1 <> We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. 2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
Truth or Dare
Sometimes when things do not happen according to our plans, the natural human nature gets impatient with the world. If we allow our flesh to control our reaction to circumstances beyond our control, we will likely respond with anger. Our angry response gives us a false view of the world from Saturday – in other words, we will be standing at the end of a week where things happened that we could not command, trying to figure out how we will control the week ahead. Have we learned nothing? .
Rather than facing the reality that we are people in a world of variables, we may try to strong arm total strangers with angry emails and worse displays of human character. We forget that God is not intimidated by our frail human form. He will also not tolerate the wicked devises of an angry heart. The problem for most ranting impatience is that after we have done a deed to show our anger, we may think we have gotten away with it since we did not see the lightning as soon as we pushed, “GO.” But the truth is, we will reap what we sow if we do not repent. And repentance is more than saying we are sorry. We must also cease from the acts that caused our need of repentance.
Have you ever played the often popular social game, “Truth or Dare?” In life when we are challenged to defend our pride, sometimes people will even be moved to uncharacteristic things – meaning that they are willing to behave contrary to their personality, beliefs and other personal norms. In context of walking in the Spirit, these challenges to your character are attempts by Satan to draw you out of a safety zone. He wants to make you vulnerable to His attacks. .
What we need to do in this case is to remain focused on Christ. We have to think before we act. If someone is asking you to do something that dishonors God, they are asking you to step into harm’s way. You do not have to “go there” (literally or figuratively) just because they “asked” you to. Who is the Master? His name is Jesus.
Practical Christian living is sometimes the shadowed bridge between Biblical truth and every day life. We say “shadowed” not because it has no light, but because it is sometimes like the infamous, “I told you so.” You get a command to do without an understanding of why – and in a crunch when the dare is on your table, you may dare to be (we won’t say, stup _ _) less than intelligent since you don’t know the reason why the dare was a trap. . Here is a practical tip you can use: you can not handle angry people with anger. You have to either diffuse or divert it (the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom as to what method to use). One way to diffuse is PRAYER – enlist the help of the Holy Spirit who always has a soft answer (Proverbs 15:1
) to turn away wrath (that does not mean that it is a weak display – a soft answer could be a kindly spoken reply said in love, that jars the conscience of the enraged and works in the power of God to divide the very soul and spirit to insert some Holy sense – that’s why you don’t need profanity to get your point across. The Holy Spirit can read Satan the riot act
without even raising His voice.
Here is what we know about that bridge between supposed to do and how to: if you take the dare to do the truth (practical application), you have to take the time to know the truth. Read. Listen. Study. Listen to music that uplifts you and praises your Creator, God. Filling your head with the madness makes you mad if you do not counter it. Table that for a space. Beef? Squash it.
At the end of the day, if there is nothing in your think tank worth recycling, all you have left is waste. Don’t be a trash bin. God did not make people a little lower than the angels to hover just above the ground.
Truth or dare? Truth dare: dare to know the truth