CONCLUSIONS DRAWN FROM THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ANTHONY BOURDAIN

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Last week, we were informed of the tragic suicidal death of Anthony Bourdain, world renown chef, author, storyteller, and star of CNN’s popular show, Parts Unknown. Apparently, Mr. Bourdain was struggling in his emotional life behind closed doors, although he looked as though he had everything to live for. He had fame and fortune, and traveled all over the world, taking one excursion after another. He appeared to be at the top of his game, but in private, he battled the demonic and was not able to overcome the sadness and hopelessness that had overtaken his soul.  This is such a tremendous loss, and I am so sorry this happened. When I heard the news, I was completely stunned.

I have no idea what Tony Bourdain’s spiritual state was when he chose to leave this world on his own terms. I am not judging him in any way because I Corinthians 4:5 says, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” I pray that he knew the Lord as his personal Savior. However, after pondering this sad situation, I came to the following conclusions:

  1. It’s important to share the Gospel with people, even if they look like they don’t need it or want it. Jesus said the Pharisees were like whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27). Just because someone looks good on the outside, doesn’t mean that is a reflection of what is going on inside them. There is a popular song called People Need the Lord, and that is so true in today’s world. Regardless of what a person looks like externally, he or she is in desperate need of the Lord.
  2. We need to have an attitude of urgency. People are dying without Christ every day and being doomed to spend an eternity apart from our heavenly Father. We have to put aside our own agendas and pursue God’s agenda: winning souls. If we urgently share the Good News with others, perhaps we might be able to help those who are in the same desperate situation that Mr. Bourdain was and head off disaster. Our sense of urgency could end up changing the course of someone’s life.
  3. We must be as bold and relentless in sharing the Gospel as Satan is in spreading his deception and lies. The enemy is on the attack. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus said He came so that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). The enemy is bold in his attempt to destroy lives, and he boldly injects his lies into our minds as often as possible. He also is very persistent and does not give up easily. Therefore, if we are to win people to Christ and snatch them out of the kingdom of darkness, as believers, we must wage a fierce counterattack that is equally as bold and relentless.

In closing, I urge you to reflect on how you can step up your game in sharing the Good News. Who in your sphere of influence needs to hear about Jesus? Who looks like they have it all together, but in reality, they are suffering in silence? Who is the Holy Spirit telling you to talk to, but you have turned a deaf ear to the still small voice? Is fear is keeping you from sharing the Gospel? If so, I encourage you to pray the following prayer I found on the Internet (http://voice-wilderness.org/questions-about-god/how-to-overcome-the-fear-of-man):

“God, if you will take the fear of man away from me, I will never miss an opportunity to speak for you. Wherever I am, if I feel your elbow in my ribs, I’ll say whatever you want me to say, to whomever you want me to say it.” Amen.

Therefore, let’s follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit, die to self, overcome our fears, share the Gospel with abandon, and take as many people to heaven with us as possible.

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A PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON WEAKNESSES

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Today, I want to talk to you about weaknesses. Yes, weaknesses. We all have them, and we don’t like to talk about them. The enemy continuously tries to heap guilt and condemnation on us because of our imperfections. Therefore, how you view your weaknesses can make all the difference in the world. In fact, if you don’t have the proper perspective, your mental health is destined to be adversely affected.

God Himself purposely built strengths and weaknesses into each of us when He fashioned us in our mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” That means He knew what imperfections you would possess before you ever showed up on planet earth. The question is why did God “equip” you with weaknesses? Believe it or not, weaknesses serve several good purposes:

  1. They differentiate us from the Creator. God’s perfect, we’re not. This is a simple but profound truth in that if we were perfect, we would be God. Therefore, our weaknesses force to recognize that God is on a different and higher level. Matthew 23:8 says, “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.” Therefore, we must reverence Him for Who He is, the Almighty Creator of the Universe.
  2. They equalize us as human beings. Regardless of what strengths you may have, how beautiful your exterior, or what your socioeconomic status may be, the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Our heavenly Father built in weaknesses so that we would not get a haughty spirit and think that we are better than others. Everyone has strengths, and everyone has weaknesses. That truth keeps us grounded and helps us to fight pride, condemnation, and inferiority the devil attempts to heap upon us.
  3. They keep us dependent on God. In 2 Corinthians 12:8, Paul asked God to take away the thorn in His flesh three times, but God refused and said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” He forced the apostle to depend on Him, and our weaknesses serve the same purpose in our lives. God built in weaknesses so that we won’t become self-sufficient.  They are a necessary part of our existence that keeps us divinely connected to the Father.
  4. They force us to depend on each other. Because of our weaknesses, the Body of Christ is unified. Our weaknesses compel us to be an interconnected group of people who need each other. I Corinthians 12:21 says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” Therefore, God allowed each of us to have weaknesses so that we can depend on each other to get the help we need and provide access to spiritual gifts we lack.

So, you see?  Weaknesses aren’t so bad after all. They are nothing to be ashamed of, and we can freely admit that we have them. The enemy is the one who wants to shame us over our weaknesses, but God is merciful and will never reject us because of them. In His wisdom, He lovingly built “flaws” into us for an express purpose. Therefore, we need to embrace the righteousness Jesus died to give us and remember that we are accepted at all times by God in spite of the weaknesses He has “blessed” us to have.

What is your view on weaknesses and how have you come to terms with your own? Please share by leaving a comment below. 

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