“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12 [NIV]
“From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Galatians 6:17. Apostle Paul had been in few fights for the sake of the gospel and so he had the boldness to talk about scars left on him. What is a fight? Most people agree that a fight that’s one-sided isn’t really a fight. That’s just a beating. That’s a bully taking advantage of someone weaker than he or she is. A real fight is back and forth; you trade blows. The keeping of one’s faith is similar. If you want to be a Christian or even remotely God-conscious, this life will fight you for it. It’s going to hit you, and nobody hits harder than life. The world tries to take your joy and your peace with every unwanted circumstance, every unexpected tragedy, and every unforeseen pitfall.
So what do you do? You can curl up in the fetal position, block your face and just take it. Truthfully, there are times when that’s the only thing you can do. Some hardships are simply tests of endurance. You can help the enemy by inflicting wounds on yourself. That’s when you just agree with every negative thought that comes in: “I’m not good enough, not smart enough, etc.” Your opponent doesn’t have to do anything then. You will beat yourself up. Then there’s the third option: you can fight. You fight by remembering God’s promise that no weapon formed against you will succeed at taking you down (Isaiah 54:17). You hide His words in your heart and wear them out on your sleeve. You stand up against the lies that seek to sink your ship.
It’s going to be rough. You’ll get wounded. You’ll get dazed. The enemy doesn’t fight fair, and he’s very aware of your weak points. Don’t think for a moment that he won’t sucker punch you right where it hurts. It’s difficult to imagine emerging from any fight without scars. Even Jesus has scars. He showed them to the disciples after His resurrection (Luke 24:39). In fact, His scars were proof that He had died and came back to life. I think our scars bare the same resemblance. They are the evidence that we are overcomers. They qualify us to speak to those in pain and say, “I’ve been there.” So, keep your head up. You may lose a few battles, but remember that you’ve already won the war. “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (I Timothy 6:12, NIV)
2 Corinthians 11
SAY THIS PRAYER
Lord keep me strong in this fight. I am certain I am coming out with a testimony to the praise of Your holy name. amen.
That situation will not drown you. You will come out on top and better in Jesus name!
<Blessed with land and building>
During a service, daddy called for seed as he was led for people who want to own land or build a house. I came out and redeemed it. Then I applied the oil and the blood in my mouth and called my brother who had cut contact with us for a long time. He apologized and promised to send us some money. To the glory of God, I was able to purchase a land and our two storey building has been completed.
– Alabi P. [Mgbidi]
You are next in line for a testimony!
[*Use the “30 days of Total Victory” prayer book to pray – Day 26. http://www.praise-tv.org/category/join-the-prayers/ ]