How to fight the good fight of faith
Onward Christian Soldier
By Virtue of being Christians, we are at War on all levels and all times
Difficult times call for a good fight - From My Prayer Closet
Genesis 18:17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
Today I listened to two messages on WRXY TV; one message was from Pastor Dan Betzer and the other one from Joyce Meyer. Both of them said some profound things that blessed me very much. Pastor Betzer in his message said frontline soldiers should be prepared to get wounded; that, as committed Christians doing the work of the Lord, we will get wounded. How true those words are! And how true in my life as a Christian and especially in my call as an intercessor that wounds are inevitable.
Paul in 1Timothy 6:12 admonishes us to fight the good fight of faith. If you fight, you will definitely get hurt in one way or another. He appropriately called it a fight because it is a fight against the rulers of darkness Ephesians 6:12.
Sometimes as Christians we do not realize how real this fight is as we walk along faith’s way. That is why the Bible takes time to tell us that our enemies are not visible or we would take them to court, to task or any other thing to relieve ourselves. But, our enemies are spiritual, invisible; they can only be seen with spiritual eyes. And too,
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).
We need to be dressed in full spiritual armor Eph 6:11-17. We are never to let our guard down. God’s word is consistent it does not let off. When He says dress like a soldier today, he means you should dress like a soldier until He relieves you of your position.
This year has been characterized by all kinds of spiritual warfare. It is amazing how our enemy works; if we move our eyes from Jesus, we cease seeing the real enemy. He comes as a gossiper, a conspirator, a schemer, a liar, a backbiter, a scoffer and a host of other evil. He comes in our times of great trial with the intention to make us fail completely.
Pastor Dan Betzer talked about staying close to those wounded soldiers or fellow Christians who have fallen. His word was that if someone has been our friend in the good times, we should stand by them in their times of trial or failure. He gave an example of Luke standing by Paul even when he was in prison. I thought that was profound.
Joyce Meyer said our purpose in life should be to; Obey God, Love God and Love People. In a nutshell, she defined what I had been thinking about when I saw a young man being interviewed by Charlie Rose about their successful restaurant in Denmark. There is a way in which we define success in our world. A desire for success beckons to us from different angles in our lives and almost always it requires commitment. I know what God has called me to because He made it known to me just like He did to Abraham. My part is to obey Him and the most important thing I realize I need to do to successfully live a life of faith is to have a heart like Jesus, who was a humble obedient servant, a lover of people and His Father, our God. Our spiritual life is filled with warfare, but Christ said he had overcome the world.
If you knew that the victory belonged to you no matter what as you went out to war, would it change the way you approach the enemy and the battle? For me, it gives a lot of confidence and hope to fight on knowing that a prize awaits me.