download-1For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17 ESV)

As followers of Jesus, we are on a journey of growing into his likeness. Sadly, we often get sidetracked, or more accurately deceived by the Dragon into seeing things from a dark perspective. The Dragon (Satan) works covertly behind the scenes, to prompt or motivate us to live by the standard of the world below, as opposed to embracing the heavenly Kingdom, from above. Regrettably I sometimes find myself choosing wrong methods, which are from below, as opposed to the way of the Lamb, which is from above. Our goal should be to cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit, as he works the way of Jesus into our hearts.

The Bible clearly teaches us about the spiritual battles being waged behind the hostility we see going on in the world around us.  The Dragon is the source and power behind our political, and racial conflicts that we see in the world today, and throughout all of human history. His influence is seen in the Church when we embrace the marketing strategies of the world around us. And, when money and prestige are promoted over humility, and godly living.

God’s Kingdom dose not operate the same way that worldly governments, or the entertainment industry functions. Life in the Kingdom seeks the good of our neighbor, and rejects excessive materialism while seeking to esteem others, more than ourselves. We are called to confront evil with good, and to impact the world. with hope and healing, as we resist evil in all its forms.

The way of the Lamb is the way of peace, the way of the Dragon is continuous conflict and selfish behavior. Worldly governments are called to protect its people, and that may include a “just war” in certain circumstance. But, the Church is called to the peaceful way of the Lamb, which always sees our real enemies as being spiritual unseen forces, not people. We must seek to learn the way of Jesus, which is overcoming evil with good.

Note: This blog post was inspired by, The Way Of The Dragon Or The Way Of The Lamb, by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin. It will be released in January 2017.

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