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Our response to life situations is dependent on where we are in our relationship with God. We must never forget that we are ever growing as long as we live in this earth. We should learn of God each and every day as well. The response we yield to is either spiritual or natural. For the Christian to respond in a way other than spiritual says we need to grow more. We will face a situation until we understand the spirituality of what it is we are going through.
To whom much is given much is required. How do we deal with conflict? How do we deal with the violence that is presented in this life every day? How do we deal with the things we collide with every day? How do we deal with the fight of the enemy? When we clash with unforeseen difficulties how do we respond? If we are a born again believer we must stand on what the Word says. People have individual choices to make and when they make choice that goes against the Word, Will, and Way of God they will stand in the judgment of God. The church response to immorality and sin is repent, turn, change your ways or you are going to hell.
A response is a reply, rejoinder, acknowledgment, or answer. A response is how we respond to an action in adversity, unseemly situations, or untimely circumstances. Its determining factor depends solely on our growth in Christ thus far. Our growth depends on how we encounter what we have just met up with in our life. Our response to all things should be spiritual but we don’t grow at the same rate of others. Some may kick a habit right now that it takes others months and years to conquer. How we meet situations in life determine where we are in Christ even when we have been saved for thirty years. We never stop growing in Christ. Christ himself in the flesh never stopped growing until he was dead in the flesh and resurrected in the Spirit. We too have that same appointment with God.
There is a way of endurance that the Christian has been presented. Our ways are not God’s ways; and our thoughts are not his thoughts. God knows the thoughts of man, after all He created man. God has told us that we will suffer persecutions; we will suffer and be buffeted. But he that endures until the end the same shall be saved. Endurance is a process of what we support, tolerate, and bear. We need some fortitude and stamina to last in this way. There are things in life that we must suffer that we bear up because God has allowed it to be. If we can’t withstand then we fall back into the world’s way of doing things. In response to how we endure life’s issues determines if we continue in Christ. A truly delivered prostitute will not turn back to the old way of making money when faced with a situation of need for money. A thief doesn’t turn to stealing again to meet a financial need. A man doesn’t turn to another woman when his wife is sick and can’t put out. A man doesn’t leave his family when he seemingly cannot provide for them as he should. We don’t get angry with God when we face crises but turn to Him.
We can’t play games with God, he knows where we are. We have to learn to trust Him in all things that pertain to life. Holiness and godliness is not perfected when we give God our hand but as we grow. Holiness is not a denomination but a way of life. It gives us a glimpse of heaven while we yet live in the earth. It brings the splendor of God’s glory to us now that we honor Him with much honor and distinction. Godliness is righteousness lived out in our lives. It means we have godly morals, live as upright as we know how, is honest, respectable, ethical, fair, pure, decent, and honorable before man and God. It also means we are reliable; God can depend on us to be trustworthy, dependable and loyal to all of our duties to Him and man. Our response to life issues determines our soundness in growth in Christ. Soundness determines how we will obey and if our relationship with Christ is genuine or not.
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