Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Hey BTO Family!
What a crazy season! How are you doing? If you need prayer or just someone to talk to please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch. In times like this, it’s good to know that God is on the throne and He is working even when we can’t see it. It’s also good to know that the body of Christ will continue to thrive even in the midst of adversity. Know that we are praying for you and we love you. Thank you for your continued generosity and engagement online. We know that when we’re together, faith can be ignited and encouraged as we press on toward a new and greater season.
With that said, I want to encourage you today! Below is a quick verse that speaks to where we are as a nation. I’ve been thinking about this verse for the last couple of days. It’s crazy how relevant the bible is to current events.
Ephesians 5:15-21 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Over the next couple of months, I'm going to roll out 7 Keys to Thriving in a Hard Season. I believe the Lord wanted me to share this with our body as we navigate current events. I will send out a newsletter going over one of the 7 keys from Ephesians 5:15-21. My hope is to help encourage you in this time of heaviness. I know we will come out stronger! Please, take the time to read this quick encouragement. You ready? Here we go!
1. Believers can either walk in wisdom or foolishness.
Just because we are saved doesn’t mean our mind is renewed. The Bible is written to the believer. This means we all have an option to choose foolishness or wisdom. We all have backgrounds that shaped how to think. While that training may have been extremely helpful, that doesn’t mean that there are not strongholds and thoughts that will have to change in order to be like minded with our Heavenly Fathers. Even Jesus had to challenge the apostle Peter's thoughts from time to time because while his thoughts were noble they were in fact foolish.
The very definition of foolishness is “a lack of sense of judgement or stupidity.” I’m not trying to name call or imply that people are stupid. I’m just clearly stating that we must be very careful on how we navigate judgements. Even in my marriage, there have been times I acted foolishly because I could only see from my perspective. Then, once God started to work on me I could later see I wasn't responding with wisdom but was foolish with my emotions.
Emotions are very high and people are looking to cancel you. Sure emotions are great; God created them. I think it was best said that “emotions are wonderful passengers but terrible drivers.” Wisdom doesn’t come from being cunning, it comes from the Lord. There are so many hot topics floating around today. Whether it be: politics, racism, authority, capitalism vs socialism, Covid-19, schools opening, the Presidential election, churches opening, mental health and so many more. We need wisdom! We need to study, grow, and learn rather than just have emotional responses over something we heard.
Please hear my heart, I think it’s important to share the truth and I'm certainly not scared of courageous conversations. I’m just promoting being people of wisdom. Let’s speak to those who will listen. Let’s ask the question: “Is public debate the best course of action with the time we’ve been given?” I believe discipleship and transformation happens through personal relationships, let's be a wise body and walk in wisdom.
Check out these bible verses on wisdom
Colossians 4:5-6, Psalm 90:12, James 1:5