Category Archives: Conflict

Countercultural II

John 4:25-26 “The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” (emphasis added).

Did you know that in general at the time, men do not speak to their own wives in public? This was the cultural setting in place when Paul was talking to the Corinthian church. 1 Cor. 14:34-35 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.” Paul made this statement when they wanted to put order in the disorder in the Corinthian church. When I read this I was like, why can’t she ask him in church? Read the rest of this entry

Confront Lies

John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

One of satan’s main tactic is to lie to God’s people [John 8:44]. Which of the following lies are you most tempted to believe? I urge you to engage this truthfully and prayerfully. Read the rest of this entry

Unseen Reality

John 3:8 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” [NIV]

If your Christianity is all about what you can see, then there is not much to be desired even from the world. The difference between the church and social clubs is the power of the Holy Spirit, it is the supernatural. Read the rest of this entry

Armed & Dangerous

Mark 3:27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

 

When you enter the house of a strong man, you have to deal with the strong man first before you plunder and take possession of his goods. Read the rest of this entry

The Charge

Matt. 28:18 (NKJV)  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

 

This was the charge Jesus gave the disciples after His resurrection. Then Jesus says, Read the rest of this entry

Combat

Ps.144:1 Praise the Lord, who is my rock.  He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.

 

The prophetic Word from God to us in this season is Fight! Most times, when we face challenges, our hearts cry is that God will do all the heavy lifting while we just sit back and enjoy the ride. Read the rest of this entry

First Principle

Prov.3:9-10 (TLB) “Honour the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines”[with emphasis].

 

The first word in today’s Scripture reference is honour and it is a pointer to where everything should flow from. The truth is that no child can bring consistent honour to his or her father without loving him. Love is what makes a child able to honour the father consistently. Read the rest of this entry

Move Up!

Matt.6:12 (AMPC) “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.”

 

When God is prompting you to forgive someone, just forgive the person. If you refuse to follow His leading, you are holding your own self down. Jesus, in teaching us how to pray, alluded to the fact that when we do not forgive, we are holding ourselves down. Read the rest of this entry

Tenderness

Matt.5:44 (KJV) “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you…” [with emphasis].

 

The sixth way to deal with difficult people is to Respond With Love. To respond with love, you must remember two things; inspite of people’s behaviour or what they have done, in spite of how irresponsible or how saucy they are, God loves them. Read the rest of this entry

Do It Quickly

Eph.4:26-27 (GN) “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin; and do not stay angry all day.  Don’t give the devil a chance.”

 

The fifth way to deal with difficult people is Resolve The Conflict Quickly. The question is, should a Christian ever get angry? Did Jesus ever get angry? Yes, Jesus did but that is not a license to be short fused. Inevitably, sometimes we get angry but God’s Word says, Eph.4:27 (Philips) “Never go to bed angry!” Read the rest of this entry