Do Not Fear The Night

The dark, it has a sinister presence.

Have you ever noticed how much your perspective changes in the dark? That chair looks to be an ominous crouching figure. The chair leg stepped in front of you and stubbed that toe of yours. Pain, it is unbearable in that moment.

Putting laughter aside, when we face a season filled with darkness on either side, our perspectives can often get skewed. Some of us begin to doubt the truth we believed in the light. We must get to a place of calm security even when circumstance change and the light seems to dim.

God, mighty God, is never consumed by the darkness but instead He defeats it. He is so strategic that there is no foe that can come close to overtaking Him. What God says happens. He simply has to speak it and it is.

Friend, what darkness are you facing? Are you speaking truth? Perhaps you are yelling it and are slumped over in exhaustion. Why are you striving so hard to win a battle that has already been won?

Your victory is won by God almighty. Yes, you play a role but any hint that the victory is yours to claim for your glory is making yourself an idol. You are not greater than God. By letting go of control and following Gods path of life and light, therein lies your victory. He has it planned out just for you. As you let go more stability will come. No one compares to Him.

Let your enemies laugh thinking they have won. Let them speak lies thinking it does something (it does not). God reigns. He is good. He prepares a full banquet table amidst your enemies. You will not be overcome.

The morning is coming. Look up. Do you not yet see the hints of the sun rise? Wait. Breathe.

Victory is upon the horizon.

Book Review: Simple Discipleship

For those looking for a basic and practical step-by-step guide about discipleship this is a book that can be a great start. Simple Discipleship, by Dana Allin, is written for both the beginner and the pastoral leadership needing to re-evaluate their way of discipling their congregation.

Discipleship was never intended to be complicated. This book makes it clear that discipleship must be done in relationship. It is simple enough that even if discipleship has not been done well, it can help one realize it is less daunting of a task than one originally thinks.

It is split up into sections which can help those reading to figure out a step-by-step process that can be adopted into their church culture. Personally I felt like the majority of the book was review for me. I did learn some new ways of evaluating current systems in place as well as personal evaluation towards the end of the book.

In the chapter where Allin describes the four directions, I felt that emphasis on the Holy Spirit was lacking. In fact I felt like the focus on the Holy Spirit was lacking overall. With a proper understanding of Holy Spirit comes the key to avoiding discipleship as a formula or posing as a program rather than a part of every believers DNA.

Overall, for those looking to evaluate and look at the health and growth of their life and church, Simple Discipleship can be a book that can help get things moving in the right direction.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers and these opinions are my own.