Overcoming: One Of Us Is In Trouble
A New Teaching Article On Overcoming
During a season of my life, I became acquainted with the cost of some medications with sickness that we faced as a family. The sickness was cancer. Some of the pills were in the $1000’s of dollars!
This lead me to wonder: when you pay $1,400 for a pill, what are you really paying for? The pill itself probably only cost “cents” to manufacture.
You are paying for the research and development (R & D). The cost is actually determined by all the years of research and development required to find a substance safe yet effective enough to treat a specific illness.
After the research and development is completed, the final product is costly..effective…potent…and can bring healing! But it has some side effects!
People think that once God has taken you through research and development, there are “NO IMPERFECTIONS.” But the side effects can be scarier than the medicine!
The antibiotic will stop the growth of foreign bacteria harmful to man. But it also may cause… “Irritation, head-aches, stroke, heart burn, bed wetting, IBS, blindness, discoloration, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, hair loss, loss of appetite...”
You are potent, powerful, and bring life to those around you. But you have them… SIDE EFFECTS!!!!
You are Called by God, Used by God, Chosen by God… WITH SIDE EFFECTS!
We all have two sides to us, where we live between two identities. You are Simon AND Pete; Superman AND Clark Kent; divinity AND humanity; flesh AND spirit.
Paul illustrates this in Romans 7:15: “For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.” Paul understood that even though he deeply loved God, he still had struggles with sin, weaknesses and failures.
We have a PERFECT GOD who died and rose again for a SINFUL PEOPLE. Simon Peter the Apostle’s very name testifies. “Simon” means flesh and flaky. “Peter” means rock and solid.
Simon Peter would cut your ear off and curse you out! He confused a spiritual battle with a carnal one. He had a problem with anger. But he loved the Lord!
Lets talk about Thomas. He would not believe the others’ account that Jesus had risen again until he could see and touch Him for Himself! Thomas is his Hebrew name, but Didymus is his Greek name. Both Names mean the same thing… TWIN. “Twin who is called Twin.”
One of us is in trouble because there are TWO parts to us!!!! The doubter and the believer. The flaky and the solid. But you can not have a new beginning without cutting some things of the flesh off.
That’s why I titled this article, “ONE OF US IS IN TROUBLE!”
One of us shouts all over the church… But one of us sits in silent frustration and aggravation. One of us loves our family, but one of us lusts after another woman. One of us wants to serve God, but the other one wants to go live in rebellion. One of us has to go!
Have you ever hidden the twin?? Would the saints be shocked if they met your “twin”? One is smiling; one is suicidal. One is friendly; one is selfish.
You can die right in the house of God if there is no discernment. Everyone keeps ministering to the other one, but that’s not who needs help and healing. Until ministry reaches your twin, he goes undetected.
Thomas is not doubting. We have done him wrong all these years, attacking his faith. HE IS DISCOURAGED…He had gotten tired. He fainted in his heart, thinking, “I can’t go through this again. Jesus lives, dies, He lives again? I need to see Him for myself.” It was all too much! Thomas’ heart was too fragile to go through it all again! He needed Jesus to come to him right where he was!!
AND JESUS CAME TO GET THE TWIN….
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