one upmanship

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The fox was jealous. Noticing a snare with a piece of meat in it, he took the monkey to it and said, “Here is a choice titbit that I have found. Instead of eating it myself I have kept it for you as a perquisite for your royal office. So take it.”

The monkey went for it carelessly and was caught in the snare. When he accused the fox of laying a trap for him, the fox replied, Fancy a fool like you, friend monkey, being king the animals!”

People who attempt things without due consideration suffer for it and get laughed at into the bargain. Source: Penguin Classics: Fables of Aesop: “Fools Die For Lack Of Wisdom”

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all you getting get understanding. See Proverbs 4:7. Happy is the person, who finds wisdom, and the person, who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies. And all things you may desire cannot compare to her with her. Length of days are in her right hand. In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is the tree of life to those, who take hold of her. And happy are all who retain her. See Proverbs 3:13-18.

caught between 2 worlds

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The Peter syndrome is a condition that plagues all of us, sometime during our life. It is a condition that when courage is needed, it is nowhere to be found. It is just that sometimes, when the going gets tough, some turn to running. With running employing different faces depending upon the circumstances. Like the face Peter wore, when he denied knowing Jesus Christ.

It was at a time, when he may have thought that the movement Christ founded was about to be crushed. Peter had slipped into a court room to witness legal proceedings against the man he most admired and pledged to follow. There stood his leader before the justices and being ordered, either to confirm or deny whether He was, or was not the Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus replied boldly, “As you say,” with the court responding with rage, “You have spoken blasphemy!” Then with quick deliberation, they ruled, “He is guilty of death.” Then they turned and spit in his face, and beat him. Others punched him with the palms of their hands. Then they mocked him, “Saying prophesy to us, Christ! Who struck you?”

Peter, shaken to his very core after such a horrific court proceeding. And as Peter, was slipping out of court, a group of woman saw him. Shouting you were with Jesus at Galilee! No! he replied, I have no idea what you are talking about. But another women overhearing the shouting, said to them all, he was with Jesus of Nazareth. This time Peter said, “I do not know the man!”

Later Peter was approached a third time by a group of people. They stood by, and said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them; for your speech betrays you.” With that assertion of identity, Peter lost control of himself. Standing there, he began to curse and to swear, saying, “I know not the man!” Suddenly Peter remembered words of Jesus, and he wept bitterly.

Interesting in reading the account for yourself? Go to Matthew 26:57-75. Read it in the light of John 3:8, experience the Spirit which is much like the wind. Perhaps if you know Jesus, His Spirit will work another miracle. And if you, like me, know Him, well then maybe His Spirit might have a special Christ message for you, as He had for me more than once. It’s a cumulative experience wrapped up in 2 Corinthians 5:17. Remember the Apostle Paul was in training for three years, Galatians 1:15-24; note the public reaction, Acts 9:26-31.

“Now to Him, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our Savior, who only is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever,” Jude 24-25.

rhubarbs of nothingness and something

Who is the master of fate? According to President Trump, it’s Korean strongman, Kim Jong Un. As the President tweeted, “Military solutions are now in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path.”

For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order, Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has out all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. See 1 Corinthians 15:21-26.