There’s an old saying that goes, “if you can’t beat them, then join them”. And this is the attitude that many people have in life. Most think that if a problem is too hard to overcome, just accept it as an insurmountable obstacle. If someone keeps attacking you for what you believe, then just give in and do what they are demanding. If you are being pressured to do something… even if you don’t want to, sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
These ideas and ways of thinking are completely unbiblical. God never teaches us to just “give in”. In fact, He teaches us the opposite. He teaches us to go against the grain. He teaches us to be trailblazers in a positive way. Paul spoke to the Romans about this when he said,
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.(Romans 12:2)
He told them directly to not conform (or give in to the world). What he meant is to not give in to the ways of this world. And that does not only include sin and what is evil. That includes having a losers mentality and accepting problems and failure as a part of life. There has to come a point where you stop giving in and instead revolt against what is causing the problem.
Bear in mind that the kind of revolt I’m talking about is not violent or destructive, but is a revolt that takes action in a righteous way, against injustice. This revolt fights on the altar, not outside in the world. It takes revolt to change your life. Only when you get fed up with the way your life is going, will you do something bold and courageous enough to change it.
So stop giving in and start taking a stand against what is wrong in your life, through actions of faith. Through challenges that grab God’s attention.
May the God of the Bible bless you
Bishop Joshua Fonseca