What are you fighting for?
This is a very important question. In life we fight, we fight in our own strength and understanding for our family, loved ones, children etc. but are we really fighting the right way? I recently had a death in my immediate family that got me thinking about life even more. We fight for a lot of things money, power, love, peace, relationships but there are a lot of sick people in this world that are fighting for something that is of more worth to them, their life! Our lives are carefully mapped out by our God he has a plan and purpose for everything under the sun. When we fight the little things in the earth, by quarreling, strife, confusion, gossip, we tend to forget that God is still in control, he has already won the fight and paid the price, we now have to walk in victory and let our words and actions portrait Christ in our situations. 1 John 5:5 says “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Am I fighting the right way?
“For our struggle 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.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV
Ephesians 6:12 says that what we fight against; flesh and blood, is not the real fight. The enemy is out to destroy families, marriages, or mind our relationship with God or faith and the will of God for our lives. Whatever God desires for us the enemy is out to devour and destroy. When we fight in our own strength and allow ourselves to be drawn away by the folly and “norms” of this world we give way and OK to the enemy to step in our lives. James 3:16 says it all “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” If we allow envy and strife to step in we allow the works of the enemy as well. To some reading this we might be lead to think ” so should I just let go so easily. The answer is yes, it will be hard but that is what the lord is saying, he will fight for us”.
When you come to know who you are in Christ and understand the power that you possess as a child of the most high, you begin to understand the authority that you have in him. God desires that we cast our cares on him, trusting him to work out our situation for our Good. While he is working it out there is an opportunity to draw near to God. Get to know him in a real way developing a personal relationship with him. When we begin to let go of our physical fight and fight in prayer we surrender to God as our source.
Fight in Prayer and Trust God to do the rest.
Develop a pray strategy a method by which you would fight the right way by taking all your cares and issues to the lord. Exercise your kingdom authority and declare the unseen into being. I believe that a prayer strategy should be one that is specific to each of us so I would give you a little insight into mines.
My prayer strategy:
- Talk to God: I would tell God everything no matter how “trivial”. I would let God know how i feel, tell him my wants, my desires, my issues, weakness, because in him i have no condemnation no matter how crazy it might be. I will then ask him to reveal to me his mind in the matter, how he thinks i should respond to something. Then the onus is on me to obey him. He would tell us the right thing to do, the spirit of God will never tell you to do evil trust the holy spirit.
- Study the Word of God: After I have a heart to heart with God I will go to his word (my bible). Even if I didn’t know the scripture verse, I will research the words that was dropped into my spirit (example bible verses on strife) and it will lead me to the verse. Then I would read the word and speak it out, memorize it and practice it. The word of God has the power to shift atmospheres, change our mindset and renew our strength. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says “for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” This scripture is so important in my process of mind renewal. I eagerly wanted to know the mind of Christ and have his thoughts. “If I have his thoughts my outlook on life will be so better”, I thought. I can say today that this is so true. When I take myself out of the situation and see it through Gods eyes and purpose then overcoming and letting go of my physical fight became easier.
- Fight in Prayer: Now that I have begun the process of renewing my mind with the thoughts and promises of God from his word, I will pray fervently. Prayer is a divine connection to God. The more I learnt the word of God I was led by the Holy Spirit in prayer, to declare the word over my life and situation.
- Trust: The hardest part of all of this is letting go of my physical fight. I had to learn to stop talking about somethings, to just give up on strife and quarrel and not enter into conversations that will cause strife. 2 Timothy 2 23 – 24 (NIV) says “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful”. Oh! This was difficult, but with determination and God’s grace I am able to notice when am heading in that direction and make a turn around. Here is where i begun to trust God to do what he has promised in his word. In my time of waiting i had to demonstrate faith by letting go and letting God work. There are times when i still would pick up the battle after letting it go, but thank God for his word which continues to wash me and restore me to fighting in the right way.
The word of God has the power to shift atmospheres, change our mindset and renew our strength.
I challenge your today to fight in prayer develop your prayer strategy and get closer to God in the process, you won’t regret it! God bless you and keep pressing forward.
The movie war room has opened my eyes to a who or what we are fighting. If you have not seen it yet I urge you to watch it, love you.