Archive for the ‘courage’ Category

      Christian modesty, courage and holy boldness are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ChristianModesty” (Level 1 with 169 points, a member since July 25, 2012) posted the following:

Why don’t Christians seem to care abut modesty anymore?

It seems there are less and less Christians who care about dressing in a way that is pleasing to God. I’ve heard some people say that God really doesn’t care, but shouldn’t we as Christians try and follow everything in the Bible, not just the parts we want to hear or obey?

1 Corinthians 8:13
1 Timothy 2:9
1 Peter 3:3-4
Matthew 5:28

THE BATTLE AXE: Why Courage? (10/14/2012)—In the excellence of divine provision for mankind, much of what believers are required to do is accomplished through faithfulness and obedience, rather than courage or fortitude. Even so, all Christian believers must know courage and holy boldness, because all must endure as spiritual beings upon an earth that is overspread with ignorance of sacred truth, sin, violence, unbelief, and unclean spirits that have been ousted from heaven. In addition, believers must make balanced and uncompromising responses to indifference, persecution, separation for the Gospel, suffering, and uncertainty. Also, it is through balance that arrogance, overconfidence and presumption are avoided. While courage is essential for beginning, holy boldness is vital when seeking higher ground, and zeal must be present to continue and maintain the progress of sanctification. The work of sharing and spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard it requires confidence and flexibility that are provided by the Holy Spirit along with faith, insight, joy, perseverance, righteousness, truth and wisdom. Mature believers in Jesus Christ, often experience as he did the full range of human conflicts such that, at the same time there is sorrow, there is joy; in spite of fear, there is courage and boldness; when there is doubt and insecurity, there is still expectation and hope. An important aspect of freedom in Christ is that each believer makes choice of their own focus between and among contradictory alternatives, and choice of what they themselves will act upon.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 5-7, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012); Girdle 44: The Good Seed (12/31/2011); Dispatch 38: Shamefacedness (09/17/2011); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010); Not Sure? (01/01/2011); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

      Be encouraged. There will always be a great diversity among believers that comes by such differences as academic background, age group, culture, doctrinal emphasis (e.g., Advent, baptism, chrism and spiritual gifts, tithing, Incarnation, intercession by saints) ethnicity, levels of maturity, practice, prayer, and scriptural training. While the ministry by silent example and lifestyle often seems to be less effective and less spiritual than preaching, or witnessing from the pulpit, it truly is the work of every mature believer. Both the understanding and acceptance of sacred duty develops gradually, and by degrees. More than this, the ability to recognize the denial and rejection of GOD, and to continue undisturbed—rather than denial and rejection of oneself, ones message, and what they may have shared—comes only by an extended process of sacred growth.

      In the same way that a broad range of differences are found among the rose (e.g., color, fragrance, size), differences among believers are easily understood as irrelevant and insignificant when seeing with new eyes that are focused upon discerning the Spirit. The carnal, material and social aspects fade in their importance. The carnal mind is enmity against GOD; has not been equipped to respond to the law of GOD; and therefore, will never perfectly obey the will of GOD (see Romans 8: 6-8, KJV). Believers are not required to serve, or make appeals to the carnal mind.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Christian circumspection, modesty and shamefacedness derive from self-awareness that has been shaped by the character and spirit that identified Jesus during his ministry in the earth. Humility and meekness in believers are emanations of the Holy Spirit along with such divine content as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin. Until the conclusion of judgment, and finish of the second death, there will be problems in the earth that come by sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

     The importance of courage to ones Christian walk, and more on family and romance are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ryan M” (Level 1 with 125 points, a member since January 30, 2007) posted the following:

Why is courage so important in a Christ-follower’s life?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Family and Romance? (10/13/2012)—Family as a social institution used by men is not the same as family when used as a divine spiritual tool.  Issues we now know as incest, property rights, and sibling rivalry were not known during Adam’s lifetime.  Thus, the account of Abel slain by his brother Cain actually centers on the acceptable models of priesthood and sacrifice provided from heaven for the earth, and to all mankind.  Today, in the United States, most communities provide children and family courts to resolve the many conflicts, and disputes that occur among those bound together through blood and law.  Earlier, order and structure within families as well as among and between families was on the basis of individual skills, animal instinct, and personal power, rather than mechanisms for impartiality such as courts and law.  Many continue to practice the “old ways,” however they encounter increasing opposition.  Among Christian believers, such scriptural and unwritten rules continue to be observed, including (1) all  must encourage, and nourish the integrity and soundness of body, mind and spirit for every member of the family as for themselves; (2) just as sexual intimacy is forbidden, and the “privacy” of others are to be protected, violence against ones parents, brothers, sisters and other family is outlawed; (3) none will hinder, meddle with or oppress other family members to block their success, deny their faith, suppress their spiritual growth, or cut off fulfillment of their chosen duties; and (4) one may become distanced from family through time and space, however, the bond is to be respected by all as unbreakable even by death.  The spirit content of blood is being and life. The spirit content of law is divine will and truth.  The spirit content of marriage is union.  Just as all are made free from sin by death, all are made free from marriage, law, family and commitment.  Through the mechanisms of duty and inheritance, the bond of family continues in effect, transcending blood and law, and is anchored in shared truth.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.  Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies:  for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD:  be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.  (Psalms 27:  9-14, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); On Being Careful (02/13/2012); Grounded In Love (12/13/2011); About Zeal (02/17/2011); Awesomeness? (12/19/2010); Born With Sin? (12/20/2010)

Here are some thoughts shared among mature Christian believers:
For many “courage” means a state of emotion where one does not feel anxiety, fear, nervousness or worry.  Apprehension is not present, where one anticipates damage, disgrace, loss, or pain; and so, one feels free and uninhibited when approaching duty, or life challenges and problems.  As an emotion, courage is temporal; it only lasts for a time; and it comes and goes.  For those just beginning to investigate and learn the things of GOD through Christ, courage is necessary as a form of strength that fosters dialogue, learning and reflection.  Many questions must be posed, and one must be willing to expose the depth of their own beliefs and understandings.

For the believer who has been reborn through baptism, the need is not for courage and emotion; instead, there must be “holy boldness,” balance, and “fear of the Lord.”  Like faith, joy, humility and wrath against sin, holy boldness is a content of divine being (sometimes we say “divine DNA), and is inseparable from other sacred substance such as holiness, righteousness, truth and wisdom.  The imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD must be present that makes possible a believers approach and entrance into the Divine Presence.

“Fear of the Lord” is reverence, right respect, and the correct awareness of GOD called “awe”.  Access to GOD begins with things that are impersonal and remote such as doctrine, law, proclamation and Scripture.  Needed strength to approach sovereign truths that are invisible and otherwise unknown are supplied through the ministry of Jesus, that equip and prepare believers for personal experiences of GOD, including healing, prayer, and prophetic visions.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, “the fearful” (also called “cowards”) are classed with idolaters, murderers, sorcerers, whoremongers, the unbelieving, and all liars (see Revelation 21:  7-8, KJV).  Christian belief is not a matter of “gambling” or foolish risk-taking; however, there are many unseen attackers and unexpected enemies, a darkness that opposes spiritual growth, that may be described as “facing the unknown”.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC