Sentinels For Christ :: Fighting The Good Fight

Fighting The Good Fight

Posted by jimgrier on June 29, 2018

The reality is we will have fights, but how do we overcome? 

Paul points out to us that we don’t fight against flesh and blood. 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph 6:12). 

What is really happening then and how do we overcome? 

Paul figuratively uses battle armor to express the tools we have to stand firm. This phrase to stand he repeats over and over. This highlights that when we are pressing in, one of the first things the enemy will try and get us to do is give up or change our position from what God is directing us to do.

The tools he outlines to stand firm are: 

  • Truth
  • Righteousness
  • Readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
  • Faith
  • Salvation
  • The Word of God
  • Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests
  • Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people 

Some of these were set as protective elements and others were for clearing the way as we go forward.

One of the main tools expressed was the Word of God as a sword. Now swords were not just for combating enemies, they were also used to clear the way forward to help with advancing into battle and possessing the land. This can be seen both with truth and the Word of God, but with truth it is seen as having integrity and not hiding anything that would trip you up. This will keep us from fighting to keep something hidden. The Word of God helps us understand truth but is an offensive tool that makes walking in it more clear and to combat any lies that try to undermine our ability to stay on course with what God has called us to walk in. 

Healthy identity 

Another element that we have been equipped with was a helmet of salvation. Our struggles are going to include elements that undermine your identity of belonging. Our belonging is relational and only He who gave us His Son can say if we belong to His family. Now if He gave us His Son how much more will He not stand with us? He will always lead us in the victory of belonging. We are His, bought with the price of His Son. 

Dynamic movement 

There is a dynamic in this battle of movement. This dynamic is one of readiness to do the Gospel of peace. It’s the stirring of the reality of what Jesus has done for us and the freedom to live with Him now. Standing firm isn’t just standing about, but not changing your course from following Jesus wholeheartedly. 

The biggest tool expressed by Paul was prayer. All these other things support powerful prayer. To pray effectively all the other things must be in place. We need to know we belong, that God loves us and has saved us and that Jesus is with us and leading us in victory. 

Overcoming the evil one 

So we are not battling flesh and blood, we are battling what changes people and situations into enemies. God wants us to be one, as Him and His Son are one. Jesus prayed, “Let them be one as we are one”. We can overcome the true enemy and bring down the strongholds that cause people and societies into the enemies of God.

When in a battle don’t lose sight of who you are or allow your enemy to say you don’t belong, don’t hide anything, just know His love, show His love, pray and Jesus will lead us into victory.

 If the battle you face is spiritual or intellectual God has equipped us with the tools to overcome.

 Walking out God’s victory 

When we look at Elisha and prophets of baal we see him get in a pickle over Jezebel coming after him. I have to admit it’s hard when God shows up for you and people still refuse to stand with you. You can feel all alone and want to run away or to break ranks and run ahead. The reality is God will refresh us and patently walk with us till we hear His voice. The reality is that Gods always building up a body and has loads of others that will stand with you. You do belong and a harvest is on its way! 

Harvest is on the way 

Before every victory there is challenge. With every victory there is a harvest of character. Let us partake of His divine nature and see our cities won for Jesus using every tool God has given us.  

Principles of a Healed Nation 

How can we see a nation changed? “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:14) Let’s look at this peace…

Entering the Promised Land 

When we think of the promised land, how far do we think God will go? How far will we be conquerors in Christ?  Where is He leading us in the land of our souls and what impact will it have on the environment around us?  Now to Him who is able to do far more…

Creative Reception to the Tangible

Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, Righteousness based on faith speaks Old Testament is full of visual expression. These expressions were to be seen as a seed. What were they growing? In whom… 

Transitions from keel to sail 

I’m just thinking about the “surprises” of the Bible and why some people feel it’s always an endurance test? The amazing thing is there are moments were God’s grace pours transformation into our lives just by being with Him, bypassing effort. It’s His grace and favor giving us what we could never achieve our-selves. 

John Drummond  

John Drummond is a free-lance artist and a guest writer for Sentinel For Christ.  John uses his prophetic gifts to exhort the body of Christ through art and exhortation.  You can catch more of John’s art and writing at http://www.anarkinadesert.com/.  You can fellowship with John at Leith Baptist Church in Edinburgh, Scotland.

If you would like to know more about how you can have a personal relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ, contact Leith Baptist Church at:

Leith Baptist Church
27-29 Madeira St, Edinburgh EH6 4AJ, UK
44 131 553 4488
 
 

 

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