sermon: Resistance (Part One)

Self-Sabotage In Overcoming
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 25-Jun-16; Sermon #1329; 74 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, drawing a powerful analogy from a book by Dorthea Brand, focusing upon strategies to defeat writer's block and self-imposed creative sabotage experienced by every major writer, applies these insights to spiritual self-sabotage, namely resistance (which is ground zero of our carnal human nature.) As writers and other artists must employ almost superhuman force to subdue natural resistance to creativity, God's called out ones must use military tactics (the whole armor of God) to mortify the flesh (carnal human nature). Human nature absolutely does not want any kind of change, especially positive changes. Jonah, who would rather have died than fulfill the commission God had given him, demonstrated spiritual resistance. We must soberly reflect that we are culpable in using the same delaying tactics that Jonah used. The antidote to spiritual resistance is certainty and confidence in Christ to conform us into His image—a directed movement toward Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us not to quench or resist the Holy Spirit working in us. As God's called-out ones, we are seasoned with salty trials, making us a benefit to the world. Salt, as the great purifier, makes us unique from the world, but if we let our resistance get the best of us, we will lose our saltiness and our uniqueness. We must maintain humility, the foundational attitude required to overcome resistance, casting our cares upon Christ. This means maintaining vigilance, resisting Satanic and carnal pulls, enduring steadfast in the faith, moving continually forward, remembering that we are not alone. If we endure suffering for a time, God will give us a permanent victory.

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Acts 7:21 Anything but write Artist must wear combat books [PDF]Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande 1934 - Salem State University Christ as our life-line Delaying tactics distraction of waves and wind Doubting Ephesians 4:30; 6: 11 I Peter 5:6 Grieving the Holy Spirit Hitler's artistic aspirations Infantry Jonah's resistance Jonah's self-sabotage Mark 9:42-50 Matthew 14:23-33 Parallels between the artistic and Christian self-sabotage Peter walking on water Resistance of human nature Salty seasoning trials Self-imposed Spiritual armor Spiritual battle Stephen charges the Pharisees and Sadducees with resisting Christ Stifling the Holy Spirit Quenching the Holy Spirit I Thessalonians 5:19 War of art Writer's block

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