Jesus’s Response to Tragic Death

Luke 13

1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Jesus’s response to Tragic Death

Just like they do today, people often want those who speak for the Lord to interpret someone’s death to mean that they were sinners “more than everyone else.”

Jesus knew this but Jesus never took the opportunity of someone’s death as a way to show that they were sinners “above all others.”

Jesus took the opportunity to say “No” to that question, and then to warn those who were living to repent because thy were headed in the exact same direction.

“NO that’s not why they died… But if you don’t repent you all will die the same way!” – Jesus

We don’t need to use anyone’s death as an opportunity to discuss their unrighteousness or righteousness in comparison to ours. We find a way to preach repentance to those who are living, because those who are living are headed for the exact same type of death.

In other places Jesus also ministered comfort, and/or resurrection in response to someone’s death. Jesus did this all for the glory of God.

Flies Chase Dead Bodies

When Myles Munroe died many jumped on the opportunity to say “he was a false teacher but we aren’t” “you shouldn’t even pray for people like that.” Their teaching is twice as false as his, IF his was.

When Mike Brown died many people took the opportunity to say “that’s what young thugs deserve…” No, that’s not what an unarmed man deserves, even if he was a thug.

This is not the way of the Lord. The way of the Lord doesn’t use opportunities to jump on and promote envy & strife between Calvinists & Charismatics, Liberals & Conservatives, Blacks & Whites, thugs & racists.

When you are on the Lord’s Side, you don’t take man’s side… you bring God’s correction to BOTH sides, you cause everyone that is STILL ALIVE to examine themselves, and you minister comfort to the hurting.

James 3
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Media & Entertainment works by drama and competition. The Lions vs the Bears, the Democrats vs the Republicans, east coast vs west coast, it’s all the same. Media hypocrites promote competition because they know it draws eyes and ears, it’s fleshly human nature.

When you represent the Lord, you don’t give one-sided takes for competition sake: you take the Lords side.

Wisdom based on competition and striving between “groups” on earth is fleshly and comes from below.

Wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

That’s why Jesus said what He said in response to tragic deaths. This is important to understand as more and more tragedies begin to happen in these last days.

Yes, Jesus came the first time not to bring peace, but a sword, but Jesus name is the only thing that should divide us. Carnal issues should not divide us. We wrestle not against flesh & blood, but principalities and powers. Taking the Lords side is bringing repentance to all men.

Boundaries Create Freedom

Wise boundaries, limits and discretion don’t restrict your freedom, they actually create and empower your freedom aka free-dominion.

Because if you can do anything, you can’t get anything done.

Proverbs 2

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

Jesus Brings Justice without Violence

Jesus Brings Justice without Violence

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth justice unto truth.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Jesus will bring violence in the end, when He brings judgement to Anti-Christ systems. However before that, He seeks to operate with spreading the gospel of peace. Yes, Jesus came to bring a sword, but Jesus name is the only thing that should divide us. Carnal issues should not divide us.

NFL Player Benjamin Watson takes the LORD’s SIDE with a balanced heartfelt Christ Focused view

Media hypocrites love to hear a one-sided take to generate entertainment and controversy… But people that speak for the Lord bring a 2 edged sword that cuts both ways and causes both sides to repent. But when you take the Lords side and present Jesus as the solution all the sudden there’s “technical issues…” (Notice the anchor wasn’t trying to cut him off, but the studio cut him off anyway.)

He says “It’s a SIN problem, not a SKIN problem.”
He takes the Lord’s side not the black side, the white side, the conservative side, or the liberal side.

This already went viral but it needs to go viral in YOUR City. Spread this wisdom richly and generously:

At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

Who Is on The Lord’s Side????

Liberals ignore facts. Conservatives ignore context. God ignores nothing and Sees everything. Overcome Evil with Good. ‪#‎ImOntheLordsSide

Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12

If your soul has been overcome by evil, you have already lost. Win by saying and doing good in Gods sight.

We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, have to avoid being on the black side, or on the white side, or on the conservative side or on the social justice side. We have to seek God, and see God’s side.

God’s side is a balanced, big perspective view that is saturated in the Scriptures, and filled with the Holy Spirit and Wisdom.

God’s side is not hypocritical, it is consistent with his will and with his purpose. God’s side has no other agenda other than holiness, fruitfulness, and manifesting the kingdom and glory of Jesus Christ on this earth. That is what we have to stand for in this hour.

We gotta be on the Lords side because the level of demonic release is only getting stronger. We have to walk in the power, love, wisdom of the Holy Spirit. It’s our chance to really shine and glorify God if we are up to the challenge of the moment.

Yes, Jesus came the first time not to bring peace, but a sword, but Jesus name is the only thing that should divide us. Carnal issues should not divide us.

We wrestle not against flesh & blood, but principalities and powers. Taking the Lords side is bringing repentance to all men, not picking sides.

While You Buy your Hype We’re Buying Truth and Rebuilding with Wisdom

While You Buy your Hype We’re Buying Truth and Rebuilding on with Wisdom

White people bought into the Zimmerman hype acting like he was God’s hero. Black people are buying into that Mike Brown is a martyr hype. The hypocrisy is always stunning, because our nation is proving time and time again that no one takes the Lord’s side. Every everybody takes their own carnal side. Everyone allows the media to manipulate their emotions. Everybody buys their favorite hype, but nobody buys the truth. There will always be division when no one is on the Lord’s side.

Often times in the Bible God uses a tragic death as a turning point, an opportunity of repentance and turning. But when hypocrisy rules the day, everyone has a racial or political or branding agenda and an allegiance that is based on themselves, not on the truth.

But even as our nations and cities continue to fail each and every test handed to them… God is still raising up a small remnant of strong families, and strong churches that will seek after His heart in spirit and truth, and who are ready to rebuild destroyed souls, families, communities, and economies upon His wisdom.

Luke 1:17
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Spiritual wisdom will always result in natural wisdom and excellence. But natural wisdom without spiritual wisdom will always end in confusion and destruction.

Natural wisdom is valuable, but spiritual wisdom is infinitely more valuable.

This is why natural wisdom should always first be used in the worship of God. Lucifer turned his wisdom into the worship of himself. So God gave people like Bezaleel and Solomon the spirit of wisdom, to employ it to construct a temple.