Survival or Salvation | Does God Offer Fight or Flight

The idea that God only gives us what we can handle is mularkey! There I said it! God gives us nothing but blessings, love, wisdom and succession. The world is giving us itself, but the Good News is Christ came to overcome the world and God fights our battles for us.

As Believers, we are simply bystanders perfecting the art of Prayer and Belief by building a Relationship with God the Father. Through the Death and Resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord and the Holy Spirit’s divine intervention to speak on our behalf we survive this world. God calls us to Deliverance of Evil or Salvation by His Grace not by our works. So let’s stop fighting and let’s starting living.

Matthew gave us a prayer to use that would be the words to help us from consistently repeating ourselves and offering gibberish instead of life through prayer to our lives.

Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.’

When we read this prayer we see it say nowhere, make me strong. Instead it clearly states, deliver us from evil. Understanding the key differences between those two statements will change our perspective completely when it comes to dealing with hardships in this life. God does not give us strength, He is our strength. And He deliver us from evil, He doesn’t make us fight it.

It starts with understanding where our strength comes from.
As Believers this is one of the very keys to Salvation because it is where we truly start to understand what our Salvation truly is and where it lies.

The meaning of salvation is preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.

Because our salvation lies in Christ’s death and we were put to Death by Believing in His death, we are also resurrected as new creations in His rise and will live forevermore in Union with Christ. Meaning His life became our life. His breath became our breath. We are fully encompassed by Him. We are one with Christ and He becomes our Strength, our Shield. The scripture doesn’t say we become super human or we become strong. It says God is our strength now. Literally, our strength comes from a different source than ourselves. It is not even within us to be strong because it is through our weakness that we gain the mighty hand of God imparted on our lives.

So why then do we tell each other that God doesn’t give us what we can’t handle? It is simply another way we tell each other to “be strong” or to “hold on” or to “keep fighting”. As Believers we have got to start getting the story straight! We are causing mass confusion in the church when we tell people that they can do something to fight evil because the truth of the matter is, we cannot fight the evil, but God can, He will and he wants to fight it for us. We must simply Believe that He can, He will and He wants to and then, Rest in Knowing He’s going to do it all for us!

As Children of God we have actually be given the right to stand boldly behind the robe of God and let Him fight our battles for us! That is extreme power!

Let’s reflect with an example. Think about Pokemon, or the original Japanese name, “Pocket Monsters”. The idea was that you have a little creature with a whole lot of power that you pull out of your pocket to fight your enemies for you.

With God, we don’t have to pull Him out of our Pocket because He envelopes us as Believers and is Ever-present. Omnipotent. Awesome. Protector. Shelter.

Psalms 46:1-2 1. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

We are truly given the right of Flight in our battles because God does all the fighting for us! We do not have to stand strong. The real truth of the matter is that when we try to be strong, we only stall the inevitable stumble of ourselves and extend our hardships. It is when we finally Let Go and Let God that we start to see things change for the better. When have we ever won our battles? When were we so strong that we conquered the world and it’s trials? Never! Everytime that it comes down to a true miraculous win, we see God’s hand coming in and saving the day. So then why do we keep repeating ourselves with false hopes and self sustaining comments like, “stay strong brother (or sister)“, or this saying that baffles me, “keep the faith“. We tell each other these sweet little lies of empowerment because of one thing, TOKOGAE. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The simple truth is that we don’t know the difference between the two in most cases. We think we do, but we don’t. And we walk around with language that is consistently encouraging us to have faith in ourselves instead of the source it is given by, God.

Over and over the scriptures tell us very clearly that our strength comes from God. But we still find it necessary to tell each other to fight the urge to fly into the saving arms of Jesus and instead try and fight our battles strong. God told us clearly He will fight them for us. It’s baffling to watch people fight a battle for years because they truly believe that one day they will gain enough strength to finally win. It simply will never work. And yet, our memes and prayers for strength continue on day after day.

The scriptures tell us not to sin against one another as we could cause our brothers and/or sisters to stumble. The word sin means to “miss the mark”. So, we must know that telling our brethren to “be strong” instead of “let go and let God”, is missing the mark and sinning against our brethren.

Your eyes would grow at the amount of people I have told lately, you can’t handle this and until you let go of it, you will struggle. It’s the work of the “Devil’s Snare. Remember the book “Harry Potter”? When you fall into the vine called the Devil’s Snare, the more you fight, the more it tries to kill you. The Devil is instigating us and we keep fighting! Satan’s goal is to confuse us with sin. To convince us that we know more than God is telling us. That we are smarter, wiser and STRONGER. That is the lie.

But God our father desires for us peace and love. Tranquility in the face of Danger. Hope instead of Loss and Faith instead of Doubt. God says, “Enter my Rest and I will Redeem you from all our worries.” We learn very clearly in Hebrews, chapter 4, that those of us who do not enter the rest of God have not heard the truth of Faith and therefore are unable to be Believers! Our very Salvation lies in our Belief in this Place of Safety God has set aside for us and formed from Christ within us!

Hebrews 4:16 NASB 16. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Let us as Believers implore one another to follow the wisdom of the word. When someone is going through a rough time and we want to tell them that God wouldn’t give them something they cannot handle… Instead tell them this. God can handle any situation they are in, let go and let’s ask Him together to fight this battle for us. For with every temptation also comes an escape plan for us to endure the situation.

Read this scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:13, and then try to explain to someone that they are supposed to think that God only dishes out what they are able to fight. That would be absolutely incorrect advice and dangerous to our brethren to believe. It says, He gives what we are able to handle because He always provides an escape. What is the escape He is referring to? Himself, God is our Refuge.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB 13. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Here are some great verses to share with someone who needs strength in hardship. Let us continually remind ourselves that our strength comes from the Lord, not ourselves. We are powerless in and of ourselves; but through God who strengthens us, we can do anything with His strength, not ours.

Psalms 18:3 NASB 3. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.

When Nehemiah was explaining the law of the first day of the seventh month to the people, they wept because they did not understand the importance of the rest God was calling them to. So, he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord . Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NASB

In Proverbs we see a man’s pride comes before the fall and humility comes before Glory and honor. That’s funny, how many times do we hear from this world, “you must fight for your honor”? God IS our Honor, to Him be the Glory the scripture tells us. We see this simple but telling statement of how we should fight our battles in Proverbs 18:10, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Our safe place is a place of Joy! Peace and Celebration! Leaving it to the Lord is such a fantastic way of celebrating the life Jesus gave to us through His death and resurrection. We can be in that safe place overcome with Joy as God sorts out our shackles and frees us from sin. The great song, “I Have Decided”, written by Amy Grant. Her lyrics bring the punch when she says, ” I have decided to live like a Believer, turn my back on the Deceiver, I’m gonna live what I believe”. Then followed by a repeat of the title, “Being good is just a fable, I just can’t cause I’m not able, I’m gonna leave it to the Lord”. We enjoy these kinds of songs of deliverance in that safe place of God! Psalms 32:7 NASB 7. You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Let us find our Strength in the Flight of His wings! There is no reason as Believers for us to fight any one of our battles. Logically we know that fighting is not a place of rest, so why do we find security in this state of mind when we know God calls us to Victory by resting in Him?

In Isaiah God tells Jacob, a chosen man to serve the Lord that He will be a constant strength to Him. He says in verse ten, 10. ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASB

A wonderful example of God’s helping hand is the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus. Moses sang this song of praise to the Lord for saving him from his enemies! As a songwriter, I can’t help but feel his elation and joy as Moses shares after he witnesses the miraculous helping hand of God. To hear the unfolding of his mind to prophetically show God’s intentions of Salvation and Peace for His people is striking and confirmation in my own new understanding of how God comes to save us in our hour of need.

I will sing to the LORD , for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. 2. “The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him. 3. “The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name. 4. “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5. “The deeps cover them; They went down into the depths like a stone. 6. “Your right hand, O LORD , is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD , shatters the enemy. 7. “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff. 8. “At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, The flowing waters stood up like a heap; The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. 9. “The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be gratified against them; I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’ 10. “You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11. “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD ? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? 12. “You stretched out Your right hand, The earth swallowed them. 13. “In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation. 14. “The peoples have heard, they tremble; Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia. 15. “Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. 16. “Terror and dread fall upon them; By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone; Until Your people pass over, O LORD , Until the people pass over whom You have purchased. 17. “You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O LORD , which You have made for Your dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord , which Your hands have established. 18. “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:1-18 NASB

When we come to this kind of peace in our minds when we face tribulation, we receive the transformation of Christ and live with God the way He intended for us as His children. This is a place of absolute safety which very few of us can truly understand on Earth. Letting go of our problems, regret, hatred, anger, greed and sin, (or marks we think we need to hit that are truly lies and snares from Satan) will allow us to be encompassed by God’s Grace and Joy so that we can start living the glorious lives God intended for us!

I’m not saying that we will not have strife or problems. In fact, we know that we will most likely have more chances to succeed our lacking traits as we grow with the Lord for He cares for us and brings us through tribulation in order to build the character we so desperately need to live full and rich lives in Him. But,we can go through these struggles knowing that God is in control and that kind of peace will transcend us past any grief this world tries to bestow upon us.

Romans 5:3-4 NASB 3. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4. and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope

In parting I leave with you the notion that there is another way to encourage each other in the Spirit. Instead of offering the foolery that God brings us to what we can handle, tell the truth. That God brings us Through Everything, because He has Promised to Handle it all for Us because of one thing, His Love for Us.

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