Conflict ..... November 29, 2020
From the time sin entered into the world, conflict has increased. If you are like me...you don’t care much for conflict, yet conflict is not always a bad thing. As a Christian, when our spirit experiences conflict, it can be a warning that we’re about to travel a path or make a choice that will not honor God. Times like these can be explained as spiritual warfare. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 ESV It is during these times we are instructed to put on the whole armor of God... Not part of the armor, but the whole armor.(Ephesians 6:1-18). We are also instructed to test every spirit to know if it is from God. (1 John 4: 1-5) You need to be careful when trusting just your feelings in making a decision, for there is a warning concerning this. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 ESV. May I show what I believe to be some of the conflicts of the mind that happened in the Bible and still happen today?
Does God Really Know What’s Best? The first conflict was with Eve in the Garden when the serpent introduced her to a thought process that conflicted with God’s instruction.... do not eat of the tree. How many times do you suppose throughout history that the devil has used these lines from Genesis 3 .... Did God actually say.... and .....You will surely not die.” We are created to have reason, but when our reason goes against God’s instruction it creates conflict in the mind. The answer to the question “Does God really know what’s best?” is always absolutely yes, but knowing this and living it is where the conflict of the mind can begin.
Does God Really Care? Some view God as one who simply observes the world with little interaction with it. Others view God as One who has the power to stop all evil and yet does nothing. Some opinions may view him with a big hammer just waiting for you to mess up. There are more opinions concerning the who, the character, and the plans of God than this page could hold, yet all must ask the question... Does my view, understanding, or opinion of God change who he is? The simple answer...... no. Let me explain from scripture in an attempt to answer and describe God. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 ESV.
Does God Really Exist? This can be the ultimate conflict of the mind because to believe God exists, a person must have faith in what he has not seen with his eyes. Interestingly enough though, to believe he doesn’t exist also takes faith. The second statement might sound a bit odd to you, but it is true. For a person to believe God does not exist is to believe order came from chaos itself. If you brought together a group of people in a chaotic situation and one person created order would not people look to that person as the creator of order? To say God does not exist is to say you have faith in your own reason that order was created out of chaos, thereby being your own god. This faith is called atheism... atheism is a religion in and of itself because it used to be the opinion of an individual. Today those individuals have come together and organized; therefore, it is a faith organization... A faith that says God does not exist. This is again the ultimate conflict because the first two questions as mentioned above are moot points if you have faith in believing God does not exist.
Application: Deal with the conflicts; don’t bury them. It is conflict that causes us many times as Christians and others to seek answers from the Bible. I do have one warning in seeking..... don’t look for the answer you want, look for the answer God has for you. Don’t be prideful (Proverbs 16:18) of knowledge; rather, be humble in the searching, as one who looks to the One who created all that is good.
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David