Monthly Archives: January 2016

As Christians, Should We Isolate or Integrate?

Hint: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

The Holy Spirit has taught me there are times in life when I need to find solitude and reflect on God’s plan for my life.  However, solitude is but for a moment in time.  I must admit there have been times in my life where I have entered solitude for a period longer than required.  What is the danger of remaining in solitude?  Solitude extended leads to isolation, and isolation leads to spiritual deterioration.  Isolation is so attractive because it feels self-protective.  Isolation is really a deceptive tactic of our adversary.  At times this thought has entered my mind: “My Christian brothers have it all together and I’m struggling, so I must pull away and not drag them down with my issues.”

In times past I bought into this lie.  But, today, I recognize it for what it is, a lie, and fight my way back to my Christian brothers.  Our adversary doesn’t like it when Christians come alongside each other, support each other, and hold each other accountable. Why?  Because, unity and mutual support is where we find Victory!

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National Mentoring Month Makes Sense (Article by T.T. Robinson)

No matter what your goals are for this year, don’t tackle them on your own. Whether you’re a stay at home parent looking for resources on sleep training or a busy professional building a business (or maybe you’re trying to balance both!), we all need someone to turn to for guidance from time to time, and Google only helps so much.

You need someone who has walked the same path ahead of you.

You want someone with firsthand knowledge and experience.

You have to have someone who understands your goals and can help you meet them.

You need a mentor, and with January being National Mentoring Month, now is the perfect time to find one!
Stay with me — this isn’t as wild as it seems. Having a mentor certainly isn’t a new concept. The very word “mentor” dates back to Homer’s Odyssey, when Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan War and entrusted his home and child (sound familiar? Turns out deployments aren’t a new concept, either!) to his friend, Mentor. Mentor watched over Odysseus’s son and became his most trusted advisor. The relationship was so revered that we still use the word ‘mentor’ today.

But, why do you need a mentor? And, maybe more importantly, how do you find one?
You need a mentor because you deserve to grow. We all do. You’re worth investing in, developing, and improving. There’s a misconception that mentorship is reserved for the workplace, and that’s not true. A mentor is needed in any area of your life you’re seeking guidance on.

So how do you find a mentor? It may sound simple, but you have to make “The Ask.” If there’s someone you respect and think you could learn something from, tell him or her. Ask if he or she has the time and energy to mentor you. Most people are incredibly flattered and if they have the time, want nothing more than to pay it forward. Chances are they’ve benefited from mentorship along the way, too.

I once walked up to a lady I respected. I’d respected her work for a long time, knew she was someone I could learn from and found an opportunity to ask. She made time for me to help me through some challenges I was facing and gave me great, actionable guidance. Make “The Ask.”

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Two Kingdoms in Contrast (By Derek Prince)

Psalm 125:3

The scepter of wickedness will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous. NIV, NASB

Did you realize that wickedness wields a scepter? Yes, it’s true; there is authority in the kingdom of Satan. The Scripture tells us in Colossians 1:12–13 that we have been delivered from the authority of the dominion of darkness and translated into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. There are the two kingdoms set in stark contrast. The kingdom of the authority of darkness and the kingdom of the Son of God’s love, which is a kingdom of light and of love. Each kingdom has authority, but the authority of the kingdom of God is superior to all other authority in the universe. God’s kingdom, the Scripture says, ruleth over all, it is established forever, it is unshakable.

And when we are part of God’s kingdom, then God permits us, on His behalf, to wield the scepter of righteousness, the scepter which has upon it the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And as we wield that scepter, we beat back and cast down the scepter of wickedness, breaking down the scepter of wickedness, destroying the dominion of Satan. We move back into the area which God has allotted to us.

So there is a promise for God’s people to regain their inheritance in Christ. “The scepter of wickedness shall not remain over the land allotted to the righteous.” For you and me, there is a land allotted to us through our righteousness in Christ. We need to take that scepter boldly and beat down the scepter of wickedness and enter into our allotted inheritance.

—Derek Prince

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