Holy Resistance: Day 10

Faithful Presence

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” These words of Jesus are not just what he promises to us, but how we are to live faithfully in the world. Jesus doesn’t abandon those whose righteousness is lacking, he rather remains present and puts on display a greater righteousness that embodies that he is with us to the end. How can you remain faithful to Christ and yet still be an influence around those whom you disagree or who make you uncomfortable? Yes there is a time to speak for Christ but there is always a time to let your suffering friends know you are in the ring with them, and you’ve brought the power of the Holy Spirit with you by your very presence. Not your words, not your answers, just you. This is what we get with God at the end. Our home is him. May others find their home in him by the hospitality and faithful presence you give in their life.   

Repent

Self-Righteousness – The enemy of faithful presence is the very sin of the Pharisees. Imagine Jesus’ promise to us with the caveat: ‘I am with you always, unless you are doing through some serious sin, then I can’t and won’t be near you. Or if you are grieving and it looks all messy and hard, then I’m out. Or when you are depressed and no longer any fun to be around. Or when you are ignoring my call to love and forgive.’ Thank God Almighty that we do not have a savior like this. Yet, how often do we treat others like this? Repent today of the times when you have been unfaithful in your presence with others and have fallen prey to self-righteousness.

Redeem

Unity

Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. 13 We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink. 

– 1 Corinthians 12:12-12

We must repent of being quick to judge “the other.” As Christians, we must not further the divide, but reach out across margins. Whether “the other” in your world is seen as such due to race, education, finances, politics, or something else, you must not allow these differences to cater to the enemy’s hope for divisiveness among the people of God. Repent. Receive humility. Remember that “we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…and we all were given one Spirit to drink.” To be in agreement with others, we must first be in agreement with Him. There is strength in the body when the head remains upright and the other parts remain coordinated. None of us are the head of the body. It is Christ who is “the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it” (Colossians 2:19). 

Receive God’s nourishment today. Let Him hold you together. Ask yourself what is standing in the way of true unity with the Spirit this day.

Restore

Steadfast Love

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:1-5

God is the one who restores us. His love is steadfast. His presence is always with us. Even when we grow weary and tired his goodness and mercy restores us. There are times when we forget all that God has done for us, when we find ourselves tossed and battered by  the waves. Even in the middle of the storm God holds us and keeps us securely on the ground. God is our refuge. Our ever present help. May you find rest and comfort in God’s grace.

Lament

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

– Psalm 136:1-9

Hope

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:18-20

Fast

All Entertainment (Ex: Netflix, Youtube, Disney+)

Song

Prayer

Father God,

You are God.  You created the world we live in, and everything in it.  We are all your children, descended from one man, Adam, and then, again, through Noah.  We are all brothers and sisters.  We confess that we forget that, regularly.  In these times of deep division, and always, help us remember that we are family.  Help us to listen more than we talk.  Help us to understand even when we disagree.  Help us to care more for each other’s welfare, than for getting our own way.  Help us to remember that you are in control, even when things seem out of control.   God, help us to forget ourselves, for a moment, and try to imagine what life is like for those at whom we are so angry.  God, give us peace.  Not so that we can be comfortable, but so that we can take the time to care for each other.  God, give us hope.  Not so that we can keep it tightly to ourselves, but so that we can share it with each other.  God, give us love.  Not so that we can be warm and fuzzy inside, but so that we can show love to each other.  And God, help us to remember:

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.  It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.  It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

 – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Amen