lot

The picture on the left is a 5,300 square-foot dream house in northeast Florida with an ocean view. There’s only one problem. It was built on the wrong lot. “We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen,” said Mark Voss, who owns a property management company.

How did it happen? The error can be traced to the first survey in 2013. The land surveying company misplaced the property stakes, and the foundation survey and construction were based on that error. Each day, dozens of subcontractors arrived to work at the wrong lot. A final survey also failed to find the mistake.

“We rely on the surveyor,” said Flagler County’s chief building official. “They are state licensed professionals and we count on them to get it right.” 
But they didn’t get it right. The building inspectors didn’t catch the mistake because they were more focused on the construction process itself than the lot survey. The blunder wasn’t discovered until six months after the house was completed.

Many people spend their entire life building on the wrong lot because they put their trust in misguided surveyors. They may be listening to someone who is convinced that God doesn’t exist—so you can live however you want without suffering any consequences. But if you get the lot wrong, everything you build on it will be wrong too. When God’s “final survey” comes, the error will be exposed and it will be too late to fix it.

Jesus said everyone is building on a foundation of sand or rock (Matt. 7.24-27). He said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts of them may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock” (7:24). Anyone who doesn’t act on His words is building on sand. Jesus is surveyor who tells you the correct place to put down the stakes. But are you doing what He says? Or are you building on the wrong lot? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Things Not Seen

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?

There’s more to reality than what you can see with your eyes. God created everything in heaven and on earth, “visible and invisible” (Col. 1:16). Imagine a horizontal line that divides the things we can see from the things we can’t see. Everything “below the line” is visible and exists in the earthly realm. Everything “above the line” is invisible and exists in the spiritual realm.

Second Corinthians 4:18 describes the two realms: “While we look not at the things which are seen [below the line], but at the things which are not seen [above the line]; for the things which are seen are temporal [below the line], but the things which are not seen are eternal [above the line].

The invisible things in the spiritual realm seem like foolishness to those who only believe in what they see in the earthly realm. Paul writes, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor. 2:14). (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.46-47).

When we pray, we reach into the spiritual realm and ask God in heaven to intervene in our situations here on earth. Jesus said, “The things that are impossible with people [natural realm] are possible with God [spiritual realm].” (Luke 18:27) Since we can’t see what’s going on in the spiritual realm when we pray, we must trust God’s promises in His Word that what He says will come to pass. Faith is the conviction of the things not seen (Heb. 11:1). So the next time you pray, keep in mind the reality of the spiritual realm, which is an important part of receiving the answer.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Trusting God When You Don't Understand

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?
In the TV show 24, Jack Bauer is a special agent with the Counter Terrorism Unit. He’s always involved in a highly secretive plan that requires him to call the President of the United States to ask permission for a highly classified assignment. The President asks Bauer, “Jack, what exactly are you planning to do?”

Bauer answers, “Mr. President, you don’t need to know and I don’t have time to explain. Please, I just ask you to trust me. I promise I’ll do my very best to resolve this problem.” The President always gave him permission because his trust in Bauer was greater than his need to know.

Whenever we’re going through a trial and don’t understand, we’d like for God to explain why it’s happening. Instead of giving us clarification He says, “You don’t need to know. I just ask you to trust Me.” When you're devastated, your trust in God must become greater than your need to know.

Prayer’s fourth purpose is to let go of your problems and hand them over to God. You aren’t praying to get something, but to get through something. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray” (James 5:13 NKJV). You’re going through a divorce, a loved one passed away, you’ve lost your job, or you’re under extreme stress. Prayer is how you release your burdens to the Lord so you can find peace of mind.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Paul does not say that getting the answer to your request will give you peace, but just turning your request over to God is enough to calm your soul. (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.193-194). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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