By Neil Anderson
“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).”
We are thinking only of ourselves when we are more concerned about being wronged rather than what the Lord wants us to learn or see in a situation. God’s holy people are to allow God to exude patience and love in and through us. Daily we must ask God to strip us of any and all pride, bathe us in righteousness and clothe us in humility. Ask God to help increase your faith deeply within. The stronger the faith, the closer the walk, the easier to recognize pride, the faster to allow Yeshua to remove pride and replace it with humility, the more we are like Jesus. This is where the Scripture of pulling down strongholds and imaginations enters:
II Corinthians 10:3-6 (NAS): For though we live in this world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
When your thoughts become prideful and you begin to think more highly of yourself than you ought, take the authority Jesus Christ has given His people and pull it down away from you. This text in II Corinthians is written because God understands the frail condition of the flesh and just how quickly mankind can be led astray by it. Don’t allow pride to stay so as to fester causing it to manifest in any area of life. Pride is foolishness on any and every level. Be “ready to punish all disobedience” of your life.
Pray for Holy Spirit to stir discernment; if Jesus is in you, discernment is also. Remember, there is a difference between discernment and prejudice; between righteous judgment and being judgmental. Commit to being humble and confess daily to Yahweh that you choose to walk humbly in all of your ways. Command the spirits of pride and rebellion to depart from your midst, and replace them with humility and obedience. Holy Spirit within is the only One who has the power to overcome pride. Allow Christ to guide you into holiness, humility, and obedience.
We all need to stop being so concerned as to who is hurting us and focus on how healing can begin to manifest. Focusing on your “rights” to be angry, hurt, or to retaliate is not of God. Focusing on forgiveness and humility from the heart of God will lead to victory every time!
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
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
Matthew 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
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
“Do what feels right,” the older Spock tells his younger self in the movie, Star Trek.
“Know the truth and the truth will set you free,” we tell each other.
“God helps those who help themselves,” people tell each other.
All of these sound like pearls of wisdom and most Christians believe that these sayings are, in fact, nuggets of wisdom. We believe those sayings without really checking them against the Word of God to see if indeed we are aligning ourselves with the Word of God when we believe in these sayings as truth.
“Do what feels right.” The bible never tells us to do what feels right. We are to do what is right according to what the Word says. Just because something may feel right to us does not mean it is right to God. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick. Who can understand it?” We cannot base our decisions on feelings or emotions alone because what we think is right is not necessarily right according to the Word of God.
“Know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Just because we know a truth about something or someone does not set us free. Sometimes, the truth we hear about someone or a situation actually gives us more anguish and anxiety. This saying is actually part of two verses in the bible; John 8:31-32. Jesus was talking to believers telling them that if they abide in His Word, they are His disciples indeed and they shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free. The truth Jesus refers to here is not anything that we think is the truth. He refers to the Word, His Word as the truth that we need to abide or stay in so that we shall know the truth and that truth which is His Word is that which will set us free. The only truth is Jesus, the Word made flesh.
“God helps those who help themselves.” This is not in the bible. Actually, the contrary is true. God tells us to die to ourselves (Galatians 2:20), to trust Him and not ourselves Matthew 6:25-34). If we will trust Him, walk in Him and obey His word, then we will eat the good of the land. We need to be faithful in the little, be wise in how we administer what God has given us but we are not to be focused on ourselves with the belief that God will reward us for being self focused.
We need to be careful to check what we believe against the Word of God to see if it is indeed in alignment with what He says. Just because everyone else believes something does not mean it is truly right or that it is the actual truth.
(…patiently waiting for the kicker.)
What side were you on? Were you cheering in elation for the Seahawks this past Sunday? Or were you like me: curled up in a ball on the couch, secretly wanting to reach out to give Payton Manning a hug overflowing with encouragement. But to each of these teams, winning football’s game of all games may have made this the “perfect” season. Of course, neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks had perfect stats (both being 13-3), but that didn’t matter. They had arrived—both contenders in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Of course, one team inevitably walks away in defeat. But does that mean the Seahawks achieved hypothetical perfection? Did the Broncos work hard enough, block enough, or focus enough? Either way one thing is certain, both teams have a great deal to be proud of, despite the number of yards, interceptions, and points on the score board.
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So many of us are in search of perfection. Commonly we aim to be “the best” at whatever goal we have our sights set on. At times, we can have such high, unnecessary expectations of ourselves and our lives. Nearly perfect doesn’t always suffice. That one tiny flaw can be impossible to set free. Is the house clean enough? Did I say the right thing? Did I buy the right product for my needs? Did I study hard enough? Did I truly give it my all or did I have more in me to offer? Did I love them enough? Am I enough?
“Don’t let disappointment own you.”
Have you caught yourself dwelling on any of these things? Some concerns are not reflections of your true character. A less than tidy house or subpar product purchase does not speak to your worth or level of achievement. However, some of these concerns are the product of more than just arbitrary desires. Concern for treating others appropriately or our level of effort toward a goal are worthy reasons to pull out our measuring stick. However, all of the concerns mentioned above deserve a different level of attention. That may be a brush off the shoulder; that may be a heart-felt apology. Take a moment to evaluate your revolving thoughts. Ask yourself, is this a true obstacle or a waste of time and energy?
Nothing about any of us is perfect, which is exactly why Jesus sacrificed His life to save ours. Though we may hate to admit it, even upon achieving “the best” in anything, another “best” is right around the corner. Sport accolades will be replaced. New, innovative technology will one day be obsolete. Sales records will be surpassed. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting extraordinary goals for ourselves; the key is to be satisfied in the end, whether perfection was achieved or not. Thankfully, because of the grace we’ve been given, an imperfect life can still be beautiful.
Because of Him we are enough.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one can boast.”