Opposedəˈpōzd

 

1) [ predic. ] (opposed to) eager to prevent or put an end to; disapproving of or disagreeing with;  in conflict or disagreement with; hostile to

2)(of two or more things) contrasting or conflicting with each other

 

You know, the Greeks had a word for this as well. Yet, this time the meaning is a bit stronger

 

Antitassoän-tē-tä’s-s

 

1)  to range in battle against

2) to oppose one’s self, resist

When I read this, I thought of a Roman soldier: suited up and in battle readiness toward his opponent. 

 

 

Kinda makes you glad that you don’t have to face this guy first thing in the morning, huh? I’m pretty sure two cups of coffee wouldn’t give me what I needed for the battle. 

 

So, I especially took note when I read one of the uses of “antitasso

 

And I was a little surprised when I saw who was in this fighting stance

 

It’s God.

 

Now, I could think, “Good. He is after all of those wicked people.” 

 

Yes, but the scary thing is it can include something that can be allowed within me. Look at this:

 

God is antitasso to the proud” (James 4:6).

 

How many times this past week have I:

 

Thought myself better than someone else (even in my own church)?

Tried to outdo someone else (even in my own family)?

Treated a service person with disrespect?

 

Then I fall into the category of the opposed

 

It’s really frightening.

 

So, next time I feel that twinge of pride welling up within, I’m going to picture God suiting up to face me with His legion of angels. I’m pretty sure that will change my mind.

 

 

What about you? When do you struggle with pride?

 

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Glory to God and
Peace toward men.

 

Isn’t it funny how we spend most of our lives trying to reverse the order?

 

We glorify man and expect God to be at peace with our action.

 

We garner glory for beauty, creativity, wisdom, and skill
— all gifts given to us by heaven’s grace.

 

We struggle between a lack of confidence and an excess of pride;
Too little personality and too much knowledge.
Aggression, digression, oppression and depression.

 

In hindsight, our place in the limelight has caused little delight —
just a much increased appetite.

 

The only glory in our story is our return to His order.

 

Glory to God and
Peace toward men.

 

As we stand in the Light,
Reflecting light so all can see,
His Name is glorified.
His Fame is revealed.
His Flame is ignited.

 

And when I agree with His way,
I find that I’m filled with the peace
That surpasses all my understanding —
Known on earth among those “with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:14).

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