The good fight of faith

The journey of faith, or what many prefer to call Christianity, is in itself one of the biggest battles that a person will ever live through. It’s no wonder that Paul the Apostle made reference to it by telling Timothy (his son in faith) to fight the good fight of faith.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The simple truth is this, you were enlisted in a battle the very moment you opened your eyes into this world, . The battle against disease, poverty, hurt, frustration, lust and death amongst other forces. We were born powerless, feeble, ignorant and blind; defended and taken care of by our family or guardians who are also in their own way, fighting silent battles everyday.

The carnal battle

We live in an age far more advanced intellectually than those in the days of the early church. We, however, also live in a day were many are far less spiritual than those in the days of the early apostles. In today’s world, darkness has been given it’s full strength due to the collective ignorance of man. The Word of God tells us in Hosea 4:6 that “for lack of knowledge my people perish” and this truly is the world we live in today. We allow the enemy of our souls to rain us with diseases that no man can cure, debts that hard work and three jobs can never cancel, emptiness that no relationship can fill. And time and time again, we keep running back to our intellect; to try to please the flesh whiles never battling the strongholds behind these battles we fight.

As we are told in 2 Corinthians 10:4:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The bible says clearly hear that, we do not war after the flesh…meaning the mighty battles of sickness, depression, poverty etc that we fight everyday are beyond the natural. We are also told that we must bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. This simply means if any thought you have regarding a situation in your life doesn’t align with the Word of God, or tries to make you feel as though it is mightier than the knowledge of God, you must put it in its place.

The simple truth is this:

  • God in His knowledge created man and made provision for good health (3 John 1:2)
  • God in His knowledge created man and gave Him and helpmeet in the form of Eve (Genesis 2:18-25)
  • God in His own knowledge gave man a purpose and provided all he needed to never lack (Ecc 12:13; Matthew 6:33).

This is the knowledge of God, the question is what thought or situation in your life dares to go against what God planned or purposed?

Do ponder on these, whiles I establish another point.

The battles occur in private

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

This verse is deep. if you have ever heard a lions roar, you will know that when it roars, all those within a 200m radius should be able to hear it. This obviously should give any prey enough time to flee right? But then again many are caught despite the early warnings and the question is why? The reason is, when a lion roars, the strong and wise animals are always the ones to take off—the wise virgins, the ones who prepared ahead for the thief (Matthew 25, Matthew 24:43). There are however those who think they can’t be bothered till is too late, they are the ones who get caught and that’s why the Lord said we need to be sober and vigilant. Just imagine this, every time the devil is about to attack you, he gives out a roar which can either terrify and paralyze you or cause you to flee from the temptation or attack. (The action you take depends on your depth in Christ and your understanding of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.)

Like Jesus’ experience in the wilderness, the enemy comes when you seem alone and isolated: weak alone on that hospital bed, all by yourself behind the computer in your room. Moments when he knows your focus will be turned towards him with just a few fiery arrows meant to paralyze you. What do you do in such moments when he tells you to gratify your flesh, when you feel a sharp pain from a wound you expect healing from, when you have dizzy spells and feel you are loosing life? When the arrows fly what do you? What do you do when you are being beaten by him and left in the prison with sours all bruised in the dark?

Many times in cases or moments like this, many Christians wince, cry, grumble or complain whiles accepting the pain that the demons they battle inflict on them. Like an emotionally and spiritually broken giant, many children of God unaware of who God has made them, stay in silence whiles the devil strikes them over and over again: when the enemy exalts himself over the knowledge of God in their lives.

Arise and fight

We must learn to rise up and fight. What do you do when someone you perceive as stronger than you stands behind you and smacks you over and over again. At the beginning fear overwhelms you for you think speaking or rising up will be futile. But what do you do when you realize that they are nothing but a weak defeated devil just trying hard to keep you in chains even though Jesus has already released you read in the verse below:

1 Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: *by whose stripes ye were healed.*

What will you do when you realized that you are only struggling because you are ignorant of the power in the Name of Jesus and about His finished work on the cross?

Many times people just keep quiet when being afflicted by the enemy but till you rise up in spiritual anger and say enough is enough, the devil just laughs with your little attempts to convince him to stop hurting you by crying or grumbling. What he understands is a command from a general who knows his place in God’s army. What he understands is “Demon of infirmity or [insert name] I command you with my authority as a child of God to stop what you are doing in the Name of Jesus.” Many people struggle over and over again because they never pull out their badge of authority to show the demons inflicting them who is boss.

Jesus didn’t die so you suffer, He died so that you’ll receive His (spiritual) authority over all things on earth and beneath (Matthew 28:17-20, Luke 10:19). He died so you will do greater things than He did even when He was around. Jesus died so you’ll have the power to speak the mind of God to the enemy, to speak to the storms with the power and authority of the most High God.

When you keep silent while suffering, when you don’t confess what God says in His Word concerning the fiery darts fired by the devil, you give the enemy greater power to cling to you.

There was a war fought in the garden of Eden many years ago, in which man was captured as a prisoner of war (POW). Through this we identified with the mindset of a POW and felt powerless over the enemy in the camps of hell. As prisoners of war, though we were soldiers, we couldn’t speak, fight or call for help because we felt disconnected from the source of our power who is God.

What many people however don’t know is that God broke through the gates of the prison camp and broke us free (Colossians 2:13-15). He gave us power (Acts 1:8, Luke 10:19), He gave us His armour (Ephesians 6:10-18)), His gave us His Name: the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10-11). All we need to do is:

  • to first have faith in Him to save us
  • and then faith in His power to fulfill our purpose whiles fighting the enemy’s arrows of sickness, poverty, unrest and more, through the power of His Word.

Lastly, it’s worth mediating on this verse about the whole armor of God to get a sense of the weapons available to us and how they tie in perfectly to keep us victorious.

The Whole armour of God

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 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; (Ephesians 6:10-18)

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