SIMPLIFYING THE CHRISTIAN WALK (NOVEMBER 20, 2016)
As martial artists, we train a lot; however, we cannot physically train constantly lest we burn out. Soldiers do not fight constantly. They need downtime. They occasionally have to go back to base to recover and regroup.
As Christians, we sometimes burn ourselves out with works (especially when you have done ministry long enough). The only thing we really have to do in our faith 24/7 is love. This is simple (though it is not always easy). We also need to make sure that we walk in a godly, biblical love rather than in a worldly, fleshly love.
At the same time, we should not always be in our safe zone (at base camp or at church). We recover, regroup, rest, get fed, then go back to work out in the world. This is how we have victory in our walks, and this is how we help other people walk in victory.
Do not take for granted the little victories or other people's victories. They all mean something. Part of walking in victory is having a good, consistent spiritual diet. Do not take in a lot of negativity and worldliness, expecting to counter all that with the occasional righteous act. This would be like expecting to counter a Big Mac and large fry with one salad.
Another part of walking in victory, instead of just working harder or trying to force something, is to seek greater revelation as another piece of the puzzle. Part of helping other people walk in victory is discerning where they are in their walk and meeting them wherever they are. Otherwise, it would be like trying to teach calculus to a ten year-old.
SOWING AND REAPING (DECEMBER 18, 2016)
The more you give and dedicate yourself to something, the more you get out of it in return. The more you sow, the more you reap. For example, if you only dedicate five minutes of practice to your musical instrument per week, then you will never excel nor get much out of it.
The more you give, the more opportunities God has to bless you. This is not just true financially. There are many other ways you can give, such as time or encouragement. The key, however, is to not allow that to be your sole or main motivation. Giving should not be done just with the expectation of what you can get in return. That selfish minset will certainly not be as rewarding.
The greatest gift one can give is love. This is what allows one to give their life for another. This is what Jesus did for us. Remember that this Christmas and, for that matter, throughout the entire year.
Really invest into the Kingdom, into God, into people. Invest not just money, but time, love, fellowship, edification, tears, laughter, joy, peace, prayer, support, praise, hope, faith, gospel, etc.
Do not just give lip service to people, but walk it out. You will have greater influence in people's lives when you truly set examples and back up your words with actions. And not just temporary actions, but lifestyle. This is spiritual fruit. This is living faith, not dead faith. Walk in the Spirit. Walk in power, especially the power of the testimony.