Facing Our Battles

One of life’s truths is that you can either blame the past or someone else or you can do something about the present. You can’t do both. Those people who live in the past cannot function in the present. Those who blame others cannot deal with the real issues they face.

You see this problem on every level of life. It even works in the church. As we face opposition many people either give up or resort to blame.

How do we as the church respond correctly to the opposition we face from our fallen world?

First, we must accept where we live. We live in a world of rebellion and disobedience. Therefore, we must expect to face opposition. Our adversary, the devil, is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is cunning and subtle. We should expect powerful opposition.

Second, we must respond to the devil’s attacks with the power of God.God has not called us to follow the evil way. We must respond with God’s power according to God’s plan. God has called us to function as people of light. We fight Satan’s attack by carrying out God’s command to love one another and treat others as we want to be treated.

Third, we must not live the blame game. We must accept life as it is and work to please and glorify God.

Fourth, we must use positive means to overcome our opposition. By living obediently, we will overcome. God works through His Word to make Himself known. As we learn of Him in Scripture, we prepare to deal with the opposition at hand.

Finally, we trust God who has already given us the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord. On numerous occasions, God told His servants the victory was theirs. All they had to do was take up the battle in obedience and faith.

You and I are in that kind of battle. We must face the opposition head on and give our best for God.

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  1. Ed Matthew
    Oct 29, 2012

    Proverbs 8:15-16 “15) it is by Me that kings reign and rulers enact just law; 16) by Me, princes lead, as do nobles and all righteous judges.”
    Luke 12:48 “48) But the one who did not know, and did things deserving of blows, will be beaten lightly. Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.”
    Philippians 2:3-4 “3) Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4) Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

    Ezekiel 33 Is another “one chapter in Scripture” which paints a picture of each one who calls unto God. Each has the responsibility of the “Watchman.” Each has “Personal Accountability.” The “Heart is Known” of each by the Lord. Words will not be counted as positive where the Motive is not in agreement. It would be better to be ignorant than to know and not do the Will of the Lord.

    Romans 12 is written for the Body/Bride to know how to Know HIs Will and respond finding their place dependent on Him and on Him in other members of the Body. We can only accomplish His Design together. As Ezekiel set his head like flint that His people be without excuse, so too have the Apostles and those Called to echo That Which is Written, Timelessly Inspired this side of eternity.

    Thank You!


  2. Shantell
    Oct 29, 2012

    Once again I so needed this more than you know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for you and your messages u take time to send us. May u and your family have many blessings!!!! U truly are a gift from GOD!!!!!

    Love Shantell

  3. Allyson
    Oct 30, 2012

    Thank you for this post. It is what I needed today! I take some comfort that satan is “like” a lion whereas Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The real vs the counterfiet. Thank God He gave us the Real.
    Thank you for your posts everyday- they bless me so much.

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