不平 at Work— A New Battle has Begun ♫ Choose Wisely Who to Partner with in this Spiritual Battle
Day 120/121. 2021 Apr 28
- Pray hard to protect my free ticket to the Kingdom of God. Turn away now from the living under the flesh. Lead me out, please Lord. The flesh is coming strongly on me.
- I am ashamed of myself, of my impure motivation, of my words .. being framed negatively and unconsciously.. like in my spouse’s words: “there is no choice” for myself in this battle! It felt like it was a waste of God’s grace on me .. as how graciously He has led me our of my darkness to here and now. I am rolling down the hill without a break, directly into temptation on blaming and self-justification. The worst is that it is coming out unconsciously at my coffee connect time with my spouse. Perhaps, I’ve put expectation on his shoulder: to be shared, be unified, be understood .. but now I learn that this spiritual battle is beyond the power of men together to fight. Despite our strong connection via marriage or even deep physical connection, these are only the shadow of some real connect in the spiritual realm. It is time for me to learn to .. NOT set up the barrier with my loved ones but learn to .. CHOSE the right source to fight this battle: partnership with the Lord. Spiritual battle is the battle of the Lord, not my battle. I am also the medium where it happens. The spiritual battle within myself is rising strong .. pride, hostility.
- Still .. I have hope that God is leading me, despite how weak and shameful I might experiencing about myself .. I have hope that through this challenging season .. I will learn to be humble and truly appreciate of what I am taking for granted now. I will learn to that I need to choose God as my partner and leader in this battle, not any other human beings. amen.
Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:NIV)
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. このように、キリストは私たちを自由の身にしてくださいました。ですから、この自由をしっかりと握っていなさい。もう二度と、律法にがんじがらめになった奴隷とならないよう、細心の注意をはらいなさい
- You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
- You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. しかし、あなたがたの中に悪い人が一人でもいるなら、その悪影響は全体に及ぶのです。 主はこの点について、あなたがたを私と同じ信仰に立ち返らせてくださるものと確信しています
Life by the Spirit (Galatians 5 NIV)
- You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
- So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 内面のこの二つの力は、どちらも私たちを思いどおりに動かそうと、いつも格闘しています。そして私たちは、この二つの力の板ばさみになって、したいと思うことが自由にできない状態なのです。 しかし、本来聖霊に導かれているあなたがたは、もう自分を律法に従わせる必要はありません
- The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 生まれながらの悪い性質、つまり肉に従った結果がもたらすものは明らかです。すなわち、汚れた思い、好色、 偶像礼拝、心霊術、憎しみ、争い、怒り、利己心、不平、あら捜し、排他主義とそこから出て来るまちがった教え、 ねたみ、人殺し、泥酔、遊興、そのような種類のものです。前にも言いましたが、もう一度言いましょう。そのような生活を続ける者は、一人として神の国を相続できません
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.しかし、聖霊が生活を支配してくださる時、私たちのうちに、次のような実を結びます。愛、喜び、平安、寛容、親切、善意、誠実、 柔和、自制です。そこには、律法に反するものは何もありません。 キリストに属する者は、生まれながらの自分が持つ肉の欲望を十字架につけてしまったのです
- Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. もし私たちが聖霊の力を受けて生きているなら、すべてにわたって、その導きに従おうではありませんか。 そうすれば、互いにねたみ合ったり、いがみ合ったりすることはないでしょう
- Indeed, I am living under the flesh: hatred 憎しみ, discord 争い, jealousy 不平, fits of rage 怒り, selfish ambition 利己心, dissensions あら捜し, factions 排他主義とそこから出て来るまちがった教え .
- I am losing my ticket, my privilege to the free invitation to the Kingdom of God “those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” そのような生活を続ける者は、一人として神の国を相続できません. It is not worth continuing this way of life and lose my precious inherit of the Kingdom.
- What do I do to reject this turmoil from my life: it is becoming seriously Lord.
- I am received that perhaps 不平 (jealousy) is the root of these various bad fruits: hated, fits of rage, discord, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions … this happened before toward my spouse and men .. and I’ve been trapped in bitterness and hopelessness .. (I was a living death .. and surely if I continue to hurt myself and everyone else; and surely will lose my ticket to the Kingdom) .. but because of God’s grace and perhaps all the prayers for myself (from the loved ones, from churches) .. that God has pulled me out of it .. now. And I learn now that the same evil (discontent, hostility) has changed its form and coming back.
- Lord, I know how to fight this battle: deny totally myself, desire only what comes from You, ready and prepared to accept ALL, whatever misunderstanding, mistreatment, loneliness .. coming my ways .. and open and show only my tears to you, noone else Lord. Only You can really understand, Lord. Only who is there with You, know You personally and Your power. It is Your battle, Lord.
- I look forward eagerly to a new cycle to find the evil of 不平 (jealousy, discontent, complaint, grumble, dissatisfaction, faction) within myself Lord. I look forward to encounter You personally again in the inner most connection. Take my battle Lord, fight for me and lead me to Your victory and protect me wholely .. till the end .. which is the gate to Your Kingdom, Lord.