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Power Comes From Resistance

Power Comes From Resistance

In order to create electricity the massive force of water against turbines creates resistance, creates electricity. (simplified explanation)

To build muscle weights create resistance as you push as hard as you can to move that mass.

To sharpen a knife steal is forced and scraped against the grinding stone.

The same is true in life.

Resistance creates power.

Friction builds strength.

Iron sharpens iron.

But resistance also brings on more push and you will be required to push back or you become powerless.

Watching the movie “Plane” last night at the theater I wondered if when the resistance (bad guys in film) came at me in a life or death situation, would I resist or stay back huddled in a corner trying to save my life.

I’d like to think I’d stand up but until we are in that situation who really knows.

15 years ago, yes it’s been 15 years that I left the anchor desk, I stayed in the middle with my opinions. I worked in television and couldn’t afford to say what I really thought for fear of losing my audience and my job.

When I ran for public office in 2008 I got a quick education about stepping into the fire. I was careful about what to say and how to say it. I was a politician and had to walk a narrow road. But I ran into more resistance than ever before and learned the cost of having an opinion that caused friction with the dominate ideology.

Five or six years ago the ideology of the hour cracked my shell. I could no longer stand the ignorance running the message and a message that had no foundation just a bunch of feel good garbage to build upon.

I started speaking out.

By the time the “Dark Time of Covid” surfaced I was done.

My wife and I decided, even if it cost us business, we were no longer playing along with the deceivers. Too much didn’t add up and now, three years later, truth is exposing the lies and thank God we resisted.

I sometimes wonder if the biggest test of life is are you willing to swim against the current. Not for the sake of resistance but in those times when your soul tells you this is not right.

It would have been easier to be the guy in the back of the room, staying silent and making no waves. It would have saved a lot of heartache and friendships to just go along to get along.

But there is right and there is wrong. If you understand the difference and succumb to apathy, there’s a price to pay.

I don’t want to be the guy in the movie who cowers hoping that if we all do what they tell us it will go away.

Remember hearing that?

Evil never just goes away.

It will consume all it can until we resist.

It takes resistance to push evil back.

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We are told that if we stay silent and do not stand up for what is right, then we are as guilty as the ones committing the evil. Therefore, “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (James 4:17). My prayer is that all believers will be bold in the Lord and not be silenced, but stand up in love. - M


The Apostle Paul experienced friction in his life:

"But he said to me (Paul), "My (Jesus's) grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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