1.)What is worth fighting for in your life?
2.)What is our role in fighting in spiritual terms?
3.)What can we do to be wise and discerning on when to fight and when to turn the other cheek?
Friends, kindly take a moment to think through the questions, meditate upon them so that when you pick one or two lessons from the study below, you are able to appreciate our topic of study more.
Our Study Scripture today is: Hebrew 11:32-40;
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated–the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect..”
Friends, Not many people like confrontation and I am 100% a victim here. May God speak to me too through todays word.
As a result of fearing confrontation, we tend to give up easily, not because we are lazy necessarily( Hope I am not giving an excuse 🙄) but it’s because we just don’t see the point in fighting or putting massive amounts of energy into something when we could easily sit back and let life happen. After all, “going with the flow” is a less stressful attitude to have about life and requires less fighting.
But there are times when fighting is necessary and the right thing to do. There are times Christians should stand and fight. Fighting in the Bible can be physical or spiritual. Either way, the conflict is intended to beat the opposition. That opposition can be other people, Satan, or sin. Fighting requires effort, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.
Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”
Defending the faith can require us too take a stand and in some cases fight. If the opposition is evil and the cause is good, there is nothing wrong with fighting, according to the Bible. Fight for causes that are greater than yourself. God is looking for men who are willing to join His redemptive work in this fallen world, and God hopes that you’ll be one of them. Look beyond the immediate concerns of your own life and take advantage of the opportunities God has given you to fight for causes that have far-reaching implications.
If nothing in life is worth dying for, should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? The martyrs of history were not fools,You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay. There is a point beyond which they must not advance.’”
Friends, Your peace is worth the fight. Your goals are worth the fight. Your family is worth the fight. Your health is worth the fight. Your rest is worth the fight. Your thoughts are worth the fight. Fights take the wind out of your sail because it rudely interrupts your peace, but it’s worth the fight.If you are fighting something unpleasant…you try in a very determined way to stop it from hurting. It takes a lot of effort to win a fight…it’s definitely not for the fainthearted .
Are our goals, peace, health, rest, thoughts, family, and our happiness worth the fight? If ‘Yes’, then it takes a lot of effort to win, otherwise you will quit when the fight gets fierce. The goal is not to give up until your peace is restored, your family’s happiness is restored, perfect nights rest becomes the norm, dreams accomplished, and everything that was stolen be returned.
When you are in a battle and the fight is great, it’s encouraging to know that God is expecting us to turn up in His Presence. It’s amazing how something so simple as having a little talk with Jesus takes the fight to a different level. When we go to God and tell Him all we want, He showers us with His peace that we cannot even begin to understand or explain to someone else.
When Jesus gets into the fight and we do whatever He tells us to do … the victory belongs to Him, and your hands don’t get dirty. Your thoughts are peaceful thoughts, your peace is intact, your path becomes clearer, and you walk away with your character intact.What was the difference? Jesus’ presence in your fight … it’s always the real deal. Allow Jesus to take the fight to another unnatural level so those disturbing fights will experience the powerful acts of God.
In the words of the song writer Matt Redman, “The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning, it’s time to sing Your song again, whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes. You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger, Your name is great and Your heart is kind, for all Your goodness, I will keep on singing … Ten Thousand reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, Ten Thousand years and then forevermore.”
You cannot lose if God is fighting. Before you knew that there was a fight …. God had a plan for your victory. He’s not in Heaven wringing His hands and wondering what to do next after we messed up. He’s powerful enough to know that we will make it to the finished line if we will push past the pain.When God shows up … it’s a knockout without the sweat and tears.