Dont Open Pandora’s Box
Some people believe if something is God’s will for your life, it will always come to pass unconditionally, what you do or say makes no difference and has no affect upon the outcome.
Is that a truth that can be verified in the Bible?
In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman. According to the myth, she was given a large box and warned not to open it under any circumstance. She opened this box that contained all the evils known to humanity, including plagues and diseases, not as a malicious act, but simply out of curiosity. Is there a Bible counterpart, a Pandoras Box, that can open our lives up to every evil thing?
Pay careful attention to the following words: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descended not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:14-16.
Envy is simply a resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another coupled with an unhealthy desire to possess that same advantage.
Strife can be an act of contention; or it can simply mean to fight, argue, bitterly struggle over something.
Is this wisdom to handle things in a spirit of envy and strife? Some Christians think that this is the way to handle things, they think it’s okay. After all, they say, its only natural to strive, fight, and argue. They forget the Truth that God gives us in verse 15, “This wisdom is earthly, sensual, devilish.” In other words, it’s demonic/ belongs to evil spirits and it’s sensual/of the senses.
Too many Christians are senses schooled, feelings ruled, and devil fooled.
Whenever we choose to go with our feelings, give them a piece of our mind, and enter into strife, we are opening the door for confusion and EVERY EVIL WORK to enter in! Can you afford to release that into your life? How about turning that loose upon your family?
Kill Those Snakes!
Picture an enemy coming to your door with a gift. He rings the doorbell, opens the box and runs away. You go open the door and out of the box jump a king cobra, a black mamba, a coral snake, a rattlesnake, an anaconda, and a python. Would you take a shovel, a baseball bat, or any weapon you could find and beat these dangerous creatures off of your domain? Or would you say, “You know, thats okay, Gods grace will still protect me if I let them in.”
You might say, ”Well, you know, I dont believe that regularly living in envy and strife can bring confusion and every evil work. Every evil work? Thats got to be an exaggeration!”
My friend, God does not exaggerate. How long of a list would we have if we placed on it every evil work? We would have to place on it confusion, depression, disorder, dysfunction, lack of peace, anxiety, anger, deception, betrayal, mistrust, abuse, bitterness, sickness, disease, financial lack, and continual attacks by evil spirits of every kind. None of these things are the will of God, but what you tolerate will dominate in your life, your family, and your church. Don’t open Pandoras Box!
Be Like Jesus
Yet when He was insulted He offered no insult in return. When He suffered He made no threats of revenge. He simply committed His cause to the One who judges fairly. 1 Peter 2:23, Phillips.
Oh, I cant do that! Oh, yes you can! Jesus enables you from within, and if you rely on Him, you can do all things through Him. Regularly renew your heart and mind in the love of God. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7) A Christian “… has no business with quarreling. Instead, be kind to everyone and patient when wronged.” 2 Timothy 2:24, Knox.
The good news is that the more we choose the way of love, the more it develops in our character and becomes our established, Christ-like response!
Keep yourself in the love of God, or as it says in this translation, ”Live in such a way that Gods love can bless you.” Jude 21, NLT.
Always remember that faith without love equals nothing, and faith only counts when it works through love. (See 1 Corinthians 13:2 and Galatians 5:6)
It’s been said that, ”Love is the antidote to all evils.” An antidote is something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts. Love will keep you in God’s will, remove you from the devil’s will and counteract his poison, and it will always assure you that Pandoras Box stays shut. Why is it that some people always seem to have their prayers answered and with others it’s very hit and miss? Do you know some people that regularly enjoy the will of God and other people that rarely do? Why is it that something doesn’t come to pass when you can clearly see in the Bible that it’s God’s will for your life?
Could it be that you have a blockage that’s clogging up the flow of God, the grace of God, the will of God into your life? Have you allowed some spiritual cholesterol to block the flow into your spiritual heart and life? The first place I would look would be in this all important area of love. How are you treating others? Is there any strife, envy, bitterness or resentment that needs to be removed? Are you holding unforgiveness or harboring a grudge against someone? The good news is that you can choose to release all of that and let love rule and reign in your heart.
Let’s do it right now!
(This is an excerpt from Steve C Shank’s new book “Schizophrenic God? Finding Reality in Conflict, Confusion, and Contradiction” released January 2012 By Destiny Image Publisher)