Fight Club 101b - Know the Battlefield

Last time I said we were'nt called to fight the enemy, but we are called to a fight. And it can be a tough one.

The fight we have to win is the fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12) And interestingly enough, Paul calls it a good fight. What's a good fight? One that's already won.

I said before that many times a fight is a matter of life and death. And this one absolutely is. Either you have faith that Jesus is the Son of God and became a sacrifice for your sins to save you - and your spirit is made alive and you live with Him forever... or you don't and you remain dead spiritually and live separated from Him forever in eternal suffering. And that's just the start of it - but I don't want to run down that rabbit hole or spend the time on it right now.

Rather than fighting the good fight of faith - rather than standing firm and confident in God's Word, rather than training up and practicing the Word and building their faith - too many Christians fight against faith. Rather than simply believing the Word and ways of God, they give in to the word and ways of the world. They let doubt win out. They lose that wrestling match.

Your faith in Jesus is what wins - what overcomes this world (1 John 5:4). Believe in Him and in His victory. The battle was His - and He won. Believe that His victory belongs to you. (1 Corinthians 15:57, Romans 8:37) Jesus said believe and you will see the glory of God. Believe. Have faith.

Don't lie to me - or especially to yourself - saying you just don't have enough faith. God gave everyone the same amount. (Romans 12:3) That's usually improperly translated as "a measure of faith." No. It's measure. He used one measurement for everyone. Otherwise He'd be playing favorites - showing bias - and we know that He doesn't do that. (Romans 2:11) You have the same amount of faith as every other believer on this planet. You have the same amount of faith as Jesus Himself. You just have to develop what's already there inside of you and use it.

So stop fighting against faith. If you really want to fight against something, fight doubt. Because in reality, that's what the good fight of faith is - fighting doubt. Choosing not to give in to this world and what you can see, hear, or feel. Trust God and His Word.

Practice the love of God.

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