Pax Present: QIC Ginger
Last Saturday my Q centered on two verses:
Proverbs 25:28-“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks sekf-control.
2 Timothy 1:7-“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of power, or love, and self-discipline.”
We focused on the idea that any area of our lives in which we lack self-control becomes an open door through which Satan can attack us. The good news is that the Holy Spirit that indwells us as believers is a spirit of self-discipline. We don’t have to be self-disciplined on our own but can lean on His power to empower our self-discipline.
This week I want to build on the idea a little more and challenge us to be very practical in this area.
Let’s look at some Scriptures together:
Genesis 4:7-“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
The context of this verse is the story of Cain and Abel. Cain is rejected by God because the offering he brought to God was not acceptable. Abel was approved because he brought an acceptable offering. This jealousy led to Cain murdering his brother. But before it came to that, God challenges Cain with these words.
Whenever we do not do what is right we open ourselves up to the enemy’s attacks. Scripture describes sin as a wild animal crouching outside our doors if we are disobedient.
1 Peter 5:6-9-“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Corinthians 10:12-13-“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Peter puts things in even clearer focus. We must stay humble, free from anxiety, sober-minded and alert because our enemy is prowling around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is looking for a victim. He is not to be downplayed or ignored. He is a serious threat to us!
It is absolutely true that Satan is no match for God and we should not live in fear of him. But that does not mean we shouldn’t respect what he is capable of. Electricians don’t fear electricity but they respect it because it can take a life if dealt with carelessly.
Satan is not playing with us. He is waiting until we let our guard down and when we do he is right there to pounce. And when he does come for us he takes his best shot. Are ready for this? Are we taking the threat he poses seriously?
With all that in mind I want to pose a question to you:
If you were the Devil, how would you take you down?
Nobody knows you like you do. We put on a good front for those around us but we know the weak points in our life. Often times though we are not honest with ourselves as to how vulnerable we are. This is a good exercise to develop that self reflection.
Once we have identified a few areas of vulnerability this next verse comes into play:
Hebrews 12:12-13-“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”
When our weaknesses are identified we are commanded to strengthen them. If our arms are weak we need to lift more weights or do more push ups. If our knees are weak we buy a knee brace or better shoes for greater support. But if our weaknesses are inward they require different things of us.
If your vulnerability is your marriage you have to get counseling. If you over-eat and under-exercise you need a plan. If pornography has you trapped you need accountability and limited access to sexually explicit materials. Our responses to weaknesses are determined by the specific vulnerability we have. But we must take action! The stakes are high.
The second part of the verse really challenges me. We strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees and make level paths for our feet because it’s not just about us.
“Paths” is (trochia) in Greek. It means, “the ruts left behind by wagon wheels.”
We make level paths for our feet so that the lame may not be disabled. We aren’t the lame ones in the passage….we’re the ones with weak knees. So who are the lame ones? The people following our wagon ruts.
Your F3 brothers.
Your church family.
If we stumble in our weaknesses it can lead to even weaker people being crippled. We have to watch ourselves because walling strong is not just about us. It’s about others walking strong behind us.
What kind of roads are your ruts leading others down?
-Dam to Dam.
-Squatters son did well with surgery.
-Spam’s grandson born this week.
-Monkey’s father-in-law and other family members have covid. Some hospitalized.
-Thugboat’s new baby and wife.
-What are the next steps with Covid? How should we live moving forward?