Don’t Fear Conflict

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Photo by Ryan, View from deck, 1-13-2020

People who know me know that one thing I absolutely refuse to do is back down from speaking the truth.  That strong stance naturally brings with it a great deal of conflict and I have experienced plenty in my time following the Lord since ’96.  Most of us don’t like conflict, but we should never be afraid to speak the truth and debate issues.  Whether it be social, political, theological, or whatever other topic there might be, we need to be able to freely discuss what we believe and why.  Our freedom of speech here in America is a precious right that we should never forsake!  Use that freedom for God’s glory and don’t be afraid to speak the truth!

The last few days I have been blessed to have conversations with several people that do not agree with me on theological and political issues.  Not only have these conversations given me the opportunity to speak truth to crucial issues regarding the Gospel and politics, but it has also sharpened me.  Conflict produces pressure and out of that fire of disagreement we grow in ways that we can’t without conflict.  Out of the one disagreement I ended up writing from 4 p.m. Friday afternoon until 2 a.m. Saturday morning, then I got up before 8 a.m. and edited it for another 2 hours before finally publishing it.  That post was titled “Jesus Died For The Sins Of The Whole World,” and it is possibly the strongest post the Lord has ever written through me in defense of the Gospel.  I might not have ever written a post like that had I not experienced the conflict, so I praise God for that disagreement!  By the way, that is why I have been resting the last couple days, but I’m rested now and today’s post is also going to be bold (and a bit longer than usual).

The photo below is what it has felt like the last few days.  Our daughter got a great photo of three bucks butting heads the other day.  Great shot sweetheart!  I’ve never seen three bucks go at it like that!  Hilarious!

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Photo by our daughter

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to conflict.  Just read his letter to the church at Galatia. It is a bold admonishment and he knew it would produce conflict, but he also knew it was necessary conflict that would help the church grow in the truth.  Paul was fully aware that his letter was going to shake things up and he was not afraid of displeasing men.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10

Just like Paul, we should speak the truth and not fear being challenged.  Preach the truth of God’s Word boldly and don’t back down!  God’s Word will defend itself and He will give you the words to say by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit the Lord gave us is powerful, not timid!  I feel the Lord inside of me like a lion!  Jesus is the Lion of Judah and when He comes back, which will be very soon, He will not be riding on a donkey!  He will be coming back in great power and glory and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, amen!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7

We are in a tremendously crucial election year in 2020 and I will continue to speak bold truth to power regarding political and social issues in my country.  I am not ever going to just lay down and let evil win.  We must fight the good fight and stand firm in God’s Word!  We do not need to fear conflict.  We do not need to fear being challenged, disliked, or even hated.  Jesus told us the world would hate those who believe in Him.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.  Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”

Jesus speaking in John 15:18-21

It’s no surprise that the world does not want to hear the truth of God’s Word spoken over societal issues and it’s no surprise when they hate us.  Keep standing up and speaking the truth anyway.  Our Lord has commanded us to go, so we go!

Never back down from speaking the truth!  Yes, we must speak the truth in love, but please remember that those who hate God are doing everything they can to label God’s Word hate speech.  They are doing everything they can in our country to label anyone who speaks God’s truth as hateful, even when it is spoken in love.  God’s Word is not hate speech and those of us who preach His Word are not hateful.  God is love and His truth is loving.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

1 John 3:16

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”

1 John 4:14-16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

Saying abortion is murder is not hate speech.  It is loving truth to protect our beautiful babies!  Saying there are only two genders, male and female, and marriage is only between one man and one woman is not hate speech.  It is loving truth that leads to a moral and healthy society in harmony with God’s order.  The gay agenda is depraved and immoral and it has caused great sin and confusion in our country.  We will not ever agree with their sin and it should not be forced on our children in the schools!  Homosexuality is a sin and we must warn society that those who live that way will not inherit the kingdom.

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

I’m also going to speak boldly about my support for Trump.  I am well beyond fed up with all the lies from the left!  It is not racist to protect your borders and it has nothing to do with xenophobia!  Please stop listening to the filth on CNN!  Trump is not a racist and never has been.  Like Floyd Mayweather Jr. said back in 2017, “You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president.”  That’s because liberals and their liberal media created that lie!

Trump doesn’t hate women either.  That was another lie to stir up hate.  That’s all they ever say!  They don’t have any truthful facts to back up their lies, so they shout, “Xenophobia!  Racist!  Misogynist!”  That is where all your race baiting hatred is coming from.  It’s not coming from Trump or the American patriots who support him!  I am not a racist, never have been, and I would never support a racist!  The hate is coming from a liberal media that hates Trump, our Constitution, and our country.  What’s sad is that even some Christians have fallen for their lies and they go around saying the same lies.

The liberal media, with CNN at the helm, whipped up hatred and violence with all their lies and they continue to lie about Trump every day.  They refuse to report the truth about the great things he has done for our country even when the healing and progress is staring everyone right in the face!  CNN is nothing but a liberal anti-American propaganda machine that spews lies and hatred 24/7 365 days per year.

Trump is not a racist for protecting our country.   Praise God he is strengthening our borders!  God’s Word says, “love always protects.”  Every country must maintain its national sovereignty.  We must resist the globalists and their one world government!

Yes, we know the last days are near and we know eventually there will be a global government that is ruled by the anti-Christ, but that does not mean we just give up!  No, we press on in Jesus and fight for righteousness!  We don’t know the times or dates of the end and to the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day, so we must keep fighting the good fight in our time!  Nothing is impossible for God!  He can give us more time to push back evil and give our children a peaceful future!  I have two children that I love with all my heart and as long as I’m alive I will do everything I can to fight for their freedom and right to live in peace and righteousness in this great country we love!

There is nothing xenophobic about protecting our borders!  Normal immigration is not the issue.  America has always welcomed peaceful immigrants looking for a better life.  The globalists (like Soros and his NGOs) are working to tear down borders and they are using mass immigration from hostile countries as a Trojan horse invasion because they want to cause chaos and destroy our country and Europe.  Why?  Because they want a one world government that will be run by the devil!  That is the real issue and we must stand against it!  It’s about the spiritual war we are in between Heaven and hell!

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12

Socialism and communism are an atheist scourge on the earth and it must never be allowed to rule America!  The globalists are using socialism to achieve their new world order goals.  The liberals who are pushing so hard for socialism with all their anti-American rhetoric better take a long hard look at California.  That is what they want for the whole country and it’s sickening!  We can’t have socialists running America!  They had their shot for 8 years and they just about ruined our country!

I pray the Lord spreads revival in our great country!  I love my country with all my heart and I will continue to fight for righteousness and fight the good fight in 2020!  I will be voting for Trump again because he truly loves this country and he has been a man of his word despite all the lies and attacks from the liberal dominated anti-American leftist media.  I didn’t vote for Trump because he is some super Christian.  He is learning and growing in his knowledge of the Lord and he is an imperfect sinner saved by grace just like the rest of us.  I voted for him because he honors God, he is a real American who loves our country, he speaks the truth about the globalists and he has the grit to fight them, and he speaks the truth about what America needs and can actually get it done!

I pray for our President daily.  The Lord is using him as a battering ram against the new world order and I love it!  Praise God we have a president that is a real American President who is actually fulfilling promises and making moves that benefit our country!

Like how he got rid of the globalist scheme to de-industrialize America called NAFTA and he wrote up a new deal called the USMCA that actually re-industrializes America, creates jobs, and makes trade fair for our country for the first time in almost 30 years!  We don’t need the globalist “free trade” that was designed to crush our economy!  We need Trump’s fair trade plan!  Look at how many companies and jobs have come back to our country since he was elected.  He is fixing everything that the last president tried to destroy, but you will never hear any of this in the leftist controlled mainstream media!

Trump also fixed the healthcare disaster that the last president caused!  He protected our pre-existing conditions and he terminated the unconstitutional and very socialist individual mandate.  The last administration flat out lied and it ended up that it was all a big insurance scam to make them all rich.  Not only could we not keep our doctors, they flat out ruined our healthcare system!  We lost our doctors and the prices went sky high!  Don’t ever forget how terrible socialist healthcare truly was!  Praise God that He used Trump to fix it!

Socialism does not work!  Socialism is not about “sharing the wealth” as they say.  It is a scheme to consolidate and control all the wealth into the hands of tyrants who desire to inflict poverty and suffering on the people.  It has and always will be a bridge to tyranny!  America is not a socialist country and by God’s grace may we always fight to keep it that way!  This is the land of the free and the home of the brave and the socialists are never going to take this country as long as real American patriots stand up and fight back!

I also greatly appreciate that Trump has strengthened the economy, and he appointed judges that will uphold the Constitution!  He also strengthened the military and he is letting them do their jobs.  No more Benghazi’s on his watch!  We are also energy independent and America is now the number 1 producer of oil and natural gas in the world!  We have never needed Middle Eastern oil and should have never used it in the first place.  Praise God we are free of it!  The Lord has blessed our country with a leader who honors Him, and our country in turn is being blessed!

Trump even recognized Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel and he moved our embassy there!  Talk about honoring God!  Praise God!!!

“Looking around and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see.  If you want freedom, take pride in your country.  If you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty.  And if you want peace, love your nation.  Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first.

The future does not belong to globalists.  The future belongs to patriots.  The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

-Donald Trump speaking to U.N. General Assembly in New York Sept. 24, 2019

Trump is not a globalist traitor like the last president.  He is a real American who truly loves this country and he is fighting hard to uphold our Constitution and keep us a sovereign nation!  He has honored God and given Him glory in the White House, he invites Christians to the White House for prayer and discussion, and it was awesome when he rebuked the last president by declaring that America is indeed a Christian nation!  The last president is a traitor and he had some wicked audacity speaking death over America like he did!  Praise God we have a President who is not afraid to speak the name of Jesus and give Him glory!  Seriously, we should be praising God and praying for the man!

The impeachment was a total hoax filled with lies and false accusations!  They can’t move forward with their phony articles of impeachment because the whole thing is a lie!  They have done everything they can to stop and remove our President and they have failed miserably at every turn.  Trump is in office by God’s hand and power and he isn’t going anywhere!  The impeachment has become so pathetic that even top Democrats are saying it’s time to give it up and move on now.  Amen to that!

We must honor God to retain His hand of blessing on our country!  Going down the dark road of atheism and socialism only leads to destruction and death.  People must repent!  For example, stop murdering babies and passing laws to even murder babies outside the womb!  How is that any different than King Herod or Pharaoh?  It’s not any different!  It’s the same sin and same evil causing it in our time and our country is even worse with it!  Our country has institutionalized murdering babies even to the point of selling their body parts!

Trump de-funded Planned Parenthood!!!  Praise God!!!  We have a President who stands up for God and protects our beautiful babies!  What an amazing difference from the evil stance of the last president!  Praise God we have a President who is seeking righteousness and bringing blessing on America!  May the Lord bless him with wisdom to continue leading our nation in a way that honors God, may the Lord protect him and his family, and may the Lord bless our country and keep him in office for 4 more years!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the

Lord,

the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Psalm 33:12

The liberal agenda is full of sin and death and we must fight against it!  We must fight the good fight and never give up!  We must pray for revival in our country and fight for our country to be righteous!  Let us show God that we love Him and we desire His guidance and blessing on our country!

“Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

1 Timothy 6:12

This country and the whole world needs to hear the truth of God’s Word.  They need to hear it spoken over every issue we are dealing with in our time.  People must hear the truth, or else all they will hear are the lies coming from those who hate God!

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Jesus praying in John 17:17

I’m not going to back down from speaking the truth.  It’s not wrong for Christians to speak truth to power and I strongly disagree with anyone who says that Christians should stay silent on political issues.  I greatly appreciate people like Franklin Graham who speak God’s truth to power.  John the Baptist was arrested and beheaded because he told King Herod it was not lawful for him to have his brother’s wife.  Talk about bold!

I don’t fear conflict.  Jesus is Lord and I am ready to die for Him if necessary.  In fact, that would be a great honor!  I trust in God and pray that He will use me to speak the truth in love for His glory.  I hope you do the same!

Grace and peace to you all!

 

 

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2020 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

42 thoughts on “Don’t Fear Conflict”

  1. Even though I’m Canadian, I’m certainly glad that president Trump is there, he really has done much for your country! I wish we had such a man leading our country. I pray that he gets another 4 years, too bad it can’t go longer. Great post Ryan, God bless!

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  2. Amen Ryan. We live in a very conflict filled world. Gone are the days of avoiding it. At this point our best plan is to know what we believe and how to defend it. But it must be in line with His Word. I hear so many people vehemently defend their stance when it isn’t even scriptural. We must be open to God’s truth even in our conflicts. It may be at times that we are the ones who are wrong.

    I love what Charles Spurgeon once said: “The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.”

    God bless you, brother. Thank you for not being afraid to speak and defend the Truth!

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  3. Preach, Ryan! Your post is timely for our country, and for my little life here in PA. I am the one who speaks up on things in all facets of life: my boy’s sports, our medical care, our church. It baffles me why Christians believe a lie that they should remain silent on anything, let alone the politics that govern our country. I appreciate you, Ryan. I pray too for revival in this country. I pray too for words and wisdom to speak boldly in His holy name. May He bless you richly for your heart that honors Him.

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  4. Don’t fear conflict indeed! Those who fear truth, those who attack you for having a opposite opinion; is a heart in fear… of the truth. Fear not, for I AM… with You, saith the Lord! Speak your heart, my brother! Father, I pray for covering, that your love will continue to hover. Over all that are bold enough, to stand on the truth of Your love! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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  5. Thank you for being bold to speak the Truth in love, even when it is so unpopular, and people who don’t know side against God and His appointed leader, because they have been influenced by the world media and the global agenda to cause division, pitting human against human, when it is really the principalities, powers, wicked spiritual hosts, and demonic spirits that are causing the divisions. God has called us to unity in the Holy Spirit in the bond of Peace, and those who abide in Christ are thanking President Trump for exposing the “swamp” hidden darkness and hidden agenda of the socialist, globalist left.
    Led by the Holy Spirit and powerful dreams, I turned from judging by external appearances with Donald Trump, to seeing his heart, and his love for this country; and when I found out he was born again, with the laying on of hands by pastors, I believe God is working in him and he needs grace upon grace as all of need and are thankful for receiving therefore we give it. And like Saul, who turned 180 degrees to be Paul, after an encounter with the glorified Christ Jesus, initially Ananias was skeptical but listened and obeyed God and went to lay hands on Saul/Paul, I can’t understand why there is still such vilification, contempt and hatred against a man who has turned to Jesus and wants to turn America back to God.
    It could only be the enemy of our souls who could keep influencing so many to hate the man God is using in America, who is actively acting to expose and remove the dark, hidden agenda to destroy America by removing Christ. We all know in Thessalonians what happens when the Holy Spirit is removed from restraining sin. Any one who would agree with a party who took God out of their democratic platform, promote abortion, killing innocent, vulnerable babies in the womb and now trying to change laws to include live births, and call it women’s “healthcare” and “pro-choice” when it is actually pro-murder, of the death culture, of the god Moloch and child sacrifice, that brings curses upon those who would condone such evil behavior; twisting words by the spirit of leviathan; promoting sexual sin and immorality, the spirit of jezebel that Jesus tells us not to tolerate as it puts people on sickbeds, as well as, poisons society and pollutes young vulnerable minds who need to be protected not corrupted (Rev 2:20).
    We are commanded to shine like lights in the midst of a corrupt world, not be complicit with evil and darkness.
    Thank you for being bold as a lion; protecting the Truth of God; praying for our President who has been attacked both by witchcraft and people who call themselves “Christian” but appear to be in name only. The Holy Spirit bears witness and reveals the heart of President Trump to bring America back to our Christian roots after the eight years of another trying to remove Christ from governing over America: a republic, one nation under God, indivisible from God, with liberty and justice for all. I stand by President Trump and pray for him and his family; God in His Wisdom knew no one else could stand under such attacks by all fronts of the kingdoms of this world. I pray for the day when the kingdoms of this world turn to the kingdom of God our Father and His Christ.
    God bless you; stay strong in defending America and Americans who love Christ Jesus and want to see the highest and best for every nation of this earth: under the government of Christ, under God our Father, sovereign citizens only under our Sovereign God and Father.

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  6. Ryan,

    Thank you for writing. Your WORDS, and the two pieces I have read this evening have filled me with encouragement. They have inspired me…
    Thank you Father, Thank you Jesus Christ, thank you Holy Spirit.

    Thank you for teaching us how to pray and intercede for others, and then being able to witness first hand the growth, the change, your power poured out and released upon and into them…THE WORKS OF YOUR MIGHTY HAND …

    as we see other rise in christ, our spirits rise up with them together…we rejoice…. we dont envy, we PRAISE GOD FOR IT!!
    AMEN. HALLELUJAH!!!

    why? Because I know full well, in just a short time…I myself will be down, fallen, on the floor, discouraged, in need, broken, humiliated , defeated, and guess what?

    Almighty God in His never ending loving mercy, directs one of His SERVANTS to pray for me. at that moment .. to intercede for me, what I’m getting at here is IM THANKFULL FOR ALL THOSE WHO GOD HAS LED ME TO, PUT IN MY LIFE, OR LED ME TO, who have taught me, prayed for me, WHO HAVE RADICALLY TRANSFORMED MY LIFE BY THE POWER OF ALMIGHTY GOD.

    WE always know, who they are, because after meeting them, THE GOD IN THEM, AND HEARING THEM PRAY, OUR LIVES ARE NEVER THE SAME AGAIN.

    But none of the CREDIT IS OURS. ZERO.

    IT IS ALLLL #1 ALMIGHTY GOD.

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