Fight or Flight?

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Knowing when to stay and fight, and when to leave a life situation will ultimately determine the quality of your life. So often Christians face dreaded situations in their lives, careers, relationships, health, and overall difficulties. The fight that the bible speaks of is not a natural one, rather understanding that every day of our lives we are exposed to spiritual wickedness and darkness, and must arm ourselves accordingly with the word of God. Ephesians 6:12 says – “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.” (NIV)

Therefore knowing when you are facing a physical and imminent threat to your life, and whether you are dealing with a spiritual attack is the key to understanding when to “fight or flight.” It’s never God’s will for believers  (or anyone as far as that goes) to suffer physical harm or sustain attacks that result in harm to their body, soul, and spirit, however, arming yourself with the powerful word of God is like understanding what floor you will take to the next elevator in life.

Let’s say you have been in a relationship or marriage for 5 years and you have been exposed to threats and abuse. That relationship or marriage is not ordained by GOD, or one or more of the parties involved have entered into a level of disobedience that has placed the other in danger. Of course, there are many scenarios, and talking to your pastor or counselor can give you more insight, but you should know and understand that the level of commitment and loyalty that God speaks of regarding marriage does not include being abused. You should also know that the actions of an emotional abuser are sinful and not pleasing to God, and (1 Corinthians 13:4) clearly delineates that emotional abuse is wrong, and explains what God’s version of love is.

So if you have found yourself in a threatening or abusive situation, this is not God’s will for your life.

Additionally, being abused comes in all forms including work/career, friendship, and other relationships, and even abuse to yourself. A simple cheat sheet to defer to is tracking how any relationship affects your PEACE level. It’s one thing to face challenges and spiritual attacks, but it’s another thing altogether to settle into a situation where you are faced daily with the compromising of your peace, which typically means you have to settle for less than what God has ordained for you.

Because we depend on our jobs or careers to pay bills and sustain life’s necessities, you can’t just randomly up and quit your job, however asking God to prepare you for the next level or promotion so that you will be ready for the furtherance, advancement, and favor is how you prepare yourself for the breakthrough blessings. Remember, God will not force his will on your life but he is always there waiting to bless his people with more, and his supernatural and divine favor and grace is like a doorway, waiting for you to walk in.

Take your rightful place in God, stand up in the face of fear, and don’t compromise the value of your royalty. (1 Peter 2:9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

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For every word of peace, there is another day of hope. Graceson Ellison

Author: Discovering Prudence

Accepting the call of Christ to unapologetically teach the word of God!

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