13 Jun

We are thirteen months into this adventure in church planting. It has been an amazing ride! This amazing ride has definitely come with its share of twists and turns. God’s grace has been more than sufficient for us. I believe that the single most effective tool and the chief objective in the enemy of our soul’s arsenal is to create CONFLICT within us as individuals and within the Church of Jesus Christ. When we are CONFLICTED our focus is shifted from God to us, we are pulled or pushed off mission, and we no longer are engaged in battle with our enemy instead we are enraged and engaged in battle with ourselves and each other. I have seen great churches totally destroyed and rendered totally ineffective because they became CONFLICTED. One of the most powerful ways the enemy promotes CONFLICT is through personal offense. All it takes is one person to allow the enemy to create CONFLICT within them and then focus that CONFLICTED feeling towards another brother or sister in Christ. Be warned my friends CONFLICT blinds us to our own errors. CONFLICT is most often found in self righteousness and the self righteous do not see themselves as self righteous, they just see themselves as right. As the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Church I have been diligent to call out and handle CONFLICT but it hasn’t kept CONFLICT from rearing its ugly head. I have been in a spiritual battle for the life’s blood of our church. CONFLICT threatens to destroy and disqualify people sending them back into isolation and a life of self imposed solitary confinement. We can not control what has been, is being, or will be said about us we can only control whether it is true or not. Revelations 12:10-11 lets us know that Satan the accuser has been thrown down, however it also lets us know that he hurls accusations at us day and night. He is relentless in his accusations. His desire and goal is to cause us to become CONFLICTED thus getting us off mission stealing glory from God and making sure that lost people stay lost and wanderers never find their way home. Think about with me for a minute if someone is already experiencing a certain level of CONFLICT in their lives from being far from God why in the world would they come to a place filled with CONFLICT? The answer is simple they wouldn’t and they won’t! The Church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world the only CONFLICT we should be in is a CONFLICT against they enemy of our soul for the souls of men. Now I won’t lie CONFLICT many times leaves me CONFLICTED!! Sometimes I sit back thinking to myself we could be, we should be so much further along in our relationship with Christ. The mission of Christ should burn so passionately within us that CONFLICT can’t exist because it is burned up in the desire to bring glory to God and win souls for Jesus. However, I am reminded that the accuser constantly and consistently hurls accusations day and night without ceasing. The only way to combat CONFLICT is through prayer, fasting, and surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. As a church planter and chief vision caster for City on a Hill Church I must guard my heart so that it doesn’t get CONFLICTED and I lose my purpose, meaning, and passion dealing with the CONFLICTED. It is my goal and objective to be sure that CONFLICT is dealt with in a timely fashion at COAH. It is also and equally my goal that CONFLICT be resolved at COAH through the reading, studying, and applying of God’s Word. I really don’t have time for silliness, the reality is today in my city, the city God has called me to, people are going to die without Jesus and enter into a Christ-less eternity. My goal is to make it hard to go to hell in St. Petersburg, FL. My goal is to make sure everyone in St.Petersburg, FL gets a chance to accept or reject Jesus Christ. I know that can’t happen if I myself or the precious people of COAH get caught up in CONFLICT. God has given City on a Hill Church to St. Petersburg, FL as a grace gift. God has given each person to City on a Hill Church as a grace gift for the express purpose of building up not tearing down the Church. God has called this group of people to be a light to this city. The greatest weapon I have against CONFLICT is the Gospel. Revelation 12:10-11 teaches us that we conquer and overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We battle CONFLICT with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by using our story for God’s glory. The Gospel and our testimony remind us that, “It is all about Jesus, it has always been about Jesus, and it will always be about Jesus.” I know that the enemy of our soul wants us to be CONFLICTED and to create CONFLICT to keep us from building, becoming, and being a city within a city reaching our city with the life changing message of Jesus Christ one life at a time. But I read the back of the book and we win! My commitment is to love Jesus more and more, to love people more and more, and to preach Jesus more and more. Love covers over a multitude of sins. My commitment is to make mature disciples committed to dealing with CONFLICT according to the Word of God, people whom as Revelations 12:11 says and loved not their lives even unto death. When we put Jesus first we are so less likely to become or be CONFLICTED. Be encouraged!

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