Overcoming Strife (Broadcast) Pt. 2



this program is brought to you by the partners and Friends of Creflo Dollar ministries listen you don't have to be demon-possessed to have strife in fact it's such a subtle spirit I doubt if it's anybody in the room including myself that hasn't built with strife or dealing with strife I just want you to understand how to recognize it so you won't tolerate it so you want to allow it to be there all of us will have potential to allow that strife to come in demonic influence is something that you can easily move yourself to and sometimes not know it I just want you to know it I want you to recognize it and then when you recognize strife and you know that that strife is there and you know what it will do and how devastating it can be stand up against it there's gonna be something that's gonna be benefiting me that's happening in the body of Christ I want to be present and in all honesty my face has gone from like here and I thought I had faith to like I can't how far it's gone don't waste time you get up to hear this register today at Creflo Dollar ministries ordered or caller text the numbers listed on the screen it's important that we recognize strife because when it shows up it shows up with destruction we have to deal with strife immediately and at its root now now that we recognize it what are some practical steps we can take to avoid strife entirely we'll discuss that in more on today's broadcast so don't move a muscle this is going to change your life you have your Bibles go with me to the book of James chapter 3 James chapter 3 verse 16 we've been talking about how to stand up against the spirit of strife and it's important that you understand that strife is a a demonic spirit that wants to destroy your life let's read this scripture out loud together ready to read for every for we're envying and strife is there is confusion and every evil work for we're envying and strife is there's confusion and every evil work so please understand that if you locate strife you're gonna locate confusion and if you operate in strife it is going to be the potential for the devil to do anything he wants to do strife opens the door for the enemy to come in to do what he wants to do with your life and one of the things you've understand we defined strife as a vigorous or bitter conflict we defined it as discord antagonism we defined strife as you know a struggle or quarrel or clash we told you that strife can can come from anger and it can come from ridicule hatred can be responsible for strife coming into your life gossip can be responsible for strife coming into your life selfishness can be responsible for strife coming into your life pride is the base where strife strife can operate being quarrelsome operating in disagreement strife is a spirit of division and you don't want it to show up in your life because when you you open the door to strife it is as if someone matched the pause button and you know you should be farther down the road but you know the blessings are not coming in your life things are not happening all because you allow strife to come in and you're partaking of strife and it's a very subtle thing and it wants to kill steal and destroy and while you and I have the authority given to us you can give Satan the authority to through strife and then he comes in and and tries to kill and steal and destroy your life strife is devilish strife will eat your lunch it is a demonic – that should be avoided at all cost the Bible says for we're envying and strife is so you know even operating in Envy can bring up strife Envy is when you have this sick ill feeling at the success and the promotion of other people and that can bring strife into your life he says whether in where there's envy and strife you also find confusion so that means there's no peace when there's confusion there and that's what strife will do you have to fight against and stand against the spirit of strife sometimes people are in strife and they don't even know it sometimes they're trying to figure out what's happening and they have no idea that they've opened their life up to the spirit of strife it is not okay to allow strife to remain in your life because it is destructive it opens the door to all types of negative energy from sickness to financial disaster and so we will not allow strife into our lives and I want to start off this morning by having you turn to your neighbor and say it ends here no more strife so what we want to talk about this morning is we want to talk about how to get victory over strife you know what are some things that you can do some practical things that you can do to overcome strife now listen you don't have to be demon-possessed to have strife in fact it's such a subtle spirit I doubt if it's anybody in the room including myself that hasn't dealt with strife or dealing with strife I just want you to understand how to recognize it so you won't tolerate it so you want to allow it to be there all of us will have potential to allow that strife to come in demonic influence is something that you can easily use yourself to and sometimes not know it I just want you to know it I want you to recognize it and then when you recognize strife and you know that that strife is there and you know what it will do and how devastating it can be stand up against it and don't allow it to stay in your life and destroy your life or to keep you back or to stop your promotions from coming in don't let strife match the pause button in your life and hinder what God wants to do so here's the first way that you deal with stripe if you want to overcome strife here's the first thing you do number one you have to crucify the flesh you have to crucify the flesh most of the time when you're in a prolonged strife it is a flesh issue if you know some I've been in strife for twenty years it's a flesh issue now let's define the flesh the flesh ultimately is all about a way of thinking that goes against the Word of God so strife is a flesh issue but when we talk about strife I'd like them to find the flesh this way it's a way of thinking that's dominated by self-centeredness strife is a way of thinking that is dominated excuse me strife or flesh I'm defining the flesh which produces strife the flesh is a way of thinking that flesh that way of thinking will produce strife so the flesh is a thinking that is dominated by self-centeredness so when you hear the word flesh I want you to hear self-centeredness now self-centeredness is the master key to bitterness and strife when you are self-centered it is the master key to bitterness and strife so if strife is in your life it is because of your location you are self-centered you are and self-centeredness also is pride all that goes together in other words you know flesh is self-centered flesh is self-centeredness and that flesh that self-centeredness is going to produce prolonged strife in your life so in other words it looks at me that's what it does the flesh says how I feel it looks at the flesh says what I want and if you can look past yourself and if you can see others persons issues it becomes easier to stop the strife but if you're in the center of everything then that strife is gonna be prolonged so if you want to overcome strife then you're gonna have to get out of the center you're gonna recognize you're in the center you're gonna have to refuse to be self-centeredness in order for the strife to stop so as long as you stay in a self-centered state chances are that strife will continue so if you've had strife for twenty years against this person against that person against that organisation whatever it may be it's because you're self-centered and and that's pride you know and if you get out of self-centeredness you'll you'll see strife end in your life so really the first step in ending strife is to examine your heart to locate yourself to examine your heart and ask yourself am I in the center of everything you know have I been offended because I'm in the center of everything because when you're not in the center you're not gonna be offended you know am I feeling this way because I'm in the center of everything because if you're in the center you know if you're in the center strife is going to be there if you're not in the center you won't you won't allow that strife to come into your life so what role are you doing that is keeping the fires of strife burning are you being unreasonable are you offend it so you got to look real deep in your soul and you got to see if you're operating out of some type of pain or dysfunction that's causing this strife to remain in your life and let me say this about dysfunction it's important that you understand that sometimes dysfunctional behavior is something that can be engrafted as a strong whole that's developed in your in your in your mind for example you may have had a situation in your life where I don't know some dysfunctional thing happened in your life to cause you to hate all men and so strife against all men can be a result of that dysfunction that's happened in your life and so what I'm saying is you've got to examine you know what's happened in my life and has it built a strong hole in my mind so that without thinking I'm richest respond in the same way I've always respond because of this pain that has occurred as a result of this dysfunction that's taken place and now as a result of that I just keep strife in my life because I won't resolve the stronghold that's in in my heart you're mad at all you know men or you're you're mad at people of a different color because of some dysfunctional thing that happens so racism may be a result of some of that stuff that happened in your life but it's strife you know racism is strife driven and so you've got to understand the dysfunctions in your life and somebody says we'll pass her what if it's true that I have a stronghold that came from a dysfunction what do I do I highly recommend watch this that you go on a fast because that's the purpose of fasting it'll break the pattern of the stronghold in your life and it will align your thinking up with the Word of God and somebody says well how does that do that bless God you either line you're thinking up with God's Word are you ain't gonna eat and I guarantee you the body will be ready to line up with the word of God soon hey man there's everybody understand that now so you've got to crucify the flesh you really got that you got to crucify the flesh or you've got to recognize that you're in the center and if you are self-centered and you want to get out of that strife then you get out of self-centeredness crucify self center and its crucified the flesh and that fly that that that strife should end in your life so number one way to overcome this strife is by crucifying the flesh number two you recognize who the real enemy is when you're dealing with strife you recognize who the real enemy in is Ephesians chapter six and twelve says something that's so amazing here and in verse 12 it tells us that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood so the real enemy ladies and gentlemen is not going to be the person the real enemy is not going to be people the person or people that are in strife with you they're not the problem Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 12 I just want you to look at that it talks about what we what we're not wrestling against but it's also talking about what we are wrestling against for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but here's what we're wrestling against principalities powers rulers of the darkness of this world spiritual wickedness in high places those are classes of demonic forces now I know it you know maybe sound a little strange to some of you but you know you've got to recognize that it's not the person but it's the demonic influence that's working through that person's life remember person came to me one time talking to me about how the job was going and how this one person just kept giving him a hard time and they were getting offended they were getting in strife and we recommend it let's pray this prayer we we took authority and we it sounded to press on something like this father we come we command this demonic spirit that's operating and through such and so such and so to cease in its maneuvers against them she says she went back to work the next day and all of a sudden the treatment had stopped they were actually real nice and she saw for the first time that it wasn't the person that was her problem it was the demonic influence and the Bible says we're not wrestling against people we're not wrestling this person but it's always demonically influenced they made yielding themselves to the real enemy but people are not our problem the true authority of strife it's you know it's it's it's based on that demonic influence that's going on in a person's life so what we have to do in order to stay out of strife we got to we got to focus our aggression in in the spiritual warfare and and we got to make sure that our weapons are not carnal we can't choose carnal weapons to fight against the spirit of strife look at second Corinthians chapter 10 and verse 4 he says the weapons of our warfare let me slow down 2nd Corinthians chapter 10 and verse 4 says that the weapons for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal now remember the word carnal means of the five senses and he's saying don't choose weapons that are gonna be of the sense realm don't choose arguing or revenge don't don't choose those weapons to fight this spiritual warfare you see you focus your aggression in the spiritual warfare of which our weapons are not carnal and when you fight spiritually and you're fighting against demonic forces that are working through people to try to get you into strife see that's what the enemy wants I got to figure out a way to get you in strife since I don't have the authority to destroy your life because the authority was taken away from me and given to you I got to figure out a way to trick you into opening the door so I can come in with strife and witch strife I'll destroy your life which strife I can keep the blessings from you which strife I can do all kinds of things you got to try to remember that every time you demean yourself to carnal warfare what do I mean by carnal warfare every time you lower yourself to you know arguing about things getting revenge backbiting you're fighting in an arena that you have no help from the Spirit of God nobody wants to fight without God's help and I'm telling you when you choose carnal weapons when you choose to fight in that arena and your weapons are carnal and of the sense realm then what's going to happen is you're fighting this thing without God you're literally here's what's happening you're you're literally fighting in your own strength you're literally fighting in your own strength and in such situations even if you win you lose you know when you got revenge it looks like you won but you're really lost what did that cost you when you found yourself in a situation of backbiting it looked like you win but what did it really cost you so sometimes when you choose these weapons in the sense realm you think it looks like I win but you really lose if you understand that say Amen here's the third way to overcome strife in your life I wouldn't be teaching on this if I didn't think it was so detrimental to what God wanted to do in your life the grace of God has made everything available to you but it's the wrong response that stops the grace of God from showing up in your life it's the right response that allows the grace of God to show up in your life and we cannot respond in strife so here's the third area begin to operate what's this in love begin to operate in love 1st Corinthians chapter 13 and 7 you know love is an unbeatable spiritual force that your enemy has no no defense against the devil has no defense against a spirit-filled tongue talking Christian who operates in the love of God think of that child of God think of that there is no defense there's nothing that there's nothing the enemy can do when you choose to operate in love because love is going to keep you free from strife so when we operate in love what I mean operating love well by number 1 displaying patience that's operating in love when you display patience number 2 when you look for the good and not the bad in somebody that's displaying love it's important for us to look for the good and not in the bad you know if you look real hard at anybody you can find some bad amen so it's important for us to look for the good in people and not the bad and then here's another way you can display love don't keep records of all of their wrongdoings don't keep a record of wrong you know I know what it is about Christian people we love keeping the record of wrong you know we go up to somebody and say hey you're doing praise Lord brother but let them do something wrong than you you know I remember 1995 when you didn't do that and then in 96 you did that they call a roll on you that's not operating in love you see when we operate in love then we position ourselves for the power of God to intervene how me you want the power of God to intervene in your life and the power of God cannot intervene in your life when you're not operating in love and you choose to operate in strife and so you're waiting on God to show up and do something he can't because you've chosen to operate in strife rather than operate in the love of God and 1st Corinthians 13 and 7 says this he says that love never fails in that powerful it never ever fails and even though initially it may look like you're losing when it's all over and Don wit you win see operating in love may seem like you're losing you're not losing when you operate in love it may seem like it may look like it but you're not at the end of the day you're gonna win just for a moment it might seem like you're losing but you're not because you decided to you know do what's right because you decided to yield so that you won't get in strife because you decided not to you know talk bad and ugly and back-back somebody you decided not to keep record it looks like you lost you know part of you wanted to get a butter knife and just cut them I understand that but you don't win that way it's all about winning amen and love is the way you win amen number four the fourth way to overcome this spirit of strife in your life because this is what this is about it's about overcoming the Spirit of strife I mean I wanted the number of you that walked in here and had strife in your life and you didn't even know it and you believe in God for a promotion you know strife is gonna try to stop that you believe in God for healing strife is gonna try to stop that you're believing God for financial breakthrough strife is going to try to stop that remember he says where there is envying and strife there's confusion and every evil work it's the potential when strife is in your life and when you've become a part of strife it is the potential to try to shut you down and shut you off of what God's trying to do and I'm trying to show you today that it is not alright to tolerate strife it's not all right just let it sit there and say well if we don't ever speak then we just don't ever speak it's not alright because the only person you're hurting more than anybody else will be you I mean it's just terrible to recognize that you're in strife and the person you mad at don't even know that you mad at them and they're enjoying holidays and everything you get new wrinkles on the side of your face because you in strife it's just not working worth it amen here's the fourth area this is so very important listen to this if we wanted a feech strife we've got to humble ourselves humble yourself 1st Peter chapter 5 and 6 now I let me give you this definition of humility humility and bring you to two so what we're talking about here when you humble yourself it's an act of submitting or lowering yourself to the plans of another for example when I humble myself before God it's an act of me submitting to what God tells me to do the example God says to cast all your cares on him because he cares for you so when you see me and I'm walking with care I'm not humbling myself before God because I'm carrying all the cares of the world in fact that's called pride because that's the direct opposite of humility so it's an act of submitting yourself now in this case of dealing with strife to humble means to make lure or to esteem others before yourself so I'm gonna lower myself and esteem somebody else above me somebody says well I'll do it if they deserve it no I'm talking about in times when they don't deserve it I am going to lower myself and exalt somebody else above me now it is to put others desires and needs before yours is what this is all about can you put somebody else's desires and somebody else's needs above your own it doesn't mean to make yourself insignificant that's not what he's talking about it doesn't mean to make yourself like a doormat and to be walked all on that's not what he's talking about sometimes to end the strife in your life you got to go ha I take the high road by going low for the sake of ending the strife it doesn't mean that they were more right than you were but to end the strife I'm gonna take the high road and go low basically what I'm saying is I'm gonna yield I'm gonna give in to this thing so I can go ahead and end the strife you know what most people think about more than anything more than in and the strife they're so busy thinking about what's right who's right and I need you to think about something does it really matter who's right think about this well it matters to me who right is it you that's striving while it while isn't what while it matters to you who's right you trying to be right you got stripe coming in trying to destroy your life I mean for the sake of peace within for the sake of you being able to sleep at nighttime come on somebody and for you to be in a position where your your position so God can bless you see God knew that day was gonna come when that argument or that situation or that disagreement or that discord came but grace has already provided everything you're gonna ever need so now it's gonna be up to you to choose the right response to receive what grace has already provided for you and when you choose the wrong response and strife is the wrong response then whatever God had available for that situation for that particular time sorry for to be manifested in your life because you're not responding differently see grace makes everything available but faith is allowing it through your positive response and that's what faith is a positive response to what grace is made available to you the question you've got to ask yourself is in this situation of strife am i responding properly to get a hold of what Jesus has already made available to me Satan has subtle tactics he uses to keep us from God's best strength is one of his top weapons strife who's responsible for the destruction of relationships it is responsible for destroying churches and fan strife brings about division and a house that's divided against itself shall not stand we must stand up to strife in order to see the blessings that God has in store for us learn to defeat Satan's tactics with creflo dollar's series success against strife the new operating strive you're opening the door a back door for the enemy to come in to do things in your life that he was not permitted to do the success against strife series includes for dynamic messages for a love gift of $25 or more call the number on the screen or go online to Creflo Dollar ministries org slash East or to order today get out of the trap places that you used to dream about amen Omaha Nebraska are you ready for change for one day only experience three life transforming sessions with pastors Creflo and taffy dollar at 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