Tag Archives: righteousness

Overcomer

22 Jul

Have you ever had a high only to fall flat a day or two later? One day you’re exercising, eating well, being productive, then come the days when you binge on TV, junk food and you just can’t get off the bed or couch. Yes, it’s such a pain to kick a bad habit that is destroying you inside out. Many may say, “Oh, that’s a sign of depression”, or, “what’s wrong with having down days? But If it bothers you, why not make an effort to change?

We do have good intentions. The worse of us wish we could overcome ourselves, but we end up being slaves to our bodies; we end up being enslaved to our minds due to memories and feelings.

When this happens, what do we tend to do? Seek justification from those around us. Yes. If enough people agree with our behaviours, then we will feel better. Our conscience would be quieted. There would be peace in the mind, the body and soul.

Being part of a group brings comfort. Furthermore, if laws support you, well, you’re set. Not only do you have peace, but you’re a law abiding citizen.

However, what we really did was say “YES” to our feelings. We gave them power over our minds and reasoning. We quieted our conscience.

Many of us also allow others to think for us because it’s the easier thing to do. Why did God create humans with brains if not to think and reason? When we begin to think we make better choices for ourselves and our families. However some of these choices come with consequences that are hard to bear. They call for faith and discipline.

There are quite a few verses in the Bible that encourage us to discipline ourselves:

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 RSV

Jesus also said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:34

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; Romans 6:6

See also Galatians 5:24 and Ephesians 4:22.

Athletes, musicians, doctors, etcétéra, must make the choice to exercise discipline if they are to master their fields. How much more should we? If we are to inherit eternal life, we must overcome the flesh with its passions and desires and submit to God. Submitting to God will require us to go against the current of this world.

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21

Our Creator isn’t an ordinary being. He is infinitely higher that the most important person on this earth. So then, let us study the book that speaks of Him so that we may learn His ways and follow Him no matter what comes our way.

You are my friend…

15 Feb

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

The choices we make reveal who has our allegiance. We know what Jesus stands for and we know what he is against.

The principles we choose to stand up for are no longer backed by law or sound understanding; we are now the minority.

When Daniel was introduced to the culture and cuisine of Ancient Babylon, he did not compromise God’s principles. He was willing to die than to do what was easy and seemingly innocent, “You just have to bow at the sound of the instruments, what’s wrong with that?” or, “It’s just meat sacrificed to our gods, come on! You don’t want to offend our leader!” “It’s just a day, does it really matter which one you observe?”, It’s just…”

It is time to stand alone, yet we are never alone. The distance caused by time may have darkened and contorted truth, but it still remains.

One day, as I was enjoying an aerobics class at my local YMCA, the next song that played was “Rude Boy”. As the instructor guided us to our next move, I couldn’t help but listen to the words of the song. I immediately stopped exercising and said to myself, “I can’t exercise to this.” I was very disappointed because I really enjoyed the classes, but, Jesus was more important to me. I walked to the back of the class to gather my things when I heard a voice say, “You are my friend.”, then I felt someone put a robe over my shoulders. Right away I knew it was Jesus.

I walked out of the gym humbled that Jesus would even bother to notice that simple decision I made for Him. The King of the universe truly cares about what we choose. So, my brothers and sisters, will we stand up for Him in the little things? Yes.

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5

Now is the time to be faithful in the little things, because the time is coming when we will find ourselves in bigger circumstances.

Let’s stand firmly in what we believe. Keep the faith because it is not in vain.