The Concurrent Working of Deep Opposites

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The above title was a phrase used by English Bishop HCG Moule in his commentary on 2 Cor 4:8-12.

We are simultaneously being put to death (death of self) and being raised up into new creation power, joy and peace by God. This is the cross of Christ. It is a collision of two paradoxical opposites which takes us to a third place of transcendence. We are enabled to transcend our problems while still in the midst of them. Be we must hold this tension when we are caught in it. This is what it means to take up the cross daily. We are not to try to escape this tension. Transformation only takes place in this tension. Don’t transmit your pain. Allow God to transform it. Somebody humiliates you. Instead of lashing out or getting even, hold this within believing God will use it to grow you toward maturity.

We are knocked down but not destroyed. Persecuted but not abandoned. 2 Cor 4:8-9.

We only abound spiritually as we are abased. Phili 4. We hold within this creative tension. We die and rise with Christ. We stand there in the gap between the two creations, old and new, and embrace the cross. We are stretched out on the cross but only here can we empty out old self and be filled with God. Only here can we be uprooted from the world and planted deeper into the death then resurrection of Christ. Only here can we suffer our way with Christ into glory. Rom 8:17. Only here, in the midst of the bad, can all things work together for good! Only as we die can life spring up in others. 2 Cor 4:12. Only as we are delivered over to death can we manifest the life of Christ. We must hold these paradoxical opposites as over against trying to escaping the tension or lashing out against it.

We must take pleasure in our infirmities and stresses. 2 Cor 12:9-10. We must not be disappointed when God refuses to remove the thorn in our flesh. He has it there for a resurrection purpose: to keep us humble. Let it do its work!

As the bad things come our way we do not retaliate; we hold the creative tension knowing that God is also working to bring good out of the situation. The new creation personality comes out of holding the creative tension.

Key verse is 2 Cor 4:11 where Paul personifies “death,” stating we are delivered over into the hands of an enemy, “death.” We will bring into this discussion Acts 27:41 “where two seas met” and also, the “abased” and “abound” verses in Philippians 4.

Originally Posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-concurrent-working-of-deep-opposites/

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Devil Smack Down!!!!!

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WE ARE IN YOUR FACE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

“God is love!” 1 John 4:8, 16

Without LOVE, we are nothing! Read 1 Corinthians 13 every morning this week! Beg God to change your life from the depths of your being and to fill you with His love as only He can do!

If you participate in a white supremacy group or black lives matter group, perhaps it’s YOU who is the racist – full of soul-damning hatred (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 21:8). The LORD is calling you to truly repent before it’s too late.

So let me get this straight: You claim to know Jesus and yet you have no time to obey His Great Commission command and yet you have all this time, mental and physical energy, and wherewithal to participate in a hate group?! If that’s you – you are a lost soul!

FROM AUDREY BOYD: “Audrey Boyd yes indeed, we went down town Dallas today and honored cops in Dallas and we will continue praying for all police officers– everywhere ( we must all remember that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood ( not against men ) but against spiritual wickedness in high places, rulers of darkness of this dark world –( the enemy = devil ) –but by the power of the Holy Ghost , through Jesus Christ — we win — in him and by his spirit –AMEN — walk in the spirit — That which is flesh is flesh and does mind the things of the flesh– the same way , that which is spirit is spirit , does mind the things of the spirit of GOD — LIFE, HEALING, LOVE, JOY , PEACE in the HOLY GHOST , and so much more — the kingdom of God consist of that which is Spiritual — not flesh / carnal — AMEN —”

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Lavel Tyler writes: “There is only one race in the body of Christ and that is the christian race. And we are a peculiar people. For we do not look at the skin color when we look at a person but we see everyone as a living soul. We do not judge an entire group or race of people based on the actions or behaviors of one or a few individuals. Whoever possesses this kind of mentality, their judgment and their heart is impaired. There is no such thing as a racist christian. Because when God opens your eyes to the gospel He gives you a heart to see every individual person as a living soul in need of a personal Savior and relationship with God. And that then becomes your main focus. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Meaning that whatever color, race, or gender you were born is what you are.. but when you give your life to Christ who you are becomes– a child of God. That becomes your new identity and that is how you see every other saint that holds to the same faith as you, as a child of God. With all the division there is in the world today, the body of Christ needs to stand together in Unity more than ever before. The enemy wants to see us divided and not fellowshipping with one another but if we will join together in the Spirit standing in love and in truth we will strengthen and build one another up and be unscathed by the schemes of the devil. May this unity spread all throughout the body of Christ.”

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

—-SMACK THAT DEVIL TODAY …. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO THAT …. WHITE DUSTED (SKIN, HUE) SAINTS – KICK THAT DEVIL UNDER HIS FILTHY, EVIL CHIN – CALL OR EMAIL your black friends and tell them that you ARE lifting them in prayer today …. AND YOU BLACK SKINNED SAINTS – call or email your fellowship believers in Christ’s body and let them know your praying for them!!!! The devil is the author of hatred and God “is love.”

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

Saints only Christ’s body can apply the healing balm of His blessed salvation in this fleeting, fallen world! There is no other solution! PREACH! DO! BE HIS BODY! HE’S WITH YOU EVERY STEP!!!!!
“Ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ” Colossians 3:15

THERE are only 2 kingdoms in this world – Christ’s and the devil’s! Rescue the perishing as only God can do THROUGH YOU – HIS BODY!!!! AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?! JUST HOW MUCH MORE POWERFUL IS HIS LOVE DEMONSTRATED THAN WHEN YOU REACH OUT WITH CHRIST’S GOSPEL TO A PERSON WHO IS NOT OF YOUR RACE?!?!?!?!

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/devil-smack-down/