OSM is back on Campus this Sunday, and we are kicking our Wednesday off next week in a major way.
My friend, Jon the Revelaytor, just released a powerful song that reminds me that I have the ability to fight in the midst of fear.
To be honest, the struggle is real. Whether somebody is messing with your head, or you have decided a wrong direction due to your own human programming, there seems to be a WAR INSIDE, lying beneath.
It is like you are FIGHTING MONSTERS that only you can see. Sometimes they are the reality of life, and other times, the scars of life seem to become those monsters hiding behind the door, late at night, when you least expect them.
This WAR can get the best of us and lead to extreme consequences.
- When we have been wronged, we jump to ANGER to lash out and solve a problem
- When we see an injustice, protests turn to riots and buildings are burned down
- When we feel restricted and anxious, we rebell and try to break free of whatever restrictions we are living under
Think about the WAR inside YOU. How have you seen, living in your very own skin, the extreme reactions and consequences of your actions?
Sometimes the actions we take make us feel like the MONSTER. We feel like something else is controlling our thoughts and actions and can’t find a way out. Paul relates to this struggle inside us in Romans Chapter 7.
“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.”Romans 7:15 MSG
The TRUTH is that we have power in JESUS NAME to find freedom and push back in the fight. The struggles in our daily lives do not have to keep us captive to fear.
Paul goes on to say
“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”Romans 7:24-25
Jesus Christ brings FREEDOM and CONFIDENCE to win the fight. In fact, he is the source of power that gives us the strength to pick up our heads and move forward.
WHAT MONSTERS ARE YOU FIGHTING TODAY?
LOOK TO JESUS FOR THE POWER TO PUSH BACK
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
I’ll never forget this verse as long as I live because it was the FIRST scripture I remember my mom teaching me when I was a child. I don’t know why it was the first, but today I would guess that mom knew what I didn’t… that Satan would attack my heart with fear more than anything else in my lifetime. She would be right even to this day. I still hear all of the same voices today that I did when I was a child, but thankfully today I understand how to fight the lies so much better.
- Nobody loves you
- Nobody wants you to win
- They’re all laughing at you
- God is ashamed of you
- You’ll never make your parents proud
- You’ll never be successful at anything
I still hear the same voices, but as my mother used to say: “Sometime’s you’ve got to tell the devil to SHUT UP.” I don’t know what fear you are facing today but this scripture has become bedrock principle in my personal fight with fear. When you feel fear, you can know that it is not God speaking those words into your ears. The mind God has promised you is clear, strong, and more than able to deal with whatever He allows into your life. You can claim that sound mind today. You can do this…. why? Because He said you could. So today choose to walk with the spirit of POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND.
Catch up or replay the last few Videos.
I understand that there are fears, new stresses, bored thoughts, and questions about our future all at once… cooped up in YOUR HOUSE. Same Here!!!! My personal challenge is to use this time to flip the feeling from being “stuck” to finding joy in the House Party.
Some thoughts for Middle Schoolers as we are all dealing with this Corona Quarantine.
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As we are talking about issues with Purity and Sex in our weekly Middle School environments, I want to be honest with you as a Middle School Parent… I don’t like these talks either! This stuff is personal, and yet we live in a world that entices us to make our personal issues public, while exploiting every bit of them for whatever means are out there. That is a main reason the Oakwood Student Ministry carries that mindset that “SOMETHING MUST BE SAID” in regards to God’s Plan and what we are up against on a daily basis.
The second thing I want you to know is that, even though I am a Pastor in this area, I am still hoping and praying for my own kids to walk rightly in the Lord and choose a life of Purity. That is why Laura and I have been intentional with Katie, as she entered 6th grade, and Noah, as he is midway through 5th grade, to enter into the conversation about sex and God’s view of purity within His plan.
Our advice to you, whether you use this material or not, is to intentionally plan a time that is best for you and your child to have the deep conversations that will direct the future of your child’s sexuality toward Godly Wisdom, rather than the standards brought forth by the culture and worldly views we live in today.
Noah and I Toured the 750 foot tall Tower of the Americas during our Passport 2 Purity Getaway.
By the way, my time with Noah was not ALL SERIOUS stuff! I’m not that boring and he can’t stay still for that long. We planned a Spurs Game outing, ate tons of pancakes at IHOP, played games at Dave and Buster’s, and enjoyed some one-on-one time together. Yes, we shared deep things dealing with the purity issues of today, but we also connected in a way that will set up an ongoing conversation in the days to come. That, in my mind, is priceless.
Laura and I recommend Passport 2 Purity and the Family Life Ministry, because we know we need tools to help launch us into this teenage phase of life. We hope and pray that all our Middle School Parents have the opportunity to do the same, because we have already seen the positive impact.
If you are interested in the materials, click on the image and links below: