submit, humble, anxiety connect

How does submission, humility, and anxiety relate to each other?



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While discussing 1 Peter 5:7, a question was raised: “What is the connection between submissiveness, humility and anxiety?”  Look at 5 – 7:

5 Young men, in the same way, submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you.
7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  (Berean Study Bible)

So, how does submission, humility, and anxiety relate to each other?  Each are a conscious action —  deliberately chosen, then initiated as a believer.


When this question came up I said I had never associated these 3 particular concepts.  Before  I knew it I was asked for my thoughts.  My reply was to ruminate over a cup of coffee.  Well, I had my cup of coffee so here goes:

“Submit” is defined in the context of verse 5, “humility” from verse 6, “anxiety” from verse 7.

In verse 5, we need to Submit to Elders the way Peter, in the previous verses, grounds Elders to temper their conduct.  I see 8 characteristics but let’s recall only these: 1. it is God’s will, 2. not out of greed, 3. be eager, 4. not bossy, and 5. (this answers “WHY”) be an example — these behaviors are what our “Chief Shepherd” wants in His leaders and emulated by their protégés.

Humility is taking-stalk-in-yourself in relationship with God, directly connecting you and God.  It is not, as so many times portrayed, a destructive process tearing yourself down.  Rather, we seek God’s guidance within from the Spirit that is Holy.  It is in relating oneself to Christ we see what matters the most.

Anxiety seems to arise through a touch of doubt or fear; not from complete unbelief.  Remember Peter has, in the last few verses, given us insights into submission and humbleness.  AND if you have (most of us have, no doubt) mastered these by now, then, the anxiety has vanished!  But, should a smallish smidgeon of sweat surround you . . . Fling it God’s way!  (An extra way to deepen your relationship with Him.)

Another tidbit: God is mentioned 3-times; once in each verse.
Verse 5, submission: God gives Grace.  
Verse 6, humble: under God’s mighty hand.
Verse 7, anxiety: He cares.

In Him,
Jeff

The Head of the Church

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The Head of the Church – 2021-9-26

“And He is the head of the body, the church: . . .”
Colossians 1:18a

True Children of the True God,

The leading element for believers — the body of Christ — is Christ.

Paul uses the human body to frame Jesus’ operation within the church.

The body consists of the true believers in Jesus — those who have given their lives to Jesus, and CONTINUE to hear and follow His voice live a life that is “in keeping with repentance” (John the Baptist, Luke 3:8).  Simply sitting in a church pew does not pass as a Christian.

Members of this body have a place and function determined by Christ since He made us, and the entire body is linked to Christ, our Head.

Ponder: “Christ is above all powers and Earthly authority . . .” and, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”.  (Ephesians 1:18-23 & Acts 17:28)
His Love,
Jeff

Listen to God

Listen to God

Learn to listen for God.

Imbue this listening from your prayer life.

Hard the harvest from seeds never planted.

Plant.

Water.

Prune.

Fertilize.

With Patience.

Pull weeds.

And Wonder at the process.

The harvest will be realized and eaten.

Wisdom in the Fruit is nourishing and is cherished.

Money: 1 Timothy 6:10

Money: 1 Timothy 6:10
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
     A verse often altered 3-ways: first, money is framed as the cause of all evil.  Certainly evil and money are often yolked together for reasons of power, greed, and control.  But money, a system of exchange for goods, knowledge, or services, is a tool to manage trade — and is not the foundation of all evil.  
     Secondly, the covetous nature of loving money is simply overlooked, omitted, passed over.  Loving money, or rather “craving” money becomes a means without God’s eternal plan in mind, placing money above allegiance to and fondness for God.
     Also, the trailing sentence is left out, imperceptibly, negating its ability to change people who need to grasp its warning.
     God wants us to be conscious of, in communication with, and dependent upon Him at all times.  Beloved, I combine 1 Timothy 6:10 with Chapter 6 of Matthew, especially verses 31-33.
     You are cared for!   -Jeff

Judging . . . Anyone

Judging . . . Anyone
Mark 4:24
Dear Ones –
I note no end to the amount of judging happening in today’s world.  Mark 4:24 declares to us the danger of how we, or ‘I’ process information.  How we receive news, then act upon it will, in turn, give us our, — or give me -my’ — reward.
What if I listen to one side of a story, then another tells their side and the two sides round out the issues quite a bit.  If I act on one opinion only, my reward may not be what I am expecting since I am ignoring qualified opinions pertaining to the issues.
Never forget there is a God who is a God of Justice and Truth.  A God who gives right decisions and teaches us how to do the same.  James, in verse 20 of chapter 1, says righteousness does not show in the works of human origins — we need to learn God’s thoughts.  This follows verse 19 — be eager to listen, then measure your words and your anger.
God knows we will judge issues — but we want to act in His manner.
In Him, Jeff
Consider Matt. 7:1-5, John 7:24 and Luke 6:36-37

put God’s Kingdom first & have all else

Matthew 6:25-34

25“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Aren’t you worth more than they?

27Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?

28And why do you worry about clothes?  Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.

29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!

30If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you — you of little faith?

31So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? ’

32For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.

34Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Quote from Jesus, the Christ
Version: Holman Christian Standard Bible

Work towards the im-perishable

John 6:27

Jesus makes reference on how important it is to live your life the way God wants us to live.  In this instance some people followed Him after He journeyed overnight to another location.  Jesus perceived their wanting another meal, after all, who would not like a second meal if the first was pleasing and, quite frankly, a bit of a miracle?  He uses the situation as a springboard to highlight the importance of listening to God in our daily life.  Eating is important — we can’t live too well without it.  It’s just that living in the Kingdom is also necessary and healthy for us.

Paul correlates eating and the Kingdom of God in Romans 14:17. The Holy Spirit’s entanglement with righteousness, joy, and peace in his comparison means more than the eating of food.

Take time to truly nourish your soul: build some time with Jesus, set apart some time to pray, listen.  Chew the cud on God’s Word.  Consider Luke 16:13 (and surrounding verses).  You either serve God, or you are tied to the tethers of this world.

Big Lesson from “Little” Jude

Build yourself up.

Jude — Ah-a-al-l-l-l-l-l of it

Jude is tucked away at the close of the New Testament, just in front of Revelation.  When perusing through the Bible don’t blink or you’ll miss it.  It is 1 chapter in length, sincerely compelling us to “contend for our Faith”.  But the word “contend” is used in many translations.  It is defined as an ongoing effort, a struggle — I think upwards or uphill against gravity like climbing a mountain, with thorn bushes and obstacles along the path — towards a goal.  This goal is knowable, defined and is obtainable, reachable.

Jude’s unction for writing is to preserve a genuine Faith, the True Faith.  Giving examples of how God rewards the faithful he then begins a laundry list of worldly ideas.  Sometimes to know what it is we a talking about we take a look at what it is not.  I wish we could do without this but to know the True Faith it is sometimes good to remind ourselves what to stay away from.  This litany seems to drag on but verse 17 turns a corner.

In verse 20 you look to yourself and in prayer in the Holy Spirit you “strengthen” yourself.  Do not turn aside but keep the goal in mind.  Continue to tread towards the summit.

To carry this Faith you must know what the task is.  And use the Faith you already possess.  Could it be you are honing your Faith?  Like a pilot of an airplane flying to a destination making course changes along the way.  At takeoff the heading is established but nudges are needs to stay on course.  The Faith is summed up pretty well in Matthew 5.

Another practical application in these Covid 19 times is to watch yourself and stay healthy.  Watch how often you expose yourself to catching this disease or spread it to others.  I live in New York State and Gov. Cuomo has become the herald for lowering the transmission of Covid.  I applaud this attitude, others do not, which is their right to choose.  But for you: you take responsibility for your health and the health of people around you.

In Him,
Jeff

Thomas Merton’s Joy (by way of prayer)

“The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message. . .” Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton is portrayed as owning a great joy.  In Dialogues With Silence, a book of Merton’s writings and drawings, Jonathan Montaldo, editor, embodies Merton’s thoughts.  And captures the “joy” surrounding Merton with Merton’s own words:

(this is verbatim from pages xii and xiii)

. . .situated him among those rare human beings who love the life they are leading and who have found their own true place.  He reflects his typical joy as a monk in this journal entry dated May 21, 1963: Continue reading “Thomas Merton’s Joy (by way of prayer)”