John 18:11 Take What God Gives

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

No one likes to be improperly abused or have anything done wrong against them. As soon as abuse or wrong is done, most people rise up to fight back the one who did the wrong.

This fight is often with words, but can also be physically fighting back. The fight is for their rights and to get back at the person to try and stop the wrong. Very few will just sit back and take what comes.

Jesus was in the garden with the disciples being arrested. Peter strikes one of the arrestors with a sword. He is told to put the sword away. Jesus is willing to take what has been give to Him.

Believers are often quick to say that they will follow God, but are also quick to fight back against what He sends their way or allows. Everything that occurs in the life of a believer is for a purpose. It can be to build the believer or to build others.

Jesus had to be arrested in order to fulfill His mission on this earth. Along with the arrest would also come the crucifixion. It was all in God’s plan for Him.

Most believers love the idea of following God, but will fight back against giving their lives for Him or others. They want a rosy, easy path to heaven, not willing to accept God’s plan for their lives. They will pull out a sword to stop God’s plan in order to save their own lives.

Every believer needs to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and in tune with what God is doing. God is in control and will allow ‘bad’ things to happen in one’s life to accomplish the greater goal–salvation of souls.

As you go through life, God will allow the enemy to attack you at times. These attacks may be to move you to somewhere else, build you, use you to be a witness or to stop you. Regardless of the reason, you must trust God’s allowance.

Seek God to find out what you must do in every situation. Do not be like the world and automatically fight back. Be will to accept what God has for you.

Allow God to use the negative situation to bring about a positive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will give you strength and wisdom in every situation; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.

2 Chronicles 11:4 Following Orders

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‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. 2 Chronicles 11:4 

Following orders from a leader does not always make sense. Often leaders will see a bigger picture than the worker at the bottom. He understands things in ways that the lower workers do not always see or understand. In knowing this, often commands will be given that don’t always make sense.

When Rehoboam had become king of Judah, he cracked down harder on the people. A group of people chose to follow Jeroboam and broke away from Judah and became their own nation. Rehoboam had chosen to take his army and go fight to gain back the lost land and cities from Jeroboam.

As they began to march out, God sent a prophet to tell him not to go and fight against Jeroboam. Everything that was occurring was because of God’s doing. Rehoboam chose to obey God and turned back and went home.

Israel was supposed to be God’s chosen nation, His chosen people. To see it be split up was not an acceptable thing. Yet, that was exactly what God was making happen.

For years God had warned the nation of Israel against following false idols, but they refused to listen. He finally allowed the nation to be split. This was to get their attention back to Him.

God works in the same way today. There will be things allowed in the lives of people to get their attention back to Him. As these things occur it can be difficult. Without seeing the big picture, many will choose paths that go against what God is doing. Each person needs to open to hearing what God tells them to do, and then obey Him.

There will be times when God will allow things in your life that does not always make sense. God will tell you to walk a path that goes against normal reasoning. Trust God in what He says and follow His orders.

God raises up and He takes down. These things are all a part of His plan. His goal is that none should be lost and all made like Jesus.

Are you following His commands to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus?

Or are you doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s every command; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

Nehemiah 4:14 Fighting For Your Family

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

As the Israelites were working at rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, there were other groups of people who wanted to stop them. They tried to discourage them and threatened them. Nehemiah posted the people all around the wall with weapons to protect everyone from the enemies coming against them. He reminded them to not be afraid because God is awesome and then encouraged them to fight for their families.

During the Old Testament times, people had to physically fight for their lives and to protect their families. When Jesus came, He changed the fighting status from physical fighting to spiritual fighting. Now a person is to love his  physical enemies and do good to them.

The fight today is now a spiritual fight. Every believer in Jesus must fight against spiritual forces that are in this world. These forces are the forces of greed, theft, lust, hatred, jealousy, violence, and the list goes on. Everywhere a believer looks, one will see these forces trying to grab him and take him captive into the world’s ways of sin.

Jesus has overcome this world and all the dark spiritual forces in it. As a believer, you also have His strength and victory over these forces.

You, like every believer, has some family somewhere. They may be in your immediate home, or a long way off. Some may even be separate to where you do not really know them, but you do have family.

Having a family, means that you must fight for their spiritual lives. Daily fight for them in prayer that God will draw their hearts to Him and protect them from the attacks and lies of the enemy. Talk with your family daily about God’s love, mercy, rules, and protection.

Do not be afraid of the enemy, God is greater. Do not allow the world to win your family over. Fight for your family. Allow God to win the spiritual battles for their souls.

I pray today that God will show you how the enemy is attacking your family; that you will stand in prayer to God against the enemy; that you will live for God as a witness to your family; and that God will protect you and your family from the attacks of the enemy.

2 Timothy 4:7 Are You Fighting The Good Fight?

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

God has either given Paul a bit of knowledge or he is just an old man who knows that his time is coming to an end. He knows that he will not live forever on this earth. He now looks back at his life and is pleased with it. Paul knows that he fought the good fight and finished the race in this life, he did not give up on his faith in Jesus.

People look at things differently when they are elderly or have a health situation that has a diagnosis of death soon. They start to look back on their life and realize all the things they did or did not do. It is usually at this point that many people try to make things right.

No one ever says that they wished they could have spent more time at work. They are wishing they would have done more with family and friends.

Paul said that he had fought the good fight. What is the good fight? Children are always taught not to fight. You are supposed to run away from a fight.

The good fight is the battle against evil. It is against the devil and his ways of doing things. Jesus fought for your life when He died on the cross.

Now you must fight against the devil trying to keep you. It is your choice as to who gets you. Will it be the devil and this world, or will it be Jesus?

Everyday there will be temptations thrown your way to make you fail the battle. Choices must be made as to who you will serve: yourself (i.e. the devil) or God.

Only God knows how much time you have left on this earth. What are you doing with that time?

Are you just trying to please yourself? Then you are serving the devil.

Are you trying to please God? Then you are serving God.

The good fight is God’s fight. It is the fight against sin and the power of sin. Jesus won the battle for you. Will you now fight for Him and with Him? Can you say you have kept the faith?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to fight for the faith; that you will not grow weary in the battle; that you will keep the faith in Jesus; and that you will finish the race you have started in Jesus.