When I Choose to Let Myself Be Molested

Fighting the downsies. Or wait, I’m not fighting them. I’m not fighting to believe God loves me. I’m not doing anything to fight back against these thoughts that come to mind:

1. Didn’t work out with that girl? That’s because God doesn’t want you to have a good thing that you really want.

2. If God were powerful and near and if he loved you, you wouldn’t be lonely and sad right now.

3. Christian? The cross doesn’t change much in God’s perspective of you; truth is you are merely tolerated by God, not loved.

4. God just wants you for his fame. He just wants fans. He’s a rock star.

5. God is not blind to your needs; he just doesn’t like you enough to help you.

6. If you want God, you’d better sacrifice everything you enjoy in this world except for your Bible and food; live like a monk, then you’ll get his attention for a little bit. Maybe.

7. You are the seed that grew up on rocky soil. Sprang up, used up, dried up. You’re done.

If Jesus’ exchange on the cross only makes God mildly tolerant of me, can I honestly call it a great salvation? If God doesn’t think about me, doesn’t really forgive my imperfections, doesn’t WANT me, then what exactly is there to celebrate as a Christian? What would heaven be like if it were filled with people God could care less about having there? That’s no heaven.

The version of God I’m seeing is not the same version of God that gave me so much energy to live before. When I can’t see what’s really happening, I choose to remember the times he’s proven himself. I refuse to just sit and decay, letting these lies molest my mind. I put on the armor of God so that I can stand against lies.

Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of [Christ’s] righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Godpraying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance…

Faith can extinguish all the flaming lies.

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3 Responses to When I Choose to Let Myself Be Molested

  1. asaph247 says:

    “You are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown.” –The One-Talent Steward, Matthew 24:24.

    Instead of being amazed at his one-talent opportunity, he deprecated the generous Giver (the implied correlations is that God is represented by the master). Instead of worshiping a generous, interested God, he fires his slanderous rifle at a god of his own creation. Yes, such a god is a “hard man,” but Jesus and His Father & Spirit are not this “man.” Pride takes many forms, some more violent than others. This instance of pride assaults God Himself. Here we have a verbal and visible version of our unspoken, man- or providence-directed complaints. That is, “nice” pride is a small twig growing out of the same rotten seed as this grand defamation of the good and almighty God. We often speak against God as we speak of our challenges in life. We make it appear less bold than the one-talent man’s verbal assault on God by changing the uppercase “P” to a lowercase one as we speak of providence. Providence is a Person, not an event. God is the First Cause of all things in our life. All things.

    Then there is Love. Pride is our response to life. Love is God’s response to life. Love cannot be hired or bribed. Love has no other end than your well-being and happiness. Jesus did not come to earth, accomplish redemption for His people, and the go back to His throne and say, “Now, where are My worshipers?” No. Wrong god. This is the the one-talent steward’s god. No, Jesus did not accomplish our redemption for any other reason than to express an infinite love toward the infinitely ill-deserving. Period. So, did He come and die and return for love or glory? Yes, for love IS His glory. He is not a wizard of Oz kind of god. That god WAS “reaping where he had not sown.” He was requiring honor that did not belong to him. Not Jesus. A trillion devils saved by grace alone, singing of His honor could not supply an ounce of the honor this God deserves. And yet, He did it all without looking back. Love works for free. Love is done when it delivers its payload of help and benefit. Love is as blind to reply as true justice is to favorites. Love does not desire to be thanked or worshiped. It simply does not understand these things. God’s glory is not a concept. It is His character. Love is His glory. No love. No glory. No holiness. No glory. The wizard of Oz was a fraud. Jesus is not the “Son of Fraud”. We do not worship the “Fraud of Heaven.” No. God is infinitely beyond our highest excellence. We may do mercy, but God IS mercy. God IS love… and yet we so often, under our breath, call Him “a hard man.”

    Yes, we are still very broken. We so seldom live in the power of these truths. We have so much of the one-talent steward’s unfounded bitterness churning in our hearts. We misinterpret Providence. The old man in the believer is an incarnation of the one-talent steward. He must be bludgeoned to death… mortified with a blunt, pain-inducing, life-removing implement. This implement is called, “truth.” Because we lie our way to unhappiness, we must believe our way to joy. Not “believe” like the pitiful cowardly lion saying, “I do believe! I do believe! I do believe,” at the gate of Oz castle. NO. Faith does not make anything true. Faith simply trusts in what is true whether anyone believes it or not. Faith is believing our Father’s words of promise to His adopted children. It is believing what the Bible shouts from beginning to end of His love and faithfulness. Faith supplants presumption and superstition. Unbelief says, “Sure, I hear what He said but I know what He meant by it.” That is, it puts an evil construction on things… putting hope-destroying words in His mouth. Faith swings the bat of truth into the teeth of this liar…. again and again and again. The victorious believer is laid to rest with this bat still in his hand. This life is a “fight of faith”, my friend, else we lose all… both our happiness and our souls.

    So, keeping that armor on, that sword in your hand, that helmet on (Ephesians 6)… and the Spirit with fell all your giants. Memorize the truth. How many chapters of what God has spoken can you say without looking? Yes, chapters. Where is your treasure? What are you really trusting in to win these battles against discouragement and sin? How many doctrines can you explain and substantiate with Bible texts? This is not academic but perfectly practical for those who fight sin and “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…” today? How did Christ overcome the devil in Matthew 4? By His trust in the word of God that He believed and spoke to the devil when he was tempting Him. We are not stronger or wiser than Jesus. This is the method we are to use. “This is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith.” And where does faith come from? Yes, from God, but how is faith matured and increased? “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

    The one-talent steward spoke his mind, but not the word of God. He rattled off accusations against God (his master), instead of reciting truths that he was given by God for his progress and happiness.

    We know what we must do. God help us!

  2. asaph247 says:

    “You are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown.” –The One-Talent Steward, Matthew 25:24.

    Instead of being amazed at his one-talent opportunity, he deprecated the generous Giver (the implied correlations is that God is represented by the master). Instead of worshiping a generous, interested God, he fires his slanderous rifle at a god of his own creation. Yes, such a god is a “hard man,” but Jesus and His Father & Spirit are not this “man.” Pride takes many forms, some more violent than others. This instance of pride assaults God Himself. Here we have a verbal and visible version of our unspoken, man- or providence-directed complaints. That is, “nice” pride is a small twig growing out of the same rotten seed as this grand defamation of the good and almighty God. We often speak against God as we speak of our challenges in life. We make it appear less bold than the one-talent man’s verbal assault on God by changing the uppercase “P” to a lowercase one as we speak of providence. Providence is a Person, not an event. God is the First Cause of all things in our life. All things.

    Then there is Love. Pride is our response to life. Love is God’s response to life. Love cannot be hired or bribed. Love has no other end than your well-being and happiness. Jesus did not come to earth, accomplish redemption for His people, and the go back to His throne and say, “Now, where are My worshipers?” No. Wrong god. This is the the one-talent steward’s god. No, Jesus did not accomplish our redemption for any other reason than to express an infinite love toward the infinitely ill-deserving. Period. So, did He come and die and return for love or glory? Yes, for love IS His glory. He is not a wizard of Oz kind of god. That god WAS “reaping where he had not sown.” He was requiring honor that did not belong to him. Not Jesus. A trillion devils saved by grace alone, singing of His honor could not supply an ounce of the honor this God deserves. And yet, He did it all without looking back. Love works for free. Love is done when it delivers its payload of help and benefit. Love is as blind to reply as true justice is to favorites. Love does not desire to be thanked or worshiped. It simply does not understand these things. God’s glory is not a concept. It is His character. Love is His glory. No love. No glory. No holiness. No glory. The wizard of Oz was a fraud. Jesus is not the “Son of Fraud”. We do not worship the “Fraud of Heaven.” No. God is infinitely beyond our highest excellence. We may do mercy, but God IS mercy. God IS love… and yet we so often, under our breath, call Him “a hard man.”

    Yes, we are still very broken. We so seldom live in the power of these truths. We have so much of the one-talent steward’s unfounded bitterness churning in our hearts. We misinterpret Providence. The old man in the believer is an incarnation of the one-talent steward. He must be bludgeoned to death… mortified with a blunt, pain-inducing, life-removing implement. This implement is called, “truth.” Because we lie our way to unhappiness, we must believe our way to joy. Not “believe” like the pitiful cowardly lion saying, “I do believe! I do believe! I do believe,” at the gate of Oz castle. NO. Faith does not make anything true. Faith simply trusts in what is true whether anyone believes it or not. Faith is believing our Father’s words of promise to His adopted children. It is believing what the Bible shouts from beginning to end of His love and faithfulness. Faith supplants presumption and superstition. Unbelief says, “Sure, I hear what He said but I know what He meant by it.” That is, it puts an evil construction on things… putting hope-destroying words in His mouth. Faith swings the bat of truth into the teeth of this liar…. again and again and again. The victorious believer is laid to rest with this bat still in his hand. This life is a “fight of faith”, my friend, else we lose all… both our happiness and our souls.

    So, keeping that armor on, that sword in your hand, that helmet on (Ephesians 6)… and the Spirit with fell all your giants. Memorize the truth. How many chapters of what God has spoken can you say without looking? Yes, chapters. Where is your treasure? What are you really trusting in to win these battles against discouragement and sin? How many doctrines can you explain and substantiate with Bible texts? This is not academic but perfectly practical for those who fight sin and “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…” today? How did Christ overcome the devil in Matthew 4? By His trust in the word of God that He believed and spoke to the devil when he was tempting Him. We are not stronger or wiser than Jesus. This is the method we are to use. “This is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith.” And where does faith come from? Yes, from God, but how is faith matured and increased? “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

    The one-talent steward spoke his mind, but not the word of God. He rattled off accusations against God (his master), instead of reciting truths that he was given by God for his progress and happiness.

    We know what we must do. God help us!

  3. Miguel Medina says:

    This is such a God-glorifying exchange. You guys minister to others when you do this.

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