Self-importance is one of our biggest enemies. As Christians, we are born to be servants of servants. Jesus himself was a servant. Arrogance can ruin our lives but without Jesus we can do nothing! While arrogance is trying to prove yourself, confidence is trying to improve yourself. We should be confident without be arrogant and be humble without having low self-esteem. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Instead of battling each other by putting each other down we need to encourage each other and join together to battle the devil.
A partnership is a cooperative relationship between people or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving a specific goal. Without partnership we are incapable of being fruitful. There are times when we ask God for things and it seems like he does the opposite of what we are asking of him. Then we get down, but sometime we are not ready for our blessings. Instead of using that down time to throw a pity party we should use it as a time for preparation. If you have never used your weapons before you have no idea what they can really do. God is trying to partner with you by giving you what you need to get what you want.
Every relationship is not a good relationship. Some relationships may even kill you. On the spectrum off friendships you have your acquaintances, casual friends, close friends, intimate friends, and those who you think are your friends but are secretly, at times unbeknownst to them, seeking your demise. Those are called your “Frenemies”. You have to constantly be careful of who you allow to speak into your life. Frenemies can destroy you while smiling in your face. To differentiate between a friend and a frenemy you have to ask yourself “are they driving me away from Jesus or drawing me closer to him?”
Idolatry, fornication, incest…sin is all around us. We are influenced by culture and when we are not careful those things can come into the church. Temptation to sin is all around us but we do not have to fall into temptation. God always gives us a way out. He wants us to make it! Coming to the table today we may have some issues that we are dealing with but guess who’s coming to dinner? God, and he is giving us a way to escape.
Many of us have become spiritually impotent. When we become impotent, we have no power to accomplish anything. In John 5:1-9, we hear of a man who had been sick for 38 years. When God asked him if he wanted to be well again the man pointed out all of the reasons he couldn’t be made well instead of just saying “Yes!” God has already given us everything that we need to be strong in him. He wants to change us, but in order for him to do this we have to “Get up and Get Going” and stop walking in our spiritual impotence.