Dear Church, I know you are tired

Tension is part of our life. Tension if not confronted and dealt with will wear your out. If you are a believer, you have tension between right and wrong, good and bad. If you are a believer, you have tension between the flesh and the Spirit.

For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit,

and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh,

for these are opposed to each other,

to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

(Gal. 5:17)

Let’s look at the life of Job. in the first couple of chapters, he loses his wealth, his children and his health.

His wife’s advice: “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” (2:9)

Job’s lament: ”After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.” (3:1)

What I find interesting is the word “hope” is used 19 times in 18 verses. Hope is used in both a positive sense and also in a sort of mocking sort of way.

The tension of Job’s life is between

hope and surrender –

belief and doubt –

staying and leaving –

trust and anger –

truth and feelings –

living and dying.

Hope & Surrender

  • Hope – patient endurance with great expectation.
  • Surrender – declaring defeat

Belief & Doubt

  • Belief – holding on to faith.
  • Doubt – second guessing everything.

Staying & Leaving

  • Staying – remaining spiritually grounded.
  • Leaving – looking for something else.

Trust & Anger

  • Trust – resting in God’s hand.
  • Anger – running from God’s presence.

Truth & Feelings

  • Truth – what has God promised?
  • Feelings – emotional responses.

Living & Dying

  • Living – continuing to get up everyday and being who and where God wants you to be.
  • Dying – removing yourself from God’s purpose.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today,

that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.

Therefore choose life,

that you and your offspring may live,

(Deut 30:19)

If you missed it. Sept 10-14

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Here are this weeks posts if you missed one just CLICK IT

Monday Motivated?

Tuesday September 11 Awakened then We Slept

Wednesday I long for God, but I do not want to strive for it.

Thursday Do It Anyway

Friday We prefer chains and it’s stupid

Have a good weekend.

We Prefer Chains and It’s Stupid

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Tullian Tchividjian’s in Jesus + Nothing = Everything writes,

I was learning that the freedom Jesus secured for me is not freedom from pain and suffering here and now. Rather, it’s freedom from bitterness, anger, fear, resentment, self-pity, offense, and hopelessness in the crucible of present pain and suffering; it is freedom from my burdensome sense of “I deserve better” the encumbrance of entitlement. 1

Powerful, simply powerful! Many of us rationalize our anger and are deeply trapped in bitterness. We resent others and throw our pity parties. We are easily offended and find ourselves battling hopelessness. We have been freed from such. We choose to bind ourselves in these chains of bondage as we experience pain and suffering. We were promised pain and suffering and we have been commanded how to respond in each (1 Peter 4:12-16).

How are you responding? Anger? Bitterness? Fear? Resentment? Self-pity? Offense? Hopelessness?

When, not if, this is your response you have forgotten the good work of Christ. You have forgotten what He has already secured for you. You have forgotten about the “prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” ( Phil 3:14). You have taken your eyes off of eternity and placed them on this world and entered the dangerous world of entitlement.
In the dangerous world of entitlement we don’t forgive. When we don’t forgive we put on the heaviest chains of bondage. These chains cause spiritual immobility. They not only are tough to carry, because you were not meant to carry them, but they do not let you move. You are not entitled to a life without pain and suffering, but you are free from sinful responses.
Man, I needed this lesson. How about you?

1 Tchividjian, Tullian. Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. Print. p. 76