Category Archives: Greatest Among You

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Wonder Woman – A Surprising Emblem for Christians

 

*spoiler alert!

Directed by a woman and starring a woman, the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, has a surprising parallel with the Christian church. Movie goers watch the ultimate fight, as a spiritual metaphor emerges for Christians and the corporate body of Christ. A classic tale of good versus evil, Gal Gadot who plays Diana as Wonder Woman represents the god killer! She is fearless but uncertain of her identity. Ares, the fallen god of war, exhibits immense power. He professes Diana’s true identity while simultaneously makes an effort to entice her to join him on the dark side of this war. In his rage against humanity, he points out the futility of a fallen and blemished species, undeserving, weak and cruel! Diana sees what the darkness in people can do. She would be blind not to acknowledge the pain people cause each other in their greed for power and thirst for war. Nevertheless, she also feels love which proves to be more powerful. She thrusts her sword towards Ares to destroy him but it quickly disintegrates, “only a god can kill another god” Ares professes. Her weapon did not have the power, she did, “you are the god killer!” he confirms. She can’t believe what she is hearing. Is it true, is she the god killer?

This scene powerfully depicts the Christian church likened to Wonder Woman and her fight against Ares likened to our battle with the devil. Satan is always enticing, tempting, and gloating how humans hurt humans to turn us against God and each other. There is no good in him. He incites evil and we have all felt his pain. He delights in the suffering that we’ve caused each other. In doing so, he hopes to deceive us into joining his destruction: he knows his impending doom is quickly approaching. The church is powerful and strong when submitted to the holy spirit but she often forgets her identity in Christ. Jesus explained to Peter,

“upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).”

Jesus is the rock that the church is built and he has empowered his people to defeat the forces of darkness. Say it with me, hell will NOT prevail in your life.

The church is filled with the “god killer” who has authority over Satan’s plans and schemes. A queen remembers well, “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods (Dan 5:11).” We are filled with power, fully equipped to defeat our enemy and we need to rise up and fight the devil! Yes, some have perverted the truth of this power. They have puffed themselves up as equals to God to acquire earthly wealth and acquire a cult type following, but ignore them! This is not the purpose of our power. Jesus sent out seventy-two of his followers: they came back to him and reported,

“…Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

Is there an Ares in your life who has set out to defeat you!? It is time to rise and defeat the enemy in your life. Resist the devil’s enticements. Refuse to have an identity crisis. We can do it, we are filled with the holy spirit; more powerful than any other god (little g)! Believe the word of God and trust Jesus. It is not through our own power but from the spirit of God who lives in us. Cast away those mountains in your life, Jesus said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14)”.

WE only need to believe.  In this battle with Ares, Wonder Woman renders powerful imagery likened to the Christian empowered by the spirit of God, fully able to defeat the enemy. It is not a Christian film, it makes no claims to promote morality or meet any other Christian standard. Go see the movie!


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Credentials

Star had her first vision at 16 years old and many dreams. Her desire to discover the mystery of dreams and visions from the Lord intensified when her Mother passed away after having a dream of Jesus return.

Star received her Masters of Arts in Religion Biblical Studies from Liberty University in Jan of 2012

She continued her studies and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Theology in March, 2013

From 16 years old Star worked in the adult entertainment industry for 13 years where she met Andrew DeRiso and his future wife Christina. She finally surrendered to Jesus as Lord of her life when she became pregnant with her 2nd child outside of wedlock in 2006.


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Getting Entangled in the World – It’s not what you think!

entangled heartAs Christians, we have no choice but to get entangled into the systems of our world. Of course we can TRY to go “rogue” and live off on our own but we will inevitably find ourselves still answering to those governments of authority, the politics of our workplace, and the means by which we travel, buy and sell through the systems in which we live. It’s a novel idea to think that one will be left unscathed. Jesus (guiltless), was also entangled in the world, one filled with the corruption of religion and politics. Ultimately he would lay down his life as he had willingly become entangled by its rules and consequences.

So what do you think was the point by going about saving the world this way? While innocent, Jesus allowed himself to be caught in the system but why did he choose to submit to the process? Why didn’t he just crack the sky open and make an announcement “obey me I am God”? Here’s a thought, it’s because this is where his children live, die and love! This is where we are, he came to walk with us and save us. He wanted to stand face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart to prove his love for us. Philippians 2:5-8 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

So the next time that self-important thought comes to mind that you are better than the entangled system you find yourself in (and maybe you really are, Jesus was) instead of picking up attitude and haughty eyes…humble yourself, take a deep breath and ask Jesus what he wants from you during the process. God is less focused on your occupation as he weights your heart’s disposition. He is less impressed by your accomplishments and is much more concerned with your relationships. And just maybe where you are caught is more about who you are caught with. Trust Him. Submit to the Process!


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Ugly Christmas Sweater

Category : Greatest Among You , Serve

Ugly Christmas SweaterIt’s almost 11pm at night and I just finished sewing up an Ugly Christmas Sweater for my daughter’s last day at school before her winter break. Tomorrow I will likely sew another for my son’s church youth group’s Christmas party. All the sewing I’ve done lately reminds me of the sacrifices my mother use to make when and I was young and she was still alive; the kind that only an adult whose years are passing and with school age children in the home can truly appreciate. She would stay up all hours of the night as the house hummed of the sewing machine with her foot tapping the pedal. My mother sacrificially served numerous groups and churches she was a part of, throwing every extra moment she could to sew for the Choir’s Christmas costumes or her workplace team’s latest event in order to serve her friends. I often think it was her attempt to please God, and in turn, it would make her all too deprived life a bit more happy and festive. I find myself thinking this way too. Jesus says, “the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27-28) As a mother of 5, I don’t know how my momma found the time to serve as much as she did at times but the next time you are feeling exhausted for serving the people who God put in your life, remember that Jesus understands and must be proud of our serving hands.

Luke 22:27-28 “the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.