The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The consequences of fighting God and His will for our lives may not be apparent as we head the down the wrong road. We live in a world where most world leaders and their minions seem to be declaring war on God and His Kingdom. When comparing ourselves to the corrupt leaders of the world, we think we are okay in comparison. We don’t realize we fight against God anytime we resist the urging of the Holy Spirit.

This past week the Lord prompted me to visit a nearby church plant to encourage them just by being there. I had a choice to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading or disobey. Upon our arrival at this church, I was surprised at how important this visit was to them. One of the leaders sent me a note the next day saying, “It was such a great surprise to see you at our congregation last night! You put a smile on our faces with your surprise visit.” I did not know how important visiting this church was, but the Lord did because we all need to be encouraged.

The Egyptians Were Fighting Against God

When Moses asked the Egyptians to let the Israelites go, they unknowingly were fighting against God. Their ongoing battle with God would lead to the Lord sending ten plagues that ravished Egypt. Pharaoh’s hard heart caused him to change his mind about releasing God’s people. The Egyptian army pursued the Israelites to the Red Sea, where they thought they had a sure victory. God then opened the Red Sea and sent a strong wind so they could cross on dry land. Not realizing the danger, the Egyptian army pursued the Israelites through the Red Sea.

Exodus 14:26 When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers… 28 Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived. [1] When we fight against God at any level, we will always lose, which is not God’s plan for our lives.

We Fight with God’s Strength.

The Lord does not want us to fight against Him but with Him and with His strength. As believers in Jesus, we fight battles regularly. Some of the battles we fight are internal, like the fight for personal character. Other times we fight on behalf of others.

The battles we fight are meant to be fought using God’s strength, not our own. If you are facing an overwhelming struggle today, give it to God and let Him fight for you. He will work out a way that may seem impossible to you. Isaiah 43:When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. [2]

To learn about the consequences of fighting against God, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ex 14:28). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Is 43:2). Tyndale House Publishers.

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