“for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” #BreakFree

What has overcome you? What has taken the place of Jesus as the top priority for your time, thoughts and devotion? What has overcome you and hinders you from seeking to bring glory to the name of Lord?

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit ,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
2 PETER 2:18‭-‬22 NASB

Break free!

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
1 JOHN 5:4‭-‬6 NASB

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Be Rich in Good Works

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 TIMOTHY 6:17‭-‬19 NASB

Of Dolphins and Daffodils

Dolphins can swim really fast. Daffodils bring joy and are easy to grow.

At the intersection of our dolphin and daffodil we find our purpose.

D2X—the intersection of his Dolphin (the Task he was born to do best) and his Daffodil (the people-group he was born to best Serve).

You’ll just have to read this F3 Nation post linked below to understand.

F3 Nation on Mission

God cut off the head of Dagon

For reasons unexplained I watch the show Ancient Aliens. This week’s episode was mostly about a fake god that is mentioned in the Bible called Dagon.

In this story, told in 1 Samuel, the Israelites had taken the ark into battle against the Philistines. But, God was not with them. They thought that if they had the ark it would guarantee them the win. Alas, Israel was again in a state of sinful rebellion against God and He was about to teach them a hard lesson. They lost the battle and the ark.

The Philistines too will learn a lesson as God shows them that the ark is not merely another fake god.

Much the same today, the symbols and artifacts once representing our holy God have been taken and dishonored.

They have been used to prop up false doctrine and cults.

Just like the Israelites failed to understand that the ark was not God, and its presence was not going to produce victory in their battle without God, the “in name only” Christians of this day will fail.

My God is powerful and will bring glory to His name. To you and me His timing may be slow, but be assured that God will not be mocked or defamed without bringing a judgement against those who dishonor Him.

Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord . So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord . And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
1 SAMUEL 5:2‭-‬5 NASB

Keep On Keepin’ On

Trudging or striding, struggling or thriving, blindly or purposeful.

However you get there, make sure you are headed in the direction that the one true God has told you to go. As we know the path that leads to destruction is wide and there is no speed limit.

Stride, thrive and be purposeful. Trudging blindly through life and struggling aimlessly without purpose is not in God’s plan for you. You were made for a purpose, and in that purpose you will find rest that surpasses understanding.

I’m not talking about “rest” like you won’t have to do anything. I mean like the rest you feel when God gives you strength, and you learn that contentment and hope are not bad words.

Like the apostle Paul, we press on toward a future hope and a future reward. We live blessed lives, though maybe not in the same standard as the world. Our final destination is not death and a grave. Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead and He will do the same for us when He returns if we believe in Him. But before we die we have a purpose.

And when we think we don’t know what God’s purpose is for our life, well, then we plug in wherever a need is found while we wait on that big flashing sign. Lord, help us by sending a big flashing sign and please don’t let us miss it.

Our life purpose should bring glory to God. We should always strive to bring fame only to His name in whatever we do. And we should use every part of our being for His glory. Jesus told us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). So, let’s use our whole being for His glory.

As we work, we work for His glory. As we exercise, we exercise for His glory. As we study, we study for HIs glory. As we speak, we speak for and to His Glory. This is our ultimate purpose.

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
PHILIPPIANS 3:13‭-‬16 NASB

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