Sowers of Discord

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“There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” 

— Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)

It is an ugly trap set among the good and honorable things in our life. Its camouflage is so subtle that people have mistaken it for righteousness. It pulls in the multitudes and creates an atmosphere so chaotic that it turns brother against brother, sister against sister, culture against culture. It is designed to yank at your emotional well-being and exploits your passion to do the right thing. Some folks know exactly what they are doing when practice this and the rest of us, well…SNAP!! We’ve been caught in the trap. What is it? Discord.

Discord turns the harmony of life upside down and then wants to rewrite it. It drives people to serve their own interests and often catches others in its tailspin. It’s something we’re seeing played out in our everyday existence and (from my viewpoint) isn’t being confronted for the lie that it is. Disguised as “activists”, sowers of discord throw seeds of half-truths, negative emotions and innuendo’s around wherever there is conflict. It is an unfortunate thing when all these things are more exciting than TRUTH, isn’t it? To quote Solomon here, “When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you.” (Proverbs 23:1)

And speaking of sitting, when we sit in front of the zombie king to watch the nightly news, we should really take into account what is being presented to us, as Christians, with a grain of salt. Being someone who uses words to express those Godly principles that I often wrestle with, it can be easy to “war story” instead of pointing out where I failed and what God has taught me through the experience. That’s not to say I should dismiss the ugly in a story, but it doesn’t mean I should harbor in it either. What we see happening around us (the infamous “taking a knee” for example) isn’t really solving anything, far from it, but what we should be seeing is a need for people to see their lives in the way that only Jesus Christ can provide for them.

However, I think what we are experiencing through all this is a jolt to our collective ego’s. Pride puffs up, doesn’t it? Now you can go on and disagree with me on this and say it’s about respect for this or that, but in the long run pride will rear its ugly little head…and we’ll judge one another on where we stand. If we were to take a look at Matthew 7:1-4, Jesus is giving us a teaching by way of eye surgery. “How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?” (Matt 7:4). Basically Jesus is making this assessment: “If you impute an evil motive onto someone else, you’re simply making known what your motives are” (excerpted from “Revive Us Again”).

Discord isn’t going away anytime soon so long as we are all on this side of glory, but we Christians gotta do something to counteract its effect to those around us. I don’t think we should turn a blind eye to the events that are playing out around us, but I don’t think it’s a good idea that we join in the chorus either. We give a bad testimony to what Jesus Christ can do in the lives of the many that are lost…and the number of days are getting shorter until this ball of hate spins no more. We need to stop being sowers of discord and become pointers to The Cross. When we stand before the Judge of all judges we surely aren’t gonna be acknowledged for respecting a symbol, it’ll be for what was done for the Kingdom, nothing more. Amen?

Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.

The Daily Bible Reading: Obadiah| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything” — Billy Graham

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Are You a First Responder?

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“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” – Nehemiah 1:4

This was Nehemiah’s response to the horrible condition of the people of Israel. He received a troubling word of Jerusalem City’s wall. The walls were burned and in those days they were intended for protection, security, and the people of Israel were vulnerable. At this point, the children of Israel never fully recovered from the time of Nebuchadnezzar and still were somewhat in exile. Nehemiah had piety and patriotism that were so closely connected that he felt compelled to do something.

A First Responder is someone designated or trained to respond to an emergency. Their job consists of an array of methodology to stabilize or assist at the scene of an emergency. Part of their job is to make specific decisions, light medical treatment, control the crowd, and the like…

Non-Christians and Christians share one common ground: we are not exempt from suffering and trials. It’s the world we live in and this is re-enforced in the Bible we read. The question is how are we to respond, what’s the Biblical mandate, and where is God leading or teaching us in this moment? These are just a few of the many questions we should ask ourselves as we assess the situation.

Nehemiah gave us a great example of a responding. He understood and got honest with himself of the current condition of his people, and he wept and mourned. We are human. It’s okay to feel. Then he fasted. A great way to hear from God is to deny your flesh or daily routine in some capacity. Following, which I believe is the most important, he prayed. Prayer is the example of humility, understanding the need for Jesus’ perspective and for Him to work it out. Nehemiah was a great example of a first responder, Are You a First Responder?

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 50; Proverbs 20

Daily Quote: “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” – Leonard Ravenhill

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7