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God wants to rid you of spiders and cobwebs even more than you do. But, He will not do it without your consent, and you cannot do it without His help. Prayer and the Word of God— these are the two disciplines, or weapons, that you need to use in order to identify and replace the lies with which you made an agreement. When you go to God in prayer, turning down the volume of the noise around you and being still long enough for Him to make His presence and truth known, you will be setting yourself up to hear Him and experience His deliverance. When we ask God to reveal to us the birthplace of our spider, the lie that holds us hostage, He will reveal it to us. He will also point us to the truth in His Word.
So many of the struggles we face come from our agreement with the lies the enemy feeds us. Satan watches for moments in our lives when we are open to believing his lies. It may have been something small like a comment someone made about your appearance, or a more traumatic moment, like your parents announcing their divorce. It’s in these kinds of moments that the enemy whispers lies: you’re ugly; you don’t fit in; it’s your fault; and you believe it. When you take the time to recognize the dark deceptions and stop allowing the enemy to have control, you start living your life in the light, without cobwebs and spiders.
Cobwebs, the things that help us deal with the lies we believe, are not easy to clean up. In fact, it becomes easy to ignore them and get accustomed to them much like we do with the real ones we see in our homes. We may be able to stop our __________ habit (insert drinking, gossiping, binge eating, over-working, social media, people pleasing, etc.) for a time, but unless we get to the root of the behavior, it will continue to entangle us. In order to break free and live out our Christian walk, to run the race that Jesus has marked out for us, we must be able to see the cobwebs for what they are—hindrances and sin.
Life as a Christian is not always smooth sailing. The truth is that we are in a spiritual battle with a real enemy who has come to kill, steal, and destroy. And, he does it by feeding us lies and convincing us they are true. Cobwebs and spiders: this is the imagery we will use to describe what happens to us when the enemy deceives us. Spiders are agreements we have made with lies the enemy plants in our minds and hearts. Cobwebs give false comfort to the lies we believe about ourselves or about God. As much as the enemy wants to destroy us, Jesus wants us to live in freedom from all that entangles us even more.
As we look towards investing in our spiritual growth and living exponentially for God, there are two questions that we should wrestle with: how would your life change knowing that everything belongs to God and how would your life change knowing you will give an account to God for what you do? When we begin to see ourselves as kingdom investors rather than earthly spenders, it changes us and exponentially grows heaven. Knowing that everything belongs to God and that we are responsible for what we do with all we’ve been given pushes us toward holding nothing back from God. All we have can be used for God’s glory and kingdom growth.
It is amazing how many things happen as a result of being in the right place at the right time. When our plans fail, it’s the unexpected circumstance or encounter that becomes the catalyst for propelling us into a new and better place. God’s Word tells us that being faster, stronger and wiser does not automatically make you a winner in life. It is actually being at the right place at the right time with the right response that causes you to receive a blessing and to be a blessing. Jesus said that He only does what He sees the Father doing. When you join where the Lord is working, how He is moving and what He is blessing, He puts you in the right place at the right time.
We all have dreams and hopes for our lives. We start out thinking big and expect great results, and then when things don’t go as expected, we pull back, down-size, settle for less. We often do that with our expectations of God, too. We pray and ask for big things, and then over time when we do not see results, we down-size our expectations. When it comes to faith, we need to remember that just because we don’t see anything doesn’t mean that God isn’t doing something. We tend to think addition. We hope to add something to further the kingdom. We hope that God will bless us—just a little. But God doesn’t think like we do. He thinks multiplication. He takes a small seed planted in faith and multiplies it exponentially.
As we reflect on what we accomplished as a church in 2018 and make plans for 2019, we need to consider the two-fold mission of the Church: helping people find Jesus and helping followers grow in their faith. All that we do needs to be measured against these two biblical charges. In 2019, we want to do all we can to fan the flames of revival here at Anderson Hills, making ourselves available to God to be used for exponential kingdom growth.
It is easy to get distracted in our world. Busyness is a modern illness from which many of us suffer. Rest is its opposite and one of the things the Lord came to offer. We tend to get caught up in the false belief that we prove our worth through what we do, whether it’s “doing” for our family, for ourselves, or even for God. In this doing mode, we often become physically, mentally and spiritually tired. Jesus is the only one who can give rest to our souls. If your soul is in turmoil, tired, exhausted and heavy laden, remember that Jesus came to give you rest. You will not find rest when you get married, when your kids are grown, or when your bank account gets bigger. You need to put your burdens in Jesus’ hands.
The Jewish people understood that the promised Messiah would come to save them—but not the way that Jesus did. They firmly believed that the Messiah would be a strong and glorious earthly king who would deliver them from their Roman oppressors to be a great, independent Jewish kingdom. The Jews expected a conquering savior, but Jesus came as a spiritual Savior. His Hebrew name, Yeshua, means "the Lord Saves." He is called the Lamb of God, who came to take away the sins of the world and to save all people from the consequences that result from our sinful nature—eternal separation from God. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior is the most important decision of your life.