Day 20 - Wired to Win

Day 20 - Wired to Win

Day 20

Scripture

 “Adonai is with you, O mighty warrior” - Judges 6:12

God's view of you is different than your view of yourself. You may have woken up this morning and looked in the mirror and started obsessing over your flaws, professing your shortcomings, talked yourself out of your God given destiny. You may be putting labels on yourself or agreeing with the other labels people have put on you. Labels like: failure, quitter, debtor, looser, ugly, immature, irresponsible, coward.

God Does Not View You That Way. God views you differently than you view yourself. I promise you that God sees more in you than you see in yourself. In verse 12, the angel of the Lord appears to Gideon who is hiding. Everything about his physical actions says, "I'm afraid." But the Lord says, "I am with you," and calls him a what? Calls him a mighty warrior. God sees a mighty warrior but Gideon is acting liking a mighty wimp.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s masterpiece.” That means you are not ordinary. You didn’t come off an assembly line. You weren’t mass-produced. You are one of a kind. Nobody in this world has your fingerprints. There will never be another you.

You need to start seeing yourself as God sees you. You need to quit going around and talking about how you are not tall enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, don't have the right hair, the right eye color. You are God's masterpiece, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

When you look on the inside of a shirt it says, hopefully, Made in America. When you look on the inside of you it says, "Masterpiece by Almighty God." You need to quit saying to yourself, I will never be as great as my parents, I will never live up to the way my grandparents lived. I will never be as brave, never be as successful. God sees a mighty warrior. God sees in you what you don't see yourself. God sees one who can overcome, who can endure, who can be a steady rock, who can be a romantic lover, who can be a great writer, a great teacher, a leader, an influencer, a head and not a tail.

Bracha

May the God of Israel re-assure your heart today that you are His masterpiece. May he open wide the gates of your heart and show you that you have more value than all of the collected pieces of art in this world. May you have the assurance of the Spirit of God inside of you saying, “God is with you mighty woman, mighty man of valor.”

For the Feed

What do you do when you are feeling a little blue? How do you lift yourself up out of a pit? Read Rabbi Vowell’s blog today to get a couple of ideas.

 

Day 19 - Wired to Win

Day 19 - Wired to Win

Day 19

Scripture

When I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Anointed One, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters—the one who accuses them before our God day and night—has been thrown out. - Revelation 12:10 TLV

Somewhere along the way in your life, someone you respected, loved or held in high esteem spoke words over you that shaped your opinion of yourself. Someone told you:

  • "You don't measure up."
  • "You don't have what it takes."
  • "I don't like you."
  • "I wish I'd never had you."
  • "You're pathetic."
  • "You're never going to amount to anything."
  • "I wish you were more like so-and-so"
  • "Why can't you be more like so-and-so's child"
  • "Your a quitter. Your such a looser. You never follow through."

And internally, those messages have been burned on the hard drive of your heart. And anytime you want to do something significant, you just hear those old messages replaying and they tap into your inner me that says, "I am not adequate or capable to do this."

What exasperates the problem is that followers of Yeshua have a very real enemy accuser that just re-inforces the unfair criticism that people have spoken over you. Day and night Satan will confirm your worst fears about yourself. He will work hard to make sure you never, ever see yourself the way God sees you. He is happy if you think too highly of yourself and evenly happy if you think too lowly of yourself.

He will whisper in your spiritual ear, "They were right when they said you were pathetic, there is no way you will ever get that that promotion, don’t even try. Of course that job did not go through because your a quitter and God does not honor quitters, you always give up, and God will not open a door for you because you are a quitter, a failure."

Or He will whisper in your spiritual ear, "Your the reason why your children are living in addiction in sin, you are the reason they are failing, your failure as a parent, you will never be as good as so-and-so, don't even dare to try to talk to your kids now about change, about promise, about a God of Wonders, your fluke, a hypocrite, a failure."

Satan would love to keep you defeated and trapped. But we have to throw him out of the court of our heart just like he will one day be thrown out of the court of heaven. How do you do this? Rabbi Paul said in Romans 12:1–2 TLV

I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The answer is to shape your view of who you are based should be based on God’s view of who you are. Look at these 12 Things God Says About You:

  1. I am part of God’s family. John 1:12
  2. I am a friend with God. John 15:15
  3. I am accepted by God. Romans 8:1I
  4. I am an heir with Messiah. Romans 8:17
  5. I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  6. I am well resourced. Ephesians 1:3
  7. I am hand selected by God. Ephesians 1:4
  8. I am accepted totally and completely. Ephesians 1:7
  9. I am given a place of influence and authority. Ephesians 2:10
  10. I am an insider and not an outsider Ephesians 2:13
  11. I am an overcomer. 1 John 5:4
  12. I Can Do All Things Through Messiah. Philippians 4:13

This is just scratching the surface of all that God says about you but what if today you started to declare this over your life. What if you accepted that this represents God’s will for you. This represents God’s view of you. What if you just took this by faith and cast down every lying accusation of the evil one? I can tell you what will happen. You will start to experience and see new victory in your life. You will increase, you will go up a level, you will start to walk in confidence, not pride, because your hope, your joy, your identity is firmly rooted on God’s will about you in His Word.

Bracha

May the Lord God of Israel give you faith to declare His Will and His Word over your life. May you cast that old accuser out of the courtroom of your heart today just like the Lord will cast him out of the courtroom of heaven in the future.

For the Feed

How do you deal with unfair criticism once it takes root in your heart? How do you uproot all those negative things that were said to you by someone you loved or respected? Read today’s blog to get a breakthrough in this area today.

Day 18 - Wired to Win

Day 18 - Wired to Win

Scriptures

If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8

Heart Thoughts

Have you ever heard religious people say things like:

"If you’re not willing to stop sinning, you shouldn’t even call yourself a Yeshua follower.”

“The answer to habitual sin is to just stop it.”

“If you’re stuck in habitual sin, you should question whether or not you’re really saved.”

People who say things like this have either never faced a real struggle in life or they have a low view of sin for themselves and a high view of sin for everyone else. The real problem with these statement and the people who make them is that at some level it will make you second guess God’s work in your life. You will second guess if He is actually for you in a positive way, you will second guess if He still loves you, you will second guess His caring nature and fatherhood. Then your spiritual life will feel like a roller-coaster. You will hit spiritual highs and lows based on how well you manufacture obedience but that is the point: you will be up and down and not set free.

So what do you do when people say things like, “If you’re stuck in habitual sin, you should question whether or not you’re really saved.” First, you should know this person is just projecting their poor spiritual understanding onto you. This is how they feel about their spiritual world. Second, realize this person does not care about you they are just criticizing you to feel better about themselves. Third, look deeper than the sin to the heart. One of the ways Yeshua changes us is to give us wisdom about what’s driving us to that sin in the first place. For example, maybe for some people, their sin of habit is cursing—and they feel really guilty about it. But very few of them have ever thought and prayed on the question, “What’s driving me to talk like this in the first place?” A big motivator for some is that it is a stress release for others it makes them feel powerful. Well, now, if you want to move past this habitual sin, you’d need to learn how to live a lower-stress life and learn what godly, healthy stress relievers look like. But you’d never come to that point if you’d white knuckled your fist and tried to “just stop it” in your own strength. What is the root issue of your sin of habit? Last, hear the words of Micah, “ He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what Adonai is seeking from you: Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8). He says here are God’s three bare minimums for you (1) don’t overlook evil (2) love letting yourself and others off the hook and (3) be deliberate about staying in relationship with God.

When facing habitual sin, rather than beating yourself up or being beaten up by the comments of other people. Start with love and end on love. Love always demands that we call sin, sin. It demands this because sin is what keeps us from experiencing God’s love, self-love and other people’s love. It is also what prevents us form loving God rightly, ourselves rightly and other people rightly. Love lets you off the hook. Love pays the price for us so that we can go free. We don’t deserve it, we have not earned it yet love gives itself away for your benefit. Last, end on love. It is the after-effects of sin that are the most devastating. The tsunami of guilt. The high tide of feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy. These things will wash you to sea and leave you there to drown. God is love and He does not want you drowning in the dark abyss. He wants you, wants to embrace you, wants to walk this thing out with you.

So what do you do today? Start with love and end with love. Start with this one thought, “Messiah’s love paid the price and continues to pay the price for my sin. He gave it all for me and still gives all for me.” Second, realize you are not stuck. You are on a trajectory that will end in victory because God is at work in you. Third, let yourself off the hook because God has already let you off the hook. Last, re-connect through prayer with your heavenly father. Don’t keep yourself from the presence of the best, most loving Father in all the universe.

Bracha

May the God of Israel give you strength today. May He strengthen your heart by His amazing love and grace. May you start with love and with love and find the power to overcome sin.

For the Feed

What do you do when people say things like, "If you’re not willing to stop sinning, you shouldn’t even call yourself a Yeshua follower.” Or, “The answer to habitual sin is to just stop it.” Or, “If you’re stuck in habitual sin, you should question whether or not you’re really saved.” Read today’s blog to get a few pointers that will help.

Day 17 - Wired to Win

Day 17 - Wired to Win

Day 17

Scriptures

Then I will come to the altar of God, to the God of my exceeding joy, and praise You upon the harp —O God, my God. - Psalm 43:4

Heart Thoughts

This last weekend I talked to our synagogue about, “atlaring your ego” [sic.]. I know when you read that word “altaring” you are thinking, “Does he not have spell check?” I am very intentional here about the word altar and not alter. To alter something, according to the dictionary, is to make something different without changing it into something else. In other words, you alter a dress so that it fits but the dress does not become something different like a bicycle. To alter is to modify but to altar something is to change it into something else.

The altar was a unique space for Israel. Unique in contrast to the Holy of Holies another kind of space for worship. At the altar, animals became something different. A sheep would changed into a peace offering, a bull would become a whole burnt offering, a goat would become an atonement offering. An animal became something different: an offering that accomplished something. The altar changed things into something else.

The altar created hope for future victory. The altar was the place of ultimate hopes and dreams for the future because at the altar things changed into something else for the betterment of the persona, the family, the whole people. There are no changes at the altar that result in the detriment of the people only in the betterment of the people.

The altar was the place where a man or woman would come and acknowledge that they were ready to change the past. Break with a sin, break with an addiction, break with a habit, break with anxiety, break with despair. The altar was not just for looking back, it was for looking forward. At the altar, men and women brought their animals and suddenly their future no longer seemed dark, bleak and full of despair. At the altar, the future was aligned to God's destiny, God's plans, God's Will, God's prosperity.

Today, place your ego on God’s altar. Maybe you have too high a view of yourself or too low a view of yourself. Whether you have a prideful ego or an ego filled with inadequacy the only option for a bright future is to altar your ego.

Bracha

May the God of Israel give you courage to altar you ego today. May He take your offering and transform it into a great future filled with hope that His destiny, plans, will and prosperity will succeed before you.

For the Feed

How do you experience God’s destiny, plans, will and prosperity in your life? Read to day’s blog to discover a possible answer.

Day 16 - Wired to Win

Day 16 - Wired to Win

Day 16

Scripture

He is our father in the sight of God in whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist. - Romans 4:17

Heart Thoughts

“I called it!” Those three words were my favorite as a teenager. Me and my friends would be talking about a situation and possible outcomes and then when one of our outcomes came to pass one of us would say, “I called it!” Like when my friend Chris found out that his girlfriend was breaking-up with him, I told my friends I called it two weeks. As young teens, we said these words to prove that perhaps we had enough forethought to predict with accuracy the future. By the way, none of us were good enough to ever call it on the lotto.

When God calls things into existence sometimes He is calling things into existence that He has already promised long ago. Like when he calls into existence the promises given to Israel or when He calls into existence promises in your life that have lied dormant for some time. There are other times He calls into existence things that do not exist at all. These are promises that will not blossom and bear fruit unless by divine agency.

Your job, like Abraham, is to trust and have confidence in God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist. Your job is to see the miracle provision coming, to see the miracle restoration in your marriage, with your child, to see that first book or second book, that degree you have been chipping away at. When you trust that all things are possible by God you will begin to see the all things possible become a reality.

Bracha

May the God of Israel grant you a strong heart of faith. May your heart be firmly established in His word so that your mind and heart can be alert and ready for action. May you have boldness and confidence today to believe that the God of Israel is still bringing life from the dead and calling into existence that which does not exist!

For the Feed

When life gets tough how do you respond? When it feels like there is no hope and all the options are off the table do you just have to accept it? Or, is there something you can do when there looks like there is nothing you can do? Read today’s Blog by Rabbi Vowell to discover a possible answer.