There’s something within the sheer act of defiance that may ignite us.
The dedication of refusal can stiffen our backbone, tense our muscle tissue, and amplify our resolve. After all, defiance will be directed in 1,000,000 sinful methods when pushed by our delight — towards insurrection in opposition to mother and father, resistance to repentance, disrespect of authority, or every other rejection of God’s instructions.
However there may be additionally a holy defiance that fires us up to withstand temptation, reclaim enemy territory, and refuse to curse God in struggling. These are the sorts of battles for which God’s blood boils. And by the blood of Christ that saves us, they will boil ours as nicely.
Defy the True Enemy
Our enemy is crafty and harmful. He prowls round like a roaring lion, looking for to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). However he’s additionally a defeated foe — and he is aware of it. He’s incapable of tempting with greater than we are able to face up to (1 Corinthians 10:13). He’s pressured to flee from us as we resist him (James 4:7). And he and his demons tremble on the fact that even they rightly consider (James 2:19).
“Holy defiance fires us up to withstand temptation, reclaim enemy territory, and refuse to curse God in struggling.”
We’re proper to take him severely — to be alert to his techniques, on guard in opposition to his strategies, and sober-minded in consideration of him. However we’re additionally proper to do not forget that in Christ we’ve got been given the facility to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4), and that we’ve got joined ranks with the successful facet who will quickly crush him below our ft (Romans 16:20).
Trusting solely in our personal power, we discover ourselves cowering in concern, deceived by techniques, or fearfully fleeing the battle altogether in assumed defeat. However “robust within the Lord and within the power of his would possibly” (Ephesians 6:10–11), we are able to fearlessly look our enemy’s already-thwarted schemes squarely within the face, assured in our undefeatable King and the invincible armor he offers.
Spirits Set to Boil
Paul admonishes us to not “be slothful in zeal,” however “fervent in spirit” (Romans 12:11), a command that carries the concept of boiling with ardour — both in anger for what’s dangerous, or love for what is nice. Such fervency is in stark distinction to the unacceptable state of being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16).
However we are able to’t kindle that fireplace on our personal. Moderately, we should look to our God, the consuming hearth (Hebrews 12:29), whose Holy Spirit heats up our personal spirit to like what he loves, hate what he hates, defend what he defends, and refuse what he refuses. Contending with him in opposition to the true non secular forces of our world, we boil with a defiance that exhibits itself hottest and brightest in all types of holy refusals.
Defiance of Refusal
This defiance comes as we refuse to undergo alluring temptations by exposing them for what they are surely — deceitful schemes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Boiled to disgust, we are able to foil the enemy’s plans by rejecting his malicious invites, turning as an alternative to stroll within the lifetime of our God-given freedom from sin (Romans 6:6).
Defiance comes as we refuse to tolerate the lies we see taking floor within the lives of these we love — lies that they’re unloved, with out hope, or masters of their very own destiny. Boiled to jealous love, we are able to increase over them our shields of religion, quenching fiery arrows from the evil one (Ephesians 6:16).
“We’ve joined ranks with the successful facet who will quickly crush Devil below our ft.”
Defiance comes as we refuse to be swept into our society’s irrational generalization of fact, as if such “relativism” is just not based mostly on an absolute fact declare of its personal. Boiled to ardour for the unchanging fact of God’s phrase, we resolve to stay steadfast and immovable (1 Corinthians 15:58) in our submission to its loving authority, standing at all times in concern of a holy God reasonably than mere males (Matthew 10:28).
Defiance comes as we refuse to be discouraged to inaction over the overwhelming world struggling past our human skill to fight — non secular lostness, poverty, slavery, and the persecution of the church. Boiled to righteous anger over the darkish forces behind these actions, we are able to start by assuming the offensive stance of kneeling in prayer, waging struggle in opposition to the true powers of this darkish world and “the non secular forces of evil within the heavenly locations” (Ephesians 6:12).
Defiance comes as we refuse to doubt God’s goodness when he doesn’t give us what we expect we wish — the connection, the job, the home, the deal. Boiled to dedication to not fall once more for the enemy’s first lie, that God is withholding one thing good from us (Genesis 3:4–5), we as an alternative guarantee our dissatisfied hearts that God withholds no good factor from those that stroll uprightly (Psalm 84:11; Romans 8:32).
Defiance comes as we refuse to resent God’s sovereignty when he permits a prognosis, pure catastrophe, persecution, or seemingly mindless tragedy. Boiled to faithfulness, we declare that it doesn’t matter what the enemy takes from us — even our very lives — nonetheless he is not going to take the last word treasure for which we regard every thing as loss: the surpassing price of figuring out Christ Jesus our Lord (Philippians 3:8).
Tremble Not for Him
We could not at all times really feel that fiery dedication of resistance. Way more typically, we could really feel captive to discouragement, doubt, and despair. However in these moments, we are able to pray for religion to consider in our enemy’s defeat and readability to see the way in which out from below his assaults (1 Corinthians 10:13). We will guarantee our anxious souls that God continues to be worthy of our hope — and that solely he’s (Psalm 42:11; 43:5). We will once more financial institution our belief on the facility of Christ’s prayer that our religion wouldn’t fail (Luke 22:32).
“Even when we lose all earthly treasures, but will we reward him. Though he slays us, but will we hope in him.”
We will guarantee our hearts that if God is for us, nothing can in the end stand in opposition to us (Romans 8:31). We will sound a battle cry to our soul — these songs of reward that we blast from our automobile audio system in triumph or whisper on our knees in tearful resolve or declare simply as confidently within the darkest hour from a jail cell (Acts 16:25). We will bring to mind how we overcome ultimately: by the blood of the Lamb and by the phrase of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).
Even when we lose all earthly treasures, but will we reward him (Habakkuk 3:17–18). Though he slays us, but will we hope in him (Job 13:15). Even when he doesn’t ship us from the fires of persecution, nonetheless will we bow right down to him, and him alone (Daniel 3:17–18). Although the gates of hell appear mighty, they won’t prevail in opposition to his church (Matthew 16:18).
The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him. Within the identify of Jesus, we defy him.