Men have mastered great feats of physical strength, they have developed a well-defined body. However, every man has a weakness they are powerless to develop. Man’s weak spot is his EGO, man constantly defends his character as defined by others. In other words, man is influenced by whatever other people think of him. The devil knows how important it is when others evaluate you, so he preys on our frailty. When a man is controlled by what others think he has no identity.
Mathew 11:6 Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
No matter what you think or what you believe about Jesus, there will be people in your life who will not approve. It’s a sad thing but there are people who will not walk with the Lord, because they are afraid their friends and family will be offended. So, judge ye who is more important, what people think of you or what the Lord thinks of you. There is only one right answer to this question, can you choose what is best for you or what is best for those around you.
Mathew 16:24 If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
People who care what others think of them have no cross of their own. When you are controlled by what others think, they are nailing you to their cross. Let me let you in on a little secret, it’s a lot easier to please God than it is people. Denying one’s self includes denying what others think as well. We are to nail our EGO on our cross, this means all the things people said that helped shape your EGO. If you get to the place where you don’t care what people think, you will greatly hinder the influence of the devil.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 We were allowed of God to be put in trust of the Gospel, and so we speak; not as pleasing men, but pleasing God, which tries our hearts.
Pleasing men is a huge problem in the church, leaders are in fear of offending people with the truth so they modify it. No one can please the will of men and the will of God simultaneously unless the men argue with the Lord. In order to walk with the Lord we must be willing to disappoint people who are close to us. Taking offense is a choice, a wise man should make a personal declaration that he will never be offended for any reason.
Men have taught me the Word of God so, I sow into their ministry.
I am grateful to them,
I pray they help many others.
I put my trust in God,
He is faithful and just.
I will reap what I sow,
I will sow to the Spirit.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming