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Bad Bosses and Irritating People, part IV

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Standing in Judgment

“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions…who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way…(Romans 14:1, 4, 7-13, NAS).”

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1, NAS).”

It is exceedingly difficult, nay, impossible, for the flesh of mankind to not pass judgment on those who offend and/or irritate us. However, it is through the Spirit of God exclusively that we are supernaturally capable of overcoming such judgment against others. Sufficed to say, there is no one who can honestly say that judgment does not cross their mind and heart from time to time – after all, it is human nature and we dwell temporarily is this earthen vessel.

In order to be successful in this or any area of God’s commands, we must remember that we are no longer of the human race, but of the heavenly race – the Kingdom race. We are but strangers and aliens in the earth sent from heaven to bring heaven down to earth. This is so because we are dead and our only life is Christ. In other words, once in Christ, our earthly origin ceases and our heavenly origin begins.

If you are like I, people irritate you! In our irritation, judgment can easily take hold of our hearts and grow bitter roots. Hebrews 12:15 is clear about bitterness: “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” Operating in a judgmental/critical spirit against others no matter how innocent it may seem, causes bitter roots to spring within our hearts like weeks and they taint not only our walk with God with it takes others down with us.

Because of the nature of the flesh in which we currently remain, it is altogether a necessity to hone in on the Spirit of God within us through our spirit-man. If we do not daily (moment to moment) purposefully tap into Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves in the midst of fleshly judgment. We can defend it all day long but unless we, one, choose to recognize that we have indeed passed critical judgment in our hearts as well as, two, choose to repent of it and lay it at the foot of the cross, things will not change as we would otherwise hope. Pray though we may for God to remove us or the irritant, nothing will change until we allow God to transform us from the inside out and love and accept others as they are.

We are not to regard a brother with contempt. This is why we are urged to go to a brother with whom we have a problem so as to resolve the matter. We are to conclude our conflicts, not simply for our selves, but for the greater good of the Kingdom of God. For this reason, there is to be unity between the brethren and we should seek peace at all times, respecting one another.

One who is rebellious, for instance, will be perpetually faced with people who “force” them to rebel because, from where God stands, He recognizes the need for the weaknesses of rebellion to be exposed so that the individual will choose to deal with it through God’s strength. Otherwise, if they continue in their rebellion, the same old obstacles and irritating people will continuously come in their path; hence, frustration remains.

Likewise, one who is impatient will continually come in contact with people who try their patience. One who is timid in their faith will continuously be put in situations where they need to be bold. One who is confrontational will be put in situations where they need to submit in both humility and silence, and so on.

For me personally, the nature of the flesh in which I dwell is exceedingly confrontational. I have to be diligent with my time tapping into Holy Spirit continuously so as to be able to clearly discern when to confront a situation and when to be silent. In everything we say and do, it is a walk of balance that can only come from personal intimacy with Holy Spirit. There should never be a break in our communion with Yahweh.

Until we begin to view everything in everyday life as for the Kingdom of God instead of for or against us personally, not only will circumstances not change, but they will invariably grow worse. Since everything ultimately originates from God whether it comes from Satan’s hand or wicked men, we must say with humility instead of irritation, “What is it You, Yahweh, are trying to show me that I have not yet seen? Reveal my weaknesses to me so that Your strength may prevail in order for Your Kingdom to be advanced through me in the earth. I trust You and submit to You for Your honor and Your glory. Whatever You desire, I desire. Whatever You love, I love. Whatever You hate, I hate.”

There’s always a lesson. There’s always a God-plan. There’s always hope. There’s always growth that He desires to come forth from us, for us and, most importantly, for His great name’s sake. No situation or scenario is in vain or to hurt us. It isn’t even for punishment’s sake; it is always for the Kingdom of God. May we keep our spiritual eye open to see the bigger picture always and remember that you do not belong to yourself, but to the Lord our Great God. I remind myself of this daily so as to stay on heavenly point instead of veering away from the path of God.

 

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).”

 

I hope you’ll come back next week. If you’re interested in reading more, please go to my website and check out my books or my ministry Facebook page.

Peace and blessings,

Alexys V. Wolf

www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

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Bad Bosses and Irritating People, part III

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Bad Bosses and Irritating People, Part III

Philippians 1:27 (NAS): “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Ephesians 6:5-8 (NAS): “Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, AS TO CHRIST…as SLAVES OF CHRIST, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, AS TO THE LORD, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this HE WILL RECEIVE BACK FROM THE LORD…”

I Timothy 6:1-2 (NAS): “All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that (here’s the “why” of it) the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.”

 

Verse after verse we read God’s instruction as to how to treat a boss, believer or non-believer. Since all authority is placed by God, good or bad in the natural, they are there to serve so as to refine us in our walk with Yahweh. We are to honor them, not for our sake or theirs, but more so for the sake of God’s great name and His kingdom. When we refuse to obey, we are refusing obedience to God; of course we are not speaking of doing that which is ungodly.

If you, for instance, have a boss that is constantly making demands of you that you feel are unreasonable, you should do it without grumbling or complaining. Certainly if you need to go up the chain of command, that is not out of the question. However, in the mean time, you are commanded of God to honor and respect whoever is in a position of authority over you. This is when you would need to rely solely upon the promise of Yahweh that says that God will repay you. When God’s people honor those in authority, we honor God. Our reward if forthcoming; it is not an if, but a when.

If you are dealing with law enforcement, they are not your boss from whom you receive your pay, but they are in fact your authority. If you don’t want to be in fear of them, it would behoove us all to obey the law. Romans 13-7, reads “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves…therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake… render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”

I often think of Daniel when the law was set against him for the purpose of entrapment. He did not kick and scream and shout profanities at the king or his enforcers. He did not protest by chaining himself to a tree or hold a sit-in. He did not demand that they make things right and boastfully state, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m the servant of the Most High God! You better make things right or else!” – on the contrary.

Daniel being the true man of God that he was quietly continued to do as he always did. He didn’t change anything. He wasn’t loud or obnoxious – he remained steady and sure. He did not obey the wicked law because it was against God. At the same time, he did not disrespect the king who made the law, foolish though it was. By humbly conducting himself in a manner worthy of the King of kings, God protected him. Even the king who made the law did everything he could to release and save Daniel.

That is how the supernatural Kingdom of God is able to manifest itself in the earth! When we do things God’s way, solely depending upon God to render good back to His people, the atmosphere shifts in ways that we ourselves could never make happen. Because of Daniel’s humility, faith, and steadfastness, multitudes witnessed the righteous, supernatural, mighty had of God.

Let us be ever mindful of doing things God’s way as unto Him so as to preserve the good name of Yahweh whom we say we serve. Taking matters into our own hands will surely cause chaos. Hebrews 13:17 states “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week. If you’re interested in reading more, please go to my website and check out my books or my ministry Facebook page.

Peace and blessings,

Alexys V. Wolf

www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

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Bad Bosses and Irritating People, part I

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“For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil (Romans 13:3-4, NAS).”

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19, NAS).”

 

Since we are called to be obedient, any rebellion against God’s word is as witchcraft as we read in I Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft), and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.” When Yahweh instructs His holy people to submit to authority, good or bad, we are to do it with joy knowing that God (not the person) will repay/reward us in due season. We must view obedience and submission to a bad boss as unto the Lord, not as unto man.

 Colossians 3:23: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, AS TO THE LORD, and NOT UNTO MEN.”

I often think of Joseph. He had to submit to rulers that were set against God; he was a slave to an Egyptian (the enemy of the Israelite’s and God). When propositioned by Potiphar’s wife, a beautiful woman, Joseph refused because of His dedication to God, not his dedication to Potiphar. Joseph did not argue or defend himself to Potiphar when falsely accused. He merely went to prison trusting that God had a better plan in store – he trusted God’s prophecy. In addition, he served the Lord to the fullest extent while in prison instead of murmuring against and second-guessing God who had proclaimed greatness over him. Humility in tough situations is something completely supernatural – of Holy Spirit and not of the fleshly man.

Few accomplish this because most allow their flesh to rule instead of Holy Spirit within – an earthly (external) mindset instead of a Kingdom (eternal) mindset. It requires prayer and supplication (constant communion with and focus on Yeshua) at all times and in all things being willing to submit to God and trusting in His ways instead of seeing it only as unto the unreasonable boss or set of earthly rules.

Though no one has perfected this, myself included at times, isn’t it time we begin to purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord as unto God? We need to stop looking at the man/person (earthly), and look only The King, The Ruler (supernatural); but instead, we look only at what pleases or displeases us in the moment. To usurp authority positioned by God in the earth is rebellion against God.

Humility in hard places is something completely supernatural – of Holy Spirit, not of the fleshly man. It requires prayer and supplication (constant communion with and focus on the Lord) at all times and in all things being willing to submit to God and trusting in His way instead of seeing it only as unto the unreasonable boss, person, people or set of earthly rules.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15, NAS).”

“But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:15, NAS).”

I hope you’ll come back next week as we continue to explore the subject of humility with bad bosses and irritating people. If you’re interested in reading more on this subject, please go to my website and check out my books.

Peace and blessings,

Alexys V. Wolf

thefierysword@windstream.net

www.thefierysword.com

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Forgiveness and Humility

ImageMatthew 5:25: Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

 

Just as pride comes before the fall, humility comes before honor. There is no honor without humility first. Humility dictates that a person demands to be judged and reckoned by others. If outward humility is not the result of inward humility, it is very dangerous because it becomes an outward display of deception. To put it another way: the outward expression of humility must always be a result of inward grace at work. Humility is the direct nature of God therefore we are advised to take advantage of every opportunity of humility.

Jesus was humility made manifest in the earth. We all know that if we are accused of something for which we are guilty, we must confess, apologize and make it right – and that’s difficult enough! If we are wrongfully accused, what then? Do we have the right to jump into a debate with someone, yelling (or calmly stating) how wrong they are about us? Absolutely not! Rather, instead of arguing, we should respond by apologizing to them for having given them the impression that we did or said what they think we did or said. Ask how we can make it right. When your opponent is faced with your humility, how can they successfully come against you? This is walking in a perpetual condition of forgiveness before someone offends.

We need to get it in our spirit-man that our Defender is far greater than the offender (Satan). We are never to defend ourselves. Walk away if you must, but don’t get into a showdown of words trying to convince someone they are wrong. When has that ever accomplished anything good? When someone thinks something in their heart, no amount of words you speak can turn them away from their opinion. Only God can change a heart. Don’t waste time and energy, and for heaven’s sake, don’t jeopardize your personal walk with God because someone thinks something incorrectly about you. It isn’t worth it.

God will prove them wrong in time; you needn’t concern yourself with such petty matters because truth will always surface in due season. Keep integrity intact and it will protect you in the long run.

 

Peace and blessings,

 Alexys V. Wolf

www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

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Humility and Authority

Deep humility precedes great authority. Often, we humans believe that in order to have authority, we need to push ourselves forward, to pump ourselves up and to boss others around. True authority is born out of a deep humility and it is not something that needs to be flaunted. It is just there. Visible and felt without a need to shout it out. Jesus had an authority that was felt and sensed by all who came into contact with Him.

His authority came with great humility. As the Son of God, He humbled Himself to leave heaven to come to earth as a helpless infant. He allowed Himself to go through the rigours of childhood, bowing His head in submission and obedience to His earthly parents, all the while knowing who He was. He waited and bided His time until He was thirty years old.

Jesus demonstrated Luke 16:10 to us. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” ~ New Living Translation.

Most of us want to jump the little character building steps to get to the top rung. We forget that we need to be faithful in each of the little character building steps on our path before we can get to the top rung. We need to humble ourselves first in submission to the authorities God has placed in our lives. We need to have integrity in what we are responsible to do, no matter how unimportant it is, no matter how much we do not want to do it. A child, no matter how loved he is, cannot be given complete control of an entire business empire when he is only 8 years old. He has to be groomed, taught, and when he is finally old enough, has to learn from the bottom level of the business so that he will be able to understand the company in its entirety. When he has proved that he is able to handle the responsibility, then and only then, will he be given the reins to the company.

In the same way, no matter what it is that we are called to do, no matter how talented or gifted we are, we need to learn to walk in true humility, submission and obedience to the Word and will of God to be able to be faithful with the little He gives us in order that one day, we might be proven to have the character to be able to handle the authority that comes with greater things.


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Christ the Lowly, part VII

January 27 2014
Christ the Lowly, part VII

“Agree quickly with your adversary (Matthew 5:25, NAS).”

“It is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded (II Corinthians 6:7, NAS).”

“We are to clothe ourselves daily in humility (I Peter 5:5, NAS).”
Just as pride comes before the fall, humility comes before honor. There is no honor without humility first. Humility dictates that a person demands to be judged and reckoned by others. If outward humility is not the result of inward humility, it is very dangerous because it becomes an outward show of deceit. To put it another way: the outward expression of humility must always be a result of inward grace at work. Humility is the direct nature of God. Take advantage of every opportunity of humility.

Jesus is the perfect example of humility. We all know that if we are accused of something for which we are guilty, we must confess, apologize and make it right. However, what if we are wrongfully accused? What then? Do we have the right to jump into a debate with someone, yelling (or calmly stating) how wrong they are about us? Absolutely not! Rather, instead of arguing, we should respond by apologizing to them for having given them the impression that we did or said what they think we did or said. Ask how we can make it right. When your opponent is faced with your humility, how can they successfully come against you?

We need to get it in our spirit-man that our defender (Christ) is far greater than the offender (Satan). We are never to defend ourselves. Walk away if we must, but don’t get into a showdown of words trying to convince someone they are wrong. When has that ever accomplished anything good? When someone thinks something in their heart, no amount of words we speak can turn them away from their opinion. Only God can change a heart. Don’t waste time and energy, and for heaven’s sake, don’t jeopardize your personal walk with God because someone thinks something incorrect. It isn’t worth it. God will prove them wrong in time; we needn’t concern ourselves with such petty matters because truth will always surface in due season. Keep integrity intact and it will protect you in the long run.

Peace and blessings,

Alexys V. Wolf
http://www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

http://thefierysword.wordpress.com/


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FACING DECISIONS

By Neil Anderson

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January 26

Psalm 25:4 NIV 

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths

In today’s and tomorrow’s devotionals, I would like to share with you 10 questions you’ll want to ask yourself and pray about when you’re faced with a decision. The first five are generic. They represent moral issues and godly wisdom that are normative for all times.

Have you prayed about it? Prayer was never intended to be a fourth-down punting situation in which we ask God to bail us out of our hasty decisions. It was intended to be a first-down huddle. We aren’t supposed to ask God to bless our plans; we’re supposed to ask God for His plans.

Is it consistent with the Word of God? In our culture, ignorance of God’s Word is no excuse since resources abound. I believe that every home should have at least a concordance, a Bible dictionary, a topical Bible, a good commentary, and a study Bible with notes. Most pastors would love to share what God has to say about a given matter. If they wouldn’t, you have called the wrong pastor!

Can I do it and be a positive Christian witness? A seminary student stopped by my office and told me about a job he had been offered. It would take care of his financial needs, but he had some reservations concerning the sales pitch he was required to use. I asked him if he could use the sales technique and be a positive witness for Christ. He didn’t take the job.

Will the Lord be glorified? Can I do this and give glory to God? In doing it, would I be glorifying God in my body? Am I seeking the glory of man or the glory of God? Am I doing this to be noticed by man or am I seeking to please the Lord?

Am I acting responsibly? God doesn’t bail us out of our irresponsibility. But when we are faithful in little things, He will put us in charge of greater things. Don’t get ahead of God’s timing or you will be over your head in responsibilities. Seek to develop your life and message, and God will expand your ministry.

[To be continued tomorrow with the next five questions...]

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me take a good, hard look at these questions and then avoid at all costs any compromise with Your will in my life today.


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Christ the Lowly, Part V

“…thus says the Lord God, ‘Remove the turban and take off the crown; this will no longer be the same. Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high (Ezekiel 21:26, NAS).”

 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Matthew 11:29, KJV).”

 “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit… (Isaiah 57:15, NAS).”

 “For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar (Psalm 138:6, NAS).”

 

We who are within the Body of Christ are not here to be served, but to serve. Those who desire to be great will be brought down. Christ states that those who serve are the greatest among His people. Those who purpose in the name of Christ Jesus to serve the Body will be highly exalted in due season. Many misunderstand, but there is a huge difference between a slave and a servant. A slave is in bondage to his master and has no choice, therefore becomes easily embittered. A servant, on the other hand, is employed by choice by his superior. He serves with diligence because his payment is eminent.

A bondservant is a person who is released from slavery by their master, yet chooses to stay from a heart of dedication and love. Therefore this person is willing to do anything they are asked without hesitation or grudge. God’s bondservants who serve with a grateful heart will be rewarded by the Kingdom of heaven. The lower we humble ourselves before Christ and His people, the higher we are moved toward Christ. We lend more service as time goes by, not less. This honors God.

Our only purpose in this life is to glorify the Father. When we are focused on ourselves, we take the focus from God. Pride can be very subtle. Remember what I said about those most at risk? It is very easy to find ourselves out of spiritual sync with God because we forget whom we serve and the One who gives all ability to do what we do. We can easily allow the praises we receive from those around us to puff us internally.

When we are in a place of servitude, we must remember that there is no good but God, as. Therefore, if there is good coming from us, it is not us. We can tend to look down in judgment on those not doing what we are or how we are. To be judgmental comes from a spirit of pride. We all pass judgment. The key is being so aware of it that we don’t allow it to remain and take root. We must be quick to repent of a judgmental spirit and remove that foothold of the enemy. Keep in mind that we as the Body of Christ are to judge things according to the Spirit of God; this is righteous judgment – discernment. That differs greatly from being judgmental (viewing ourselves as better than another).

We, God’s holy people, also need to be careful about starting a testimony wanting to exalt God yet talk endlessly about ourselves and what we did or said in a certain situation. Human nature is to glorify self and get people to be in awe over how humble and selfless we seem to be.

Obviously, according to the Word, pride is an issue everyone somehow, somewhere, needs to deal with. Pride takes constant pruning. It grows like weeds and spreads itself as fast and as far as it can. It is unrelenting! It cannot be assumed that, once we have dealt with pride, it is never to be faced again. Our hearts require constant supervision. The fleshly nature is driven by pride; therefore, we all need to be alert to it on a regular basis.

 

I hope you’ll come back next week as we continue to explore the subject of humility. If you’re interested in reading more on this subject, please go to my website and check out my books.

Peace and blessings,

 

Alexys V. Wolf

www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

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Learning As I Teach

I decided to walk  one of our dogs, Judah, all by himself today as an opportunity to train him without the other two acting as distractions. My main focus was on getting him to walk alongside me at my ankles and not ahead of me, but the training session morphed into something slightly more. Many homes in our neighbourhood house several dogs. Thankfully, all these houses have high metal gates. I walked Judah further down than I normally do just to be nosy about checking out a house that I like, and in the meantime, I forgot about the really scary dogs who live in this one particular house across the street from the house I like.

There is a rottweiler that is chained up and three pitbulls. At the scent of any dog passing by, all said dogs would go into a frenzy with the rottweiler pulling at its chain from one end to the other and the three pitbulls turning into Olympic high jumpers jumping about 6 feet up into the air against the metal gate. I have learned to ignore the dogs and pray that the gate is locked and will hold up well to the three muscular canine bodies hurtling against it. However, for Judah, who understands dog and has to listen to all the insults hurled at him along with the incredibly intimidating moves, he just wanted to turn tail and run. Instead, I told him to sit. After a little hesitancy, he did. I repeated this every time he got scared. And later again, when we walked by another house with three ferociously barking dogs.

I wanted him to learn to hear and obey my voice in the midst of calamity and fear so that he would learn to hold his ground and not be fearful of other dogs and be able to be guided by my voice despite distractions.

While I was doing that, Psalm 23:5 came to mind. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…” and John 10:27 “My sheep recognize my voice. I know them and they follow me.”  

I knew those dogs were not able to get to Judah as they were behind metal doors. I could hear them and they were doing everything they could to intimidate Judah. But, they could not get to him. Judah, on the other hand, did not have the surety that they could not get to him. He does not know for sure that metal gates hold up. He sees the dogs and their acrobatics, hears the noise they make and he buys into the intimidation. In the midst of his enemies, I made him sit down. He has to trust that I know better than he does. That, is so contradictory to everything he instinctively wants to do. God makes us sit down at a table He has prepared for us in the midst of our enemies. Where is the logic in that? The logic is that He knows that our enemies cannot touch us because He has got us in the palm of His righteous right hand. All the noise and lies they make to intimidate us is just that: noise. We need to trust God and know that He is ALL MIGHTY and that He knows better than we do.

In the midst of all the cacophony, I was teaching Judah to hear my voice, the voice he can trust to take care of him; and to obey that voice. He knows me and my voice because we spend time together, in the good and the bad. He knows that I have had to discipline him at times and he does not like it, but he knows that at the end of the day, he is very much loved. When the storms beat against us, that is when we need to ignore the sound of the waves and noise and instead listen to the voice we know as our Lord’s and be guided by it. It is easy to be distracted by all that is happening around us as the tempest shrieks but when we focus on hearing His voice, we can be still and rest knowing that He has us covered because He truly loves us.

To his credit, Judah learned to obey me well in the midst of his fear. I pray that I will learn from his example when my turn comes.


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Christ the Lowly, part IV

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13, NAS).”

 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (I Peter 5:5, NAS).”

 

Pride was the first sin. As David E. Taylor points out in His book, Victory Over Pride, Lucifer manifested the only sin that can get in when everything else has been set in order. Pride is the only sin that can attack while in the presence of perfection. Pride is one of the hardest enemies to see or detect. The Scriptures say that pride goes before destruction. That means that pride itself is not destruction, but is sent as an ambassador before the destruction comes. Pride destroys God’s children daily. Rebellion, unforgiveness, bitterness, malice, hatred, envy, lies, fear, self-centeredness, and coveting are but a few manifestations of pride.

 You must allow God to reveal to you the hidden fruitless deeds of darkness buried deeply within. Pride causes God’s grace to be rejected in your life even though it has been activated in other areas. Grace comes only in the presence of humility.

 

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape (I Thessalonians 5:3, NAS).”

 

Daniel 4:4 reads, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented, and prosperous.” The reigning king, just before the wrath of God came against him, was content in his home. He had no consciousness of God whatsoever though he had been warned by Daniel. He thought himself superior; self-made. He commended his own hand for having brought himself such superiority among the nations. Pride only seems good for a season, but that season will end abruptly. Destruction came in an instant though it took twelve months to manifest from the time Daniel spoke the prophetic word of impending destruction. Just when the king became comfortable in the luxury of his home, destruction came. Prideful people rest in their wickedness when they need to be warring against the evil in their midst. Pride would not allow the king to humble himself so as to repent before God; he paid a steep price.

 It’s time for God’s people to take this application and put it to use in their individual lives. Have you allowed pride in your heart? Are you letting it destroy your family, job, health, finances or more importantly, your relationship with God? If you want transformation, you must search inwardly and allow God to reveal all pride that is lingering in dark crevices.

 Pride is extremely tricky and manifests differently from person to person. For the one who shows it outwardly, once they become aware of it, it is fairly simple to remove. However, for the rest of the Body of Christ, it is not so easily detected; those doing good deeds, going to church regularly, dressing modestly, not stealing, lying, cursing, drinking, smoking, doing drugs, preaching and teaching, prophesying, laying on hands of healing, etc. These are the people that are the most at risk of pride. Because Satan is deceptive, he slithers into God’s people unawares; he does not come in with forked tail and pitchfork but with deception to fool even the closest to God.

 Pride always leads to the high place whereas humility leads to the low place. Pride is whatever makes your head too big for a room, so to speak! David E. Taylor also points out in Victory Over Pride that, in the world, the leader in a chain of authority is positioned at the top. The pyramid is right side up; everyone at the bottom serves the one at the top. However, in the Kingdom of God, the pyramid is upside down. The person who is the greatest is servant to all. The pinnacle is still pointing toward the leader, but the leader is at the bottom serving.

 Jesus lowered Himself and served others and exalted all others above Himself, including His enemies. Even on the cross, He prayed for those who hung Him and hung beside Him. May we, God’s holy people, allow Yahweh to reveal every hidden area of pride so as to be cleansed of unrighteousness. This will benefit us, those around us, and the Kingdom of God. ~excerpt from Holy Spirit Who? by Alexys V. Wolf

 

I hope you’ll come back next week for part V as we continue to explore the subject of humility.

Peace and blessings,

 

Alexys V. Wolf

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