[Powerful People] fear God not men

Priming the Pump

The will of man, unsubmitted to the will of God, IS the will of Satan.

“But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s (Matthew 16.23 NASB).’”

 

where is my agreement?

Throughout the recorded ministry of Christ on this earth, we see that He was constantly met with opposition to the will of God for Him, by Satan in the wilderness, by His friends (in the passage above), by the world around Him, and even by His own will in the garden of Gethsemane.  To me, one of the most remarkable things about Jesus is that He lived every day in perfect alignment with the heart and will of the Father.

This is the life that my heart longs for.  I desire deeply to have a heart aligned with the heart of my Father and to walk through this broken world with the LIFE of Christ pouring out of me, being a redemptive voice everywhere I go, salt and light, an agent of change through which God can bring about the transformation and realignment that He desires.

I do not want to walk in agreement with the purposes of man, let alone Satan.  And yet, according to Jesus in the passage above, the will of man, unsubmitted to the will of God, IS the will of Satan.  It’s rebellion.  Still, I find that often Jesus turns to me, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!  You’re a stumbling block to me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

 

God doesn’t do things my way.

As surprising as it is, God doesn’t always do things the way that I expect Him to.  Nor does He always do what I want Him to.  And yet, there is a common misconception in Christianity today that we have this duct tape, WD-40 Jesus who comes in to fix things that we don’t like.  That’s B.S.!

We have a King.  And He demands our allegiance every day.  Now, He is a good King and He gives good and perfect gifts (James 1.17).  But, let us not be confused.  He is no Genie in a bottle.  He’s not the can of fix-a-flat rolling around in the trunk just in case.  Furthermore, we can be assured that He is far less concerned about our earthly happiness than He is with His glory.  Sounds arrogant, right?  But, He’s not.  He’s actually the only One who deserves such glory.  So, He’s only after what is by nature His.  Furthermore, He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him, which means that He is constantly working all things for our good (Romans 8.28).  However, our concept of good doesn’t always match His.  In which case, I have to make a choice…

…I can submit to God or ask Him to submit to me.

 

alignment with God or ideas about God?

It’s important to note that our goal isn’t primarily agreeing with God’s will.  Our primary goal is agreement and alignment with God.  Obviously, in choosing to align ourselves with God, we will always choose His will.  And yet, this is an important distinction because, in my experience, we can be fooled into thinking that we’re choosing God when we’re merely choosing obedience to ideas about God, which is religion.  Think about it…

A person doesn’t ever have to talk to God or have any sort of relationship with Christ at all in order to look like a Christian.

“A beautiful saint may be a hindrance if he does not present Jesus Christ but only what Christ has done for him…we have to be more careful of our…relationship to Him than of any other thing, even obedience…the greater part of life is not conscious obedience but the maintenance of this relationship…”  – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

 

God has made His Church to be a spiritual POWERHOUSE of men and women who fear His name and walk in everyday submission to Him and alignment with Him, living out His will and purpose.  Yet, in order to become the POWERFUL PEOPLE that He’s made us to be, we must choose Him above all else…

Satan
the World
our closest friends
even ourselves