What freedom there is in the cleansing power of the blood, and yet such a battle for peace. It seems that each day peace can sway at the drop of a hat. All it takes is a coworker’s bad attitude or an upsetting conversation with a spouse and it seems that all the joy that was once so very tangible is flushed down the toilet. How is it so easy to be so confident in Christ one minute riding high off of a spiritual experience and then the next minute seeking for forgiveness from a bad decision?
For those of us who seek to pursue the will of the Father this is everyday. There are no “days off” or vacations from protecting our hearts and from protecting our ministries. While the spiritual disciplines are the primary factor in living an active life with God, I would contest that that is not the end of our efforts.
Before Jesus was resurrected and before the Promise of the Father (Holy Spirit) Christ strategically taught His disciples His Way. Christ taught His disciples the way of living at peace with all of Humanity. He taught them that in the most cruel and awkward situations how to escape without falling into sin. “If your brother slaps you in the cheek…”, If you remember your brother has a fault against you…”, “Bless those who persecute you…”, “Love you neighbor as yourself…” I have recently heard how great these “political” teachings are and how that if they were obeyed how wonderful the world would be made right. And to some extent I agree.
But I believe that these teachings are also specifically for Christ’s Disciples to maintain there authority as witnesses. When ever we put our hearts to following Christ and have “made up minds”, there is only one tactic that the enemy uses to keep us from being effective, that is driving us to sin and making us fall from our place of authority in the heavens. When we choose to obey the teachings of Christ in the midst of our undesirable circumstances, Christ gives us a way out. There is always a way out when we submit to the Way of Christ. There is no power where there is sin. There is no revelation where there is sin. There is no peace where there is sin. That’s why Christ came to free us from the bondage of sin. Now we are seated in heavenly places. Not that we are trying to take the glory from Christ but we proclaim our rightful position as a child of God, having keys to the kingdom of heaven, binding and loosing, knocking and opening doors in the heavens.
So when I step into my workplace where God has sent me to minister all that the enemy has to do is throw a spiritual marble under my foot to get me frustrated and angry and then that’s sometimes all it takes for me to loose my ability to hear the voice of God calling me to witness or to pray or just to be a temple of the most Holy God.
What we have to realize is that as we pray without ceasing we always ask seek and knock for what God would have us do in any given situation. Trust me for every bad situation there is a way out without “falling from grace”. Ask for the discernment in the moment you know when it is coming. You know who those people are in your life who push your buttons. Ask for Christ’s way in the moment because that person who pushes your buttons is probably the person that needs a powerful Christian witness the most.