Steve Sappington CommunicationsApril 2012

Happy April, Everyone!

Those of you who know me know that I'm a huge basketball fan. Congrats to the Kentucky Men's team for winning the national title, and congrats to the Baylor Women's team for winning the national championship via the first ever 40-0 season in college basketball. Also, I'm so glad for Oklahoma to have such a great team in the NBA, so I look forward to watching them in the playoffs. Lately, as I've been watching the intensity of these games, I 'm often reminded of spiritual warfare.

The Bible says that we wrestle against spiritual powers, not flesh and blood. Recently my friend and mentor Homer Owen (Subscribe) shared Graham Cooke's The Way of the Warrior with me. This is some of the most powerful information I have encountered in years.

Here are just a few semi-quotes:

"(Instead of whining, asking 'Why,' etc.), when we're faced with an attack or adversity, the two key questions, learned from reading about Pentecost, are these: 'What does this mean?' and 'What must I do?'"

"You cannot walk in logic and faith."

"You must choose logic and reason or wisdom and revelation."

"Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that we should not lean on our own understanding. In other words, logic doesn't 'cut it.'"

"We are to become citizens of Heaven, on earth."

"Love, not faith, is the issue. When I know God loves me, I can trust Him for anything. He is so big that He can turn anything, no matter how negative, into something that benefits me."

Now some of you may be tempted to twist these words and conclude that Cooke is saying it's OK to jump out of a building, or to take some other illogical action, because God will take care of it. That is not what Cooke is saying. If you think you disagree, first spend some time studying his materials.

I really encourage you to get a copy of this and other of his teachings and begin to apply them in your life, especially during this election year, when so many people of all political stripes believe that their candidate/party (instead of God) has the answers.

Until next month,