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Tolerance or Violence

Tolerance will not be the death of us!

Merriam Webster defines tolerance as “the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance or to a psychological insult, with repeated use or exposure.”

Modern Christianity has become less responsive to the moral and spiritual decay within our nation and world. For more than fifty years, we have hidden behind a banner of passive confusion, called tolerance. Instead of overcoming evil in our government, educational system, economy, and entertainment industry; we have become less responsive. We have bought into the theology of “peace at all cost” and its costing us our dreams. We have failed to realize that peace is established through the Presence of a Person, rather than an absence of conflict.

This didn’t happen overnight. We have been discipled by secular thought and instead of transforming our culture, we are conforming to it. We should be fighting hard to save our cities, holding up the cross as our enduring standard and facing a little persecution along the way. Instead, we have relinquished our influence to the loudest voices, because we don’t like to offend anyone.

Most people only rise when they reach a breaking point! 

The defining moment comes when one provoked revolutionary stands up to his feet, stills his shaking knees, and breaks the silent oppression with a shout, “That’s it! I will not live like this anymore!” (Rom 12:1-2) 

We must have our defining moment, when we say, “I’m going to the enemy’s camp and take back what he stole from me!”

In the Bible, there is a story of David returning home from a military operation only to find that his family and possessions had been taken away by a band of raiders. Just like most people do in similar circumstances, David wept out loud until he could weep no more. Then he “encouraged himself in the Lord”. Through prayer and worship, he asked God what he should do.

Then David asked the Lord, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” (1 Sam 30:8)

These are the days where we resolve the confusion of our hearts. Will it be tolerance and political correctness that defines our lives; or will we become Kingdom Agents, violent in the face of enemy opposition. Maybe God is saying to you, “Enough is enough! Yes, you should chase your enemy! For you will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” Jesus said, ”…the violent take it by force.” (Mt 11:12)

Tap into the Wells

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Living Water

In our experience with the love of God we shift and move according to a spiritual current felt deeply in our inner man. The Bible speaks about this in a variety of ways.

Paul said “in Him we live and move and have our very being” (Acts 17:28); also he said God would give us His glory “…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:16).

Peter said “though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressable and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:8) and finally Jesus proclaimed that “he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38).

It’s this “under-current” that stablizes a flow of God’s presence in our lives and offers a resource of “living water” that quenches our spiritual thirst. I have often imagined this flow of spiritual vitality as the wells of salvation that Isaiah speaks about:

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3).

I have found that these wells are available to every believer and can be discovered and tapped into by a nurtured lifestyle of prayer and worship. Some folks ignore this wonderful experience and find their “christian” life more of a drudgery than a release of joy and fruitfulness. I would like to suggest that this is truly where the life of God is found.

David said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).

David was a worshiper who dug deeply into these wells to release the under-current of life giving water that could offer peace and joy and strength in the midst of battles, storms or seasons of weariness. We are to be filled with the joy of the Lord and reflect a life that is abundant and spiritually fruitful… even in the midst of trials. So tap into the wells that reside within your inner man and mine those supernatural resources God has made available to you. I can almost hear a gushing spring coming forth from your inner man. Remind yourself that your Heavenly Father wants to release to you the Kingdom… “on Earth as it is in Heaven”.