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GOD-TRACKING IS RESOLVING CONFLICT IN HUMBLE TRUTH
by Dudley Anderson
12/05/2014 / Devotionals
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05 December 2014
"God-tracking Through the Year"
By Dudley Anderson
GOD-TRACKING IS RESOLVING CONFLICT IN HUMBLE TRUTH
A story is told of a terrible conflict that arose between two men in a small village. Unable to resolve their disagreement the men decided to visit the wise elder who lived in the hills. One day the first man carefully recounted his story to the sage to which the old man replied, "You are absolutely right." The next day the second man made his way up the hills to sit at the elder's feet. He told his side of the story with much passion to which the old man replied, "You are absolutely right." After he left the elder's wife scolded her husband, "Those two men told you two conflicting stories yet you told them both that they were absolutely right. That's impossible. How can they both be absolutely right?" The sage turned to his dear old wife and said, "You're absolutely right."
In every conflict there are always two sides of a story. For each person his side of the story is always absolutely right. Yet this is indeed, impossible. For the most part, conflict is so often based on two central criteria: pride and perception. So often, in a disagreement, one man may perceive the situation to be true while the other may perceive it to be false. Then pride settles in and claims, "I'm absolutely right and you're absolutely wrong!" resulting in conflict and confrontation. However, in every real conflict there can be always only one absolutely right storythe truth!
Jesus said, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." He also said that he was the Truth. In the book of Ephesians we are told to put on the whole armour of God, part of which is the belt of truth buckled around our waists. Only the truth will resolve a conflict, because the truth is absolute and the truth will out! The truth never needs to be defended. The truth only needs to be born testimony of. The truth will set the heart of conflict free but only if that heart is not being strangled by arrogant pride. Pride comes before a fall while God will exalt the humble.
Therefore, in every skirmish you face be sure to humble your heart before God (since God knows the truth) and subscribe to the truth. If you are in the wrong then repent and correct your opinion. If you are walking in truth then you never need fear conflict. The Lord watches over the truth, because he is the Truth. So, be still and don't fret when evil appears to prevail. God will vindicate the truth, always!
God-tracking is resolving conflict in humble truth.
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Verse of the Week
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Quote of the Week
Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"For wolves to worry the lambs is no wonder, but for one lamb to worry another, this is unnatural and monstrous." --- Thomas Brooks
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Above all, help me to not be prejudiced toward my opponent and to walk in love
"Sovereign Lord, I admit to you that I am facing conflict today. Sometimes it's difficult to see the wood for the trees when I'm in a fray but I pray that you will indeed, reveal the true state of affairs to me. Please forgive me of my pride. I humbly submit to you and the truth right now. If I'm wrong then help me to change my opinion. But if I'm right then help me to simply witness to the truth and not gloat over my opposition. Above all, help me to not be prejudiced toward my opponent and to walk in love. Whatever happens, O Lord, I pray that you will resolve this conflict. Amen."
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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