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Day Five: The Science Behind Resistance

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(Adapted from Sunday’s message at Ecclesia-NYC: La Résistance - Wayne Wu)

When we talk about resistance, we might think of resistance bands in fitness, resistance fighters, electric resistors, Star Wars, etc. What is resistance exactly? In geology, resistance is the measure of how well minerals resist erosive factors. In materials science, it’s the measure of how resistant something is to shape change when force is applied. In politics, it refers to a rebel group trying to thwart the established government or occupying power.

There are 3 common aspects of resistance:

1. Inward character: The ability to resist, whether material, character, ideology; it remains true to who/what it is.

2. Outward expression: The inward character is expressed outwardly; it “fights,” the material is hard, the community is steadfast.

3. Opposition: There is an “enemy” that needs to be resisted; something foreign, erosive, oppressive.

As Christians, what does it mean to resist? 1) Who are we? What is our inward character? 2) How is this outwardly expressed? How do we fight? and 3) Who is our enemy? What are the things that want to separate us from God?

Read Genesis 4:7. This is also echoed in the NT, in 1 Peter 5.8-9.

There is indeed an enemy that is against us, that leads us astray, tempting us. This enemy is like the foreign occupier, eroder and corruptor - and his one goal is the destruction of the believer. He launches false accusations at us and other believers. He wants to make us doubt our faith, to question God’s love, to have misgivings about the church, to mistrust our brothers and sisters in Christ. He will try to exploit our fears and insecurities. He will capitalize on instances of miscommunication and manipulate our emotions. He will feed our suspicions and critical attitudes. All in order to steal our peace, kill our joy and destroy our relationships.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:7-8 NIV).

How do we fight the enemy? We submit to God. The MSG version translates “submit yourselves” to “let God work his will in you.” We submit by letting God work his will in us. We say “Yes” to God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (James 4:7-10 MSG)

Don’t play games, don’t be double-minded. Quit playing the field and stop allowing the world to entice us away from what’s good. Be firm in the faith. Be firm, steadfast, like a rock. Be alert and prepared and stand firm against the enemy. We are not battling alone, we are together in the trenches with our church. Stand firm together as a church. Say “No” to the enemy, and say “Yes” to God. Get really serious with God and experience true, lasting victory.

- JP

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Day Two: How to Survive a Lion Attack

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Day One: Zombie Survival Guide

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