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The Season of Storms

John Chapter 13 is not one of my warm and cozy little chapters. Betrayal, disappointment and crucifixion are not my idea of a good time on a Friday night.

But there are huge lessons that Jesus wants to teach us here. I think the first lesson is that he understood the season he was entering was different than the season he was in. Too often we are looking to maintain those blessed and anointed seasons when we feel like we are winning every battle and are in control to last forever. But they never do.

We need the Holy Spirit not only to teach us and to show us but also to lead us to stay in agreement with what heaven is doing, even when it feels like we are going in the wrong way.

Listen, just look at all the things that are happening in our world today: the catastrophes, the hurricanes, the fires, the dissension, the craziness in politics, it’s all coming to a head. If we think that we are going to argue and negotiate God or others into agreeing with our point of view, we are mistaken.

A Season of Wrestling
We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness in high places.

There is a sports brand of attire called Under Armour and I think in some ways it points to what the Holy Spirit wants us to be wearing which is called Inner Armor not Under Armour. The Inner Armor is the conversations of Heaven that take place in our heart. It states and Proverbs 4:23, guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. We need Inner Armor on our inner chambers of our heart. That is the place that the Holy Spirit dwells.

Tony Evans talks about the definition of a stronghold, and he says, fortress or stronghold is a mindset that holds you hostage. It makes you believe that you are hopelessly locked into a situation that you are powerless to change. That’s when you hear people saying I can’t, I can’t, I can’t… every believer has new data that he is expected to live by, but many of us are still living by the old data that will not be erased completely until we get to heaven. Even though we are on our way to heaven, we are still being programmed by the enemy in some areas. That’s why Paul had to write this in 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

We need heaven’s wisdom.

Wisdom is the organization of information through divine revelation to effect a divine outcome by faith and obedience. Tony Evans writes, “This is the question we always face: are we going to use human or divine methods?”

All of life is a war for wisdom and consequently, James addresses this daily battle in his epistle, James 1:5-8:

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

James continues to explain the process further in verse 12: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

James is warning us to stand vigilant against operating with a double-mindset – which is when we are operating by two different sources of data concurrently.

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