Archive for June, 2010

Called to a single life?

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Every time I hear somebody who is single tell me that God must have called them to singleness, I cringe. Do I believe that it is possible to be called to a single life, dedicated to serving the Lord? Yes! Jesus made that clear. But for most of us, I believe we are designed to live a married life. God’s Word tells us that, “It is not good for a man to be alone.” (see Genesis 2:18) We are told to, “Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” (see 1 Corinthians 7:2) God made men and women to be an incredible blessing to each other. He made us “male and female”, and honors marriage.

So what about those who have been called to a life of singleness? I believe God is practical, and what He does, He does for a reason; He doesn’t just call somebody to give up a married life for no reason. I believe scripture is clear as to the reason for being called to a single life, and it is for ministry purposes (1 Corinthians 7:32-34). Some ministry callings require more of a person than others, and there are special callings that require a single person; somebody who doesn’t have a family that will be neglected as they follow the call of God on their life. I believe that when there is a genuine “call of singleness” on a person’s life, there’s an incredible ministry that God wants them to walk in. Have you been called to such an incredible ministry? If not, then you’re probably not called to be single. Can you choose to be single? Absolutely. But I believe those genuinely called to a life of singleness are going to have a ministry calling that is incredible, and there will be much fruit as a result.

Jesus refused to cast a demon out!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

When you read the passage where Jesus tells us that it is unfit to cast the children’s bread before dogs, has it ever occurred to you that Jesus actually refused to cast a demon out of people who were not in covenant with God? Of course, once He saw her faith in Him, that changed everything. I just think that is really interesting that Jesus would refuse to deal with a demon in somebody, just because they were not in covenant with God. He said that it was unfit to take the children’s bread (deliverance) and give it to dogs (those outside covenant with God). It was UNFIT, NOT RIGHT, NOT MADE FOR… get the point?

But besides that, why would we want to cast demons out of non-believers when the cards are clearly stacked against such a practice? First of all, the demons have not been disarmed, because the person’s sins have not been forgiven. Secondly, why do you think Jesus warned against casting demons out of people if they were going to come back with 7 even more evil spirits? Do we really think it’s wise to run a non-believer through deliverance, given that kind of a warning?

And finally, do you honestly know of somebody who claims to cast demons out of non-believers only, and has a lot of genuine success and fruit from it in their ministry? I don’t know of a single minister who does such a thing, and I don’t think you do either.