Tug of War
By Brad Henry
Most of us have played the game Tug of War. The purpose is to get an equal number of people and strength on opposite sides of a rope. To make things interesting some people put a pit of mud in the middle. Those who lose the battle fall into the miry pit.
We are in a tug of war everyday. The war is with our heart. We have Satan and his demons on one end of the rope and the Lord and His angels on the other. So you may think, “Oh that is easy; Jesus will win every time.”
Each day there is a tug of war in the spiritual realms for our soul. Ephesians 6:10-12 says:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so you can take your stand against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
You feel this tug of war in your spirit. Sometimes you choose to side with the Lord and sometimes you take sides with Satan and his demons. I don’t have to tell you when you take Satan’s side; you already know.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
You see, it is our choice what side of the rope we are on each day. Also, each day we can waver back and forth to what side of the rope best fits OUR desire. The rope represents our life and that there are forces we cannot see struggling for our mind. Everything we do is a condition of our heart. Since we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and our hearts are deceitful, it is easy for us to be on Satan’s side of the Tug of War game. It is tough to be on the Lord's side. But the Lord’s side is the only side we will have victory.
Today, Satan and his demons desire for your heart to be self-centered. You may gravitate to do what you feel you deserve, no matter what the cost to others. You may take shortcuts and not be entirely truthful. We are all a selfish group of men and women who need a heart transplant EVERYDAY. But in order for anyone to get a heart transplant they need to go to the hospital. Most of us wait too long to get the help we need and Satan wins another battle. No matter how deep you are in the pit, no matter how far you have fallen, it is never too late to get on the Lord’s side of the rope. But that is just the beginning. A lot of Christians fail to realize that when they get on the Lord’s wining side they still need to fight. They still need to pull their weight on the rope. Today when you fight, fight for purity and righteousness. Fight for the desire to be on the winning team and don’t let yourself be lulled into the losing team.
All of us have a choice to all the decisions we make today. Today has enough decisions of its own; don’t get bogged down with the future. The future is in God's hands. Right now as you are reading this you are already in the war for the day. Do you know whose side you are on? Please don’t be on the side pulling against Jesus and other believers. It is easy to do when we are leading a sinful life and don’t care. Plead your case to Jesus. He always hears you and wants to restore you to His side. Remember, in one breath Jesus can obliterate the other side if he so chooses.
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Brad Henry is ADD and Dyslexic. He was told he was stupid and would not make it in the world. God had other plans. Jesus gave Brad the gift to write. Brad’s 3rd Book, Failing Doesn’t Mean You’re A Failure, was released January 2012. It is a book of hope when everything and everyone has given up on you. You can read more of God's saving grace at The Ultimate Decision.
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