Yeah, I know….just the title alone makes you have that tingle of pain begin don’t it? The impulses within the brain trigger the tensing of the muscles and even though you actually didn’t get hit, you FEEL like you did! A pain indescribable, an embarrassment unrelenting as you cower into non-manhood. So….what did you do to get the unwanted punishment from Hell?
Hopefully if you’ve ever had that done to you….men….that you weren’t being rude or inappropriate to the ladies. Ladies, I also hope you weren’t being overly aggressive and purposely without cause abusive to the men.
Believe it or not, this blog entry isn’t about the do’s and dont’s of low blowing men’s genitalia. It’s not even about being a male and whining about women’s “power” over us by the easily abused target between our legs. THIS is all about how we as Christ-followers allow our standards to be low blowed by Satan and the world’s temptations!
So when was the last time you compromised your standards!? Your goals? Your core beliefs?? Recently I feel that I have not only witnessed these kinds of blows, but have taken some myself as what I think is right is no more than my selfish desires getting promoted above obedience to God. For example, when I desire to help someone only to meet a desire within myself; an ego boost, verbal praise, someone to see me doing it, or even use God as a mean of safety and justification to what I WANT to do!
When we recognize that our standards being met are more ours than God’s, there a spiritual problem! Church is Sunday, but there’s a set of free tickets to a game (WHAM!); the Bible study Wednesday night is awesome, yet your friend invites you to a party (WHAM!); that awesome couples devotional that sits by your bed you really enjoy with your wife, yet Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is on and more relaxing…(WHAM!)
Over and over and over Satan hits you where it’d hurt because he knows that if he hits you in a weak standard area, he’s got you!!
Least we forget the words of Peter, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)” Why sober of mind? Because a mind poisoned with the unnatural to our spirit, it’s like we’re drunk, disoriented & disorderly!
Stand up for what you believe in! If we can go around as Americans & as Christians with bumper stickers, buttons and t-shirts of our favorite politicians and party; why can we do what more people do each November than others do in a lifetime? SHOW PASSION FOR JESUS CHRIST and fight for His standards!!!???
We are used to the low blows and how they feel and it’s numbed our passion for Jesus’ words, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV). By THIS….this is LOVE! When we love others as a Jesus kind of love, not a worldly conditional kind of love; we will CHANGE OUR STANDARDS!
Quit giving in people…..quit giving the devil a stronghold on your standards you gave control over to Jesus to! Remind the evil in your mind that Satan tempts you to believe to remember your power! “The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20 ERV)