Tug of War

As I was pondering upon life in general and upon relationships and on some visions of personal nature in recent times, I was also asking God to guide me as to what to write for today’s post – .. I believe God impressed me with a scene of a tug of war. 

I continued to reflect on it and I realised that the tug of war happens right in the SAME place connected by the ONE rope.  It’s not about two sides contending from afar or even opposite sides of the field as in the way many team games are.   Yes, it’s obvious but not something we think about.

 If one side has some stronger components then of course the SHIFT begins to take place in that DIRECTION… Often it doesn’t come easily as the other side keeps pulling back but ultimately the weaker end wears itself out and get’s DRAGGED to the stronger end.  Yet another possible scenario of EQUAL forces and hence the rope SNAPPING releasing the tie between the two teams.

This happens right where we are and begins WITHIN our minds and our souls.  Our lives are full of tug of war scenarios – our friendships, our relationships, our marriages and of course our intimacy with our Heavenly Father.  The world ‘lures’ us with its wealth and riches, to walk away in pursuit of them. It comes in all shapes and sizes, through people and through other means too.   I’m reminded of Jesus narrating the parable of the sower and thus the means of ways of luring.. the birds in the air that eat up the seeds, the sun that scorches the growth and the thorns.

The first two scenarios were due to the fact that the hearts were like the path, hardened so that the seeds of God’s Word could be eaten by outside temptations so that God’s Word didn’t have a foothold to take root.. or the hearts were like rocky places where there was some soil to grow but not rooted sufficiently so that troubles and persecutions could scorch and burn it – it was too much to continue to grow in God.  The thorns represented the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth that CHOKE the word.. All these scenarios resulted as the stronger team being that of the world and thus able to overpower the spiritual needs, minimising and quenching it.

As believers, we certainly are not exempt from this intimidation or luring.  Paul being the transparent person that is, spells it out clearly.  This encourages us when we find ourselves in our situation – and the fact remains that time to time we will.

For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;  but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and …. Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! – Romans 7:22-25

In the spiritual realm, the strength doesn’t lie in numbers or in physical appearance no matter how intimidating.  The story of David and Goliath isn’t of any accident and serves as a reminder that WE are the STRONGER team as long as we lean on God’s strength and not get intimidated by the ways of the world and what we see with our eyes!

We pray in the way that Jesus showed us, “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” as we know that the evil one is behind all of this as his desire is to break our relationship with God.  We also give thanks that no temptation has overtaken us except what is common to mankind.  We acknowledge and proclaim that God is INDEED faithful and will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.. and that when we are tempted, He will PROVIDE A WAY OUT so that we can endure it! (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In today’s day and age, the avenues for the luring away have increased dramatically.  It can come through the things that are useful and beneficial and likewise through close friends and even family too. 

Friends and family who aren’t rooted in God – in whose hearts are not of good soil but rather like the path or the rocky soil or the soil with plenty of thorns will obviously advise through the conditioning of the Word in what has been absorbed and where there will be no fruit or fruit for only a short while.  The fruit of the Spirit comes only as we ABIDE in the vine – not for ‘short stays’.

For someone who has been choked by the deceitfulness of the world say by sexual immorality, who has given in to the ways of the world, would thus think they can lure others too as their perspectives is through their own lenses.  They claim that they have the right to do everything yet 1 Corinthians 6:12 tells us in regards to sexual immorality is that ‘but not everything is beneficial and I will not be MASTERED by anything.  When God’s Word falls on good soil, a conditioned heart then their master will always be God as we can only have one master.

Then we cling to 1 Corinthians 10:23

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify – NASB

The person of the world looks to gratifying the desires of the flesh not concerning themselves with their intimacy with the Father which of course will then cut them off from their eternal relationship with the Father in heaven.  If we cannot delight in HIM here on earth, how are we going to do so in heaven?  Why would we then need to go to heaven?  God knows the heart that longs for HIM.

A worldly man allows the world to influence his flesh which in turn influences the soul (mind, emotions and will) and then the spirit man.  However, the reverse takes place in the spiritual man where the influence begins by the spirit being led by the HOLY SPIRIT and thus influencing the soul then the flesh and thus the world.  Fasting and praying helps in this that the things of the flesh can be quenched and minimised to be able to give heed to the Holy Spirit.. 

In relationships, each partner needs to intercede for the other, so that the tug of war within them to be dragged away from a godly partnership and from their intimacy with God will be such that the rope will SNAP cutting off all UNGODLY ties.

As we desire to delight in HIM, as we long for HIS love, His strength then carries us through and along the NARROW path snapping off everything that comes to kill, steal and destroy the most beautiful love.. It is only through HIS love that we can sincerely love our neighbours and those that God places in our paths.

Here’s to happy loving IN HIM and THROUGH HIM and let’s see SHIFTS taking place in the Spiritual Realms with POWER.

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