1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
The “therefore” refers to several miracles including the resurrection of Christ and of our coming one. If the things referred to are true, then we should, in all faith and courage, face troublesome times with rock solid courage.
Often, for men and women of high dreams, a tough decision faces us, and the obstacles have nothing to do with devils or Russia or even whatever idiocy is going on in D.C. Some of the toughest struggles in my adult life for the last 55 years have been, and continue to be, trusting the Lord Jesus for the inner courage to break tribal or group shackles. These often well intentioned hindrances were mentioned by the author of Jungle Book, among other great stories. Note his statement:
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.”
Do not jump to the conclusion that Larry’s tribe of Monacans must be pressuring him, as this is not true. I doubt if more than 5 or 10 members of the tribe of my father would even know my name. I speak of whatever tribe you find yourself among and there are thousands of them. The “tribe” may be a group of writers of similar mind, or preachers of a group or sub-group, the sub being particularly of a controlling nature. Ford VS Chevy Groups are notorious for their shunning members of the other group. As to religion, to say you are a Baptist, immediately a flag goes up as to “what brand of Baptist?” The same is true within any large group, the sub group wants your total submission, or ELSE. If you are religious, you know the caps are understatement.
Rather than surrender to Tribal Tyranny, why not really raise eyebrows and simply trust and follow Jesus? You better have “Ironclad” feelings when you do, but I offer, God bless, as you walk beside Him along your path.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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