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One Of The Biggest Lies The Church Believes

Do you want to know one of the biggest lies the enemy has told us? Lie: you’re playing defense, not offense (as you hold the ball in your hands and say, Really?) Truth: you’re on offense (that’s why the ball is in your hands) and the only hope the enemy has is to convince you otherwise. Here’s what I mean. God has all power and all authority. Not only is He winning. He’s already won. Jesus defeated the enemy at the Cross and recaptured the keys of the kingdom. In other words, Jesus stripped the enemy of his power and authority (which he received when man fell) and delegated it to the church. Yet many Christians live contrary to this reality. They’ve believed the lie that says, “You’re not powerful. You’re weak and defeated.” They think they’re destined for a continual struggle against the enemy. So instead of running the next play they bow their heads to the ground and accept defeat, “I guess you’re right. I thought I had the ball in my hand but I guess I don’t.” But it’s time for God’s children to wake up. It’s time to stop listening to the lies. It’s time to use the power and authority we’ve received to destroy the works of darkness. No more ‘hiding out until Jesus comes back!’ It’s time to take the ball and make the next play. The church is a church of power. That’s why Jesus says in Matthew 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Did you catch that?...

When Christians Disagree: Unity, Facebook and False Teachers

Last week an old friend, and fellow Christian, messaged me on Facebook to let me know he thought some of the Christian charismatic leaders I followed were “false teachers.” I didn’t (and still don’t) agree with him. But that’s not the point. There are enough blog posts, Facebook comments and even entire books dedicated to, what I’ll refer to as “Christian Disagreements.” But so few resources on how to walk in unity and how to honor those you disagree with. It’s like we’re experts at arguing, persuading and debating (which I confess, I do a lot of) but almost entirely ignorant on how to walk in unity. And I think something is wrong with that. So instead of writing my friend back right away, I took a day to think it over. I wanted to not only get my thinking right but also my heart right before I responded. 3 Ways To Respond To Christian Facebook Disagreements As I considered the different ways I could respond I decided there were 3 main approaches: 1. Aggressive: Engage in a full blown frontal attack. I could build a case why I’m right and he’s wrong. I could open up my “Debate Toolbox” and pull out proven tools that have helped me win arguments before: identifying flawed logic, using the psychology of persuasion, pointing out scripture that supports my case and of course my favorite… powerful writing that’s concise and to the point. 2. Passive Aggressive: Completely ignore him. Come on all you Passive Agressives out there… you know what I’m talking about… “Screw you. It’s not worth my time to even reply to you.”...

Why Introspection Is A Waste Of Time

Should you be more introspective? Well, it depends what kind of life you want. If you want to rob yourself of joy, stunt your spiritual growth and become a more self-absorbed person than yes, by all means, you should be introspective. But seriously, think about it. Have you ever felt empowered after an intense time of introspection? Did you examine all your motives and then walk away feeling refreshed and closer to God? If you’re like most people then probably not. And why would you? The nature of introspection is to look for things that are wrong in your life. Areas of your life that need to be corrected. Trying to judge yourself according to your own internal belief system. And from my experience (and observation of many well meaning Christians) introspection does little to change your life for the better. If you really want a heart change. If you really want to be free from sin then turn your gaze away from yourself and onto God. The Holy Spirit is perfectly capable of doing this work without your help. So is the living Word of God. And so are the people God has placed in your life. If you need to be corrected simply ask the Holy Spirit to convict you when you need to be. Ask him to guide you by His Word. But I strongly encourage you to refrain from spending countless hours “naval gazing.” You will have more joy, mature spiritually and become a more selfless person by gazing into the heart of God instead of into your own soul. If you don’t believe me just try it....

What Do You Believe About Your Nature?

The “sin nature” is a subject that is taught, preached and studied extensively in the church today. Conversely there isn’t much focus on what it means to be a “new creation” in Christ.Think about it for a moment. How often do you hear the sin/human nature mentioned in a sermon compared to the “inward man” or the “new creation”? If you’re like most Christians you’ve been taught about the sinful, fallen and corrupt nature of man far more than you have about being a new creation. It’s as if what Adam and Eve did was more important (or powerful) than what Christ did. And it’s a tragedy. When we neglect to teach Christians the truth about what it means to be a new creation we do a terrible disservice. We end up with Christians and churches who are completely ignorant of the abundant spiritual life available and who continue to strive against sin. Plus, it makes having a real relationship with God almost impossible. Here’s why… Forgetting What Manner Of Man You Are If you believe you’re just a sinner who must continue to battle your sinful/human nature then your life will be marked by struggle, defeat and despair. And you’ll become introspective with sin consciousness plaguing your mind. But if you’re taught, and believe, that when you were born again you received a new nature (God’s nature) and sin no longer has control over you then a whole new life opens up to you. A life of full of freedom, power and love. A spiritual life governed by your recreated spirit. Your spirit that’s in communion with God’s Spirit. This is the life...

2 Reasons (aka “excuses”) Why I Haven’t Posted in 10 Months

It’s been a good 10 months since I’ve posted here. And I’m tired of letting this blog sit here and collect dust while I wait for “inspiration” to strike. So I decided to commit to posting on here at least every other week (If more than 14 days go by without a new post you have my permission to email me and ask what’s up… my email is jmonen@gmail.com). The truth is I have 23 “draft” posts I’ve written but haven’t published on here. Why? Well I have two excuses reasons: 1. My struggle with perfectionism 2. I’ve allowed myself to become too busy OK. Enough about me and my excuses. Bottom line: I’m back. Now let me ask you a question: Do you ever feel like you need to “make a comeback” after it’s been a long time since you’ve done something you think you should’ve been doing all along? Let me explain… Take exercising for example… instead of just working out do you feel like you need to “make a comeback?” Buy all the right fitness clothes, join the expensive gym, start the insanely crazy diet, etc. You know what I mean? Or what about spiritual disciplines. Instead of simply reading your Bible and praying in the morning again we have to read through the entire Bible in 6 months, go on a 3-day fast and fly to Africa to go on the next short-term mission trip. OK. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks like this (but I doubt it). So what’s the answer? I don’t claim to have a magic pill but here’s something I’m trying...