1,2,3 I haven’t lost one yet..

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Once you lose your voice, you lose your power, and it can be really hard to find it again..

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Lies are nothing more than distractions from the truth. Much like a mosquito bite, the more you focus on them, the more they itch.

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“No need to be intimidated, I am just like you.”

We seek the validation of kings while patronizing the words of children.

What if while speaking to you I said,

“No need to be intimidated, I’m just like you.”

I think it’s one of those paradoxical statements?

A paradox – a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

The true part being we are all the same (human), so their is no need to let anyone intimidated you –

The paradox of it all – It might explain my moment of confusion when these words were spoke to my husband and me by a pastor. He’s the pastor at a Christian school. We were there to enroll our youngest daughter.

“No need to be intimidated, I’m just like you.” Pastor John (name changed)

Better? – Seemly humble now???

But nothing has changed except our concept of the person speaking.

Renewing our minds..We can’t think like the world. We are one Body and Christ the Head.

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matt.

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

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.