We were born to be fighters and built to overcome adversity. This is evidenced by simply looking back at our own lives and seeing the mountains that we once travailed and travelled have now become molehills by God’s grace.
This fight and resilience which have been placed inside us all, is what has caused us to press from the Stone Age into the Technological Age. It is this determination which causes us to move toward betterment and success. However, this same fight is what causes us to go to war and cause destruction. Wanting betterment for ourselves (as we see it in our own eyes) and taking the fight within, to without. Understanding this, tells me that we have to be very careful of what we are fighting against. Because fighting the wrong thing can cause so much destruction in our own life and by extension in the life of others.
The Bible clearly tells us what causes these fights in a scripture verse in James.
James 4:1, states, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”.
Yes, this is what causes it, you wanting something and not willing to concede or give concessions, and the other person standing their ground and not giving concessions either. I want what I want, and it must come at the expense of the other person not getting what they require/want. This type of behaviour has destroyed so many families, friendships, and currently finds us in war in Ukraine.
No wonder God told us that in the last days there will be wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6). It’s because in these days, men’s heart will be getting harder and colder (Matthew 24:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17), thus causing more fighting among us as individuals. The coldness within, produces the coldness without.
This same heart condition which causes us to fight others in the horizontal, is what causes us to fight God in the vertical. Apparently, no cardinal point is safe from us. When fighting horizontally you stand a 50/50 chance of winning with your opponent . But partner, friend and blog reader, “If you are fighting against God, then you stand 100% chance of losing”. Please, please don’t go into the boxing ring with God as an opponent on any issue. Don’t even have Him as a sparring partner because the outcome will be you flat on your back needing resuscitation in quick time. Only His mercy and grace delay the knockout blow or softens the impact, but impact there will be, and we will be on the receiving end.
This blog was birthed when I read Acts 5:39. In this biblical account, a teacher of Law who was named Gamaliel, stood up and told the Jewish elders, that if they intervened and stopped the Apostles, then they can find themselves fighting against God. Yes, even men of God can find themselves fighting against God. We as laypeople also can find ourselves in this same predicament. That might seem strong, but that is exactly what our inner man does, we continually resist God to our detriment. Let’s showcase some common examples of this but of course there are many more.
In Ephesians 4:32, God instructs us to be kind and compassionate and to forgive one another. However, we obstruct by not forgiving, or taking too long to forgive, thereby amplifying this burden on ourselves and others. In Ephesians 5:21-25, God instructs us to submit ourselves one to another and for wives to submit to their husbands. However, we obstruct and fix our mindset on being independent and wanting to do our own thing. In Malachi 3:10, God instructs to bring tithes into His house so there may be food therein. However, we obstruct and say, my hard earned money belongs to me, why should I put 10% of it in God’s house.
Guys, I would like to emphasize something here, and this is the big picture. God is a God of love and He has made His word available to us as a guide and user’s manual for our lives. His word is not only to guide our life but to govern His divine plan. Obeying God always has a big picture element which in my view, we often forget.
Let’s examine this based on the scriptures we just read. When spouses don’t submit, then families can be destroyed, and Godly seed (children) can go astray thereby affecting the kingdom. When we fight God and don’t tithe, then money will not be in His house for missionary work, building upkeep, paying salaries, owning Godly businesses to provide employment, etc. Not having these tangible things can affect the kingdom.
For the example with forgiving and loving I would give a personal example. I had a friend who did something and hurt me deeply, so I decided to excommunicate this person from my life. During this time of feeling hurt, I was reading a book which reminded me of the scripture in Matthew 5:44 which states:
“But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
So, I put my inner desires aside and decided to give the relationship another try. I decided not to resist/fight God, but instead follow His words. As such, I made attempts to restore the friendship in my heart and by my actions, and today this person and I are friends. Even more than this, from time to time when we speak, I provide spiritual encouragement (they have not yet followed the Lord in water baptism) and prayer. If I held to my position of not forgiving, then the opportunity of maintaining the friendship would be lost and I would not be in a position to encourage them spiritually.
This is what I mean by the big picture. Our actions of following God’s word are not simply about Him and us, it goes much wider than that. It goes to and affects the lives of others around us. Imagine if the Apostle Paul was still fighting against God, all the great things he accomplished such as writing many New Testament books would not have come to fruition.
When struggling with executing God’s word, it is also helpful to think about the big picture. By doing so, it might just help us surrender to His will, to the benefit of ourselves and all those around us.
I close by telling someone today, “Stop Fighting Against God…! Learn to let go, and let God have His way”.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Why am I really fighting/disobeying God in this particular area?
- Are you fearful of the outcome of God’s word? Should you be?
- Is disobeying God a representation of your faith in His word?
- Have you ever obeyed God and it caused you heartache?
PS: Dane Miller was last seen walking out of a boxing ring.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Authored Book – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”
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