We all have our battles to fight and they are all equally challenging and offensive. Some are physical such as financial or illness, but others are hidden battles within us that are just as dangerous. These aren’t blatant temptations that we know are wrong, but are battles between what we want as opposed to what God wants for us. They are battles that can destroy us!
Sometimes we’ll work at something for ages and struggle to make it happen, yet we never succeed. We remain stubborn and determined to do it because we want it, and so we repeat our efforts over and over until the task becomes an obsession that grows with each passing day. Without realizing it, we have chosen to serve ourselves rather than God. We no longer function to please God, but to fulfill our own desires and lusts.
- But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.—James 1:14
We can know what God wants for us in our life when we study the Bible and spend time in prayer and worship because the Holy Spirit can guide us. If something is wrong for us, we’ll get that bad feeling—our conscience telling us “don’t do it”. And if it’s from God, we know that it’s within His will because we know the scriptures, and we’ll get an encouraging feeling, an inspiration to pursue the thing we’re seeking. But when we don’t know if it’s from God or not, we should stop in our tracks and find out!
The danger comes when we want something because we want it and it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s not what God wants for us, either at this time or at all. And sometimes deep down in, we know that, but we want it anyway. We feel that we work hard and deserve this break. And while God does want us to prosper, He also wants us to stay within His will because this is what is best for us.
- Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.—3 John 1:2
God knows everything and sees everything, and He is all wisdom and knowledge. We are limited in what we see and in what we know, and we cannot foresee the future. Sometimes the things we want will bring us hardship in the end or even worse, separate us from God. Our human minds can’t know the outcome of our choices, but God knows. So we need to follow Him and let Him guide us; otherwise, we will one day face the consequences for our own actions.
When we let our desires take over our thoughts and our hopes, we can miss God’s will for our life and that is a very dangerous place to be. We never want to be outside of His will because that is where evil lurks; that is where we lose sight of God. There is an enemy out there who wants to steal our joy, kill our relationship with God and destroy us—(John 10:10). And we are susceptible to his attacks when we take our eyes off of God and follow our own desires.
God wants to bless us and He WILL bless us with the things that He knows are good for us. But if we give all of our attention to accomplish something or to get something on our own merits, then we are no longer looking to God for the blessings, but to ourselves. And when we serve ourselves, we have a fool for a master.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.—Matthew 6:24
When our heart wants to follow God and our mind wants to succeed in this world, we have a mighty battle going on inside that needs to be addressed. We need to stop and realize that this thing we’re trying to do isn’t working because God doesn’t want it for us. If we can realize that and then come to God in prayer and repent and give the whole situation to Him—and then TRUST HIM to make it all right—we will have won that battle and the injuries we incurred in the fight will be healed. If we won’t surrender to God and we continue to fight for what we want, we will eventually lose.
- I am the Lord that healeth thee.—Exodus 15:26
When we fight against God’s will, we are acting in disobedience because God says in Matthew 6:10 that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. And we know that when Jesus comes back to rule over all of the earth that His will WILL be done. But for now, we serve God with a committed heart and we strive to fulfill His mission, and that is to preach the gospel and show the love of God to others. And when we do this, we show the world what God’s will is for them now and throughout eternity.
God loves us and He wants to bless us. He also wants us to realize that the enemy is ‘round about seeking who he can to devour—(1 Peter 5:8), and so we need to study the scriptures and develop a relationship with the Lord so that we can know when our thoughts are outside of the will of God.
It’s not always the challenges that come at us from the outside world that will do us the most harm. Sometimes it’s the fight that comes when we put our will over the will of God; in other words, when we fight God. So the sooner we learn to follow Him instead of telling Him to let us lead, the sooner those inner battles will be over and the sooner we will be where God wants us to be….and that is not on the battleground with the enemy, but in God’s will where He can protect us.
- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.—Matthew 6:33
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