Give Me That Mountain

Yes and No

Day six...

I remember when Sherrel and I visited with a young mother and her two children, while they were staying at a shelter for the homeless. Sherrel was there to help the distressed mother. My job was to keep the kids occupied. The young daughter was very calm and played quietly with her doll. The young son however, was completely out of control.

After unsuccessfully trying to reason with him, I just scooped him up. I locked his legs in my legs and his arms in my arms. So far so good… but I couldn't figure out how to keep him from bashing me with his head.

sword in hand

I didn't fault the boy. He was just acting like a boy that had been cooped up for too long. He only needed a little loving discipline and a lot of physical activity. If I could have taken him with me to the woods for a few days, he would have come back a perfect gentleman—not because I had great parenting skills, but because he would have used up all his excess energy.

Kids who are labeled as hyperactive may need a change in diet, but they mainly need action—lots of action. Hyperactive kids are just warriors in the making. Without proper training and influence, they could become gangbangers. With the proper training and influence however, they will become warriors for Christ.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11–12 NIV)

It is interesting that in the context of all these nice words like “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” is the word “fight.” To fight is “to struggle, to compete for a prize, to contend with an adversary, to endeavor to accomplish something.”

Did you know you had “fight” in your genealogy? Whether you are male or female, did you know you were born to fight? Your ancestors certainly knew how to fight.

How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. (Hebrews 11:32–38 NLT)

As children, don't you have a little fight come up in you when you think of your parents possibly sitting in a nursing home one day—just an impression of who they used to be? As parents, don't you have a little fight come up in you when you see drugs, sex, violence, vulgarity, greed, and any number of other things coming against your children? As U.S. citizens, don't you have a little fight come up in you, when you see God denied and foolishness embraced by the political and the social cultures?

Don't you have a little fight come up in you when you see the poor taken advantage of by the rich? Don't you have a little fight come up in you when you see people suffering from disease? Don't you have a little fight come up in you when you see people trapped in the welfare system?

Then fight! Fight…! Fight…!

But don't fight like man fights—with fists, with guns, with politics, with treachery. Fight with the Word of God.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3‐6 KJV)

Fight with God's “Yes!” Fight with God's “No!”

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Revelation 3:7 NIV)

If God is backing up your “Yes!” then no one can shut that door. If God is backing up your “No!” then no one can open that door.

You don't have to be obnoxious to be a fighter. You just have to know what to say… say it… and mean it… without compromise.

Sherrel is the epitome of “nice.” I hear “Sherrel is so nice!” all the time. She looks nice. She acts nice. She is nice. I live with her; she's not putting on an act. She's one of the nicest, kindest people I know. (Do you think I can get my favorite dessert out of this?)

Seriously though, to know Sherrel on a casual basis you would never think of her as a fighter. But if something comes against someone she loves, you had better get out of her way. She goes after evil with both guns a blazing. She does not negotiate with evil; she destroys it with the Word of God.

The Word very clearly speaks against violence toward other people. But there is a place for violence—just not against other people. The Word very clearly speaks of the violence we will experience in dealing with the devil.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18 NKJV)

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:13 Amp Bible)

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]. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

I know this might sound strange, but when you're ready to attack another human being—in your mind, with your words, or in other ways—stop, take a breath, and begin to look for another victim. Go after the evil, instead of the person. I am not saying that you shouldn't defend yourself by physical means if you or someone you love is being physically assaulted. But you will be amazed at how just a few words, spoken with real authority, can immediately change an environment.

Take the aggression you have toward other people, and use it against the devil. I'm not talking about just saying a bunch of words without substance. I've rebuked the devil until I was blue in the face, and he just went about his business as if I didn't exist. I'm talking about using the “Yes” and the “No” of God, which causes all of hell to tremble.

Have a good day,
Mike

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