Step one is perceiving the contradiction and step two is countering it, and countering it wisely. Confronting a contradiction wisely is not about reacting out of fear or anger or frustration or even desperateness. A wise and effectual response springs from God’s thinking and character. Consider this also, the counter-action does not have to be as public as the contradiction. (The simple truth is that if the contradiction reached your hood, then it can be countered in your hood.) In most cases, the bearer of the contradiction is not the target (though it can be tempting to take them down too!). The real target is the contradiction’s intent that needs to be neutralized in the atmosphere. Neutralizing is a matter of declaring or taking action to change the atmosphere so that no residue remains to be the wrong influence. The essential here is understanding the power of agreement. Leaving evil or error unconfronted is passive agreement which leaves the door open for evil men and minions to get their desired results.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Contradicting Contradictions“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)