Defeating the Division
How many of you know that the enemy thrives off of division? If the manipulative, smooth talking enemy can just get you away and isolated from the body of Christ he feels like he has a victory. When I say “the body of Christ” I am meaning any group of Christians that you have in your life that help your growth in Christ. It can be your Sunday school class, youth group, ministry, or work place. Satan’s favorite thing to do is get you isolated, and away from the truth. Once you get there he starts to “work in the garden” so to speak. He starts planting seeds. Your mind is the soil, and his lies are the seeds.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV
How many times have you ever had thoughts such as:
- I already am so exhausted, I can’t
- I know I am not going to have a good time; I would just rather not
- What if someone talks to me, I just can’t be social today.
- I don’t have anything to wear. I can’t wear just anything.
- I don’t want to go; I have worked all day. I need to be with my kids.
- I have a schedule, and have to get x amount of rest/sleep.
- I’m not on the same level as them. They’re bigger Christians than me.
- I will go next time.
- I don’t have the money.
The two excuses that I tell myself the most are; I will go next time, and I have a schedule, and need to stick to it to be able to keep up with my other responsibilities. The crazy thing is; these are all real reasons, but are they really enough to excuse yourself? There are two forces that drive theses excuses.
Ah, fear. I do believe that is one of satan’s favorite seed to plant. Every single Christian deals with fear. Fear can present itself in many different ways. Let’s go back to those excuses and isolation. The process starts with either a responsibility or even a one-time event, what have you. Whether it be work, school, church, movie, or maybe an event you were invited to. It starts with having something that you are required to make a choice about. Then, you are hit with the reasons/excuses on why you can’t show up. Seeds are being planted, and the enemy waters the seeds by instilling fear.
What are the feelings you have after you have followed through with not going? I am not sure about you, but I have pretty negative feelings after I have chosen to not go/participate. I feel even more isolated than before.
I feel strong feelings of:
-defeat (fear won)
-inadequacy (why couldn’t I just go; I am not the same)
-hopelessness (it’s never going to get better)
-paranoia (I won’t get invited again, they may be mad at me, talking about me)
We have to start defeating the division. We have to continue to seek God; so when the enemy comes to try to plant his seeds they will simply not take root. Have you ever heard of the saying, fill your mind with the truth so satan can’t fill it with his lies. That is exactly what we have to do. The more isolated from the body of Christ the harder it is to hear God’s voice. The enemy’s voice gets louder. We have to continue to show up, say yes, and take on that extra responsibility that you were asked to do. I know I am talking to someone out there. You feel like you can’t handle any more tasks/responsibilities. I am here to tell you that you can. God will equip you in every way. Personally, nine times out of ten I am always so happy that I went and often get very blessed.
The take away from this blog is to keep showing up. What is the worst that can happen? I know it can be exhausting going to work 40+ hours a week, being a stay at home mom, or whatever your specific situation may be. Yes, it can be exhausting, but everything in our life has a purpose. We are not meant to stay the same. God loved us the way we were, but He loves us enough to want us to continually grow.
I would love to hear feedback. What are some of your past reasons/excuses? What are your ways you can defeat the division?