PODCAST Joel Baker God’s Goodness
3/11/13
PODCAST Joel Baker Friendship with Jesus
10/11/13
Graham Cooke w/ Pastor Joel

The Glory of God is that He is good, endlessly good, eternally good. He is Goodness itself! In the Kingdom, we’re not being challenged by the enemy or wicked people or oppositional forces. This is the truth of the Kingdom: we are only ever challenged by the goodness of God.

When somebody opposes or offends you, God is teaching you how to be good in that moment, how to give some goodness away to someone who doesn’t like you. When you have too much month at the end of the money, you’re being challenged by the goodness of God to believe Him for more. In times of warfare, we overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). The question is, can you really love your enemy when it matters most?

As citizens of Heaven we’re only ever being challenged by Heaven to live like Heaven. The Holy Spirit came to graciously convict unbelievers of sin but to challenge believers with God’s goodness and righteousness (John16:8-10).
What if God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life?
What if God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it?
What if God became human and lived here on earth among us, full of unfailing love and faithfulness to show us His glory, His goodness (John 1:14) and empower us to be good, like Him?

He did!

What if you can never be challenged by a negative….ever?
What if you can only be challenged by the fruit of the Spirit?
What if the fruit of the Spirit is a more powerful weapon against the enemy than the gifts of the Spirit?
What if you can defeat the enemy by being joyful?
What if there is a place set aside for you in the Spirit where you defeat the enemy with grace! You overwhelm him with your peace! You weary him by your joy! You depress him by the love that you enjoy in the heart of God! What if you can make the enemy depressed, tired, weary…requiring therapy!

You can!

Warfare is not about taking authority over the devil – that’s a consequence of warfare. Real warfare is about discovering – knowing – the sovereignty, the supremacy and majesty, the goodness and the smile of Jesus. Real warfare is about being involved with Jesus to such an extent that the enemy looks at you and realizes he can’t win and he creeps away before you open your eyes.

What if it all works out in the end?

It does!  Open your eyes and see the goodness of the Lord! (Psalm 27:13)

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