In A Fight

August 6, 2012

In A Fight

             The victorious Christian is one who is willing to enter into a fight.  He has been fighting since the day he received Christ as his Savior.  That’s what it takes to bring the old nature into submission to the will of God.  The Apostle Paul described that fight in I Corinthians 9:25-27 in these words “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.   I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:   But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”  The struggle will never end as long as we are in this life, but I can tell you that it will get easier as we mature.

A defeated Christian is one who never entered the fight.  It can also be one who entered the fight and grew weary and stopped striving.  For that reason, Paul admonishes us in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” When we face an obstacle in our path there is often the temptation to evade it.  It may be the problem of a bad habit.  You may think, “Later on I’ll fight that battle when I have a little more fortitude.” But, as time goes on, the habit is apt to put down deeper roots, making it more difficult to be conquered.

Some fight their battles unsuccessfully because they don’t fight legitimately.  They try to get what they want in their own strength.  That’s the philosophy of a criminal.  If he can’t get what he wants legitimately, he will do it illegitimately.  II Timothy 2:4-5 says “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” We can’t fight spiritual battles in the strength of our flesh.  The Apostle Paul learned that.  In Romans 7:18-19 he wrote “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.   For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

God gives us strength to fight and win.  Colossians 1:10-11 says “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;   Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” Philippians 4:13 gives us a promise that every Christian needs to claim if he is to be victorious.   “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” In Ephesians 3:16 Paul said “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” How is that possible?  In chapter six of Ephsians, and verses 11-18, we read “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.   Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;   Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

If you are one of those who say “I don’t have the strength to live the Christian life” let me say “Your right.  You can’t.  But, by the power of Christ you can.” Don’t be a defeated Christian.  If you have fought the battle and lost, don’t quit.  God has promised the victory.  Go at it again, claiming the victory.  “Then onward from the hills of light, our hearts with love aflame; we’ll vanquish all the hosts of night in Jesus conquering name.” (From the old hymn Faith Is The VictoryMay those words echo in your ears as you go on from victory to victory.


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