choose to fight
All through the Bible the Lord gives us choices. We choose life or death, blessing or cursing. We choose the narrow or wide gate. As our loving Father, God also instructs us how to choose well. He tells us to choose life, blessing, and the straight and narrow gate.
Fighting the battle that we are in is another choice. We can wage war against the enemy of our souls or we can draw back. Fighting is a choice, but if we engage, we cannot lose. The enemy cannot win because Jesus Christ already won! Jesus is victorious, therefore so are we. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV) There are only two options. We can stay in the battle and win or we can quit. It is that simple. The only way Satan can defeat us is if we quit.
Situations, finances, failing health, relationships, or emotions may all scream that we are not victorious. But that is contrary to every scripture ever penned. Romans 8:37 says, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse [is] prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance [is] of the LORD.” (NKJV)
Satan pushes so hard against us because he wants to discourage us and make us weary so that we will give up. Daniel 7:25 says, “And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High…” (NKJV) The Word of God further encourages us, “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” It is the strategy of the enemy to get us to a place of weariness and discouragement.
How do we fight an enemy that we cannot see? We fight with spiritual weapons. "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;" (2 Corinthians10:3-5 KJV) Our great God also tells us to put on the whole armor that He has given to us and explains what these weapons are in Ephesians 6:13-18.
At times we may think that we are too weak to fight. But we are strong in the power of His might, not because we feel strong. (Reference Ephesians 6:10) I recently went through a physical ailment that totally incapacitated me for over two months. I could not be out of bed for more than a few minutes, I was dizzy, nauseous, and in incredible pain. The enemy began to whisper in my ear and play with my emotions. I had no strength to fight him. But God, who is rich in mercy, came to my rescue. He began to show me things that I could do, even though my strength was failing. I could surrender to Him, I could obey Him, I could pray and read His Word, and I could bind the work of the enemy. From deep within I could say, "It is well with my soul."
It is the Lord who helped me to fight when I didn't think that I could. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'" (NKJV) The truth of the matter is that it is never my strength. It sometimes takes a trial to realize that. May we never think that we can do anything in our own strength, but always rely on Him. We can choose to fight, regardless of our circumstances.
So why would we choose to quit and surely lose, when we need only put on the armor of God and fight a battle that is already won?
My brothers and sisters in Christ, choose well. Stay in the battle. It will be worth it all.
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