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Paralyzed In Fear!

Paralyzed In Fear
Hurray For Me!

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

There is a saying my good friend CH has used for years - it is a phrase that speaks of the selfishness of people who don't really care about others, but only themselves, and it goes like this:

"Hurray for me, and the heck with everyone else!"

It has a total element of truth to it.  It could be that person who cuts you off in the parking lot to take the last space.  It could be someone who sees you looking at clothing in the store, and reaches over and grabs it right in front of you - it's not that they even wanted it for sure - just fearing that they wouldn't have the option.   It can be when one person insists that everyone eats where "They" want to eat; never considering others feelings or desires.  

Q:    So, what does God's word say about this type of selfish action?

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

This means that we are to put others first.

One of the ways we can put others first is being there for them when they are struggling in their walk with God.  We don't have to be snooping in their lives, and looking for sin - but there will be times when their sin is exposed to us, and we are confronted with the reality of their poor choices.  

Many people will say that they don't feel that it is their place to say anything, or they don't feel qualified, while others flat out just don't want to take the time - all of these are poor excuses. It isn't always popular to encourage or exhort others to stop doing the things that are not in the will of God, nor is it always well received, but we have a responsibility as believers to speak into the lives of others when they are walking in sin.

The point is we all have a choice as to whether we will choose to put others first.  Let me just say this, every one of us has in the past, or will at some point in the future struggle with this. That's because our love has limits.  But thankfully, God's love has no boundaries.  This is good news for us, because since we have been called to be imitators of God, we know that we can be equipped and empowered to act in the same loving way.

Love suffers long and is kind...does not seek its own 1Corinthians 13:4-5 (NKJV)

I'm not just talking about doing the right thing for the right reasons, but being able to do it with the right heart - a selfless heart, one that does not seek its own.  We can only do this by looking to God and His Word, and His strength if we hope to do this consistently.

God is truly awesome, and His abilities to transform our life can only be thwarted by our own selfish desire to continue to handle things in our own way according to our own will - which is wrong!  

Q:    What do we do when we are confronted with others sin?

A:    We seek the Lord for His wisdom and we speak the truth of God's Word into their life in a loving way.

That's exactly what God was telling the Prophet Ezekiel as recorded in Ezekiel 3:20-21.  Let's read what God told him about seeing sin in another's Christians life.

 "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul." Ezekiel 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Q:    How many marriages do we see destroyed each and every month because of sin?  How many people are living with each other in fornication?  How many people are being paralyzed in depression from the lies of the enemy?  What keeps us from doing God's will and speaking into the lives of those who are walking in sin?

A:    Selfishness expressed through fear!  Fear from rejection, fear from an angry response, and even the fear of the costs incurred for taking ones time and effort.

Hey Christian, I am not suggesting that we sit in judgment of others - pointing out everything they are doing wrong - but that we would be willing to share our heart with regard to their situation using God's Word.  If they are clearly walking in a direction that is not in line with God's Word, then we need to seek the Lord in prayer and be willing to speak into their lives. Let's not be paralyzed in fear of how others will receive what we are sharing in love.  

STUDY QUESTION: What are we told about our not warning others who are continuing in sin according to Ezekiel 3:20-21?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be obedient to God's Word and lovingly confront the life-destroying sin in their life?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord when you are confronted with un-repented sin in the lives of others.  Ask for His guidance and power to share His Word, and love with them.

Father, Thank You for giving me the love to share with those whom I see walking in sin.  Give me the words and love to share with them.  Father, give me a spirit of reconciliation, so that I may help these people be reconciled unto You.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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