It is 6:00 am and I am at my desk getting ready to start the work day and a song by The Temptations called ”Standing On The Top” rang in my head. Talk about a blast from thepast. The song is from 1994 and it was a major R&B hit. I love the classic.
When you hit a snag in your life, how do you react? Our bodies react to stress, joy, pain, and anger. You name it our body will react. The brain is its own function with electrical currents that send signals throughout the entire body. From the smallest hair follicle to the smallest toe nail something will react. Stick a needle in your finger and no doubt your body will flinch. Try it.
We are all in a situation or circumstance, this is a part of life and the master plan. We also have choices on how we will react to those situations and circumstances. 2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible says: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and a well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
Society has conditioned many to complain, gossip, have a negative attitude and often times self-medicate. 1 Timothy 5:13 AMP - Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.
Now these are the people that do not fully understand the call of God on their lives because they only see the problems and not the solutions that have already been given and accomplished with Jesus and his death, barriel, and resurrection. Many do not understand scripture because they think well, “if I read one or two of them I am good”. No. Many also think that they can live their lives in any fashion they choose and God will be pleased, absolute falsehood. Deuteronomy is a good reminder if you need some in your face word about what God will and will not do when it comes to obedience and disobedience of His word. Many read the old testament and say well “we are not accountable to the old law”. Incorrect. All of God’s word is teaching. God will allow you to roam the desert even eat a little sand, fall into the mud of sinful situations all the while watching and sending His Holy Spirit to poke your spirit. But the choice is yours to either fully accept Him as your Lord and Savior or not.
The Bible clearly says you cannot serve two masters you will hate one and love the other. Matthew 6:24 AMP - No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
The Bible also says when you accept Christ as your Lord and savior, old things are passed away and you are a new creation in Christ. Revelation 21:4 AMP - God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
This means what you used to do that was not in Christ, you stop. What you used to say that is not of Christ, you do your best to stop. Where you used to go, you stop. It means you die daily to your desire and live in Christ and His desire for you. It also means that some people will be removed from your life because these people are not meant to go into your future. This will be a hard one for many because most us are attached to people, sometimes in good ways and most times in bad ways. Everyone that is in your life should be helping you grow, especially helping you to grow in Christ. These people should not be a distraction from the call that God has on your life. Oh yes, you will get that “oh you are holier than thou now” those people should be the first ones you excuse yourself from.
John 10:10 AMP - The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Satan comes to kill and destroy and what better way to destroy your walk with Christ than to have his bandits sit in your presence and distract you, reminding you of the things you are turning away from that no longer serve the purpose, Gods purpose. It is not a piece of cake. It is the conscious effort daily to say Lord, wash me, cleanse me, here I am use me. And guess what He will. He will always be there for you and He will always forgive and love you. But His word cannot lie. So do not take Gods word lightly. Believe what He has said. Trust that His word will not return void and trust that God is not a man that He can lie. This is not a fire and brimstone reminder. This is a reminder that God is love. And to live in Christ is accepting His love.
Now that you are aware of your responsibility. Stand on the top of who you are and to Whom you belong . Stand on Christ. Stand in victory. And when you have done all you can, continue to stand.
Ephesians 6:13 AMP -Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].