The LANCE of The Lord…We are His LANCE…notes from msg preached this AM at Oasis Community, in Los Banos, CA.
L-A-N-C-E: We are the LANCE of The Lord, when we take the fight to the enemy, who is waging war against us…
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NLT)
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)
THE “LANCE” OF THE LORD
We, the Church, should not have “culture shock”!
As the Church, we should shock the culture!
It’s really quite shocking that the Church is NOT shocking the culture!
Am I the only one that is shocked by this statement? Surely there must be others!
It’s time to choose to become a L-A-N-C-E for The Lord, in His Kingdom, at this time, in this place, for you are:
LOVED, ACCEPTED, NURTURED, CHALLENGED AND EQUIPPED,
to do so!!!
One of the many ways to utilize a LANCE is to spear fish with it. Aren’t we, as Christians, called to be “fishers of men”?
The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men–he gathers and receives them for eternity]. [Matt. 4:19; I Cor. 9:19; James 5:20.] (Proverbs 11:30 AMP)
Another way to use a LANCE is to pierce something! How bout we begin piercing the darkness that surrounds us, in our culture, by becoming God’s LANCE!(The LANCE of The Lord)
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)
A LANCE can also be used as a “charging weapon”! Are we, as Christians, willing to charge into the darkness with The LANCE/LIGHT of The Lord?
A LANCE is used to make a precise surgical incision! Let us all choose to become THE EFFECTIVE LANCE OF THE LORD, by cutting, in a precise and surgical way, into the very heart of darkness, in our culture, with The LANCE/TRUTH of God!
LOVED- we are Loved Lavishly.(1st Jn. 4:19, Ex.20:6, 1st Jn. 3:1, Jn. 15:9-12, NLT)
ACCEPTED- we are Accepted and must accept each other, because of His Atonement.(Rom. 15:7, 1st Jn. 2:2, NLT)
NURTURED- because of Him, we flourish gracefully and are made New with much refreshing.(Psa. 144:12, Lu. 5:37, NLT)
CHALLENGED- He Challenges us to walk in release and Charges us to keep His commands.(Mk. 11:25, Psa. 119:4, NLT)
EQUIPPED- we are Equipped for “works of service” and Enabled to stand firm, while fulfilling our commission as ministers of a New Covenant.(Eph. 4:12, 2Cor. 1:21, 2Cor. 3:6, NLT)
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT)
Remember, all this, to do this:
#”You Give Me Joy”
Artist: Jonathan Stockstill
Album: Anthems of Praise
Great song with powerful message!
Also, check out Pro. 9:1-12,NLT.
To wrap this up…
“He must increase so that I may decrease”!!! (John 3:30 KJV) He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (John 3:30 NLT)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 NIV)
So, in order to completely satisfy God’s whole law, that was given to Moses, we must allow ourselves to be arrested by this one supreme command, ordered by God; which is, to love our neighbor, having a strong affinity and affection towards them, not isolating, insulating or alienating oneself from their fellow human being, but having personal ties with them and extending the same love, grace, mercy and care that we want and do extend to ourselves! (Galatians 5:14 PDCP)
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15 NIV)
Right here, in this very place and at this very moment, is an absolute statement of truth, which is completely dependable, the most reliable, which merits your full consideration and utmost, highest favorable reception: Jesus Christ entered into this realm, sent by His Father from Heaven, to rescue transgressors, those who are lost and without any hope of being saved, of which I am the most egregious wicked one of all! (1 Timothy 1:15 PDCP)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6 NIV)
For when you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are an integral and most valued part of the family of God, the company of the redeemed and it matters not what background, race, culture, or station in life, that you come from, for it doesn’t have any relative worth or significance. The one and only thing that matters or has any meaning at all; for it is superior to any and all other things and nothing else will work or have the desired effect, so is therefore absolutely meaningless, is our belief in and our walk with God, showing by our overt and caring actions towards others, that we are walking in His love by loving others and giving His love away unconditionally! (Galatians 5:6 PDCP)
Don & Regina