The Ultimate Conflict

 

Have you ever really thought about the word conflict?  When did it first appear in history?  What causes conflict in our world? 

Conflict is war between opposing forces, especially a prolonged and bitter struggle. 

It is a difference in ideas, principles or people.

Conflict is also a mental struggle.  It’s a psychological state resulting from the often-unconscious opposition between simultaneous but incompatible desires, needs, drives and impulses.   

 

Conflict is that point between good and evil…  The first recorded conflict in history would be the conflict between God and Satan.  Although the bible doesn’t give exact time of when this conflict took place, we obviously know that it did.  Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.  While these passages are referring to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings. 

 

Satan begins to have conflict with God because he wanted to be like God.  He was likely to be the highest of all angels, but he wasn’t content with his position.  He not only wanted to be like God, he wanted to “kick God off His throne”.  Satan didn’t fall from heaven…  He was cast out! 

Once he was cast out, he became the enemy of God. 

Interestingly enough, Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden with the very thing he was cast out for.  Don’t you want to be like God?  Know everything that he knows?  Bammm…  The apple was eaten…

 

While I could talk on several different aspects of conflict, I want to focus on the conflict of our flesh and spirit. 

 

Galatians 5:16-17 says; Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

 

Flesh and Spirit…  Here is a list of the works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are:

Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness ( sexually immoral ),

Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions (disagreement: angry with another),

Jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions (disagreement),

Heresies (unorthodox opinion), envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in times past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

 

Just as Satan was cast out, if this is what we practice and work toward, we will not inherit the Kingdom either.  

 

So what does walking in the spirit look like?

Galatians 5:22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

As I was studying these passages this morning I had this thought come to mind.  What if these were placed on a balance scale?  Would I come up lacking fruit? 

I am ashamed to admit that there are several in the list of the flesh that I have been guilty of.  I have walked in uncleanness, I have been consumed with hatred, I have been contentious, jealous, and a drunkard.  The list could go on, but I wont bore you with the confessions of my sins…  In my opinion, all of these are wrapped up in one…  Selfish…  When you are walking in the flesh, you are worried about your needs, your feelings, and your vindication.  Me, I, number one, Uno.  Flesh = Selfish…

 

I need to love more, I long for the sustaining joy of the lord.  There is nothing like the peace of God that passes all understanding.  Patience isn’t my favorite, but it’s needed.  When I become impatient, I become selfish!  I need to work on being kind to others, walk in goodness and remain faithful.  How do I do this?  I get my self under control… Spirit= Self-control.

 

The picture I had of my scale weighing Flesh vs. Spirit could very easily come up wanting.  But when I keep my mind on Christ Jesus, I can’t help but care more about others needs over my own.  That is the picture of the gospel. 

John 3:16; God so loved that he gave what was most precious to him, so that none would perish. 

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb for my selfishness.  He chose to take my place on that cross. 

When we realize what has been done for us, it’s ignorant to think we would ever desire to walk according to our flesh. 

I pray this encourages you to examine yourself today.  I have had my magnifying glass out examining the fruit of my heart.

Don’t allow Satan to deceive you as he has so many others before us.  He is seeking whom he may devour.  I pray that you cover yourself with the blood of Jesus and walk in the spirit. 

Tip the scales with good fruit!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Name *
    Feb 17, 2014

    Great word Amanda!!!

  2. Ann Hagan
    Feb 17, 2014

    GREAT LADY INSPIRING CHANGE<FOR US ALL LOVE YA SISTER ANN HAGAN

  3. bree alderson
    Feb 17, 2014

    I loved that inspiring word great word for all of us

  4. Joyce
    Feb 17, 2014

    Amanda, I have watched you on GETV and have come to love you. You are ‘the real deal’. You’re not afraid to be you. Thank you for this encouraging word. Your story inspires me to let go and be all God created me to be. In Him, Joyce

  5. Mandi Linville
    Feb 17, 2014

    Hallelujah!! Father, we give you praise for Lord you are worthy! Thank you for the word of the Lord, for it is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our pathway!! Amen and Amen!! <3

  6. Rose Cranston
    Feb 17, 2014

    I really needed this. Thank you for the encouraging words.

  7. I have seen you on Daystar. Your testimony reveals you are an anointed , virtuous woman of faith. Proverbs 31:10-31. As an intercessor, prayer warrior I declare, I decree you and your husband will preach, teach, reach the lost, helpless, dying souls of the nations through the Word, Name, Cross, Blood of Jesus Christ. Zechariah 4:6, Matthew 28:19-20. Agape! :)

    • Amanda
      Feb 18, 2014

      Thank you. God is faithful to finish what he starts. We desire to walk in his perfect will. Thank you for your prayers. We are entering a new territory in the Kingdom and believing God for his provision and guidance. Blessings to you

  8. Peggy Carrico
    Feb 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this. God has been dealing with me in this area and I have to say it is a moment to moment walk with Him or I find myself in the flesh walk. Does it ever just come naturally? Is it always going to be hard?

    • Amanda
      Feb 18, 2014

      I think it’s like Paul said; we must crucify ourselves daily. We have to maintain a steady diet of the word of God and allow him to lead and guide us to all truth. When we try to walk it out without his leading, we very carefully end up walking in the flesh. Seek him first and all these things shall be added to you! Praying God gives you strength in the spirit.

  9. Carol Sanborn
    Feb 18, 2014

    Good word…..but Jesus died for my sins…..when we come to the cross of Calvary and ask Christ to be our Lord and Savior and wash us clean with His blood…our sin nature becomes dormant. But if we don’t walk in the spirit like keeping our eyes on Him, read the word and stay in fellowship with Him we won,’t walk in the flesh….sin nature. I know this is true for me. ;)

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