Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Be Wary Of Leviathan
"Be Wary Of
Guest post by Troy
Goode, Providence, RI
The Leviathan Spirit has
many characteristics, but it mainly manifests itself as pride. The very word
"Leviathan" means "to twist."
deceptive because it preys upon very real hurts and wrongs that have happened
Your pain is not
imagined; you were actually wronged, but Leviathan is seeking to make you fix
your gaze solely on your problem; so you never pull back from how you were
wronged and pray the heroic prayer: "Lord, heal
This is a season
of the great reconstruction.
A time when God is building a new force of elite soldiers that will ascend
their mountain of culture but also possess the character to stay on top and
release God's love and healing in a manner that brings glory to Him.
God is purposefully poking
you where it hurts and forcing you to deal with internal issues you've
masqueraded and hid behind for too long.
4 Keys To Confronting Leviathan
1) Come In The Opposite Spirit. At the root of your vulnerability to Leviathan is
authentic hurt and anger. The Bible says we are to be angry but not sin.
Here it is critical that
we acknowledge our anger but intentionally forgive and not give too much energy
to thinking about how we were wronged.
2) Create A Healthy Environment. The old adage is true, "misery loves
company," but during these critical times we can't be surrounded by people
who will "co-sign" and enable our dysfunction.
We need friends that will
hold us accountable and tell us the truth about ourselves even when it hurts.
The Bible says the wounds of a friend are faithful. We don't need fans...we
3) Be Teachable. Leviathan is especially dangerous for leaders and
leader-types, because they are so used to having the answers for everyone's problems
that they struggle with seeking answers for themselves.
Leaders think they always
have to be tough, that they have to appear strong, and those attributes work
against them when they are the ones under God's magnifying glass and in need of
4. Fixate on God’s Promises. God is always good, and Scripture teaches us
everything works together for the good of those that love God and are called
according to His purpose.
We must focus on God's
promises to come at the end of all this reconstruction. We can't get
sidetracked by the pain or how badly we were wronged.
God is working on us to
bring us to a better, more sustainable place. Ultimately He's taking us from
glory to glory, and that must be our main focus.
Excerpt's from the Post by Troy Goode, Senior Pastor