ARE YOU CONFUSED?
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
April 21, 2011
I don’t think the world has ever seen anything quite like the times in which we now live. There seems to be so much swirling around us. Sometimes I feel like my head is spinning.
Is it just me, or do you find it hard to know who and what to believe?
I write this with much caution because I am rapidly become more aware of the impact my writings have. I know that may sound arrogant, and that is certainly not my point, but the truth is, thanks to NewsWithViews.com, and the power of the internet, there are many around the world who are reading what I write.
It is hard for me to conceive, actually. But, like you, I have several reliable websites that I check daily, and my own list of favorite writers that I seek out on a regular basis. I read voraciously, mix it with the meat of the Scriptures, purify it through the oil of the Holy Spirit and spit it out on the internet hoping to impregnate the ether zone with my own seeds of Truth.
It started out as a catharsis for me really…this convulsion inside of me to regurgitate all I have consumed in a form that others may chew on…thereby initiating in them a real appetite for Truth. Not religion, not religious, but Truth as I see it applies to today. I am humbled that many read what I write.
I regularly take on what I see as “good for nothing” Christianity, pointing out the warts in Christianity so that the church-disgusted and the church-wounded might find their way back to the Truth. Jesus is the Truth, and I pray that ultimately, the Holy Spirit will use me to guide others back to the Savior.
Those who know me will tell you it is not about me. I don’t know why the Lord has given me this platform, but I promised Him that I would speak the Truth as I saw it, regardless of what goat got gored, and trust that my life might bear fruit for Him.
I am not a theologian, I wouldn’t set foot in a Seminary, and I would never speak as an authority on eschatology, epistemology, hermeneutics, or religious studies. I am just a guy with a Bible, guided by the Holy Spirit, working out my own salvation with fear and trembling while doing my best to make this crazy world understandable. Like you, much of my education has been in the School of the Wilderness.
Does that make sense? Read what I write, take it with a grain of salt, and join me in the hunt for truth.
The Spiritual war is real and is playing out before us. Because most Americans are so shallow in their thinking they do not understand that there is a spiritual reason, connection really, to everything that is going on in this world. The battle between good and evil, light and dark, truth and lies, right and wrong, is playing out in the battle for the culture.
Most of us think it is political; democrat bad/republican good, liberal bad/conservative good, Fox News good/MSNBC bad…but that merely identifies the teams and some of the star players.
The battle before us is the battle of the ages; The seed of the serpent against the seed of the woman…make no mistake about it. It is a REAL war with real eternal consequences. Hell is real, angels, demons, Satan…Jesus…they are all real…but invisible. Often it is hard to believe what you CAN see, let alone what you can’t.
But trust me; there is a dimension around us where this “wrestling” is taking place. “High places” is the term the Scriptures give us, where the “principalities and powers” battle for control of this earth-world.
The job of a Christian is to contend for Truth in this world, “tearing down strongholds and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” (I’ve probably lost about two-thirds of my readers at this point because they don’t understand what I am talking about.) The spiritual world is more real than the natural one…but we can’t see it because it is “invisible” to the natural eye.
Paul warned us “But the natural (fleshly) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” It takes “spiritual eyes” to see spiritual things. Jesus told Nicodemas that unless you were “born of the Spirit” you could not even “see the Kingdom of God.”
I pray some of you have eyes to see what I am trying to reveal…
We Christians waste sooo much time on things that are trivial. Just turn on your local Christian radio station and listen to the “sermons” blathering out of your speakers. It is as if being a member of the “Christian Club” inoculates and exonerates you against any of the forces of evil at work in the natural world.
Where did we come up with the idea that this war that Paul speaks of in Ephesians only affects us in a “personal” way…our finances, health, happiness…while absolving us of any………