The lion and the dove

Dear friends

when you are in a difficult situation, do you often ask GOD for advice and for what to do?

It’s biblical and I think most of us do, don’t we?

And then, how do we find the answer?

I assume many of us pray and ask the HOLY SPIRIT for direction, wisdom and guidance…?

Or we take the bible and let GOD lead us to where we could find advice in the book…?

Or all of the above…?

Do you sometimes find it hard to hear exact directions from OUR FATHER?

Me, I sometimes do.

Sometimes, it is very clear and I know exactly where HE directs me.

Sometimes, I feel as if there are two options and they are both biblical.

Have you been in a situation like this?

Mine are often situations where I am having a hard time to decide whether I should fight for something and “be bold as a lion” or gentle as a dove and if I should “let GOD fight my battle”.

This is often a situation where worldly opposition needs to be overcome.

In the workplace for instance.
Even in many churches where I left because I was strongly convinced they were not operating according to GOD’s word and GOD’s will.

Me, I generally have a hard time with accepting worldly authority such as management.
Or governmental rules.
Although I am aware that they all stem from GOD’s commandments, but I believe the laws of the world (and of the business world AND also the rules inside the churches) are becoming more and more corrupted.

I don’t want to rebel, not anymore – I used to be a rebel, but today I know that rebellion is witchcraft and that Jezebel is a spirit and that GOD wants us to submit to our leadership, mainly in the church, but also to our government and leaders in general, because ALL power belongs to GOD and HE puts us under leaders in the first place.

But what if there is injustice and what if what the leadership does is not in line with GOD’s will or HIS commandments?

Isn’t that generally a moment when we should take sides for HIM and what HE taught us?

And what if we get into trouble for this and potentially lose our job or get crossed with the leadership in the church or in the worst case even with the law?
Actually, this happened to me (not the law one – thank GOD, but what for instance if you are a pastor and are asked to marry a same sex couple???…some pastors are in legal trouble for refusing to do what is right according to worldly laws but wrong according to GOD’s law) – in my case, it was in the workplace and I lost the job. You may remember, I wrote about it, it was more than a year ago… this is never a pleasant situation, but of course, GOD always finds us a better job when it happens.

Shall we stand up always then?
OR shall we tolerate injustice and accusations and pray that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and let GOD fight the battle for us?
And by being tolerant and staying loving demonstrate our CHRIST like nature?
I’ve also had that – and came out victorious with HIS help.

I do sometimes have difficulties differentiating between which strategy GOD wants me to take and from these situations in the past, I have the impression that GOD always wants me to do my part and then either stand or bow….
And this part is often some sort of fighting as I am a warrior. I am a warrior for justice, often for others, for GOD’s kingdom (in spiritual warfare) and sometimes for what I believe in when it comes to certain aspects of work and how it should be done, especially when it is about the people I work with, that can sometimes be opposed to what the people I work FOR want me to do.

Do you have a picture what I am talking about or shall I be more specific?
I will give you an example:
when working with clients (in my case offenders), it is sometimes not planned by employers to treat them like GOD wants us to treat people.
And we ourselves sometimes are not supposed to be honest and godly with them as our employer wants us to conduct ourselves in a certain way which may not be godly.

What to do?
Of course, the only way is to never compromise GOD’s laws.
For me, this means that I do my very, very best not to lie at all – to nobody.
That’s extremely hard to do in the business world and there are so many situations where I am expected to lie and when I don’t, I am in trouble.

Have you been there, my friend?
I am quite sure you have…
What do you do in a situation like this?

And then, when you are in trouble, what do you do then?

Me, I am sometimes unsure if I should let it go – or defend myself.

And I am even unsure of the outcome GOD wants.

Look at all the martyrs in the bible.

Me, I often ask GOD to guide me through this according to HIS plan and then, sometimes I lose the job.
To be honest, I don’t like when that happens.
I would prefer HIM to guide me through so that I can keep the job and also represent HIM.

Where does diplomacy and ‘peacemaking’ end and betrayal begin?

If you want to be truly precise, I am probably betraying my employer every day, because I am not doing the job for them or for what they have set as the main goals or perspectives or vision or mission…me, I am truly doing this work for GOD.
I want to give these men hope, want to show them forgiveness, redemption and GOD’s love. GOD often helps me with my cases and that’s why I am sometimes extremely successful, especially in difficult cases where nobody else could get any results.
But that also often puts me in difficult situations and my methods are often not according to “their book” but more to “THE BOOK”, the bible.

I guess I am finding my answer as I am writing this and sharing this predicament with you, my friends.

Probably part of the solution is a good and thorough analysis of the problem.

What exactly are we dealing with here?

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

We never fight against a person.

Even if a person is opposing us.

It is always some sort of spirit in the person opposing the spirit of GOD in us.

I’ve come across quite a few witches at work… but sometimes it is not witchcraft, but some other spirit… and as I am writing this, I understand… THE HOLY SPIRIT is helping me as I am sharing… I mean, this is why I am writing here, to help others not make the mistakes I made (mainly spiritually and especially in spiritual warfare) and to help them identify the enemy and defeat him in all the guises and roles he uses to kill, steal and destroy.

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

It doesn’t have to be witchcraft.
Sometimes, it is much easier than that.
A personal feeling of inadequacy of the person who is opposing us.
Envy.
An urge they have to demonstrate their “power” – they believe the lie they have been told, that they have power over people, over subordinates, they are not aware that they can only get power from GOD.
And when they come across a person who KNOWS this, not necessarily verbally expressing it (I tend to not make this mistake anymore) but when they realise the other person KNOWS… they are confronted with their powerlessness and with the meaninglessness of what they have been doing and then, they project their anger at “this person”.

Like Pharisees if you want to see it that way.

That’s why they hated JESUS so much.

Why they killed HIM.

HE never did anything to them.

All HE did was show them their fakeness and hypocrisy.

I am not even doing that.

But what I am doing is I am conducting myself in a way which leaves no doubt that my values and morals come from GOD and not from the organisation or from any manager or guideline or policy of the organisation or from any exercise or intervention we are supposed to apply… and that I will not hesitate to chose GOD any minute of my life over everything and everyone, be he or she the head of whatever…

MY HEAD is JESUS CHRIST, HE and only HE is my one and only true BOSS.

HE is the KING OF KINGS and he owns the entire world and all jobs in it, so if there is a conflict, I will have to obey HIS rules.

It may be possible or even necessary for me to learn to be more diplomatic, but when this happens, that a conflict occurs, it is my experience that there is pretty much nothing I can do and I tried both fighting and enduring and both can work or fail… so I am dependent on doing what GOD tells me in every single moment and if HE wants me to keep the job, I will and if HE decides I need to learn something and move on, I will.

I am learning that I will be in these situations more or less often and to a more or lesser degree and with more or lesser dramatic consequences  – for the rest of my life.

My biggest takeaway is that I learned to re-dedicate everything to HIM all the time and never rest on it or make it my idol.

Yes, I took this job because I thought it was GOD telling me to do this.
I loved the job I left for this one, it was the best job I ever had!
But I heard GOD say I need to take this new job.
I never enjoyed this particular job, not one minute.
I LOVE working with the guys, but the way things are regimented, organised, restricted, structured and monitored and ruled over in this particular setting, I simply dread it all the time, but I have fought through – because I thought that GOD wanted me to.
When this trouble now started, I allowed myself to send out my first application for another job I would much rather do – in the same field, but with very different conditions… in fact, I had applied for this other job before I had for the one I am doing now…
I didn’t get it the last time… maybe now with more experience in the field and some certificates from some of the most horrific training I ever had to sit through, they will find me qualified enough to do this other job I would love to do?
Who knows… only GOD.

Anyhow, I am now realizing that I will be fine either way, because HE has me.
The peace has come back… the peace of CHRIST.

Btw, there has been another situation most recently in my life where I sacrificed something and said “no” and gave it up for HIM… and HE saw me… but that’s another story for another time.

I hope this will help someone.

Dear friend, have you been in a situation like this, when you had to take sides and choose GOD or the world?
Did you find this easy?
And what did you do after?
Did you fight or endure?
What was the outcome?

I hope and pray that this will inspire, heal, encourage and bless you. And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.

 

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