Controlling the Enemy


“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7a, NIV).

Being an admirer of martial arts, the Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies. Any student understands that it takes wisdom and discipline to master such an art. The enormous challenge is controlling your own mind and inner demons. This is the mark that the majority of us often miss.  In his letter to the Romans, Paul compels us to renew our minds because God knew what would be the root cause of hindering our transformation.  Every day we encounter people and situations that will endeavor to control us. It is our response that determines who is really in control.

Last night I watched the remake of Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith for the first time. As all the movies in the sequel, there were a lot of proverbs to learn from. While the Sensei, the teacher (Chan) was trying to teach the student (Smith), Smith observed a lady in meditation practicing with a cobra. The student thought that the lady was imitating the snake that was one foot in front of her.  And when Chan corrected him, Smith didn’t understand how the lady could control a snake by merely doing nothing. But his Sensei explained, “Being still and doing nothing are totally different”.

Spiritual Manifestation: A snake has been the symbol of evil since the beginning of the world. We know that evil still exists. How is good to coexist without being tainted or corrupt by evil forces?  How are Christians suppose to remain separated when evil is within close proximity of us every day? When we are on our jobs and having to deal with wicked people succeeding, what do we do? How are we to be still when crooked administrators are in position to make critical decisions? As the confused student asked, “by doing nothing?”

But remember that being still and nothing is not the same thing.

In the end of Karate Kid, the student was able to win over his enemies. They both knew Kung Fu, but they had different teachers. The enemy will try to copy what is good to do evil. But just as the lady was able to control the snake by conquering her inner demons and controlling her mind, we are able to do the same thing. She not only controlled the snake, but made the snake imitate her every move. In the movie, the student not only gained respect from his foes, but they also highly respected the Sensei. When there is a good teacher, it should be reflected in the student. King David said in verse three of his psalm, “Trust in the LORD and do good”.  While you are trusting and being still, what can your adversary report or copy about you? You cannot control your enemy if you are just like him. Control your enemy by renewing your mind, activating wisdom and discipline. Follow the example of the greatest TEACHER, JESUS CHRIST, because it’s manifestation time!

With Love in the Spirit,

Evangelist SJHastings

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