“You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.” (Leviticus 19:17)
From the Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 56
“A good way to use the “cursing” Psalms is in some such way as this — “Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate you . . . I hate them with perfect hatred.” Ask yourself what it is that hates God? Nothing and no one hates God half as much as the wrong disposition in you does. “The carnal mind is enmity against God”; what we should hate is this principle that lusts against the Spirit of God and is determined to have our bodies and minds and rule them away from God. The Spirit of God awakens in us an unmeasured hatred of that power until we are not only sick of it, but sick to death of it, and we will gladly make the moral choice of going to its funeral. The meaning of Romans 6:6 is just this put into scriptural language: “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him.” The “old man” is the thing the Spirit of God will teach us to hate, and the love of God in our hearts concentrates our soul in horror against the wrong thing. Make no excuse for it.”
I don’t spend a lot of time with “news” as put forth by TV, cable TV or newspapers/magazines, or radio talk shows. I do have a few internet sources that I read from time to time so as to not be totally uninformed about what is happening in our nation and the world, but I do not let myself be consumed with “news” gathering. There was something that caught my eye this morning though, and it so spoke to the above devotional that I can’t help but bring it up for discussion.
The article I am referring to came from AllNewsPipeline.com, reported by Stefan Stanford. http://allnewspipeline.com/Trump_Is_The_Resistance_To_Democratic_Totalitarian_Establishment.php
Definitions are changing, words that use to mean one thing are now meaning something totally different, i.e., fascist. By whose definition do you now answer, are you a fascist? The blurring of definitions is an attempt to make light dark and dark light; good bad and bad good; war peace and peace war. What is our “R” reality?
A few years back I was touring Stone Mountain Park in DeKalb, Georgia. After the climb, I went into the museum to check out the exhibits. While the rest of my group lingered over the various exhibits I found a place to sit and rest in the lobby. As I was waiting I heard in my spirit these words; “another civil war is coming”.
War breeds hate. But what we must hate is the disposition in each of us that wants us to hate.
Scripture tells us in Matthew 10:16-22, what the disposition gave over to hatred will do;
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
A disposition that indulges in slander, criticism, innuendo, unforgiveness, lying, disobedience, laziness, greed, immorality, coarse jesting, silly or foolish talk, idolatry, immorality, sensuality, strife, jealousy, impurity, dissensions, disputes, factions, sorcery, drunkenness, carousing; this disposition is the “old man” whom we must let the Holy Spirit teach us to hate. The lusts of the “old man” are determined to fight against the Spirit of God in our bodies and minds and rule them away from God.
Yashua said in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”
Love is a fruit of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives along with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We can manifest these attributes, unconditionally, only because of and through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
A bit of insight from The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn, Day 91, The Shadow
“Truth exists of itself. It is that which is. But a lie cannot exist without truth. A lie is a twisting of the truth, and so it can only exist by the truth and in the denial of it. So too life exists without death. But death cannot exist without life. Death only exists as the negation of life. So to the good can exist without evil. But evil cannot exist without good. Evil is the denial of the good.”
“You can have God without satan, but you can’t have satan without God. So, we can only discern darkness because of the existence of the light, and what is false by what is true, and what is wrong, by what is right.”
“The darkness of falsehood bears witness that the Truth exists. The darkness of hatred bears witness that Love exists. And the darkness of evil bears witness that God exists. So never let your heart lose its focus by dwelling on evil, on a shadow, on that which is not, to obscure that which is.”
There are many things in today’s world that want to become our “god” reality; from money-making schemes to political and social activism. These world entanglements will tempt the “old man” in us to rise up, taking our “good intentions” as the opportunity to foster envy, greed, bitterness, rivalries, disputes, covetousness among many other distractions driving us, mind and body, away from God.
When tempted to hate those that persecute and speak all manner of evil against you falsely (Matt 5), beat the “old man” nature down and think of this wisdom from the book of Proverbs 25:21-22, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.”
Remember that nothing evil can exist outside of God’s goodness. Always chose God’s goodness and there will be no place for evil to gain a foothold in either our heart or mind.