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I had a nice quiet walk back to the Georgia World Congress Center. I was beat from the night before and was going on five hours of sleep. We start off each day in our community groups and I spent my walk preparing my heart for the day.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5 (ESV)

Francis Chan opened up our community group with this passage of scripture. We can’t do anything apart from God. Satan likes to distract us from abiding in Him by the thoughts he puts in our heads. We look at others and envy what God is doing in them. This is due to our own pride and arrogance. We need to humble ourselves before the Lord and hope we are abiding in Him.

Francis gave the example of leaders. Do we follow them because of their knowledge and communication skills? If anything we should be paying attention to how they walk with God. There should be something attractive about them that we are not be able to describe. That’s the power of God shining through someone abiding in Him.

Insecurity and Pride go hand in hand

Even though I empathize with them, I truly believe this. Insecure people make life all about them and believe in the crazy thoughts that Satan puts in our heads. I know this from my own personal battle with insecurities and from others that I have done life with. Things like social media fuel our arrogance and make it hard to lead. We need to put those thoughts aside and just abide and rest in Him. Disconnect from the voices and get back to who you were when you first believed.

Now this is the part that really hit me. Francis talked about that child-like faith we had when we first believed and how we need to get back to it. I met with my community group and couldn’t stop sobbing. My mom used to work two jobs just so I could go to camp and other youth events as a kid. I remember at one of my first camps a bunch of us went wandering in the woods of Prescott and got lost (we were about 12 years old). After a few hours, there was this one kid that started to freak out and couldn’t stop crying. I remember walking up to him and telling him that God will pull us out of this and I prayed for him. I can honestly say I just don’t do that much anymore. I couldn’t stop crying because I don’t know what happened to that child-like faith that I used to have as a boy. I was the little boy who read the passage about having faith like a mustard seed and being able to move mountains and literally stood in front of a mountain and truly believed God would raise it up. That’s child-like faith – believing that God can do the impossible! The best and worst thing that has ever happened to me is I went into ministry. I’m always thankful of the opportunities I had but at the same time it fueled my insecurities. I pray that I continue to humble myself before Him and abide in Him.

Francis Chan

Francis Chan

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Halloween is approaching and you now see people decorating their houses with lights. It has become such a commercial holiday. But not only is it about candy and costumes, we are more and more glorifying the horror that represents it. In Hollywood, zombies and ghosts are no longer these feared things. We have movies that glorify them and make them cool. I have a friend who is really into zombies and horror video games. She loves that stuff! I see bars having “The Walking Dead” nights and downtown zombie walks. I honestly feel like I’m missing out on something because I don’t watch the shows. But in reality, evil is very real and it is in the world. It’s not something to adore and we as believers need to be alert and ready.

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”  

Isaiah 14:12-14

Not everything bad comes from come from Satan (we like to blame him for everything). The root of evil is pride – the pride we have in our hearts. In this passage, Satan was once the most beautiful angel in heaven. But he fell because of his pride, because he wanted to be better than God. Self-centeredness, bitterness, jealously, idolatry, greed – Pride comes from the evil in our own hearts. Satan likes to tempt us to act on these things. Evil comes from our choices when we let the desires of our hearts overcome us.

Satan likes to work in the complexity of our lives –

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

– C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

How did Jesus defeat evil? He became nothing. As Satan tried to control Him, Jesus let’s go. How do we defeat evil, become nothing. Let go. Become weak and follow Jesus. We have God’s power in us to overcome Satan.

For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

2 Corinthians 13:4

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