Yep, another Ransomed Heart Daily Reading, recycled by this environmentally friendly blogger,
12/30/ 2011 KINGDOM FEROCITY
As Jesus steps out from behind those thirty years of almost total obscurity into the task set before him, both men and demons begin to feel his fierce intention:
He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” (Luke 4:31–36)
You cannot appreciate the difficulty of this till you’ve tried it yourself. Most of us wouldn’t walk into a dark alley if we could avoid it. Jesus walks right up to people foaming at the mouth in full-blown demonic possession and confronts the ancient spirits directly. Very intentional. Quite fierce.
(Beautiful Outlaw, 44, 45, 46)
OK, I’ve read this, and thought about this, and have to conclude that this is very true. One of the manifold fruit of the Spirit is self control. But when you think of self control, what do you think of? Telling your teenager that he’d better stop looking at pornography on the web, and pulling his pud, or he’ll go blind, grow hairy hands, and end up alone?
No, self control is not just gritting your teeth, and gutting through something that you naturally are inclined to. It includes that, but goes far beyond. It also entails deliberately walking into a dangerous situation, fully aware of the circumstances, dealing a perfectly timed stroke to liberate or protect, all without malice or distraction.
It is evidenced by tolerating the intolerable, all for the purpose of doing what is right, fulfilling the righteousness of love, and lighting a pathway back to safe harbor for a soul in desperate need.
Self control, when understood in context, is truly ferocious. It is the strength of spirit that causes darkness to flee, it is the quiet, focused intentionality that breaks the chains of millions of slaves, and changes the world forever in the process.
There are many around us, Heroes, who daily exhibit an incredible strength, a ferocious strength, that has been there all along, hidden just beneath the surface.
Great strength, self control, ferocity of spirit, does not just appear within us one day. It is trained, cultivated in us, by all that we experience, grieve, and are comforted through. And one day, something happens that reveals what has been there all along.
Bishop Wescott said;
“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards, they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.”