Last week, my wife Judi and I tested positive for the coronavirus. Members of our family did also. One thing I’ve learned in all our days of working in the missionfield of men is, “Victory is always on the other side of a fight!”
We were surprised but ready for the fight.
Judi and I each had a couple of bad flu days. That ended then began the battle to get back to full energy. That has proven to be slower than I would like, but today, 9 days later, I’m feeling strong. Another thing I’ve learned about the fight to destroy the works of the enemy, “Sometimes you just have to keep showing up.”
We don’t always see miraculous breakthroughs on the first day … but like Joshua at Jericho – every day you get up just get up and start walking. It may be over the same ground again – but God is about to do something remarkable. My job is to be faithful. Keep walking – and stay positive.
HOW MANY FEEL LIKE THERE’S A BATTLE GOING ON? STUFF YOU CAN’T SEE BUT YOU KNOW IS THERE!
Jesus didn’t come to win a popularity contest, or an "election" as the Messiah – He came as Redeemer to win a war! Elections of men come and go, but the establishing of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth is the powerful and positive result of the Cross. This is and will be the victory of his death and resurrection.
LET’S WIN SOME BATTLES TOGETHER!
Let’s raise up men who test positive in faith. Men who will stay faithful in the battle, men of courage and character and consistent determination. Let’s recommit to our core values, “Commit these words to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
Jesus did not call disciples, he called followers and made them into disciples … it is a process.
My goal today is to test positive in every area of my life. I don’t want to be found unfaithful, not walking, not working, not giving … my goal is to fully exhaust what he has given me on this earth – to arrive in heaven having given all.
Jairus came to Jesus imploring Christ to heal his 12-year-old daughter. (Luke 8). Jesus started to go with him immediately but was delayed as he healed the woman with an issue of blood. During that break, word came to Jairus that his daughter was dead. He was crestfallen, defeated and broken.
In that depressed state, as Jairus knelt in agony, Jesus looked at him and said, “Jairus, don’t yield to your fear. Have faith in me and she will live again.”
“DON’T YIELD TO YOUR FEAR!”
Jesus didn’t rebuke Jairus for having fear, he didn’t chastise him for a human emotion – he helped him to learn how to test positive. Don’t lean into your fear!
Then when he got to Jairus’s house – Jesus kicked out every single person that was negative about the life of the girl. Don’t lean into fear. Kick out every negative thought, assumption, curse and word.
Moving into a positive mindset is a fight. We are the men of that fight – for us and for those around us.
The CMN GLOBAL next week is called, “STRONGER” That means not leaning into fear. Gathering in-person and online, this will be a remarkable and defining moment for you and me and CMN. We are men will not lean into fear – we are the men who will keep walking.
Test positive. Stay daring.