TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
As a believer, you have the mind of Christ. Don’t lose it over jealousy or discord. The best way to fight the enemy is with love.
IT’S MY TURF!
Because of our inability to submit to a kingdom mentality, we tend to regard the church next door as our competition. Let me say this once and hope it truly sinks in: the bigger church down the street or the newest denomination is not our competition.
The true competition of the church is the Budweiser horses, reality TV, Joe Camel, Powerball and popular music. They are part of the world that, each and every day, sells people on the lie they can find life in a bottle, a bed, a high, entertainment or a chance for riches.
Remember, we are not in competition against one another, but against a devil who loves it when we fight each other, just like the Crips and the Bloods. Gangs of men who live in the same neighborhood, go to the same schools but fight and kill each other over their “turf,” whatever that is.
There are a lot of churches in our city. It doesn’t make me mad or jealous when their parking lots are full. Why? Because they are reaching people I can’t. They are making a difference serving the same King I am – Jesus Christ.
Even with all the churches in our city, if all the pews were full on Sunday, there would be thousands of people without a seat. That means we need more churches and the churches we already have to grow!
Before you throw shade at another church for invading your turf or worry yourself when a friend chooses a different denomination than you, remember this: the battle is not against human opponents! We have a common enemy and his name is Satan.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
Yes, the Bible calls the devil “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), which means he likes to control the atmosphere. He likes to stir up discontent, envy, discord, covetousness and competition. His favorite target? The church.
Don’t feed into this lie from the pit of hell. The body of Christ, the church, needs each other. Rejoice in their success and mourn over their losses. Eternal lives depend on it.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST. GET A KINGDOM MENTALITY AND JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE TRUE ENEMY – SATAN.
From my book: Soul Invasion