A TIME TO YIELD AND A TIME TO STAND

Bird’s eye view of Manhattan, looking down at people and yellow taxi cabs going down 5th Avenue. Toned, Instagram photography with slight vignette.

by Tammy Phillips
December 29, 2021

 “If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post; for conciliation pacifies great offenses.” (Ecclesiastes 10:4 NKJV)

Do you have to be right all the time?  Are you stubborn?  Sometimes, being right can be wrong, and costly.   There is a fine line between standing and yielding to pacify.  It is actually a tight rope walk  that I need to practice quite a bit more.  It is kind of like a four way stop.  I might be right that it is my turn to go, but if someone else believes it’s their turn, I better yield or be willing to face the consequences. There’s some real nuts out there in the world. And a lot of people have been killed by insisting on their right of ways. ‘It’s my right of way.’ And you can insist on your right of way but get wiped out. So, ‘yielding can pacify great offenses.’” -Chuck Smith 

If the ruler’s
governor’s
reigning power’s
dominator’s

spirit
temper
anger
mind
breath
violent exhale 

rises
goes up
ascends
springs up
increases
become strong

against you
upon you
over you

do not abandon
do not rest
do not cease
do not settle down
do not lay down
do not leave
do not be quiet

your post
your standing place
your standing space
your country
your region
your state
your county
your community
your city
your town
your village
your home
your room
your spot

because

conciliation
composure
sound mind
yielding
healing

pacifies
rests
settles down
ceases
quiets

great
high
loud
mighty
powerful
magnified

offenses
misses
mistakes
sins
grievances
missed the way
lead astray
missed the goal
made a wrong turn
to make a false step
stumbling’s

We get in the biggest arguments over some of the most stupid things.  Sometimes we need to give in and shut our mouths; sometimes we need to stand.  Take time to be very sure of your position.  “It’s my right of way,”  first thought by Adam and Eve that led us to the mess that we are in now.  If we would choose to go God’s way all the time, all messes and mistakes would be avoided.

I enCOURAGE you to know what time it is.  What is God’s will?  Yield if it is going to pacify a simple offense that does not really matter.  If it really matters, take your stand, and do not move.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV)

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand…” (Ephesians 6:11-14 NKJV)

 

 

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