Fight Club 101a - Know the Battlefield

If you're part of a military force and you have to fight an enemy, one of the very first things you need to know is what kind of warfare will you be engaging in. You have to prepare and take action appropriately. It's the same story for the church. And sadly, dare I say most are engaging in the wrong type of battle.

What I'm going to say is either going to give you a revelation or make you want to doubt everything else I have to say about all of this, but you've gotta stick with me here. You have to understand the big picture. And it all starts with this:

We're not called to fight the enemy.

We don't have to. Our tests, trials, temptations, and struggles are not part of a fight with the enemy. Most Christians go into daily life and struggles with the wrong perception - with the wrong view point - that they have to fight. And they're wrong.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we WRESTLE - not fight. There's a big difference between the two. In a fight, I'm trying to defeat you - maybe even kill you. It can be - and typically is - a life or death situation. Listen closely...

The devil doesn't have the power to fight you.

Jesus defeated him and took his weapons and power from him. He has no weapons. He has no real power. (1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14-15, Colossians 2:15) You see, in a wrestling match, it's about trying to control and subdue your opponent. I'm not talking about rasslin' but Greco-Roman, olympic style wrestling. We're wrestling with the enemy. Either the powers of hell manipulate, control, and pin you down or you do it to them.

Please understand that Jesus has already won the fight. He's already been to the cross, through hell, defeated the devil, and rose from the grave. That fight is over. That's why God can give us victory through Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). That's why we are more than conquerors in Him (Romans 8:37). That's why we overcome the world - our faith in Jesus (1 John 5:4).

Stop thinking you have to fight the devil. Stop trying to do something that's already been done. Either the powers of darkness will wrestle you to the ground and keep you down, or you do it to them. Take control.

Practice the love of God.

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