WARRIOR CHILD versus the ARROGANCIA

Acts 26:16-18 “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of the things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee;”
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

The final verse of the above passage is pivotal. All around us we see the signature of Satan in the lives of our contemporaries for whom Jesus shed his blood.  For those who are born of the Spirit, it’s disheartening from two angles. First; we have been there and have vivid memories of the former conversation. We can identify with the “lifelessness” that’s driving and destroying those around us. We see the devices of satan for what they really are. Secondly; we know what it’s like to awaken one morning, headed for hell, and go to bed that evening, a new creature in Christ. We have tasted the indescribable goodness of the Lord and and the peace of knowing that we have an inheritance incorruptible. The trappings and campaigns that once kept us tethered to this world have lost their hold as we abide continuously in heavenly places.

From the moment we are born of the Spirit, we become participants in a spiritual battle with more facets than we can possibly imagine. With our names written in heaven and our relationship with the Lord Jesus established, we become an instant threat to the agenda of darkness. As we draw ever closer to Jesus and continue to hide his word in our heart, the danger that we pose grows proportionately. We fan out; mingling with the deep captives, carrying with us the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The powers of darkness scramble. The devil and his minions employ everything their disposal in an effort to discourage us, neutralize us, and if possible, lure us to shipwreck.  Lest the inquiring hearts around us hear the words of life and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; the only name under heaven, whereby we “must be saved.”

Moment by moment, and day by day, the battle continues without pause. Eternities are being forged all around us and we never know when a persons final opportunity to believe on Jesus will play out.  We are continuously entering into situations wherein our actions, words, demeanor, etc will either work to gather unto Christ or drive the eternal ones farther away from the only way to heaven. It’s been stated in past postings, but bears repeating. None of us have a full understanding as to the seriousness of what’s playing out. Our vantage point is very limited and our field of vision is usually crowded with frivillosity. We must give continual diligence to seeing the bigger picture and not allow the devil to sidetrack us with an endless parade of sideshow battles. We must stay close to Jesus, focus on issues of eternal significance, and continuously strive to be in the center of Gods will.

II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath called him to be a soldier. (II Timothy chapter 2 offers important perimeters which we must give heed to.)

An absolute abandonment, from the heart, of things temporal on this level may sound reckless to many, however, it’s actually a place of complete liberty and peace. A place of discarding temporary and fruitless agendas and focusing on the issues which have eternal significance. Of laying up unperishable treaure in heaven and not being driven by an unquenchable desire for stuff. It’s a complete understanding and embracing of the words that the apostle Paul, that, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It allows us to be a true city on a hill, whose light is not distorted by personal agenda and ego. And most of all, it’s a place of incredible fellowship with the Lord Jesus, wherein he truly is our first love. Once we arrive at this place, we are in position to pull down strongholds and be about the work of the gospel with a pure heart. 

Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Originally, I was minded to finish out this post with a run through a series of well known passages concerning spiritual warfare. (Mat. 16:18, Eph 6:12, etc) But over the past two weeks another aspect of this has been in the forefront. It can be traced all the way back to the original sin; when Lucifer desired to exalt himself above God. It’s the danger associated wih self-exaltation to which none of us are immune. Arrogance can be found residing in every facet of society as the old nature seeks to carve out a name for itself amongst the contemporaries. And while it can be devastating in the life of one who knows not the Lord, it can foster complete shipwreck in the life of a saint. One needs only to look at the life of king Saul, who “became very wroth” when  noticed that the children of Israel were assigning more credit to David than to him. It was revealed that his focus wasn’t on “Look at the incredible victory the Lord has wrought.” Instead, it was “hey; I’m not being given my rightful share of credit.”  

I Samuel 18:9 “And Saul eyed David from that day forward.”

This set in motion the spiraling downward of a king who was no longer little in his own eyes. Whenever we begin to think of ourselves more highly than we ought, we lay the groundwork for disaster down the road. Spiritual pride will initially obscure our discernment and then cause us to not give heed to the gentle promptings by the Holy Spirit that we’re drifting off course. (Philippians 3:15.) Even if we convince ourselves that we’re putting Jesus first in our lives and manage to hide it from the brethren, it will still be quietly forstering spiritual erosion. (It’s interesting that, oftentimes the unsaved seem to recognize spiritul pride faster than the brethren.)  Regardless of how spiritual we think we are; regardless of how much knowledge we possess, how much time and resourse we devote to the kingdom of God, or how effective we are at our station, spiritual pride can be a complete unravelling of it all.  The end result is a lifeless form of godliness that may, or may not, be revealed until a point of no return has been reached.

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

These words should cause sobering reflection every time we read them. Many are going to think that everything is ok, when in fact, they are facing an eternity apart from God. It’s imperative that, as we strive to be about our Fathers business, we likewise strive to keep our hearts with all diligence. It’s so easy to begin thinking to ourselves “I’m all that.” (for lack of a better descriptive) It’s easy to unwittingly become puffed up by knowledge or accomplishment. To subconsciously “desire” preeminence amongst our contemporaries (III John 9-10) or to allow the mechanical aspects of christianity to take the place of our first love. (Revelation 2:4; this is what happened in Ephesus. Their spiritual state was actually more perilous than that of the Laodiceans because on the surface, nothing seemed amiss) It’s a danger that will accompany us throughout our lives. As we grow spiritually, the danger of pride grows also and in the following passeges, Jesus addresses this:

Mark 9:33-35 “And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye dispuited among yourselves by the way?
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Luke 10:20 “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

Both passages reveal situation where spiritual pride on the part of the disciples was a clear and present danger.  In the first example, it had blossomed into verbal comparisons amongst the disciples. In the second example, it hadn’t gotten a foothold, however, the excitement over the fact that the disciples could cast out devils in Jesus name opened a door wherein pride could have entered in. Jesus brought the focus back to it’s rightful place “rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” When we truly place Jesus first in our lives and esteem others above ourselves, then we’ll be in a place to cast out devils (or be used in any aspect) without it going to our head. This is a side note, however, I’ve often wondered if the reason for John being given the book of revelation was because he was the only one who would be able to keep a proper perspective. He knew what the seven thunders had uttered, but was able to keep it a secret as he was instructed.

I have to run. Another long post that was forged primarily at the expense of much needed sleep. Such is the way things are these days. Time is in short supply; in fact, time is running out. We need to be abiding in the secret place of the Almighty and prayerfully watching. The dynamics of this present world are changing quickly and the son of perdition will soon make his appearance. We all must be preparing spiritually to overcome that which is manifesting at an accellerated pace. (Revelation 12:11 is so important)

Blessings always in Jesus name.

II Corinthians 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought to the obediance of Christ.

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6 Responses to “WARRIOR CHILD versus the ARROGANCIA”

  1. Hi Timbob,

    Your post coincided with something else I read yesterday that really stirred my heart. Evangelist Martyn Ballestero did a post recently on The Sin Of Arrogance. If you would like to read it, here is the link.
    http://martynballestero.com/2011/04/05/the-sin-of-arrogance/

    Truly we do need to guard our hearts from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think(Romans 12:3)and becoming puffed up with pride. None of us, no matter how long we have been living for God are immune to it. Thanks for the thoughts you shared here today.

    Blessings in Jesus’ name,
    Carol

  2. Thanks brother for another timely post. Every Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ, to you and yours!

  3. how easy it is for us to become arrogant.

  4. Great post. It’s a powerful reminder … your part on spiritual pride was excellent – thanks for that. May we all be the good watchmen … abiding, praying and seeking truth in these days – making it about God and not us.

    Rachel

  5. Hi Carol, Phil, Code, and rachel, for taking time to stop by. I apolagize for the delay in responding. The issue of understanding the bettle before us, our place in that battle, and the need to remain small in our own eyes, has been a point of much thought. It’s so easy to drift off course by not accurately identifying these issues.

    I’ll make the rounds when time permits. I miss being able to interract through this venue on a consistant basis. It’s all the more imperative as the age is rushing toward its conclusion and contact with like-minded saints is increasingly precious.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

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