The Power Of The Third Response


You in a strange city.  After parting company with your companions you begin to make your way back to your car.  After a couple of blocks you begin to realize that you don’t recognize anything and you begin to wonder if you have lost your way.  You pull out your phone to try to pull up a map and realize that your battery is dead.  Wonderful!  You are lost in a strange city after dark with no phone and no help.  And that is when you notice that you are being followed. 

At first you try to convince yourself that it is all in your head.  You make several strange turns to see of your pursuer will follow and he remains relentless.  Your breathing quickens, your palms sweat, your heart beats in your throat.  What now?

Fight or Flight?

This is the term used to describe the bodies preparation to deal with a stressful or potentially dangerous situation.  When backed into a corner, your body prepares to fight or to run.

We often find ourselves in spiritual battles in which we feel we are left with these two options.  We can fight or we can flee.  Sometimes fighting is right.  Sometimes fleeing is right.  But when backed into a corner by the enemy of your soul or by life’s difficult circumstances, there is a third option.


Everything in us wants to take the situation into our own hands.  We want to roll up our sleves and fight our own battles.  We want to turn tail and run.  God says, “Stand.”

2 Chronicles 20:17 “Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

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