Respond not React

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“for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I don’t know about you, but several of the DBOs from the past couple of weeks have gotten a little under my skin.  It is hard to face the battlefields we have been addressing.  It makes me angry to see how so many areas of our society have gone in directions contrary to God’s instructions to us.  Even more frustrating is the mostly pitiful response of the “church” in general. Most frustrating is my own failure to stand up and fight on too many of these battlefields.  

Does it make you angry too?  Well check that emotion for a minute.  Our anger, according to James, is not the pathway to God’s picture of success.  If my past is a good example then getting angry certainly doesn’t lead to my best performances in life.  I could fill pages with the stories of times I got angry and responded poorly; to my wife, my kids, a friend or coworker.  My guess is that you could too.

When faced with the battlefields in our culture and in our personal lives we have a choice to either respond in a measured and well thought out way or to react out of our emotions. When we react before really understanding our role in helping to win on a particular battlefield, the hard truth is that we often end up looking foolish.  We certainly don’t take any ground.  I love this proverb.

“To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.”  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As you consider all the battlefields we have discussed (maybe go read the DBOs again) take time to consider each one.  Where can you respond in effective ways that will impact that battle in ways that honor God, in your own life and in the lives of others?  Alone you cannot impact all of these all the time.  You can however make a difference in the places and relationships that God has given you.  

Daily Battle Order: 

Don’t charge the gates of hell just filled with emotion and ambition.  Listen and observe.  Contemplate and pray.  Seek God’s training and instruction in His word.  Then, armed with wisdom, wise counsel, and the weapons of spiritual warfare (we have talked a lot about those) respond like a well trained warrior.  Like a Kingdom Man.

Tomorrow we will wrap up, FOR NOW, our look at battlefields with an important lesson on how our commander faced His battles.  Then we will begin to prepare for our next battlefield training at Fredericksburg.  We hope you will join us.

Kingdom Men: The Joshua Commission invites you to join us for spiritual warfare battlefield training on the Fredericksburg Battlefields; Friday-Sunday; for those able to participate Saturday only, you will receive the benefits of the TJC Battlefield training.

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