I have learned over the years that when God gives me something in twos and threes that I really need to give Him my attention and seek to understand exactly what it is He is wanting me to learn. This morning my daily devotional was about ‘the cost of fighting’ and then I hear my pastor this morning quote someone ‘that we should put everything in the context of war’. I have heard him say that before, but today I got it!! If we put our job, relationships, finances, health, etc. in the context of war that simply means that we have an enemy. In John 10, Jesus said that the purpose of the enemy is that he comes to steal, kill and destroy. He is after everything. I found myself telling a friend that I was going through 3 of the top stressors of life. I have lost my job, I ended a relationship and I am moving. Two of those stressors I chose, but I had no choice in losing my job. However, even though these are ultimately going to benefit me, I was still focusing on my loss, which could better be termed as casualties of war. How do I really fight these battles? How do I keep my perspective in the context of war? I fight the good fight of faith! Normal thinking is to look at loss or an ending that it is over, we can’t recover, things will never be better than what they were? Fighting the good fight is using a supernatural weapon called the word of God. We can’t focus on the loss, we can’t say we failed……..In Jeremiah, God says that he has a good plan for us, a hope and a future. We begin to shift our focus on God and His word and we meditate on that, not the negative. That is what faith is, believing what is not currently happening or has yet to happen. It’s not looking at your circumstances and making the judgment that this is how it will stay. I found myself in that spiral recently and I had to shift my thinking and I began to say out loud a scripture that the Lord gave me a year ago when I was in a difficult circumstance…..No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has it even entered into your heart the good things that God has planned for you. I said that over and over probably a dozen times until I began to feel better and when I am tempted to get down and focus on my loss, I remember His word, which is His promise. I don’t have a new job yet, but in the middle which is where I am, between an ending and a new beginning, I am excited and already thanking Him for the new job that He has for me!! Also, if you are fighting with your spouse, child, sibling, boss or a friend…..remember that the enemy wants to destroy our relationships, don’t fight the person by agreeing with the enemy, give that over the God and choose to love……..I, like so many of us, have been caught up by fighting the wrong battles. And as it relates to your health, God is the Great Physician and He can heal you if you believe Him and not the report that was given to you. If you are caught in some type of sin and you feel that you have completely blown it, don’t stay there, God is faith ful to forgive no matter how great the sin. If you are financially burdened, God is our provider and He knows exactly what you have need of. I believe He allows some of the more difficult trials to happen in our lives so we can see almighty God and His supernatual provision for us – to give Him glory for demonstrating the impossible. Find scripture verses that pertain to whatever battle you fight and write them down, say them out loud and pull them out when you are being tempted to get discouraged and fight the good fight of faith, believing what is possible and don’t allow the battles to overtake you. Jesus said right after that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy…..BUT I have come that I may give you life more abundantly….so in order to experience that abundant life, we have to allow His word and our faith to fight the battles that will bring results of life and not death to any situation. God loves you and He is with you!
Fight the good fight of faith…..1Timothy 6:12