“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
James 3:16 KJV
Strife will eat your lunch! It is a demonic tool that should be avoided at all cost. Proverbs tell us that the beginning of strife is like releasing water…(Proverbs 17:14) In other words, it is a gate that releases a flood of demonic activity into your life. When you operate in strife it gives satan a free and legal pass to enter into your presence and rob you at will. The effects of strife are numerous and devastating.
Strife hinders you from communicating with God.
Abraham received clear instructions from God, but while he was in strife with Lot he heard nothing. As soon as Lot departed God spoke (Genesis 13:8-14).
Strife hinders your prayers and frustrates the grace of God.
Peter said when a man and his wife are in strife his prayers are hindered, and you can bet hers are too. (1 Peter 5:7) There is a grace on matrimony. But that grace that cannot produce when strife is present because agreement is a prerequisite for grace.
Strife hinders your faith.
Faith is like a seed. It is to be planted in your heart and nurtured in the right atmosphere. It must be rooted and grounded in love and in order to produce. Strife contaminates the atmosphere of faith like a toxic fume. The reason strife hinders faith is because the root cause of strife is an offense. When an offense is allowed in your heart it becomes one of the consuming “cares of the world” that chokes the word and makes it unfruitful (Mark 4:17). Literally you may receive the Word of God and believe God to move on your behalf, but if you are in strife and not in love, your faith is reduced to a sounding brass and a clanging cymbal.
Strife consumes your heart and mind as its focus is centered on self.
It can distract your will to succeed as your energies are pointed toward your adversary. And when it is prolonged, it desensitizes your emotions as the bitterness of the pain it produces coats your heart with callousness and bankrupts you of joy. Anger, resentment, moodiness and a host of other negative emotions occupy the majority of your emotional spectrum.
It separates you from good health. Scientists have found that strife increases the chance for heart disease, strokes and diabetes especially in women.
Strife separates marriages causing children to suffer the effects of divorce. One out of every three homes is fatherless due to marital strife.
Strife separated the Mosaic generation from reaching their promised land, Paul and Barnabus on the mission field, and it is separating many churches from the power of God today.
Are you currently in strife? Inventory what it is costing you spiritually, mentally, and physically. When it is all tallied up, it’s just not worth it. The price you pay for being right far exceeds the cost. Even if you strive and win, you lose. Check out my previous post for spiritual answers to combat the spirit of strife.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.