TODAY’S PROPHETIC NUMBER – 8/1/2023
Joshua 8:1 – Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.”
As we enter a new month, we also enter the new grace and strength for new battlefields in our lives. He once again calls you higher and with that call there is also a promise: The victory is yours because the battle is His. King Jesus is backing you up as you pioneer new paths and step into the vision God has for you.
Declaration: I’m not afraid, nor will I be discouraged. God’s plan for me is good. I trust in Him.
JESUS IS OFFENSIVE
I don’t know if we’ve ever lived in a day when people get so offended so fast over things that really don’t matter as today.
Let me tell you, they would have been extremely offended by Jesus. As a matter of fact, He still offends them today because He calls their behavior sin. Because He tells them to repent and live a different way. People don’t like that.
“Pastor Troy, I love me some Jesus and He would never offend me.”
Baloney! You may think that now, but wait until Jesus doesn’t show up when or how you expect Him. Wait until He tells you to go somewhere that isn’t pretty to help somebody that you don’t think deserves it. Oh, Jesus will offend you.
He will tell you to love people whom it is offensive to love just like He did to Jonah. Why does God do that? Because He loves them and wants you to meet Him in that place of loving the unlovable. If you are highly opinionated on the matter, you’re going to stop seeking.
You heard correctly: When you get offended, you stop seeking Him. You either think He wants too much from you or you fall back on the classic, “I tried that Jesus thing once and it didn’t work for me.”
There’s a very offensive side of Jesus. It’s just outright offensive how He’ll show up and tell you to be a giver when you’re broke or tell you that you’re called to the nations, but you’re too broke to catch the bus to Shreveport.
It’s outright offensive that He’ll wake you up at three in the morning and tell you to seek Him. My friend, if you can’t get past the offense, just go back to sleep and miss the most important upgrades of your life.
Do you see yourself here? If you do, repent! Grow a thick skin and say, “Jesus, you can show up when you want, how you want and send me anywhere you want to anyone you want. I don’t deserve your love and mercy but you’ve given it to me because of who you are–not because of what I’ve done.”
Become un-offendable and see where Jesus will take you. It’ll be the adventure of a lifetime, I promise you that.
A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle. – Proverbs 18:19
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