God’s character is to strive for what is best for his creation. Here we can get a glimpse of what God thinks is best. His intention is for the strength of his people. His intention is for them to exercise his authority despite their humble beginnings. His intention is for them to operate unfettered wherever they reside. His intention is for them to respond to his call as a unified and mighty army responds to its general. Unfortunately this is not a picture of the larger church. Subsects may behave this way, but a whole nation under God is hard to maintain. It must be done on an individual basis from bottom up, rather than from top down. People can live with power and authority in their lives but they must take God’s promises to apply to them and not just the church that they attend, or the denomination they affiliate with. And they must also apply the discipline of warriors. They must be vigilant in understanding that following God means following God. It must be God’s power, god’s way, that they are wielding and not their own.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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