If we are not careful in our relationships then the gap opens up.
Luke 22:31-32 NIV
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
When things go wrong in relationships the gap will open up and Satan will get in there. Satan wants to run our lives in the ground, crush it and sift through.
Satan is mostly after the people who have made the decision to make Jesus Lord of their lives. People who don’t care about God are where Satan wants them to be.
When challenges happen we have to mind the gap because Satan is sifting through. God allows Satan to sift through. God knows that our faith grows stronger.
Satan wants to kill my faith. But if I stay faithful my faith grows stronger.
1) Walk Closely With God
Do I spend daily time with God? It’s a matter of conviction.
Mark 1:35 NIV
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Jesus did mind the gap and made it a priority to keep it closed.
Psalm 145:18 NIV
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
2) Stand Side by Side With Your Leaders
1 Samuel 14:1-10 NIV
One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.  Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,  among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.  On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.  One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.  Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. ”  “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”  Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.  If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them.  But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands. ”
That doesn’t look like a great plan. His armour-bearer was probably inspired by Jonathan’s faith. Saul left a mess. Things needed rebuilding.
Who am I in this story? Who does God want me to be?
Here I can be a Jonathan or the armour-bearer. The armour bearer was not behind. There was no gap.
Matthew 18:19-21 NIV
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Heart-level devotion to one another.
If I’m not giving generously then I’m not fighting side by side! The poor widow gave both coins, not just the one!
Ephesians 3:10 NIV
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms
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