I am back and my blog is with me.
First, my picture is Isac and I. I am a blessed and proud papa. :)
Over the last few months I took some time away to run for an open seat on my local school board. The political scene is not for the faint of heart as some of you already know and several times through the process I was reminded of how Jesus upset the political structures of His day. His heart wasn't to purposely tee people off but by the nature of bringing God's Kingdom into the earth, man made kingdoms and ideas were going to have to be put down. I have a much better understanding of this now than before I ran. The back half of Matthew 10 was lived out in my own life repeatedly.
The pushback from most people was to be expected, after all, it is politics but what really grieved my heart were those publicly calling themselves Christians who would then turn around and say the dirtiest and nastiest untruths, usually about me but sometimes about others too. I am so glad that I am not God because I just don't know how He has such incredible mercy on all of us. Many of these folks worship Him, pray to Him and ask Him for a move of God in their city yet when God brings an answer to their prayer in a package they don't care for, they struggle to understand and tend to reject the very thing that God is trying to use to bless or answer them.
This is nothing new as several times in scripture we see examples of this. The Israelites did not recognize Moses as their deliverer. No one recognized Esther as the sole hope for God's people. Old Testament Prophets were repeatedly ignored and not properly identified as having the word of the Lord in their mouths and of course Jesus went unrecognized by almost the entire organized religious organizations of His day, so much so that in John 5 He point blank says that to them.
John 5:39 - You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
Before anyone gets the wrong idea, no, I am not saying that I was "Pickerington's Messiah", but I'm sure a few of my haters will spin this blog into that false accusation...remember, it is politics after all. However, the Holy Spirit places certain mantles and giftings on certain people for certain times and seasons. I did indeed carry the mantle to raise the spiritual bar for our school district because God lit a passion in me for it and then showed me something that no one before me to date has found, a legal pathway to decouple any Ohio School District from the clutches of the demonic deception of Common Core.
Many of the voters in our district are Christians and they have been praying for these very changes to come...and over 2,700 people did indeed vote for me to come in and make those changes... but as anyone who has ever fought to bring something from the Lord into the natural realm here knows, the resistance gets very brutal and the personal attacks get so outlandish that without a cloak of Wisdom combined with a commitment to forgive quickly, you can get completely lost in the drama of it all.
My encouragement to you who read my blog is to pray for the eyes of the Lord. Paul needed to be struck blind for three days and when his blindness was healed, not only did he get the return of his physical sight but he then had the eyes of the Lord as well. I believe these are called "The Eyes of your Heart".
Consider Ephesians 1:18 - I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people
Notice that last part, the riches where? In people. The eyes of your heart need to be enlightened to see the Jesus in others... and THAT is the great unmaking that we all need much more of in our lives. Here is what in my opinion is the song of the year for 2015 so far. Nichole Nordeman - the Unmaking.
Thanks for reading, it's nice to be back. :)
11/9/2015 05:49:24 pm
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