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Flesh vs. Spirit, part I

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“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please (Galatians 5:17, NAS).”

 

There is an ongoing battle between the flesh and the Spirit. Satan wants to activate the flesh in all of its deadness because he strongly desires to make people act irrationally, unjustly, mercilessly, selfishly, foolishly – evil and against The Kingdom of God. Where God uses His Spirit to connect with our spirit internally, Satan uses the flesh to connect with us externally. The god of this world provokes us to evil through emotionalism.

Emotionalism stems from the flesh. Emotionalism, in whatever form it may present itself, causes us to act and react in an unholy manner and, when we do, we justify our poor conduct. Emotionalism causes us to rationalize bad behavior with “I’m tired, I’m stressed, I’m angry, I’m sad, I’m bored, I’m irritated, I’m right, I’m aroused, I’m hungry, I’m needy…I’m, I’m, I’m!” Notice the “I” which translates: I’m thinking only of myself (an idol set before God) and not of God who is my life. My fleshly thinking is more important that heavenly, spiritual thinking.

In this, our God-focus becomes buried under self-focus; and believe me when I say that I am not exempt! My child and I have simultaneously undergone much travail with our health the last two and a half years; stressful and exhausting does not begin to express this experience. We are both feeling much improved these days, but that is not the focal point.

The subject at hand is that situations such as this can gradually cause us to become weakened spiritually so as to awaken the fleshly nature – or rather, they cause us to recognize and face that which has not been fully consigned to Christ as we may have thought. I know for me at the worst of it, I caught myself saying things at the “slip of the tongue” (aka lack of self-discipline) that are not godly and have had to quickly consign myself back to Christ.

I have said for years that bad situations do not change people; they only bring about truth of who the person really is underneath the tidy veneer. It’s easy to walk with God when things are great, but turn up the heat and yikes – out comes all the junk! For me personally, I find that where patience would otherwise prevail, impatience and irritation with people and things tended to become more prevalent. When I stepped back and heard/saw myself, I was appalled, or rather; my spirit, Holy Spirit, was appalled at the flesh in which I reside. This is the battle spoken of in Galatians 5:17.

That which the flesh loves (self-desires), the Spirit hates and vice versa. As long as we live in this fleshly shell, there will be battle. There, of course, will be times where the battle seems less intense, but it’s there nonetheless and can do a sneak-attack if we are not on guard at all times. But we are not without hope, people of the Most High God!

Romans 7:14-25, NAS: For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”

 

Stay tuned for next week’s part II! 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

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OUR GREATEST MOTIVATION


by Neil Anderson

July 5

Proverbs 1:7 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
 
To worship God is to acknowledge His divine attributes. He doesn’t need us to tell Him who He is. We need to keep our minds renewed to the reality of His presence. Notice how this is brought out in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11: “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.”
 
Realizing that God knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, we should be motivated to live our lives to please Him. Someday we’re going to stand before Him and give an account. The judgment that Paul is talking about in this passage is not for punishment, but for rewards. We don’t fear God because of the possibility of punishment: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love” (l John 4:18). We have already been judged as to where we will spend eternity. But how we spend eternity depends on how we respond to God in this lifetime.
 
I personally don’t want to limp into heaven and have Him say, “Well, okay, come on in.” I want to stand before God someday and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” That’s the greatest motivation in my life. As a child I didn’t fear the spanking of my father nearly as much as I feared being accountable to him and facing his disappointment.
 
I’m not disappointed with God and I sure don’t want Him disappointed with me.
 
Prayer: Lord, may the reality of my eternal salvation motivate me to wholehearted, grateful obedience today.


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What Delights the Lord

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GOD created men to please Him and not the other way around.  This being so, it is man’s goal to discover what delights the Lord. Fortunately, the Bible gives us a clear example of a life that pleases God in the person of NOAH.

During the time of Noah, the entire world was full of all kinds of pleasure. Wickedness were everywhere that God couldn’t find anyone on earth that delights Him. God became so disgusted with the human race that He considered wiping it out. But there was this one man who was pleasing to God’s eyes and his name was Noah. It was because of Noah that You and I are alive today.

From his life we learn the acts of worship that delights the Lord. Subsequently,  God will also be delighted if we follow the love, faith and wisdom  that Noah’s life had exemplified.

Let us then delight the Lord by following these NOAH’s ACTS OF WORSHIP:

LOVE HIM SUPREMELY

Noah loved God more than anything else in the world even when no one else did.

The Bible tells us, “for his entire life, Noah consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed close relationship with Him’. Nothing is more important than loving God above all things. Jesus called it the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.

Can we think of anything else more important than God’s love for us? He loves us so much that He is longing for us to love Him back. He says, “I don’t want your sacrifices–I want your love, I don’t want your offerings–I want you to know me”.

In His words, it is clear that He wants us to have fellowship with Him so that we may know Him and be intimate with Him.  His arms are forever outstretched waiting for us to embrace  and pour out our love for Him just as He longs to embrace us.

In today’s chaotic world, it is easy to forget to love God. Ironically, it is even easier to do things that displeases God because nowadays, more and more people are becoming attached to worldly things and this have now channeled our love to a different direction.

REFLECT: How can I love God supremely?

TRUST HIM COMPLETELY

Noah trusted God completely even when it didn’t make sense.

Consider this scenario: One day, God comes to Noah and say’ “I’m disappointed in human beings. In the entire world, no one but you thinks about me. But Noah when I look at you, I start smiling. I’m pleased with your life. So, I’m going to flood the world and start over with you and your family.. I want you to build a giant ship that will save you and your animals.”

Of course, there were problems that may have caused Noah to doubt. First, the land was totally dry and Noah had never seen rain. Second, Noah lived hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. So, even if he could learn to build a ship, how could water get into it? Third, the problem with catching and caring the animals was just a tall order.. But Noah did NOT complain or made excuses. He trusted God completely and that delighted God.

Trusting God completely means surrendering everything to the Lord, it means having FAITH that He knows what is best for our life.

In reality, in the dark hours of the night, it is easy to begin to lose faith especially when we are faced with difficult situations. It is during these times that we need to pray the hardest. As Harold J. Sala once said, “When it is hardest to pray, that’s when you need to pray the hardest, it does not always change the circumstances but it changes the hearts of those who pray”. Moreover, fight doubt by taking a Bible and marking the many promises of God.

It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. Imagine how he faced many discouraging days, when there were no sign of rain year after year. Imagine how he was ruthlessly criticized as “a crazy man who thinks God speaks to Him”. Yet Noah kept on trusting God.

Just as parents are pleased when children trust their love and wisdom, our Faith delights God. the Bible says, “Without Faith, it is impossible to please God’.

REFLECT: In what areas of your life do you need to trust God completely?

OBEY HIM WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Noah obeyed  and built the giant ship just as God prescribed it giving full attention to logistics and details. Noah did everything that God instructed him to do. For God didn’t say, “build any boat you’d like, Noah”.

He gave very detailed instructions as to size, shape, materials of the ark as well as the different number of animals to be brought on board. Noah obeyed God  completely and wholeheartedly and he followed exactly in the way  and time God wanted it be done. Obeying God wholeheartedly means obeying Him without any reservation or hesitation. We do not procrastinate and say, “I’ll think about it”. Parents understand that partial obedience is disobedience. Sometimes, we do not understand the will of God until we have followed what He has directed us to do. Understanding can wait but obedience can’t.

Often, we offer God partial obedience. We want to choose only those that are easy, inexpensive, reasonable and common. I will attend mass but won’t forgive the one who hurt me. I am going to read the Bible but can’t go out to help my neighbor.  Partial obedience is disobedience.  Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully and gladly. The Bible says, “obey Him gladly”. This is the attitude of David: “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it Lord. As long as I live I will wholeheartedly obey”.

There are areas in our life  where we feel we may have failed like career, relationships, finances that sometimes we even feel that God does not care about us. We may not be aware then that God is directing us to a better path. It will only be after we have followed Him that we realize His plan was far better than what we have planned for our life. So then, trust the will of the Father and obey him wholeheartedly. In addition, it is very important that we obey Him because it shows that we love Him. As Jesus said, “if you love me, you will obey my commandments’. 

REFLECT: Had you been offering God partial or wholehearted obedience?

PRAISE AND THANK HIM CONTINUALLY

GOD is delighted when we express our adoration and gratitude to Him.

Noah’s first act after surviving the Flood was to express his THANKS to God by offering a sacrifice. The Bible says, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord…and sacrificed burnt offerings in it”.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we don’t offer animal sacrifices as Noah did. Instead, we are told to offer God the “sacrifice of PRAISE” and “the sacrifice of THANKSGIVING”.

“When we offer praise and thanksgiving to God, we delight the Lord and our hearts are filled with JOY”.

The Book of Psalms says, “The righteous are glad and rejoice in His presence, they are happy and they shout for joy”.

REFLECT: Do you continually thank and praise the Lord for what He is doing for you?

USE YOUR GIFTS

AFTER the Flood, God told Noah, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth…Everything that lives and moves will be food for you…Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything”.

GOD simply means, “Go on with your life as human, Noah”

We may think that the only time that God is pleased with us is when we do spiritual activities like reading the Bible, attending church, praying or sharing our faith. But God is just as concerned about the minute details of our life. He is always watching us in everything that we do—typing on the computer, doing the laundry, shopping at the mall, walking the dog or whatever work we do. God enjoys watching us and is delighted to see us perform those human tasks that He designed us for.

The Bible tells us, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord, He delights in every detail of their lives’.

God has gifted us with different skills and talents that we may use them for His enjoyment and pleasure. Some are blessed with music and science while others excel in athletic and sports. Whatever gifts we have, God is delighted when we use them to the best of our abilities and if we dedicate these talents to glorify His name.

AS we live in the 21st century, God is looking for Noah amongst us. Let us THEN  follow Noah’s ACTS OF WORSHIP. And God  will surely be delighted if he finds NOT JUST ONE but several NOAHs in our time.

 


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Kingdom of God: Power and Authority, part II

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“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly…not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and everycircumstance I have learned the secretof being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:10-13, NAS).”

“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:28, NAS).”

 

What Paul is saying in Philippians four is pure power! Through choosing to recognize that his flesh was dead and he daily consigned it as such, he was allowing the Spirit of God within himself to be sharpened.

Peace and self-discipline in Christ in any situation are key to accessing Kingdom authority that unlocks the power of the Kingdom of God. Though the fleshly part of all people is to want more of whatever turns us on, Holy Spirit seeks only His kingdom. When led exclusively by Holy Spirit as was Paul, the only desire we will have is Kingdom expansion and all that goes along with that because that is God’s desire.

In this condition, Paul was equipped with supernatural power over fleshly desires, be it desiring more in his poverty or pride in his abundance. Basically speaking, Paul operated in neither shame of lack nor pride of abundance – Christ was his all-in-all – he was grounded in Christ regardless of circumstance.

Paul became the epitome of the unshakable Kingdom of God spoken of in Hebrews 12:28-29 which reads, “Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Paul was not shaken by hunger, for his trust was in The King. He was not moved by boasting in his bounty, for his praises to the Giver never ceased. He had single vision, Kingdom vision, God’s vision.

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the POWER and the KINGDOM OF GOD and the AUTHORITY OF HIS CHRIST have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10, NAS).”

“But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom (Hebrews 1:8, NAS).”

Satan is a defeated foe though for a season he is allowed to torment, kill, steal and destroy we who are created in the image of God. We must keep in mind at all times that Satan must contend with the King who sent The Ambassador (Jesus) to earth. We, God’s ambassadors filled with the High Priest are merely the messengers of the High King. Knowing this, God has given us every tool necessary to defend ourselves to war against the evil one, not to wage war against one another.

The sooner we understand and begin to walk in the peace and self-discipline of Jesus as did the Apostle Paul, we will be able to access all the King has provided from His Kingdom of righteousness. In this, we will most certainly begin to do greater things than Jesus as promised by Jesus Himself – we will subdue the earth!

I hope you’ll come back next time. 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

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Kingdom of God: Authority and Power, part I

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“I will GIVE YOU the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; and whatever YOU bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever YOU loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19, NAS).”

“And He called the twelve together, and gave them POWER and AUTHORITY over ALL the demons and to HEAL diseases…to PROCLAIM the KINGDOM OF GOD and to PERFORM HEALING…He began speaking to them about the KINGDOM OF GOD and CURING those who had need of HEALING…allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and PROCLAIM EVERYWHERE the KINGDOM OF GOD.’ Another also said, ‘I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the KINGDOM OF GOD (Luke 9:1-2, 11, 27, 60-62, NAS).’”

 

You, blood bought child of the King and Bride of Christ, possess in your inner man the keys to the Kingdom, to rule on earth on behalf of the King with intense power! God has given us His name (authority) through Jesus so that we are equipped to speak and function here on earth as though it was God Himself (power)! Ambassadors speak in foreign lands on behalf of their king and kingdom allowing them to carry the power of the royalty who sent them. From a heart of love of and loyalty to the King, obedience to God through Christ is what ushers the authority to utilize all the power and tools that God has laid before us from His Kingdom. We are strangers in the land called Earth.

In Luke 9, Jesus was asked about “saying goodbye” but He tells them, “Once you start your journey with God’s Kingdom, looking back to the dead or the living is disobedience and you are not fit!” Set your gaze upon the Kingdom of God and purpose in Christ’s strength to never look back. This Kingdom-walk is the most amazing, unearthly relationship with the King of kings; it is unequivocal! Why would any man, woman, boy or girl look back at that which is temporal when we have been given that which is eternal?

Once we’re established, we are to allow Christ, the true Testimony, to exude through our mortal bodies. Our relationship with Him should never be forced or some grueling task as denominational churches have made it. It should never be something based on shame, guilt or condemnation. Romans 8:1-5, KJV reads: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do NOT walk according to the FLESH, but according to the SPIRIT…He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

“No more condemnation” comes exclusively through ceasing the lusts of the flesh and seeking the Kingdom of God, His righteousness. He condemned sin therefore, when we are conducting sin (external or internal), condemnation is an automatic reaction. The only exit from it is repentance and forward movement.

Religion brings condemnation even when good intentions are at the heart because its foundation is built on the criteria of the traditions of man instead of the government of God; it leaves God’s people powerless. Love, mercy, grace, self-discipline and things of the like are of the Kingdom of God; they empower God’s holy people.

When our foundation is the Kingdom of God, we will never be destroyed by the destroyer, try though he may. Christ and His disciples preached the Kingdom, not salvation. Salvation is only a part of the sum of the Kingdom. When we pigeonhole ourselves into teaching mere fragments of the Kingdom, we miss the power, the authority, the blessings, and the peace that can stem only from understanding and functioning through the Kingdom of God. When operating in and through God’s Kingdom, we speak things into existence as prompted by the Spirit. Not merely by saying, “I bind…I loose…” but in our everyday language because we speak the language of our Kingdom which is not of the earth.

What language are YOU speaking? What power is moving through you? Do you operate under the power of Holy Spirit of the nature of the old natural man? The choice belongs to 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 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.

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Alexys V. Wolf

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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

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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

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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

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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.