Not sure if everyone played this game, but growing up Two for Flinching was one we played often. The idea of the game is to get your opponent to flinch by faking a punch. If they flinched, you gave them two hits to the shoulder. The only way to stop the game was to become so poised that when your opponent would try to get you to flinch you would just stand there looking them in the eye as to say, “What else you got? I’m not moving.” If you mastered the resistance by not flinching, you gave them two hits instead.
I want to ask you a question. Have you been flinching at the enemy’s sudden movements? The devil loves using any combination he can to bombard your mind with devastating thoughts and questions of the unknown, making you feel vulnerable to the status quo of the day.
Your natural inborn need to flinch can be overcome by eliminating your opponent’s ability to create an element of surprise and by removing fear with steady composure. In life, it’s no different when it comes to the devil’s childish tactics. Ultimately, what we’re dealing with here is an attack on truth. Why do I say this you ask? Because what you trust in declares what you believe to be true. If the devil wants to make you flinch, all he has to do is attack the truth in your life and you’ll begin to recoil and pull back losing the ground and in turn allowing the devil to give you two hits.
I want to give you the key to becoming flinch-free. In John 14:6 Jesus makes a foundational statement about our faith. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” I believe these three self-quantifying statements are not random but are in a specific order. They work off each other producing God’s end result, which is His quality of life in you.
The Way. In Proverbs 14:12 it reads, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” It’s the fool that is right in his own eyes not heeding divine counsel. We are created with a need for daily fellowship with God. It’s in this union that our direction is given, which causes us to fulfill His will for our lives. Remember this – God always begins with the end in mind. This means as we acknowledge Him in our life, His way will walk us right into His provision, shelter and advancement.
God’s way for your life is of peace not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Psalms 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” In other words, God’s way always produces and never suffers lack. It stands on the spoken promises and places a guard around your livelihood. God’s way leads you into truth.
The Truth. The Word of God became flesh, full of grace and truth. When we allow something other than God’s Word to be the standard and voice in our lives we eliminate the liberation that it awards. I believe biblical truth is under its greatest attack yet. The devil knows that if he can get people to turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to fables he can paralyze their ability to enforce the authority of the kingdom of heaven, which is Jesus Christ. There can be no substitution for truth. Truth is the belt that holds all the revelations of Jesus Christ up. Romans 1:25 says, “Who exchanged (or mixed) the truth of God for the lie…” The Lord spoke to me saying, “Don’t become deceived by new formulas of truth, but be lead into truth by My Spirit.” Listen, no matter how appealing something may sound, if it doesn’t line up with scripture or require scripture it won’t hold weight in the trials of life.
The Life. God’s way leads to truth, and truth that is lived in produces God’s desired quality of life. Jesus said in John 10:10 that His purpose was to give you a rich and satisfying life, a life that overflows with abundance in every area. This life is not just the ability to live forever, for once you are born of water, you become an eternal spirit. The life that Jesus speaks of is life the way God intended for man to live and possess. The devil wants to oppress mankind through poverty and sickness, robbing us of the peace and joy found in Christ. But thanks be unto God who always gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t flinch now, you got this. Take time to seek God’s way in all things, know the truth and experience a quality of life that can only be had in Christ.