Summary: Seems we can never defeat negativism, we will overwhelm it. Bitterness always backfires. Are we growing perpetual babyhood believers?
OVERWHELM THE NEGATIVE....
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
At least two parts, probably three...
I. WE ARE IN A WAR... THE ENEMY IS SEEKING TO KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY...
IS CONFLICT MY ENEMY?
A. I received this note from a pastor of a church. I have pondered and weighed these
words in my heart. Wish I could wisely answer this pastor.
I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks that we have what I am calling a
"critical spirit" at work in our church. It doesn't seem to just a handful of people,
it seems that everyone is biting everyone. I want to speak about it this Sunday.
So you have any suggestions for me on this topic. This is thing is trying to cause
division and I want it stopped. This weekend I had two or three people come to
me with some stuff and I talked to them about this critical spirit and that we had
to fight this spiritual battle by spiritual means. Any suggestions you
have are welcome.
B. Many know I recently taught a class in Kentucky School of Ministry about
CONFLICT is neither good or bad... IT IS WHAT WE DO WITH CONFLICT...
C. There is a very great danger of PLACING A OSCILLATING FAN on the
STINK of a SKUNK? Dumb? Dumber? Dumbest?
D. ATTITUDE will determine HOW WILL I APPROACH THIS?
Have you ever heard where a leader shot himself in the foot?
E. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE LADY CHURCH MEMBER THAT APPROACHED
THE PASTOR IN A CRITICAL SPIRIT? She told the Preacher his neck tie
So he pulled out his pocket knife and allowed her to cut the tie off.
SHE WAS SO PROUD!
She returned the Pastor's pocket knife and then he addressed the lady church
member and said:
HONEY YOUR TONGUE OFFENDED ME!
II. EVER SEEN WHAT SHARKS DO WHEN BLOOD IS RELEASED INTO THE
WATER AROUND THEM? I CALL THIS THE "TASTE OF BLOOD!"
A. What may start seemingly innocent can infect our attitudes and words.
B. THERE IS A GREAT DANGER THAT AS WE BITE ANOTHER WE DEVOUR
Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye
be not consumed one of another.
2 Cor. 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that
I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings,
wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
C. BITTERNESS ALWAYS BACKFIRES...
THERE ARE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, AND OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ANGER
AND DISAGREEMENT AND A LACK OF UNITY MIGHT BE THE MOST FUN... I HAVE
EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY...
IT MAY SEEM LIKE A LOT OF FUN TO LICK YOUR SORES AND WOUNDS AND TO
SMACK YOUR LIPS OVER THE INFECTIONS OF HURT AND OFFENSES AND
DIFFERENCES LONG PAST...
SURE YOU CAN ROLL YOUR TONGUE OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN BECAUSE OF
CONFRONTATIONS AND DIFFERENCES IN THE PAIN AND BITTERNESS YET TO COME...
WE CAN EVEN ENJOY THE TASTE OF EVERY MORSEL OF GLOOM, PAIN AND
DESPAIR... WE CAN DEVELOP A TASTE OF BLOOD WHERE WE WILL THRIVE IN
THE CONFLICT TO COME...
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY GIVING THE SAME BACK TO THOSE THAT OFFENDED
IN MANY WAYS WE BECOME EXPERTS IN STRIFE AND DEVOUR EACH OTHER