Fleeing or Resisting?

Recently, I’ve discussed with a few people about the four voices we must learn to discern, that of: God, self, the adversary, and godless influences. I heard this taught on several occasions and thought it would be helpful to revisit. I believe if we get any of these mixed up, we can have some major issues in our lives, where blessings become curses, and curses would be registered as blessings. This must not be so with us. In “A Portal Called Prayer”, we read about how God’s blessings come with no pain because we are to be conduits of His blessings, and not containers. How neglecting it would be if we started seeing God’s blessings as something from the devil, and we banished it from our lives, and others! But how tragic it would also be if we saw the blessings of God and thought it was earned by our own strength!

Why do I bring up the concept of the four voices?

Because without spiritual clarity, we can be 100% sincere, yet 100% inaccurate. This is the challenge with being and becoming individuals of passion. It’s that we can become passionate, yet distracted – yielding fruit of frustration and unable to serve in God’s kingdom at the level of effectiveness He designed us to operate in.

Distracted by what, you may say? Well, self, the adversary, and godless influences. We must be mindful that the distractions of the flesh aren’t dealt with in the same manner as distractions of the adversary. The Scripture gives us initiative to “[put to death] the deeds of the [flesh]” (Romans 8:13). In contrast, there is no Scriptural inspiration to “put to death” the adversary. Throughout the New Testament, believers and disciples of Jesus Christ are instructed to SEVERELY deal with the flesh. The flesh and its self-seeking desires are something that must die, be destroyed, be crucified, be enslaved, and be dissatisfied (Romans 8:13, Galatians 5:24, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:5, 1 Corinthians 9:27, Galatians 5:16).

Why such harsh dealings?

Because the flesh of mankind – that is, the self-seeking desires – will ALWAYS want to override the plan, will, person, and blessings of God in our lives. (For more on understanding the work of humanity’s flesh against God’s will, read “Humanity’s Problem With Love”, alongside “The Blessing of Losing Control”). On the other hand, when it comes to adversarial conflicts, we are COMMANDED to put up a fight, put on God’s armor, war in the Spirit, be aware, cast down, cast out, and resist (1 Timothy 1:18, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Matthew 10:8, James 4:7).

I find it necessary to distinguish these two approaches because we can fall into a cycle of sin and defeat by dealing with the adversary how we are supposed to deal with the flesh, and dealing with the flesh how we are supposed to deal with the adversary. With the flesh, we are supposed to sever its influence, while with the adversary we ought to confront and defeat. It’s like a minister once said, “Nobody has yet ever cast out flesh. Devils are easy to cast out. But flesh takes years to train, sometimes”. Might I add, the disciples could cast out devils WITHOUT the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 10). While it can be claimed that both battles require vigor, I want you to consider the fact that there is an area of the flesh that we definitely must not deal with, like we do the adversary.

The Scriptures command that we ought to FLEE fornication, idolatry, covetousness, and youthful lusts (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 Timothy 6:5-11, 2 Timothy 2:22). Apparently, there are youthful lusts and elderly ones. So what are youthful lusts? The characteristics that define adolescence typically fall under the pursuit of temporary pleasures and fame.

Consider this! Why does the Scripture tell us to FLEE these things? If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s because these are works of the flesh, not of the devil. Galatians 5:19-21 states, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery (characterized by temporary pleasures and a lack of faithfulness), fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings (works with seeking fame), murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. I believe many times, we think we are dealing with devils, but we are really dealing with our own flesh. Therefore, we try to CONFRONT and RESIST our own flesh when we should really be FLEEING or HAVING IT DIE. I believe this is so vital to living a victorious life in Jesus Christ. The adversary finds an anchor in our lives via the flesh’s self-seeking desires, because the flesh is the greatest enemy of God’s work in our lives (Romans 8:7). In Galatians, Paul denotes the works of the flesh, but John, in 1 John 3:8, breaks down the works of the devil. And guess what? JESUS HAS TAKEN CARE OF THAT. It is affirmed in Colossians 2:14-15, how Jesus spoiled principalities and powers, humiliating them through the work of His cross. What WE must do is surrender OUR will to God’s Spirit that we may destroy the works of the flesh, also putting to humiliation the works of the devil through OUR own cross.

From these discoveries, I have learned more about how the flesh is a much more present challenge than any devil is; and that people fall into the same sin because they try resisting, when they should be fleeing. Similarly, people don’t have breakthroughs in God’s kingdom because they flee the devil, and not resist him. So what’s the major consequence of living out this revelation? We end up realizing that WE CAN confront and defeat the adversary, bringing him under our feet. WE CAN tread on serpents and scorpions and NOTHING shall by any means hurt us. I challenge you to reevaluate how you process the thoughts and voices you face, because we have a vast liberty to conquer through Jesus Christ. What are you fleeing from, that you ought to be resisting? And what are you resisting, that you ought to be fleeing?

Reaching Beyond Greatness

Dear Fellow Young Minister,

Recently I’ve been reexamining a question we contemplated a few years ago. The question of “What are we supposed to be?”. At the time, we were tossed between the secular and spiritual and seeking direction through the fog of adolescence. Despite the ambiguity, we were able to hear the consistent, calm but compelling voice of God calling us to be, APOSTOLIC. Hence forth, from every camp meeting, HYC, every young ministers’ session we could attend, we attempted to fashion our lives after what it took to be “apostolic”. Shockingly, in recent months, after obtaining a portion of what we’ve sought. I find myself unsatisfied with what I have. Nothing brings us to a place of self-evaluation than when we reached for our dreams and only awaken to a sad reality. This reality put me on a quest to sort out the truths on what it meant to be apostolic. 

 In an altar late at night, finally moving beyond my pompous state of prayer, God was able to move through my brokenness and speak to me. The same voice of God that called me, began to explain the call. I’m beginning to listen not only for the call but for the explanation. His words to me were, “Benjamin, you’ve confused being “apostolic” for being great!”. Taken aback, I restated the comment to myself attempting to internalize it. Realizing I needed more information I asked Him, “What do you mean?” Now, before I get into the answer, I want to get into the misconception of what I, and possibly you’ve defined as “apostolic”.

Thru the camp meetings, and HYC’s, and young minister sessions, we unintentionally were given a perspective that only highlighted the glory of the apostles, but not the fundamentals of an apostolic. It was the lame leaping, Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost, Paul’s garment being used as the item to perform “special miracles”. Though these things were great and show that being apostolic necessitates spiritual demonstration. It only highlighted the results, not giving credence and explanation to the root. Because of this there was a misappropriation of priorities, seeking apostolic results without solidifying apostolic root, I was indelibly going to feel unsatisfied and disappointed.

I mistakenly saw the platform on which the apostles stood on and perceived THAT to be the determining factor for being apostolic. Because I correlated their platform with apostolic success, was there any reason for me not to pursue just that, a platform? Though my platform was not built upon oratorical skills and flashy puppeteering – excuse me, pulpiteering; it contained elements of the gifts of the Spirit and powerful demonstration of God. Though these things weren’t wrong, it seemed to be that the person who got the most attention in these spiritual exploits and aspiration was me, not God. Might I insert that platforms that exploit the work of the Cross are far more displeasing to God than platforms that entertain crowds. I had to realize that the apostles’ platform didn’t make them apostolic, but rather THEY made the platform in which they stood apostolic.

Now back to my answer. It came from considering the first time in which the disciples transitioned from being just disciples, to apostles. The apostles were first called apostles before the book of Acts. This made me look beyond the historic narrative of Acts, forcing me to look within the gospels for an answer. The search led me to Mark 3:13-15. It was here that I was able to realize the process that transitioned the disciples from average to apostolic. Before Jesus ever installed them as apostles, the Bible records that He (Jesus) called them (the disciples) unto Himself. It was here that I found the foundational point for being apostolic. We have to acknowledge that our first call is to Him. They were called to Him, then sent into the field. Their identity was wrapped around relationship and obedience. They were apostolic before the results came. Why? Because their apostolic identity was in direct relation to their relationship and obedience. Jesus called them to Himself. In doing so, He could send them out into the world.

 I looked at their results and gave that as the definition of what it meant to be apostolic. But what made the apostles the apostles was that they could follow Jesus and be obedient to His voice. Imagine if Stephen misconceived his call to be “apostolic” as a call to be “great”? What if his standard of apostolic was ours? Would he still be willing to be obedient to the Holy Ghost and preach a message that would end his ministry? A message that couldn’t be retweeted because there were no “HG’s” or “H2O’s”, but just simple obedience. Our standard of apostolic gives room to preach messages that creates more opportunity. The only motive of Stephen’s message was that he was determined to be submitted to the leading of Jesus. How different would things be if Stephen sought to be great and not apostolic? What would Paul’s journey look like? Stephen understood that he was apostolic because he walked with Jesus and was obedient to His voice.

That night when God readjusted my definition of “apostolic”, it did something for me. I stopped seeking a platform of greatness, rather I sought for His presence. I realized that I felt validated by miracles, signs, and wonders, rather than by my obedience. The relief that followed this change in thinking, was beyond words. I was released from the pressure of performing and was granted access into fellowship with His presence. Friend, my challenge to you is to ask yourself are you attempting to be great or apostolic? If the former is your reality, in love I ask that you let the shackle of production go to grasp the hand seeking relationship, and truly become biblically apostolic.

The Best Friend & Worst Enemy of Growth

Dear Fellow Young Minister,

Remember when you were in your earlier teens and you suddenly started getting this super weird sensation in your lower back? Maybe your hamstrings, too? It’s not a Charlie Horse; we’re not dealing with devils today. But, not everyone gets it at the exact same time during their adolescence. Some, in fact, barely get it at all.

If you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about growth spurts. You got yours sooner than I got mine. But why are they so uncomfortable? I believe it boils down to the pain that is associated with growth. You’re wiggling in your seat almost all day long trying to get the pain to become comfortable and massage your back and legs when you get a chance, but it just won’t go away. It almost seems as if the thought of, “Woah. I’m actually growing”, is NOWHERE to be found. And why the BACK AND LEGS? The largest muscle groups on the whole body! Couldn’t it have been a little more subtle?

Fortunately, the growth DOES happen in our largest muscle groups aside from others. If it doesn’t, we would look very unusual and maybe like an inverted T-Rex. I would aspire to have ears to hear this sort of illustration in a spiritual context when I think about growth, in the present and future. I’m writing to you today concerning the best friend and worst enemy of growth.

Pain.

I want to challenge you to think of most, if not all, the situations that challenged your faith, patience, expectation, attitude, consistency, and passion. I believe you could identify pain as one of the biggest opposing forces in that process. Whether it was pain on your reputation, pain in your character, pain in your emotions, pain from rejection, physical pain, pain in your ego, pain in your family, or pain in your relationships. Pain.

When I reflect on the times that produced the most illumination from God’s Spirit, it was when the times were darkest. The principle is very simple. Although, I have sadly observed in others’ lives, as well as my own, that the strongest temptations to become stagnant or give up were also in times of much pain. Pain is such a paradoxical force. If it is in the hands of God, it produces a peaceable fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11). But if it is in the hands of the adversary, and EVEN OUR OWN, it produces more pain. Be mindful. I, by no means, am talking about self-inflicted pain. That is a completely other subject and important to address at another time.

The Scriptures speak of the fact that “NO chastening in the present seems to be joyous, but grievous” (Hebrews 12:11). It is also stated that Jesus “learned obedience through the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). There are a myriad of verses that speak of the blessings that come as a result of ENDURING pain. It is because pain is perhaps the greatest teacher in life, after the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, yet fortunately, the best lessons are learned through personal error that is restored. It is a mighty thing, on behalf of God, to be able to make a human being at peace with their previous mistakes, not fearful of the next one, yet instill in them a desire and determination to not do it again.

That is absolutely amazing.

Pain must always be viewed in the context of Jesus Christ. If this is not done, it very easy to feel a sense of victimization. I have fought the torrential onslaught of compromise because of heights of pain in my life. The mental temptation would show itself, “It is easier to give up! Because the PAIN will go away!” This is absolute deception, and we must not allow this thought to be labeled as our own either. On the other hand, I must admit there have been times where I, as a young minister, thought I was embracing a blessing, but it really was a package of pain. By the grace of God, I am grateful that I have fallen flat on my face, because it taught me to become dependent on the Lord again. We are children of God that are, and are becoming. We are whole in Him, and being made whole. Yet, it is crucial to be able to identify between a blessing from the Lord and a “blessing” from the adversary. The Scripture says that “the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he adds no [pain] with it” (Proverbs 10:22, sorrow in Hebrew is pain). How does this align with the fact that God allows pain in our lives to shape and bless us? Well, I believe pain is even possible, because of the simple fact that we have humanity in our frame. The frailty of our humanity and it’s desire to preserve SELF and flesh, is why we experience it. Our flesh is not supposed to survive the trials that we go through – only the precious fruit of our faith. Consider the fact that we have been called to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since freely we have received, therefore, we must freely give. The blessings of God come with no sorrow or pain because we are supposed to be conduits of these blessings, and not containers. Jesus was pained in His flesh, so He could be a healer of those in pain. Could we do the same?

Let us look ahead and not fear. We walk with the one who was bruised and wounded on behalf of us all. In the last days, perilous times will come, but if we submit our pain to our Lord, we will become as He is; wounded healers, made whole in Him, for a broken world.

Hebrews 5:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 As He also says in another place:

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”

Humanity’s Problem With Love

If you have not read “Humanity’s Problem With Faith”, this is part two of the discussion. For the sake of clarity, when I mention love, I mean God’s love. For more on God’s love, read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

I have previously discussed how humanity has a problem with faith, because of a lack of understanding where faith comes from: God’s love, which we must adhere and listen to. Yet, while I may draw from the root of love, to consume the fruit called faith – I still need to learn how to digest it. Humanity is capable of making itself sick, just by questioning where their food came from, and this I do want to speak about from a spiritual context.

What is love? Biblically, love is one of the defining characteristics of God, after light (1 John 4). God’s love is a starkly prevailing theme in the Scriptures. I would contend it is because it is the most controversial for humanity, and God wants to get our attention concerning it. We are bombarded with different definitions of love from many sources – summon Hollywood, our emotions, psychology, music, neuroscience, Shakespeare, Netflix, and Instagram posts, just to name a few. Just like I have referenced in other writings, I believe the most defining characteristic of someone’s life, is their understanding of who God is; subsequently, this causes someone to be introduced to who THEY are (Matthew 16:15-18).

What do I mean? What I mean is that having exposure to God’s love causes us to look inward and that is one of the greatest hang-ups many people have – themselves. We can reject God’s love from own soul and spirit, when we become the primary advocate for all of our own supposed “unlovable” self. It is easier to observe in some more than others how much they think they’re unlovable, by the way they speak. Remember how we discussed that faith is a fruit of love? Well, our words are the fruit of our faith. It must be faith in God, which we possess. Even so, the Scripture affirms this when it says that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Proverbs 4:23). If there is a lack of love in our hearts, there will be a lack of love in our words, towards ourselves and others. This, affecting our relationships. What will happen with the revelation of allowing God to love us and loving ourselves with HIS LOVE, is that we will love others with His love (Mark 12:30-31).

But before we get to the far-reaching impacts of God’s love, how do we receive it in the first place? I mean, we can have quite a close relationship with our biggest faults, flaws, and foolishness. This is the critical thing. There is an element of God’s love that crushes the convenience that humanity seeks. It is called surrender. God’s love requires humanity to surrender a person’s opinion of themselves at the feet of Jesus Christ. It goes hand in hand with why people do not believe in God or become closer to Him, they do not understand God’s love as a result of not surrendering their self-view.

If we viewed ourselves how God views us, we would literally change our world. Nothing and nobody would stop us. We would become spiritually invincible, as we would allow the grace, mercy, and peace of God to multiply in our lives. THERE IS a way to grow in God where we can GUARANTEE our maturity and salvation. The Scriptures remind us to make “our calling and election sure”, because if we do, “[we] will never stumble or fall” (2 Peter 1:10). Moreover, “great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them” (Psalm 119:165). Here’s another, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25). There is affirmation after affirmation that if we surrender our priorities, mindsets, and affections, concerning self and those things around us, we are SEALED to become who God wants us to become. Peter makes a point that we are no longer subjects of mercy, but OBJECTS of mercy (1 Peter 2:10 Wuest’s New Testament). There is a heavy sense of personification of God’s blessings in our lives when we give ourselves to Him. That person being ME AND YOU! If we would view ourselves in light of the fact that God used the cross to get our attention, and He is wanting to position us for a supernatural relationship with His infinite self, we would BELIEVE what He says. This revelation of love and surrender is what troubles humanity. But does surrender really sound that troubling understanding that He paid the highest price for us? He has proven His great love.

While we would yet live our own ways and reject Him, what a demonstration on behalf of God to love us and die for us! Even if love may be a risk, God took the greatest risk anyone could ever take by surrendering His own humanity through Jesus Christ. This is a challenge towards us all. Jesus surrendered His humanity as a demonstration of love towards us. Could we do the same for Him?


This is the invitation God makes to every man and woman. He wants us to surrender our humanity, our weakness, our opinions and perspectives in order to get ahold of His Divinity, His strength, His Truth and His views. Let us win the victory over humanity’s problem with God’s love.

Fog or Cloud?

“How are you?”
“I feel like I’m in a fog.”

I overheard a conversation start like that many times, but the response given this time sparked something in me that I couldn’t shake. The answer was coming from someone going through a tough time.

My heart crumbled a little bit because I know that feeling. It creeps on you, subtle but very much present; a fog will make you feel isolated, confused. It will rearrange your priorities. It’s not a nice cozy feeling, but one of bewilderment as you stumble forward, you try and remind yourself that you worship a living God that is in control despite the fog. The brief conversation also reminded me of early morning drives down my street, from home to school, when thick, crisp, lightly humid fog covered the still lakes and dewy, grassy spans pouring into the cold and quiet asphalt streets. Fog understood no difference between the lakes and the asphalt. It was interesting that fog had stirred different feelings in me. The difference seemed to be that the “negative or vague” fog was something I had picked up in literature but the child in me was intrigued by fog and celebrated it because I knew I had to soak in the experience of it because it wouldn’t last. Then I wondered, what does the Bible have to say about fog? Want to know the answer?

Nothing.

I had to search the word fog in different versions from the KJV to find one solitary verse, James 4:14, in the NLT version uses the term fog to describe what the KJV calls “vapour”. Basically, the term as we generally know it, is not used in the old language. What is most commonly used is the word cloud. Cloud!

In Genesis, He set a rainbow in the cloud as a reminder of His covenant with Abraham. In Exodus, one of the most evident revelations of His presence in the lives of the Israelites as they leave Egypt behind is that He “…went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud…”
Over and over, from Genesis to Revelations, a cloud would descend, appear, lead, cover from harm, disappear, remain until. It actually blew my mind how much the Bible mentions a cloud. It also convicted me. It stirred in me a lesson I had listened to about our attitude in the midst of trials or life in general. The more I read scripture involving clouds the more I realized that whenever a cloud appeared, it was God-sent.

Exodus 13:22 says ”He took NOT away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people…” Imagine being in the Israelite walk-a-thon and there’s a cloud before you and that’s all you can see. You’re being told to trust and walk. Don’t look back to Egypt. Then, things are dicey and the Lord’s presence descends on a mountain as a cloud with a rumble so deep that it shakes you to your bones! Conviction sets in. You can read about that in Exodus 19 where the cloud is even described as thick. The tabernacle is built and the Lord consistently presents Himself in this form. A cloud. Evidently moving by itself. A cloud. It fills the mercy seat. A cloud. Covering you from seeing past it and anyone seeing you in the midst of it. What I saw at that point is that God in His desperate love for them created a way to envelope His people without smothering them! Holy covering.

God put my attitude in check at this point for my own circumstance.

Am I in a fog or in a cloud? Yes, I understand a fog is a kind of cloud! But, am I going to continue to buy into the perception of this world that a fog is plainly a state of not knowing what’s ahead or that it’s a blurring of reality because I’d rather not know? Will I hold on to confusion even though the word clearly states in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” Or, am I going to get a hold of His promises of peace, grace, hope, strength, and faithfulness? Biblical verses on these abound! Colossians, Galatians, Hebrews, Peter even writes in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our cares on Him because He cares. Will I truly take up the promises that have been given to me and embrace the cloud of the presence of my living God? Will I proclaim that He is my reality or fold under the pressure of wanting to know the unknown?

If God, Jesus Christ, has me in a cloud, I will trust that He is not only keeping me from seeing ahead for my own good but He might even be covering me so that my enemy can’t see where He’s taking me. I must believe. And if I believe, I must choose joy. I must glorify my Creator, Comforter, Father, my King. He must be exalted. He has been so good to me.

When fog happens, if my heart is in the right place, it should remind me that heaven came down. The Lord is in this cloud. His embrace is a breath away. I can dance with Him in this cloud. I can cry my guts out until my lungs are on fire. I can allow Him to lead me. In this cloud, I must continue moving forward when it moves and be still when it stands still. I learn to be sensitive. I learn I’m in a need-to-know basis and that’s perfectly fine because He wants my trust. I learn to hold the hand of my brethren and pray for their need because we are one body. I practice being patient. I practice being humble. I practice loving and being loved. I praise Him. I worship Him. The King of kings is in this cloud!

“So, how are you?”
“In a cloud! Praise the Lord!”

Humbled or Humiliated?

How dreadful is the feeling where you want to just disappear to where no one sees you? But how awesome is the experience when you are honored to stand in the presence of God, or even highly-respected individuals?

I believe that is a major difference between experiencing humility and humiliation. Humility focuses on the esteem of one uplifting the esteem of another. Humiliation focuses on the circumstance created by one conflicting upon the behavior of another. Notice the difference in complexity?

Scripture demonstrates to us that humility lives in the mind (Acts 20:19). On the contrary, humiliation looks for a home in the soul and spirit (Strong’s Greek: 5014). But both are a matter of perception. If you looked at a pen and placed it next to a military tank, you could easily perceive that while the pen is smaller than the tank, it is not inferior. Tanks can destroy buildings, but pens can destroy nations – and build them for that matter. This is very crucial to understanding the difference between humility and humiliation. Humility empowers us to recognize we are a small piece in a much larger puzzle, but humiliation would cause us to think we are inferior, as one piece, to the process of completing the whole puzzle. Many times, it takes just turning one puzzle piece around a few times to realize that the pattern it holds fits right into everything else. Yet, if the piece was viewed by itself, it would appear to be trivial. Humility comes through seeing the bigger picture, while humiliation comes from the smudge of the smaller one.

When I was in high school, I asked a girl to homecoming. I had a pretty big crush on her; but you know how it is, we didn’t have the same group of friends. So this caused the ever-so-present theatrical hurdle of awkwardness where I had no idea how I was going to go about it.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t think of anything spectacular except simply asking – all the while I had a volcano in the pit of my stomach and tried to breathe the deepest breaths I could. The outcome? I got rejected. I admit, she was very graceful about it. But, that feeling of rejection? Oh dear. I chuckle about it now, but in the moment that volcano got to my head and I just wanted to bury my head in the sand. It took me awhile to realize that the feeling of rejection was really just a product of self-humiliation. In fact, I remember all of my friends showing sympathy about it. Even so, if someone had used that to impose humiliation on me, the only way the feeling of imposed humiliation could evolve into the mindset of humiliation, was by letting me think that about myself.

It was quite an amazing realization to know that I was a gatekeeper of my own perspective. But if we were honest, we would agree that we aren’t always the strongest gatekeepers of our mindsets. This is why the greatest gatekeeper is Jesus Christ at the gate of my heart. He helps me to know how I ought to think about myself. He made it very plain by dying on the cross for me, showing me the value of MY SOUL in HIS EYES. Furthermore, He extends His gift of imparted worth by the channel of His love toward us (Romans 5:17).

Seeing, although, that not only are we loved of God, we are called to love Him and others in return. But the source of that love in which we are called to love with, must be rooted in His character. In light of the sacrifice paid by Jesus Christ, we see that He took on humiliation for us to embrace the humility that comes with receiving His salvation. We can live in boldness and confidence of who we are in Christ, because HIS worth is shared with His people. I heard it put this way, “He put on flesh, so we could put on His robe.” He was humiliated, so that we could walk in His boldness with humility, giving Him all of the credit, glory, and praise due. Don’t be afraid to be boldly humble and humbly bold. Some people are tempted to humiliate themselves rather than be lifted up in pride, substituting one extreme for the other. One very well-known preacher used to say, “For every 1 person who gets lifted up [in pride], there are 10 who are discouraged”. Don’t be a victim of this false dichotomy, choose victory!