The Power of Stand
Now, this verse is written by Paul to young Timothy. He was teaching the word of God to him. Today, I want to look at how to stand apart from the rest. Though the verse itself is short, the lesson applied when stood out from the rest of that chapter in The Message Bible is profound, showing us that we are not to be misled.
Verse 4 – I have died to the crowd and its desires.
Paul here is saying that he has died to the crowd’s desire to be dictated to, bound, and dominated by it. He says that he has witnessed the resurrection of the righteous, and the gospel to the captives, and to all that believe in Jesus. He has died to the dominion of the world. He says, “I have died to the desires of this world, and I want you to learn of me.”
Verse 5 – in the same way, you should be patient towards everyone, because you know that even the demons test all the people they call on.
Paul says that even the demons concede everything to God’s purpose for them. So why try to get upset at them? They are only doing the jobs they are assigned to do, they are stupid, they are ignorant. And they that are lost have no power over you. “Therefore in everything, look not to yourself; but to the things that are above, in the Spirit of the Lord.”
Verse 6 – to act in this world we need to live in the flesh because that is how it works. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to one another; so that you cannot live in the flesh to the fullness of God.” (Galatians 5:16-17)
Every day, we practice this teaching, if we are not careful. Daily, we can lose that little piece of faith, that little bit of joy and peace that these holidays are bringing to us.
Let us be clear, God is saying that we do not control our lives, anyone else’s, or even our own. God says that these things are in control of the world and that we need to stay focused and not lose our minds.
These verses have also been oft misinterpreted and used as a form of “proof” that people are living lifestyles that are pleasing to God. In the old testament, God actually had examples, and used them to say, “if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall die.” Though it is doubtful that they actually studied these laws in detail, this action by God served as a great warning to people.
Today, many people are finding that though God’s law is very clear, particularly as it pertains to Star Wars, Thou shalt not have what is called a mid Blessings of Bread, and I am sure there are many other laws that could cause similar problems.
Our side in the society of the world mostly lacks the freedom to practice or promote any lifestyle they so desire, much less one that God considers immoral. We are trying to tell God how to govern us, and try to extend our own sense of righteousness as a result of righteousness.
Free thinking and absolute faith need to flow in our hearts to our very toes. If they touch our minds, then, unfortunately, they will also touch our hearts, and produce much unrest. Knowing that no one is perfect, and no one is without sin, does not mean that we repertoire to follow their sinner’s code. Today, God asks that we step aside, and when we do, He also will take a look at the things He has allowed us to develop, and decide if it is best for us to do.