So once there was a boy…that liked a certain girl. But then later he didn’t like her, but she then liked him, so he wondered what happened to him liking her.
So he thought to himself, she likes me and I have liked her, so maybe I should put myself into this and then it would be good right?!
Have you ever been victim…uh I mean, participant of a covenant? Married folks put your hands down. We got you.
So like…a covenant is something that doesn’t really end. So naturally, the participants are going to watch their emotional affections for each other wax and wane as the course of time has a way on us. So it is well known that being in a covenant involves perspiration, and tears, if not blood. By nature of the terms, you gotta hold on like it’s a ride.
What about nullifications? “I moved on from her. She no longer is interesting to me.” We know the script. But what we may tend to forget is the part about not just hoping things will return to utopia, but about the proactive monorail that gets you there.
And guess what’s another well known factor we usually don’t bring to task?
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Yeppers. Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub. Angels and demons whispering warning and threats, lies and promises. And me stuck in the middle with you, making you eat your words which were merely processed through your tongue. The bad stuff comes from our hearts, and this is the playground of wisdom we treasure, and stuff we take CAPTIVE, making them to obey Christ.
So here’s the payoff pitch…Do we believe it is fair to have so much competing noise? Of course not, but do we believe we can filter out the good stuff, and put it to use?
The same source, the Bible (words of God), that informs us of the existing battle between good and evil in our lives offers a few, at least more so direct, compasses to help us navigate these waters. One technique is to “put on” or employ the “full armor of God” as outlawed in Ephesians 6:10-18. This passage also mentions the important technique as well, as to let prayer have a natural place in yourselves, but specifically for other members of Christ around the world…”who are suffering”.
Well that puts things into perspective. So…
• use the armor supplied to us.
• “Pray continually”
• Pray for suffering brothers and sisters around the world.
In another place in scripture we see how we can engage the spirit as to drive him away. We are to ask the spirit if it acknowledges Christ came in the flesh to our world. This one I have always been unclear on, so the letter to the Romans suggests an angle that’s a bit more intelligible…
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So here we see that testing plays an integral role in growing the ability to discern well. But the testing only comes to reveal our transforming heart that we are allowing to occur. It also says here, the goal of discernment, that is, a knowledge of what pleases God, is what unlocks the door.
Finally, discernment is meant to mold a believer from a seeker to a teacher. We see this from where it says…
Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
• Discernment is necessary to be able to make good choices,
• Also to know that good choices are informed by what pleases God.
• And CONSTANT PRACTICE, like getting up and trying again, are ENCOURAGING, although usually a bit painful. Because they enable us to…
Discernment is a growing organism, ignited by your need to make a good choice.
Unfortunately it is not like riding a bike in the sense that it requires constant practice..many, regular tries. And you need to keep it available.
But…it IS like riding a bike in that once you get it out of the shed and onto the road,,,it’s like FREEEDOMM!