In Fight or Flight, We always Stand

At first glance Jesus and the apostles appear to be pretty docile. They were often subjected to unfair and unjust treatment, and never really seemed to “fight” back. Sometimes they would even flee from dangerous situations.

We read verses like,

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matt. 5:39

And

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matt 5:44

On the surface they seem to convey a submisive and passive way of being. But given some consideration, I find the reality to be quite the opposite.

The Bible is not instructing us to submit to sin or sinful people, but to stand on God’s Word/Truth and submit to God..

I truly believe we will never fight harder or suffer more as when we choose by standing up for Truth and stand against sin. That’s is what we see in the life of the Jesus and the apostles.

Wheather in fight or flight may we always Stand.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7

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How do we identify ourselves as Sinners or Saints?

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 8-10

We have all sinned and no one is saved except by God’s grace, but do we define ourselves by our old nature (sinners) or as new creations in Jesus Christ (saints)?

Keeping in mind,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:2

Apostle Paul often addressed those who are in Christ Jesus as Saints, but

*I’ve noticed we often refer to ourselves as sinners.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,….

So what does “saint” mean,

The word translated the Greek “ἅγιος” (hagios), which derives from the verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo), which means “to set apart”, “to sanctify”, or “to make holy”. Wiki.

In Christ, our sins have been washed by the blood….

.…. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11

Sin is now outside of who we are in Christ.
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippines 3:9
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

And to stand, it is by His rightouseness. It is part of our armor.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

The accuser likes to remind us of our sins, trying to keep us living under the Law of sin and death.

But Faith in action says…

Our sins have been washed by the blood. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but under the law of Grace. We have become new creations in Christ and our righteousness is of Him!
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:7

Our identy is in Him!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

How often do we submit to the manipulation of other people? And when we do, we are doing just the opposite of this verse.

Manipulation is a form of witchcraft. We know the enemy works through people. Never allow other people to control you. We are to be led by the Holy Spirit. Don’t drinking the Kool-Aid; It’s a slow fade. Question everything you hear and read. Don’t assume others “know” better than you. Don’t assume they feel and think the same a you. Watch for red flags..fear, guilt, shame, belittling, controlling…

A good test …Do they respect your “no?”

Trying to prove yourself –

“If you are really a Christian you would”…

Remember this

“If you really are the Son of God”…

Don’t try to prove yourself to people. By doing so you are submitting to their judgement…you are putting them in the position of god over you.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

No one likes salt in their wounds or to stand in the light of another.

However neither were put into place to condemned, but bring about the healing.

The use of salt water can be traced back to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, all of whom used it to treat cuts, wounds, mouth sores and skin irritations.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

With all our “fact finding” and “memes” we miss the beauty of the simple Truth.

Contending for the Faith

“Man is becoming as narrowly “practical” as the irrational animals. In lecturing to popular audiences I have repeatedly found it almost impossible to make them understand that I recommended Christianity because I thought its affirmations to be objectively true. They are simply not interested in the question of truth or falsehood. They only want to know if it will be comforting, or “inspiring,” or socially useful.”

— C.S. Lewis, from “Modern Man and His Categories of Thought,” Present Concerns

Love versus Lust

It’s often hard to tell the difference. Christian love versus Fish love.

Fish Love

“Young man, why are you eating that fish?”

“Because I love fish,” the young man answers.

“Oh, you love the fish. That’s why you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it. Don’t tell me you love the fish. You love yourself, and because the fish tastes good to you, therefore you took it out of the water and killed it and boiled it.”

Story from Rabbi Abraham

The young man sought only to feed his own flesh.

For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

Love versus love of self…

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NIV

“When did we see you?” The righteous when seeing a need in others set out to meet that need. (Without thought) Love….

“When did we see you?” But the unrightous never see others at all. Fish love. The Love of self

But still a person’s got to eat right?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

When is God going to use me???

Some where in my Christian walk I became convinced that for God to use me I had to first become someone great.  You know like write an amazing Christian book or start a healing ministery.. But when I do look back on my life and see the times the Lord has used me I inevitably think,

Well that wasn’t me, it was you Lord.

It’s not false humility or anything just the facts…And I really think that’s how it’s supposed to work – Him working through us.  To God be the Glory!

 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  Romans 12:1

Then I also remember the verses below in Matthew 25… I believe they are the results of changed heart, a heart that loves.

When His love becomes so natural to us, we don’t even realize He has been loving others through us.  ( I rhymed) hehehehehe. Anyway…

If we see that someone is thirsty we natural would offer them a drink. Right?

But maybe in this we find a clue…

“If we see”…Some saw the hungry, sick, lonely, ect ….while others did not.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

It seems too, that worrying less about myself  and “my doing” is really freeing me up to “see others” more.

And I LIKE THAT.