The Law of Opposition

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“To him who overcomes…” —Revelation 2:7

Do you ever feel you’re in a constant battle? Like life is one long series of struggles, where as soon as one is overcome, another drops right in to the queue?  Sickness, relationship issues, financial setbacks, job problems, depression, false accusations, those whack a moles keep coming. Wham! You beat down one but up pops another.

It’s not really about specific problems you know.  Whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, there’s a larger tug of war going on and you’re caught in the middle.  While you can’t control the negative events this war expresses itself as, you most certainly can choose how to respond, which determines the side you’re fighting for.

This is true too with world events.  Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, riots, college campus Marxism, vain and power hungry politicians exploiting tragedies to further ideological causes, citizens being pitted against one another; it’s all part of a larger clash between good and evil. Be wise about who and what you align yourself with, as the road can only go in two ways.

Oswald Chambers frames this well in today’s verse from his My Utmost for His Highest daily devotional.

Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.

Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external.

Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while I am alive work to decay and disintegrate my body once it is dead. If I have enough inner strength to fight, I help to produce the balance needed for health.

The same is true of the mental life. If I want to maintain a strong and active mental life, I have to fight. This struggle produces the mental balance called thought.

Morally it is the same. Anything that does not strengthen me morally is the enemy of virtue within me. Whether I overcome, thereby producing virtue, depends on the level of moral excellence in my life. But we must fight to be moral. Morality does not happen by accident; moral virtue is acquired.

And spiritually it is also the same. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33). This means that anything which is not spiritual leads to my downfall. Jesus went on to say, “…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” I must learn to fight against and overcome the things that come against me, and in that way produce the balance of holiness. Then it becomes a delight to meet opposition.

Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ.”

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

When a man’s heart is right with God the mysterious utterances of the Bible are spirit and life to him. Spiritual truth is discernible only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not a question of profundity of intellect, but of purity of heart.”

 

 

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21 Responses to The Law of Opposition

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Hey Tricia

    Thanks for posting this. I have been feeling very somber today, as everything I have read has just depressed me to tell the truth. Horrible things are being said in the blog world today.

    I have been praying for a proper reaction to all of this. Part of me want to come out swinging, but I am pretty sure that is not the way to approach it.

    Your post was a bright spot in a really negative day, thanks.

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    • Tricia says:

      You’re welcome Wally and I’ve been feeling the same way myself. It’s happening all over social media to the point where saying prayers for other people is now considered wrong. Seriously the NY Daily even blew up their front page with a story on how “God Can’t Fix This…”, read more about it here, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427976/san-bernardino-shooting-new-york-daily-news-prayer-hate

      Things are not going to go well for awhile but yes, thank God, we can choose how to react. 🙂

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Yes, we can choose. Or, if our choices tend to be out of bounds, we can let God choose for us. If it was up to me…well. But, God disagrees and I am trying to live with it. Does that sound awful? I should be willingly going along with Him telling me to chill out, but I’m kind of mad about it. Sigh, we all think our idea is better than His, don’t we?

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        • Tricia says:

          So true Wally! I think too it’s important to discern between getting angry and getting out of control. It’s good to be upset about bad things and to try and do what we can to help. How to do that best though and keeping my ego out of it is where the difficult part is, for me anyway…

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        …to the point where saying prayers for other people is now considered wrong.

        Actually, it will surprise you to learn that I don’t think it is. It’s a waste of time, certainly, in terms of affecting any change, but it’s good therapy if it soothes the mind and allays the anxieties of the one saying them.

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  2. jncthedc says:

    This emphasizes (more concisely) my thoughts on health and happiness. I often speak of balance and its role in maintaining a healthy and happy outcome. Life in dynamic. Trying to maintain status quo is just as unhealthy as avoiding healthy lifestyle choices. Adaptation leads to growth and development. It starts in the mind and the body follows.
    Very powerful message. Thank you for posting it.

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    • Tricia says:

      That is so true what you say about trying to maintain status quo. The bods and mind play a key role in our spiritual health and I think that’s one reason I find myself attracted to your blog. You emphasize this in your writing quite well. Thank you again for your thoughtful comment.

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  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Do you ever feel you’re in a constant battle?” – No, not really. Life is pretty much smooth sailing with the wind behind my back, a breeze in my hair, a smile on my lips and a song in my heart, but thanks for asking.

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  4. Dennis says:

    “What me worry”?
    Play the hand your dealt and try to make changes to those things or situations you can change. Try to influence others to your way and don’t get hyper if they don’t conform to your way of doing or thinking. :Life is too short to spend time worrying about things beyond your control or sphere of influence.
    Pay a lot more attention to those you wish to have power over you because one day you will find yourself powerless. Arm yourself and protect those you love and care about.

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  5. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Sorry to bring this over here, but clearly CS chose not to print my reply to you:

    Tricia says:
    January 26, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Well may that Great Flying Spaghetti Monster provide you great comfort in times of strife Arch.

    archaeopteryx1 says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    January 26, 2016 at 6:08 am

    It wraps me in it’s noodley appendage every night and keeps me snug and secure – besides, it goes great with a little toasted garlic bread – not many gods can say that, although your guy with the wafers and wine comes in as a distant second.

    Come to think of it, a little Chianti would go well with the spaghetti and garlic toast – the guy might have had a good idea there.

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