Being humble is the key to winning every single battle. And allow me to clarify. Being humble is in no way, shape or form the same thing as being weak. It is being so very powerful, using every ounce of strength enough to fall before the Ultra-Powerful God of the universe and admit you need help and ask Him for it. Then He fights for you and He wins for you any possible battle ever. And the shame is that most people will not allow God to prove this truth in their lives. They prideful want to cling to each battle and keep it going for years and keep trying or running (addiction fantasies) for years, getting depressed or beat down or bitter or ruined. The winning is so simple if you choose it but it requires taking off the pride and clothing with humility and falling before God. So simple. So true. So beautiful. Worth a go, truly. It works. My life attests to this truth.❤
As tears flow generously down the afore stained cheek, he mourns.
For loss of complete family and years of criticism, he breaks.
For neglect and demands and no free space, he wishes more.
While seeking meaning and purpose, he is scoffed.
In deep hormonal imbalance of teen season, he is insecure.
For him, I write love. I write courage. I write understanding. I write meaning. I write purpose. I write eternal security. I write truth. I am his Bible.❤
I love boxing. I love to watch, love to fight. I fight inside myself too. I seem born to fight. Unsure if from heredity (my Daddy was a boxing instructor in the Marines) or nostalgia (watching matches with him as a kid) or just the overwhelming drive and energy built into me, I really enjoy the fight. I don’t like losing though. Really really don’t like losing. So I have a way to win every fight inside me. This works. To win every fight within your soul, on do two simple things. The first is lay down and give up. The second is to give the fight away to God. He can win against everything. I didn’t say it was exciting. Refusing to fight IS actually an action, though, in this case. We bow out of the fight against the roaring flood of our pride. Our pride says we can beat this. We can win. And I always did before. But. Eventually we will come against a fight we cannot win, too big an opponent. And God will not fight for us if our enormous egos are blocking His way. So when faced with a small battle inside, start practicing your new line of defense: your double play: surrender the fight and give it to God to fight. He can not lose to anyone or anything.
“Be humble under God’s powerful hand so he will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds of suffering. And after you suffer for a short time, God, who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in his glory in Christ, a glory that will continue forever. All power is his forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 5:6-11
The dumb people of this world, bless their hearts, are easy to spot. You just listen for their nonstop opinions on things they know little if anything about. And then there’s the idiotic behavior they exhibit proudly and the moronic and dangerous way they drive. They are easy to avoid or at least recognize so protection against their schemes and slander is easy. The smart ones are much more cunning and clever. This can be a very good thing if harnessed properly but a very horrible thing if not. The smart and quieter ones hide stuff. They keep their secrets and lies mingled. They bottle up their emotions and express their anger or jealously in quiet and patient ways, often calculating and obsessing about it. This smart ones who choose to lie figure our exactly what might work and the lies flow like butter. You never quite know where you stand. Of course this is all working under the assumption that people would actually choose to do things that are wrong, aka sin. You see, in these days, people will be lovers of self, following any whim and desire that pops into their heads, regardless of consequences or how it makes anyone else feel. This appears to be true of everyone (Christian and non-Christian alike) who is not purposefully serving and worshipping and focusing on God. I see it everywhere, in about every home. Even Christian (supposedly) homes, spouses often focus on their own desires rather than serving God and their spouse/family. This should not be. The dumb ones at least warn you of their thoughts by actively revealing them to you. The “smart” ones sneak and peek and say one thing and do whatever they want whenever there is a cover up to be had- which there always is because lies are always in great supply. The enemy, the father of lies, sees to that. So, guard your hearts, dear ones, for the you only can control and know your own. Leave the rest to God and shine in the face of everything else. You are a treasure, no matter what battle you face. You are loved, no matter who treats you unkindly. You are amazing, no matter who treats you as less than amazing.
As followers of Christ, we turn the other cheek. However, there is a season for standing your ground. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Herein lies one of my life’s greatest quandaries. Born from a Marine/Farmer, you stand against blows and when hit, strike back hard enough for them to never do it again. And in America, I firmly believe we should hold that standard for our country and its armies against our national enemies and terrorists. Yes, at that time, striking back is necessary. The other time it is necessary, I have determined personally, is with bullies. A bully will continue pushing against your freedom in favor of his own indefinitely until you stand up against him. Then, like all cowardice bullies, he will run and not bother you again. You also must fight against eminent danger and threats. Someone has a knife to you, you do everything you can to fight or get away or hurt him in any way you can. That is innate so must not be wrong. Now, for social issues, where pride is wounded or hurt and that is all, I believe we are to turn the other cheek. You don’t add fuel to their slander. You don’t dignify their personal attack with a response. Pride is our enemy. When our pride becomes more important to us than the potential witness we could be to that broken person, we are sinning in response to their sin. Don’t fight back,in this instance. Love. Know how lost they are and feel sorry for them. Remember that our fights are not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual enemy and his minions. We fight these evil beings by reading our Bibles and praying and worshiping God, our protector and defender. That is what I have determined. We must follow our convictions and these are mine.
Today’s sermon raised some very good points that I will now share with you. Whereas I am generally not an enormous fan of sermons (no offense, sermon givers), when they are in agreement and pretty much right out of the Bible and not laden with opinions of humans, I can enjoy them. This particular sermon was out of James 5:13 to the end of the chapter. His first point was my favorite and said that God’s will for us is for us to be like Christ so he places things in our lives to assist us in becoming more like Christ. He is not interested in our preferences but what we need to do what He intends us to do. We are here a short time to learn this and do the best at it we can and then we are done and go to heaven. That is His will. His goal for us is to be more like Christ. Our goals for ourselves may be quite different, but He will win and we may as well let Him. To the best of our ability, we should avoid getting into a boxing ring or power of wills with the all powerful God of the universe. When we say we are going to do this or that without consulting God or allowing for Him to change our circumstances or direction, we step into the boxing ring and boast in our arrogance that we know what is best for us. James is quite clear that that level of arrogance is evil. We should pray about our decisions and see what doors God opens for us to walk through and say, Lord willing. A good thought.