Flies in the Face of Faith

When Christmas and other faith based holidays begin to bud in the minds of the ones that celebrate these holidays we see the hearts that has produced the buds.

I have noticed more often than not behavioral patterns seem to fly in the face of my faith.
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Behavioral circle of acceptance for anything is on the rise. I am told about “behavioral” of beloved ones that once was not acceptable. I should say not acceptable by Christian standards. I see others’ behavioral patterns as well as my own take a dive.

I have always thought that Christmas was a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and serve as a reminder to look for and anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth. I have believed for years that it should and did draw individuals and families closer to Jesus and the following and obedience to His teachings. I must say naïveté has been my downfall. I have come to understand how easy it is for others to take advantage of one’s naiveté and deep pockets.

Rev 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name…Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”

I love this scripture as it reminds me that God knows at times we may have little strength but still possess the ability to not deny Him. Ephesians 4:17.19, points out to us that we must not live in the futility of our own thinking. We are not to lose our sensitivity and give ourselves over to sensuality and indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” Could losing our sensitivity to behavioral standards of this hour be the hour of trial that has come upon the whole world to test us? It seems these warm fuzzy times of togetherness says zip your lips and let my behavior rule. If you say anything out the circle you go! Fear of losing flies in the face of faith.

What should one do when faced with circumstances that fly within the face of our faith?

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11 thoughts on “Flies in the Face of Faith”

  1. Do we affect our circle for good or does the circle or ring of influence affect us for evil? Frodo, in Lord of the Rings was entrusted with a powerful ring and he made a long, arduous, dangerous journey, asserting his influence on the Ring by making sure it was destroyed before Sauron could destroy Middle Earth with it. The temptation was strong at times to put the ring on and come under its evil influence but with the help of the Fellowship, Frodo overcame evil with good.
    Maybe we like playing ring around the rosie pocketful of posie, ashes, ashes we all fall down. To wear The Ring and come under its sensual, indulgent influence may ‘feel’ good to the flesh and to be cast from our ring or circle can be a lonesome journey.
    I’d like to think we still have a Fellowship of believers who can stand, withstand and maintain the Biblical behavioral standards even though they will never have even one finger encircled by the World’s ring of influence, power and approval. Instead they will receive a Crown of Righteousness to lay at the feet of the Lord of all the rings, Jesus Christ.

  2. Debi, your analogy of my blog makes me think of a song by Johnny and June Cash.
    (Chorus) I fell into a ring of fire
    I fell into, a burning ring of fire
    I went down, down, down, and the flames went higher
    and it burns, burns, burns
    the ring of fire, the ring of fire.
    Love is a burning flame
    and it makes a fiery ring
    bringing hurt to the heart’s desire..

    I think we see a case of love vs. love!

  3. There is a river, and it flows from deep within
    There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
    Come to this water; there is a vast supply
    There is a river, that never shall run dry

    There was a thirsty woman,
    She was drawing from a well
    See her life was ruined and wasted
    And her soul was bound for hell
    Oh but then she met the master
    And he told about her sin
    And he said “if you drink this water,
    You’ll never thirst again.

    There is a river, and it flows from deep within
    There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
    Come to this water; there is a vast supply
    There is a river, that never shall run dry

    Knows all your guilty stand
    Knows all your guilty stand

    Come to this water; there is a vast supply
    There is a river, that never shall run dry
    There is a river, that never shall run dry

  4. Words: George Duffield, Jr., 1858.

    ‘Stand Up for Jesus’ was the dying message of the Reverend Dudley A. Tyng A thousand people were slain in the spirit out of 5,000. The following week he went to the barn floor, where a mule was at work on a horse-power, shelling corn. Patting him on the neck, the sleeve of his silk gown caught in the cogs of the wheel, and his arm was torn out the roots! His death occurred in a few hours…The author of the hymn preached from Eph. 6:14

    We must stand and withstand. The enemy may try to distract us, but the prize is worth it all –

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
    Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
    From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
    Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
    If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
    Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
    Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
    Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
    Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
    Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
    The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
    Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
    Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
    Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
    Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
    And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
    This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
    To him who overcometh a crown of life shall be;
    They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

  5. Perhaps we need to make sure we put on the full Armor of God everyday.

    Ephesians 6:10-21 (New International Version)

    The Armor of God

    10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
    19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

    Lord may we this year be outfitted spiritually. May we stand shoulder to shoulder bearing up one another should anyone fall. Draw in a little tighter so that no one hits the ground. Keeping our eye on Jesus and not all the flies, least the flies become giants of our mind. We focus on the steps of the ones who bring the flies to view and pray that God will move them into position so they are not influenced by the flies but by the spirit of the living GOD. Flies need fly swatters – flies need God’s spirit of light shed on them. Flies often come to the light and God has his zapper ready – death to darkness and the evil they bring.

  6. Oh my what a story of Mr. Duffield. He sure models the answer to our question, “What should one do when faced with circumstances that fly within the face of our faith?” Answer: Stand up stand up for Jesus!

  7. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” I Cor 15:23. Entering a ‘behavioral circle of acceptance’ makes cracks in the armor Rena spoke of, hardens your conscience to sin and causes spiritual blindness before you know it.

  8. When we have Light we have Hope! We have light and if we don’t hide our light then others will have Light.” Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21, NIV)

    Jesus said of His people: “‘You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.'” (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)

    When I write these verses of words spoken by Jesus, I feel like laughing… like Saturday Night Live… Tina Faye/Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was running for VP of USA but Tina Faye was her walking night and day likeness. Tina had so much light and likeness of Sarah that at times you were not sure who was who! Imagine if you were the light and people in darkness said WHOA so much light I didn’t know them form the crucified Jesus.

    “Without a concept of absolute truth, light is extinguished, the world is returned to darkness, and people are free to tell lies and do wicked deeds under the cover of that darkness.” GW

  9. Life seems easier when we are accountable to no one. For the most part we can do whatever we want. Conversely, Jesus said that He is the way that leads to Heaven yet this seems like a more difficult path to take. But, is it?

  10. Life on earth may seem easier when we are not accountable to anyone because we answer to no one for our decisions and don’t allow anyone to question us or make us feel uncomfortable. But the danger in that is that we often can’t see our own mistakes, faults, shortcomings and sins and we need others to hold a mirror up for us. If we don’t allow it now in this life then we miss opportunities to see our sins, seek forgiveness and change. It is better to have sin exposed now while there is still time to repent than when we die and have to appear before the judgement seat of Christ to give an account…too late then.

  11. Debi, your comment makes me think of these scriptures. John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! and Rev. 14:15 ‘…and no guile was found in their mouths.”

    … guile cunning, craftiness, craft, artfulness, art, artifice, wiliness, slyness, deviousness; wiles, ploys, schemes, stratagems, maneuvers, tricks, subterfuges, ruses; deception, deceit, duplicity, underhandedness, double-dealing, trickery.

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