Captain America Civil War & Your Life’s Daily War: Whose Side Are You On?

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My wife texted me this morning: “We’re watching Civil War movie in a while.” So she’s watching without me. But it’s fine. She’s towns away for a team building activity.

One of the movies we’ve all been waiting for is finally out! I like how this epic superhero film made a major question so popular: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

As to how this question makes sense in the movie, read this synopsis:

Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.

Emphasis on the last sentence: “As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, ‘they’ must pick a side.”

We’ve all come to a point of having to pick a side. From little debates among friends as to where to eat… to life-changing choices such as where to study or work. We all have to pick a side.

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It’s almost May and #Eleksyon2016-related debates are heating up all the more. Whose side are you on?

 

More personal…

Now let’s make it more personal, more individualized. If you’re a Christ-follower, I’m sure you can relate to me– being put in situations that make us ask ourselves: whose side am I on?

Everyday, this question has always been present in our lives: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

To cheat or not to cheat. To obey your parents or not. To click the sinful link or not. To sin or not to sin. To trust God or not. To wait on God or fast-track by human will. To honor God or not.

All of these choices are mere choices. They’re not the real issue that we have to resolve so we can do what will honor God. The real issue is LORDSHIP, sticking to the LORD no matter what.

And this is really the point of this blog: to uncover the reality of our daily life’s daily war summarized in a 5-word question: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? This particular blog entry is really about LORDSHIP.

Here’s a useful infographic on lordship…

We wanted to paint a good picture of what Lordship is and came up with this infographic. If you’re a new believer and are still trying to get a grasp of this, feel free to save a copy. If you’re a disciple-maker, this would come handy when explaining Lordship to the people you’re leading! -DoCampusMinistry.com

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Our thoughts, our speech, our actions… everything. Whether it honors God or not, that issue is a manifestation of our lordship issue. Everytime we say something that dishonors God, it simply reflects a confused answer to the question: whose side am I on?

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So today the challenge is to be fully convinced that you and I are on the side of Jesus Christ. Whatever personal ‘war’ that is, we need to remember that JESUS IS OUR LORD and not something or someone else. So the One to honor, the side to win our hearts is Jesus Christ.

How’s your LORDSHIP today? By that I basically mean, how’s your relationship with your LORD. Oh by the way, since it’s a relationship, it means we can grow in it. Every relationship grows through time granted means to growing it. Means could be spending time reading God’s Word, praying, hanging out with friends who can spur you on to Christlikeness.

But the Bible makes it so simple…

In order for us not to fall into the enemy’s trap (because we’re on the side of Jesus Christ and not the devil’s), we need to…

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To submit, probably is the hardest part but it gets easier when we remember this…

…And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

So whose side are we on? I think what Jesus did for us made this question easier to answer. Here’s my response as I end.

“Thank You, Jesus Christ for loving me and giving your own life! No debates took place. Instead, You gave yourself into the cross so my sins would be forgiven. By it, my daily war has a great ending for my taking– VICTORIOUS! I just have to keep remembering that I AM ON THE SIDE OF VICTORY, OF JESUS CHRIST. Thank You Jesus. You made it simpler for us to stick to Your side!”

{breathes in… breathes out}

Now off to watch Civil War… sana!

Pop Culture Lessons: What Dory has Taught Us About Life

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Finding Nemo is not just for kids! I repeat… Finding Nemo is not exclusively for kids. In fact, it’s for you, the stressed, the tired, the weary, the almost-giving-up type, the one desiring to quit but still deciding. It’s for us! And DORY is the reason why.

If you’re at a similar situation as the descriptions above, run to Dory and she’ll tell you this: JUST KEEP SWIMMING! 

So while you’re waiting for that situation at work to improve (a promotion, a vindication from accusations and the likes), JUST KEEP SWIMMING.

So while you’re waiting to see an improvement in school (thesis proposal to be approved, groupmates to stop being lazy, tuition to be paid and the likes), JUST KEEP SWIMMING.

Today, remember that you can get by. Not just that, you can choose to live joyfully. Always keep your head above water. And JUST KEEP SWIMMING!

 Trailer of Finding Dory (2016)