We Fight

"True Christianity is a fight" - J.C. Ryle

The distractions of life

In a world where we can video chat with friends across the globe from the comfort of our backyards, find and purchase a new weed eater in a couple clicks and have it delivered the next day from across the country,  instantly and effortlessly start reading nearly any book (or even have it read to you), or sit back with a cold drink after a long day at work, it is a typical day to have our lives overwhelmed by everyday distractions. We have a limitless supply of information, an abundance of resources, but only hours in a day.

We are being deceived

It is important to remember to turn off the noise (including music, TV, and the kids) and find a quiet place to spend time with our Lord daily.
"Be still, and know that I am God." - Ps. 46:10a
God is our refuge and strength. We often try to fight through the battles of life with our own strength, which will always ultimately result in our failure.  Worst yet, we too often fight the wrong battles, the battles the Enemy distracts us with in order to prevent us from seeing the big picture, namely, the battle between life and death. We are easily distracted and easily overcome. When we look at the life of the Israelite's and the Promised Land, living in a place where we have an abundance (Ex. 33:3), how easy is it to forget about God (Dt. 8:10-14; Ps. 106:21)?

What we are fighting for

Those who have received new life (2 Co. 5:17) are striving for holiness, to see God complete the work he started in us (Php. 1:6). When we look at the very purpose of our existence, I have yet to see it stated clearer than this: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever1. God created us for his glory (Is. 43:7). If our lives have not yielded to this simple truth, we are dead inside, we have no life in us, and we will one day experience the just wrath of a righteous God (Jn 3:36).

What we are fighting with

Since the day Eve was tempted by the Devil and gave in to that temptation, a battle was waged, and that battle is with SIN. Since the beginning, we have fallen to the desire to be god's and to be equal to or even superior to God (Gn. 3:5). It is the sin of self-exaltation, idolatry. There are religions2 active and growing today that whisper this same evil into the ears of people around the globe; and othersthat take a more deceptive approach, like the prosperity teachers. Do not be deceived. There is one God (Jm. 2:19) and one God alone, one receiving worship, and one receiving honor and praise, Christ Jesus (Jn. 10:30, 10:33, 8:58, 1:1, 20:28; Tit. 2:13; 2 Pe. 1:1; 2 Co. 5:21).

The fight for the faith

Jesus bore the wrath of God that we deserved. He bore the wrath for those who believe. He died for his flock (Jn. 10). Paul urges unity in the flock, to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Php 1:27-30), to live "with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel". He exhorts Timothy to "fight the good fight of faith", when warning him to take heed of the love of money, and to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Paul knows well and urges the necessity of what it is to die daily (1 Co. 15:31) and to carry our cross (Lk. 9:23). We must listen intently at the words of Jesus as he says: "But the one who endures to the end will be saved." - Mt. 24:13.

If we are not being transformed by Christ, we are being conformed to the world (Rm. 12:2). We cannot fight a battle we do not acknowledge. If we are not fighting, we're losing. We are either living for the glory of Christ, or dying in our sin.

Fight with me brothers and sisters! Fight the good fight of faith! Flee the death of sin and cling to the cross. "To our God and Father be glory forever and ever, AMEN!"

1. Westminster Shorter Catechism
2. Mormonism; Prosperity Theology

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