Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's a battle, not a cuddle session

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul encourages him to “fight the good fight.” – 1 Timothy 1:18. Paul also talks about himself fighting the good fight in his second letter to Timothy when he stated, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7.  The concept of the fight is a common view that Paul has of the Christian life. Paul doesn’t talk about the Christian life as a walk, a stroll, or a cuddle session; rather, he speaks of it as a fight, a war, a race, something full of intense action. 

Make no mistake about it, we are in a fight (a war) for our very souls. But remember, “our struggle (battle) is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Eph 6:12 

As men and women who are in the middle of this battle, we had better follow the instructions of our commanding officer – Christ Jesus. Living the Christian life without an understanding of our marching orders can result in whole lot of unnecessary pain, being taken as a prisoner of war, or even the loss of our lives. We have been given the offensive weapon of God’s Word – the Sword of the Spirit. It is very advisable to use it and carry it with us at all times by hiding His Word in our heart. Let’s not be clueless soldiers; rather let’s know God’s Word so that we can take hold of the victory that is our in Christ Jesus. 

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