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?
I hate conflict.
I’m one of those wimpy people that would rather get the raw end of the deal than have to confront someone about the discrepancy.
My husband, on the other hand, is a natural born problem-solver.
“You can’t achieve harmony without facing some hostility.”
Yeah, yeah. I get the point. But it doesn’t make me want to tackle the challenge any more.
But when it comes to spiritual warfare, we really have no choice.
John White author of “The Fight” says, “If you are serious about Christ being your Lord and God, you can expect opposition.“
And student Timothy heard the same message from his mentor Paul, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
I hear this, but yet, cower underneath my quilt of complacency, hoping that the enemy won’t notice my bulge.
Maybe a big part of the problem is not realizing the kind of power that I have.
“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle, The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came…Anticipate your battles; faith them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” – R.A. Torrey
Can you faithe the might of the Father to be your strength?
Or will your lack of faith default another victory to the evil one?
“Father, be my strength.”
Receive the strong power that He is waiting to surge through you.