This is a tough verse, especially for a trial lawyer. We are trained to never agree with an adversary. We are focused on exercising our “rights.” As lawyers we are not alone in this. With every disaster the ads quickly appear advising us that we might have a claim. There has been an explosion of “rights.” We have moved from have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to believing we have a right to “a happy and stress free life.”
It is a lost art to see things for another’s point of view. Even when we “know” we are not in the right, it is our inclination to insist on our position.
When we don’t immediately acknowledge that our opponent is right, we dig ourselves into a hole. Animosity rises and grows with each passing moment.
Are there relationships in your life that are suffering from a long-standing “rights” battle? Have you determined that you will never give in? Give it up and do it now. Moreover, pledge to not dig yourself into that hole again. Acknowledge what is right instantly. You will save yourself much wasted energy.
Put right before rights and be blessed.
I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me —Philippians 3:12
Perhaps you have know folks like my old friend. I remember him as a great dreamer. Every time I would see him, he would have grand plans. He never accomplished any of them. Some of us are “What Might Have Been” types. We consider that our best day are past and we will never do anything great. Others of us are “My Day will come” types. We believe that someday; we will do something great.
We are only given today. Yesterday Pastor Kerry focused on this verse:
1 Chronicles 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
I like this modern translation:
20-21 David continued to address Solomon: “Take charge! Take heart! Don’t be anxious or get discouraged. God, my God, is with you in this; he won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch. He’s at your side until every last detail is completed for conducting the worship of God.
We are never lacking for ideals. What we lack is action. I greatly admire those of our number who are on the mission field this week. They may discover that such work is not for them. They may learn that their ministry is elsewhere. They may discover they were meant to serve at that very orphanage. But all of that will be secondary. They will have done something TODAY.
Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” ( Deuteronomy 5:32
). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought, “Well, I’m really not suited for this.”
Don’t be concerned about what you missed doing yesterday. Don’t worry about what you will do tomorrow. There is a call on your life for today. What is it? Then DO IT.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do
. . . I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 3:13-14
Press on TODAY.
This is your hour, and the power of darkness —Luke 22:53
Once, years ago, I travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia, on business. I have at no other time felt such a sense of the existence of pure evil. I have felt it other times, in fact, often, but never like that.
You don’t have to live too long in this world or watch much tv to come to the conclusion that there are dark forces out there. We have to be careful not to give those forces too much credit but it would be foolish not to acknowledge they exist and have some affect.
Failing to make that recognition and calling it what it is: sin. Is the cause of disaster. If we call it just “the devil” then we fail to recognize the personal nature of it and the possibility of it having affect in our lives. Not recognizing it in others can cause us to make disastrous mistakes in our personal relationships.
If we reconcile to the fact of sin, we can see sin and call it what it is. We can separate sin from sinner and hate the right one. We can be constantly reminded that a life based on sin is no life at all.
Because of sin, we should not trust human nature. Because of Christ, we should live in faith and without fear.
The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person. The so-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and virtuous. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Purity is the characteristic of the saved who recognizes his nature and trusts Christ to redeem it.
There is sin and Jesus has defeated it. What more do we need to know and under what other truths should we operate?