August 22, 2018

We need to surround ourselves with people of faith not unbelievers. If you can’t find any believers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will do just fine! Faith looks outward like Jonathan did. He saw an enemy that needed to be conquered. Unbelief looks inward and is only concerned with self. All the other guys under the tree were only concerned for their own lives.

Looking inward caused them to loose sight of the Lord. That is what introspection does. You can recognize those that look inward because they are always concerned about how they feel, how others are treating them and how things are going for them. With no one to speak into their lives they sit around in their own little inward huddle staring at each others navels! When you have faith in the promises of God you can move forward with confidence. God had chosen Saul to lead his people to victory but Saul was navel gazing instead of looking at the word of God.

Jonathan however chose to remove himself from the unbelievers and look at God’s word and because of that he moved forward with confidence and the enemy was defeated.

Joshua 23:10 (NLT) — 10 Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised.
Deuteronomy 7:23 (NLT) — 23 But the Lord your God will hand them over to you. He will throw them into complete confusion until they are destroyed.

In fact because of Jonathan’s faith even the unbelievers benefitted. (Hebrews 10:25)It caught their attention so that at least for awhile they took their eyes off themselves and onto the task at hand which was to destroy the works of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:10–20 (NLT) — 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

So who and what have you surrounded yourself with? The things that you spend your time on and the people you spend time with do they strengthen your faith and make you more zealous for the Lord? Do they remind you that there is an enemy out there looking to take you out? Do they help you to look outward instead of inward? If you can’t say yes to these questions you need to find different surroundings.

Be Inspired Hilltop!