For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)
Ever played a game of tug and war? As momentum edges your way, opposition pulls with force. The stronger force will win every time. So it goes in life with struggles warring in our minds. Where thoughts permeate adjusting to Biblical truth we’ve been taught. Struggles extend more with Biblical knowledge foundation against force opposing Biblical Truth. Created tension caused by powers of this dark world, produce societal confusion.
The Word of God has been pulled like taffy. Picture taffy pulled in a candy shop. It’s stretched and pulled repetitively until desired texture is reached. Churches and individuals do same with the Bible. They stretch and pull exactly what they want, attempting to dilute areas identifying sin- to bring about just right to justify sin and call it love.
I understand spiritual warfare. The early years were not fun. I was in a new season in life, where I thought I had arrived. This kind of thinking causes trouble fast. Looking back, you can see me struggling- My will vs. God’s will. The more I resisted, hotter the fire of refinement stirred. One phase, I decide life was stuck in present mode and if I was going to be unhappy, I may as well have my swimming pool. Self centeredness is a sure sign struggles persist.
Times of struggles are no time to lock-in steadfast against God. God tried to encourage me. Yet, I was like no God- I get it- this is how it’s going to be. I’ve learned- circumstances never have to stay destitute or what feels like destitute. Struggles happen more with God’s will than against other people. Other people may be the scapegoat, yet, right down to the heart of the matter- Obey or resist God’s Word. It took me years to grasp this concept- when it is very simple. Obey or Resist. Choose to obey and experience the amazing peace being in God’s Will. You’ll be like me and wonder why I took so long.