These “things”

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

Despite ALL ‘these things’.

‘These things’ are debilitating, they are stressful, they are all consuming.

‘These things’ wear me out and wear me thin and leave me on empty.

‘These things’ discourage, distract and deter me from what my heart has set out to do.

‘These things’.

Our bodies are fighting for health.  Our minds are filled with stuff.  Our relationships have reached a breaking point.

Yet … in spite of ‘these things’, the victory is yours through Jesus.

Not JUST the victory, but an overwhelming victory.  The clock hasn’t run out on you, the light at the end of the tunnel is just in the distance.  The love that Jesus has for you is full, unconditional and in pursuit.  The victory is yours.

Despite all ‘these things’ … I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.

‘These things’ are temporary.  They will not stand the test of time.  His love will.

True Confessions of an Associate Pastor : Taken

In the last few months I’ve shared my story of God’s work in my life through my years of depression in High School with more and more people.  For those of you that don’t know it reached a tipping point when I reached the point of calling it quits on life.  I picked the day, the method and the moment.

I often tell people that God performed a miracle in my life that day and every waking moment I’ve seen since that time is something I never thought or imagined.  Never thought I’d graduate high school, get into and graduate college, find a job, find an amazing girl, marriage, kids, ministry, live in the 804, meet some amazing people in T.O, NY, MI, TX and the list goes on and on … never thought … never dreamed … never imagined.  I couldn’t get past a cold winter day in 1994.

When I had given up on my life and almost took it, God stepped in and took it for me.

I’ve always admired certain Bible people.  Enoch was one of them.  I’ve told people that I want to be like him.  I want to walk so close to God that He just takes me … I feel that He’s doing that in me now.

“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – genesis 5:24

Some days are home runs, some days are full of foul balls, other days are strike outs … but I’ve just got one question for the enemy … how ya like me now?

The Key Master

Do you remember the movie the Matrix?  Hands down one of my favorite movies!!!

I was reading Matthew 16:19 this morning where Jesus tells Peter that He is giving Him the keys to open every door.

I have this visual in my head of how things went down in the spiritual realm when Jesus rose  from  the grave … Before the tomb came open, I have this picture of Jesus kicking down the front gate of hell.  He didn’t utter a word but rolled through the darkest caverns of hell with every demon, and Satan himself trembling in fear.  He made his way to the key masters room and began to take every key in sight.  As He left and approached the front gate of Hell, He looked back, with a stern look in His eyes and firm but soft voice declared, “I own you.”

What key are you holding onto that Christ has already declared possession of through His victory over death, hell and the grave?  Keys of unforgiveness, jealously, unbelief, bitterness, sexual immorality, pride, doubt, insecurity … the list goes on.  What’s in your hand?  What’s in your heart?  Why are you holding on to it?

“You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven.”  Remind the enemy of what Jesus said … I own you.

Let’s go!