Many times we try to take on a battle in our own strength and we always fail miserably. We get upset and discouraged; then we blame God. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve seen people engage in things that God strictly warns us or forbids us to get involved in, but do it regardless, and then blame God for their situation. How many times have we heard someone say, “How could God allow this to happen to me?”

In Joshua 7:11, God provides Joshua the answer to his whining and often times that is the same answer to our whining and complaining. God says, “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.” Usually, when we are defeated there is some kind of sin in our lives that always leads to our downfall. One of the biggest problems we have is the sin of meddling. We meddle with sin, meddle with people’s lives, meddle with God’s Word, or even worse, meddle with God’s work in the lives of others. In 2 Kings 14:10, the king of Israel asks the king of Judah a very potent question, “Why should you meddle with trouble that you fall?” God asks us that very same question all the time. We should ask ourselves that question all the time. Of course, when we look at other people, we can give them the best advice to stay away from certain things. However, when it comes to our lives, it is not meddling, we are just trying to help God out. Of course God can’t do it on His own. He definitely needs our help. Some of us actually think that!

God never asks for our help in anything. He actually wants to help us. In John 14:26, Jesus says to the disciples, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” There is only one true Helper in our lives and the lives of everyone who put their faith in Jesus Christ. When we meddle in the affairs of others, we try to take the place of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Although we may be well intentioned, our intentions will not prevent us and the person we are meddling with from being defeated by the enemy.

One of the most important questions we must ask ourselves as believers is found in Galatians 3:3. Paul asks the Galatian church, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect in the flesh?” We often stray away from the work the Spirit of God is doing in our lives. The flesh seems to creep up and tries to destroy us. When we see all the wonderful things that are taking place in the Spirit, the flesh gets jealous and tells us it can do it too! We foolishly believe our flesh time and time again and we end up flat on our face.

In order to stop facing defeat over and over again, we need to put these two verses together. We must make them one in our heart and soul. Galatians 5:16-17 tells us we must walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. So now Galatians 2:20 tells us we must be crucified with Christ so that it is no longer us who live but that Christ lives in us. The life that we now live in the flesh is lived by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us.

 

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