Luke 6:36-38 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving — large or small — it will be used to measure what is given back to you.”
It’s tough not to comment when your morning reading includes the verse chosen by your daughter for the representation of your company. Luke 6:38 is on my business cards and truck signs. Thus creating a travelling billboard for all to see. Probably most people do not know the scripture by heart, as even I do not know it verbatim many times, but when seeing Luke 6:38 posted on your company information, they immediately look at you differently. Most likely they pull out their microscopic lenses to see how I act and conduct myself in any day-to-day interaction. Now if this were pre-accident years, I was pretty good at putting on a front for strangers. If they were not strangers, though, they were most likely seeing the ever satan tormented Lance who was the prominent character. Tormented may be a strong word in that I don’t mean like possessed or anything, but constantly introduced to things that would hinder my making an influence for the kingdom. I think satan’s number one tactic is to make people comfortable in their selfishness. If he can keep us under the mentality that we are the only one that matters, or that we are the only one who wants what’s best for us, then he keeps us in bondage to the world. Here’s a satan introduced saying that I know I’ve said and probably many of you as well, “Gotta look out for number 1. No one else is going to.” When I’ve uttered these words, have I really followed what I believe? God has always declared that He is all we need and that He would always take care of us. This is where Faith enters. Do we truly believe this to be true? Do we truly believe in the unseen world which is actually more real and enduring than this current one we dwell in? Satan works non-stop to contradict any truth revelations that we glean from the Owner’s Manual. And he is non-discriminant in his tactics. He is not “married” to one that he uses all the time. When I was younger I used to play John Madden Football with my buddies all the time. All the time. We had a couple of sayings that could apply to this message this morning. One was, “KISS-Keep It Simple Stupid.” Which led to, “Run what works!” This is exactly what satan does. He doesn’t care if the plan is elaborate, and he actually prefers it to be simple. He also knows what has worked in the past, so he keeps running that play. There was one play in particular on Madden ’92, yes I am old, that worked almost every single time. Thus, we nicknamed the play “God play”. Relating this play to life now makes total, absolute sense. If we pull out “God play” as our offense against satan, it works EVERY time!! It always has and always will. Satan has no defense against God. God defeats him every time. I can remember when my buddies would run that play against us, we usually played as teammates, and how lividly frustrated we’d get because they did. (We had actually outlawed the play) I think it may have even led to a few shoving matches. Lol How lividly frustrated does satan get when we don’t allow his KISS plays to work against us, and then we follow it up with “God play”? The one play he has never been nor ever will be able to defeat. He wants it to be outlawed too. We used to get so angry when this play was ran against us. Now I’m looking for my buddies to run it every time and for me to join them in running it every time also. Who would have ever thunk that Madden ’92 would lead to a Rush topic? Lol That’s what I love about God and the holy Spirit. Anything can be brought to mind. How about you? Will you run “God play” with me against satan? I’m telling you, it works every time. Always has and always will. Use it!! Love you all!! Bless God!