fighting

It’s this word; my eye keeps going to it every time I see it in print. People are fighting. Fighting for, fighting against. The only problem is, I don’t think they have targeted the right opponent.

I’m going to get really biblical on you here, but I can’t help it. It’s who I am. There is a fight described in the Bible. There are actually three fights: one that Jesus won, one in which we continue to engage, and one which will quickly bring the cleansing of all evil from the earth and the eternal punishment of Satan and all who follow him. I’ll let you read up on that last one in the book of Revelation.

The first fight: Jesus fought the enemy of our soul and won.

The Bible says that with Jesus’ victory through His death and resurrection comes His rescue of us from the dominion of darkness and the deliverance into the kingdom of God’s Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13, NIV). With that victory comes defeat over hell, death and the grave. There is also the picture of His parading His captives from war in the great heavenly arena. We, who are in Christ, can now carry titles such as “more than conquerors” because of His victory. Christ battled the enemy and won. Period.

The second battle is described in Ephesians chapter 6, a passage that gives clarity concerning the nature of our opponent. It’s not flesh and blood, God says. So let’s weed out all the wrong notions concerning our adversary. Flesh and blood literally means physical tissue, so anything concerning your body or the body of your loved one is not an object you fight. People in your family, at your work, in your church or on the highway are not the objects of your fight. Politicians are not to be the target of your fight, nor is the battle against bad guys. We wrestle not against flesh and blood.

The battle is against 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, NIV).

What does that mean, you ask? The enemy no longer has any authority over your life unless you give him authority through your agreement with his lies. That is why the Word of God states we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, obedient to the knowledge of Christ having already defeated the enemy. We also read about the weapons of warfare that we fight with, and they are not like the weapons of this world but are those with divine power to demolish strongholds, arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.

Notice the word knowledge. Knowledge is sourced in your mind; therefore, it is important to understand that as the enemy seeks to destroy the knowledge of Christ, he will attempt to re-wallpaper your mind with lies. This is where the battle is. We fight the good fight of FAITH. Faith is believing God! How do I believe God, you ask? You hear Him speak His truth through reading His Word. He is faithful and true. Nothing He says about Himself in the Bible is false. In fact, all the Word stands eternal. You can take the Bible to the bank!

When the enemy lies and says to you, “This situation is never going to change,” you engage in the fight of faith by saying, “My God’s mercies are new every morning, and as His beloved, I am promised that His goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life.”

No battle is won by an unprepared nor ill-equipped warrior. Get yourself ready now! Get all the needed strategy and wisdom of God found in His Word into your heart now, for there is a day to come when what you have believed upon will be tested. But do not fear, these {trials} have come {and will come} so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:7, NIV).

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