Bible Ballistics: BBs #342 Are You Feeding The Monster???
There’s an old adage about dealing with stray animals that says, “If you ever feed them, they’ll stay and never leave!” This thought came to me this morning as I was praying, we often spend our time and resources “feeding the stray”—“feeding the monster”, if you would—the monster of compromise. What am I talking about? Well, I’m talking about tolerating things that should be intolerable.
How often do we put up with things just to get along—you know that other old adage, ‘You have to go along, to get along!’ Well, my friends God never calls us to just ‘go along’, but He calls us to live holy lives, and part of holy living is not condoning the bad behavior when we have the option, to the degree that is in our control. In other words, you aren’t going to come into my house and do things that I believe to be unfit and inappropriate, like cursing, being abusive in speech or action, being mean or unkind to one another, the list could go on, but you get the idea. I want us to think today, at the mid-point of our week, about our choices, about what we allow others to bring into our space, our homes and our lives. Are we “feeding the monster” and encouraging him to remain in our midst? Who is bringing chaos into your life or your home? Have you let down the boundaries of Biblical decency to ‘get along’ or to keep the peace? Does peace really come when we refuse to stand for God’s truth?
I just like to share some food for thought today without much commentary, just The Word. I pray that God will speak to your heart and help you see what HE desires for and from you. While I am not responsible for the actions of others, I am responsible for my responses/my reactions”!
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 (It would be worth your time to read all of Romans 8)
“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:4-5
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26
I hope that God will help you recognize any “monster” you might be feeding. And just a reminder, when we read the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, He never apologized for speaking truth, he never explained Himself (except to those who sincerely came asking to understand), and He never ran after those who walked away. Even in Jesus’ story of the ‘Prodigal Son’, the father didn’t stop the son, or run after the son, but he did receive the “repentant” son! (See Luke 15)