Striving Lawfully

October 20, 2012

Striving Lawfully

            Sometimes, when we ask someone, “How is it going friend?” he responds by saying, “I’m still fighting.”  It’s true that, in this life, we have to keep fighting to stay on top.  Near the end of his life the Apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight” (II Timothy 4:7).  I would like to give you some advice about fighting a good fight.

We are destined to failure if we don’t fight, or if we don’t strive lawfully.  Some go from defeat to defeat because they aren’t willing to learn from their failures.  If we don’t face honestly our problems and deal with them as we should, we will face even bigger problems farther on.  For example, some parents fail in the education of their children because they pamper them instead of making them do what they don’t want to do.  When their children are older they aren’t willing to fight to succeed.

Some fail because they don’t strive lawfully.  They try to get what they want by force.  That’s the philosophy of the criminal.  It isn’t that they aren’t fighting, but they aren’t doing it legitimately.  They have to fight on two fronts.  They fight to get what they want, and then they have to defend themselves from those who don’t approve of what they are doing. They are going in opposition to the law.  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.”

Defeat is inevitable if you are fighting against God.  Satan has many deceived into thinking they can break God’s laws and still come out winning.  They strive against a God who loves them and has provided for their well being.  There is no way we can out smart the one who had the wisdom, knowledge, and power to create the universe.  It may appear that some are winning against God, but we don’t see what they face after they die.  If they haven’t accepted Christ as their Savior before they die the Bible says they will appear at the “Great White Throne judgment.”  “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12, 15).

Sometimes children and young people fight against their parents in an effort to get permission to do things they shouldn’t do.  Parents who give in to them are later ashamed when their children make foolish mistakes.  Our Heavenly Father never gives in to us.  He knows what’s best for us.  If we refuse to obey we will pay later on.

Life is a struggle, but we should make sure that we are striving lawfully.  God, in his word, tells us that we should strive to do what is right.  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).  Much of the strife of life is against the temptations that come from our carnal nature.  We need to be familiar with, and take heed to the following portions of God’s Word:

“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate” (I Timothy 6:8).  “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.   But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16).  “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing” (I Peter 3:11,17).


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