Opposed – əˈpōzd
1) [ predic. ] (opposed to) eager to prevent or put an end to; disapproving of or disagreeing with; in conflict or disagreement with; hostile to
2)(of two or more things) contrasting or conflicting with each other
You know, the Greeks had a word for this as well. Yet, this time the meaning is a bit stronger.
Antitasso – än-tē-tä’s-s
1) to range in battle against
2) to oppose one’s self, resist
When I read this, I thought of a Roman soldier: suited up and in battle readiness toward his opponent.
Kinda makes you glad that you don’t have to face this guy first thing in the morning, huh? I’m pretty sure two cups of coffee wouldn’t give me what I needed for the battle.
So, I especially took note when I read one of the uses of “antitasso”.
And I was a little surprised when I saw who was in this fighting stance.
Now, I could think, “Good. He is after all of those wicked people.”
Yes, but the scary thing is it can include something that can be allowed within me. Look at this:
How many times this past week have I:
Thought myself better than someone else (even in my own church)?
Tried to outdo someone else (even in my own family)?
Treated a service person with disrespect?
Then I fall into the category of the opposed.
It’s really frightening.
So, next time I feel that twinge of pride welling up within, I’m going to picture God suiting up to face me with His legion of angels. I’m pretty sure that will change my mind.
What about you? When do you struggle with pride?
“What is the source of quarrels and conflict?” (James 4:1)
We have plenty of conflict in our world today. Conflict over ideals. Conflict over the handling of those ideas. Conflict of who said what and who should have said something else.
When it all boils down, we just want our own way, huh?
Then how do we live?
This is the very time that we can be a great contrast to the world. Through Him, we can love one another. It’s obviously, not happening on the media or in our politics, but we’ve been given a greater grace. In other words, no matter what, we’ve been given the aid of divine favor.
In such a climate, encouragers will serve as magnets to the discouraged. While others are skeptical and distrusting, the Spirit-thriving individual will stand out like an anomaly. Pure Christianity is perfect suited for such a time as this.
We’ve talked about peace, joy and love. Now, let’s live it out. Let’s be more intent upon prayer than protest.
Find your strength deep within His Presence.
Brother Yun, a Chinese Christian evangelist who’s served several prison terms for the cause of Christ states this well:
“Once I spoke in the West and a Christian told me, “I’ve been praying for years that the Communist government in China will collapse, so Christians can live in freedom.” This is not what we pray! We never pray against our government or call down curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is in control of both our own lives and the government we live under. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus, “The government will be on his shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6.)
God has used China’s government for his own purposes, moulding and shaping his children as he sees fit. Instead of focusing our prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.
Don’t pray for the persecution to stop! We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure! Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects his love and power.
This is true freedom!”
No matter how we voted, we must live united as Kingdom citizens. Jesus lived in the midst of a volatile political climate and yet there are very few places in which He even mentions a current event (see Luke 13:1-5; 31-32).
So here is my blessing upon you today:
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).