The Competition of Gods: The Battle Within

We live in a world of gods.

And all these gods demand our worship. There are so many gods competing for the position of first place in our lives, it even baffles me how we are unable to recognize this ‘hidden devil’ as a pattern of life.

I do not know about you, but personally, I recognize this to be a fact in my life. There are so many, many gods competing to take first place in my life – daily (I cannot even exhaust to list them all). Gods which include: self (loyalty, and devotion to self (selfishness) and self-pleasure), the god of technology (social media), the god of sleep, the god of entertainment, the god of praise from men (people pleasing and children pleasing), the god of money, wealth and riches, the god of fear, etc…

And in this fierce battle of gods, the fact remains: whichever god I yield myself to I become a slave to – to that end.

I have also come to realize that in as much as I am a Christian (knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world and all its desires for me), I am in danger of living a defeated life if I do not wage war against these gods (the forces of darkness that endeavor to entangle me once more into a life of bondage).

Having done a careful study of myself, I have also come to realize that my biggest and worst enemy is neither the devil, nor, other people or even the forces of darkness that rule this world; but that I am my own worst enemy.

And this is also true for each and everyone of us if we stopped for a long minute to think about it. Because in truth, God has already done His part. He has already won the battle for us and given us victory. He has already defeated Satan and his demons. Only two things remain: our believing in that victory and boldly claiming the territory that belongs to us by right.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name

God gave us power/right to become sons of God when we believed in Jesus Christ: meaning, power to live life exactly as Jesus did (a life where sin did not have dominion over Him and a life of freedom).

Recently, as I was reading about the kings of Judah, I noticed something interesting.

One time, the children of Israel were terrified for reason of the children of the Moabites and Ammonites who were coming against them in battle. After King Jehoshaphat cried out to God for help in prayer, the Bible says that the Spirit of the Lord came upon one man called Jahaziel who was in their midst; who then prophesied to the children of Israel over the outcome of the battle. He told them that they should not fear because the battle did not belong to them but to God.

2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Here, I noticed three things that I had never seen before in the times I have read this story: that the Spirit of the Lord came upon one man – who prophesied to the others, the statement – “the battle belongs to God” and thirdly, that all the above was God’s way of doing things before Jesus came to the earth.

Today, we have a new covenant; a better covenant. A covenant where the Holy Spirit dwells inside all people who are God’s children in Christ Jesus, and where the battle was finished and won at the cross.

Yet, many of us (including me) face life’s battles as though we are still under the old covenant.

The Holy Spirit has been reminding me that in this new covenant, the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me (daily, constantly, perpetually, and permanently) –as a child of God: to cause me to prophesy over the worldly circumstances and situations in my life that seek to press me down and would want to make me bow down to all these other false gods.

And that mainly: that there are no more wars from the forces without (outside forces) because the battle has already been won in Christ Jesus who is now savior and Lord of my life. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (we do not wrestle against flesh and blood) — 2 Corinthians 10: 3

Ephesians 6:12

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.

In truth, the battles of sin, diseases and death, no longer belong to God because He has already overcome them and given us victory through Jesus Christ.

All we have to do now, is just to believe this simple truth, trust God, bring this flesh into subjection as we then, concentrate all energies where the true battle lies: within (unbelief and defeatism mindsets). And like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: refuse to bow to down to any other God but Jesus Christ.

Daniel 3:17-18 If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!

Therefore, the life I live today, and now, should be one that seeks to exalt Jesus Christ in all ways, and in all the things that I do. A life where Jesus Christ has preeminence; because He is Lord of all – even Lord of all my thoughts and desires. It is like Paul saying:

Galatians 2:20

20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

The only warfare I now face – daily – is against myself. I, and only I, stand in the way of what God plans to do in my life. Because I can choose either to discipline my body (meaning: refusing to allow all other gods to have dominion over my life), or choose to live a life of obedience to God no matter how I feel or what the world thinks.

1 Corinthians 9

25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary.
27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

The keyword here: discipline myself by submitting all my life to Jesus Christ.

So, to you my wonderful reader, I ask: which god/God do you submit yourself to daily?

Thanks for reading! And Happy December!

Matthew 6:31 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Okay… Let’s just be honest, whenever most people hear anything about religion, their first reaction and instinct is probably to cringe or brush off the whole matter entirely.

Why? Most likely because it is a subject that is associated with extreme cases of fanaticism, it brings about a lot of conflicts and controversies, and even offends easily.

Religion is famously known for: manipulation, stagnation, repression, ignorance, bigotry and is too often a threat to liberty. And rightly so. I do agree. With that said, I recommend you to read two of my posts as well as encourage you to do a personal, extensive, and honest research on your own regarding this matter. Why?

As intellectuals (critical thinkers), I believe we owe it to ourselves to interrogate, examine, and ask hard questions regarding matters touching on faith rather than choosing to ignore them or even worse— follow blind faith. Click here for the first post.

Who speaks the truth with regards to a genuine, sincere and true relationship with God? Is it Buddha? Muhammad? Jesus? Zoroaster? Confucius? Joseph Smith? Guru Nanak? Krishna? Among others? Find out on this second post:

Why Jesus Stands Out

My heart overflows with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalms 45:1

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