Fighting Against God
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When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mobilized one hundred eighty thousand fit young soldiers from the entire house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin to fight against the house of Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam son of Solomon. But the word of God came to Shemaiah, the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, to the whole house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not to march up and fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Each of you return home, for this situation is from me.’ ” So they listened to the word of the Lord and went back according to the word of the Lord.
1 Kings 12:21-
To Avenge Himself and His Family (Pride)
God’s Way is to let Him deal with the situation. He knows the real deal
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay. In time their foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly.”
Outside, the sword will take their children, and inside, there will be terror; the young man and the young woman will be killed, the infant and the gray-haired man.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
To Profit and to be a people pleaser (Self-Fullfillment)
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
And make sure that there isn’t any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for a single meal.
Walk by the Spirit. Not the Flesh
We are to be pleasing to God not people.
For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
For they loved human praise more than praise from God.
Because of his hatred for the Assyrians (Hatred / Bitterness)
Bitterness or Poison spreads and is contrary to the Love of the Lord
So wound up at someone or something that you can’t let it go. It takes hold of you and destroys your life.
For I see you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by wickedness.”
it makes you captive to sin. And sin is bondage, captivity. Often times we are willing participants to the sin and captivity.
Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many.
God’s Way is love and Forgiveness
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Because of Zeal for His understanding of God’s Word (Knowledge & Religion)
Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Who are you, Lord? Do you find yourself asking God this? Who are you?
Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh—although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
Instead: God’s way:
But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death,
Have you found yourself at odds with God? Do you find yourself at odds with God today?
What is keeping you in contention with God today?
Pride? Is it yourself that you can’t get past
The surrender to God and put him first, not your own thoughts
Pleasure or Pleasing people - You can’t get past fulfilling he flesh?
Walk in the Spirit, desire the things of God, the things of the Spirit
Bitterness & Unforgiveness? If you can’t forgive, neither will God forgive you
Instead, surrender the pain to Him. Let Him heal you and put love in your heart again.
Religion? Religion doesnt get you into God’s good graces
But a relationship with Jesus Christ and with God the Father through Christ.