Free from the Stronghold of Irresponsibility
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Irresponsibility doesn’t care about the outcome of its actions. Sometimes the host actually thinks it’s doing good. It does and says what feels or sounds good and right at the time, or it does nothing at all.
When this stronghold enters a person’s life, denial blocks the host from seeing it. Irresponsibility moves forward without thinking through, researching, seeing the whole picture, repairing, or retracting. It can bring, or be brought in by arrogance, aggressiveness, vanity, neglect, or any other number of strongholds.
There are three ways in which to discern irresponsibility in our lives or the lives of others. However we are only privy to two of these ways. One is in words and the other is in actions. We know the words and eventually see the results of the actions of irresponsibility.
Psalm 123:4 Our life is exceedingly filled with the scorning and scoffing of those who are at ease and with the contempt of the proud (irresponsible tyrants who disregard God’s law).
We cannot see, or hear, the thoughts of irresponsibility. Only God can do that. God knows when irresponsibility has entered the life of a believer or pre-Christian by our thoughts. If we allow this stronghold to take root in our lives we must evaluate the problem and rid ourselves of thoughts, actions, or words of irresponsibility to completely eliminate it. But how?
What can we do to see beyond irresponsibility and allow Christ to begin healing us and others who may have been affected by irresponsible words or actions?
5 Biblical tips to overcome irresponsibility:
1. Judge yourself and discern what you are saying and doing. Are you idolizing? Are you appeasing the world? Are you disregarding God’s word? Are you seeing problem areas but doing nothing? Do you pick and choose God’s word to placate your feelings? Make sure your thoughts line up with who you are in Christ and who Christ should be in you.
1 Corinthians 11:28-32 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
2. Submit. Keep the commandments of God. Move forward in life with the desire to continually please God and follow his will.
1 John 2:1-6 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he [Christ] walked.
3. Let your words reflect God’s will, not your own interpretation of His will according to a few verses or to your feelings.
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
4. Love God. This is the greatest responsibility. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not love the world or the world’s way of doing things apart from God.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death
Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
5. Follow the Words of Jesus Christ not your personal desires. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through His word in you. When the desires of our heart are the same desires of God, responsibility is sure. [Christianity is a process. The desire for God and His will come first.]
James 1:15 Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
1 Peter 1:14 [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel].
Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).